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About the Authors

About the Authors

Jeanette Manning is NAGTRI program counsel. She is responsible for initiating, coordinating, and conducting NAGTRI trainings on an array of topics, and assists with organizing many of NAGTRI’s international programs. Additionally, Jeanette currently serves as the staff liaison to NAAG’s Energy and the Environment and Civil Rights Committees and Midwestern Region. Prior to joining NAAG, Jeanette served eight years in the D.C. Attorney General’s Office as an assistant attorney general in the Family and Public Safety Divisions. She served as chief of the Neighborhood and Victim Services Section, addressing issues involving urban blight and decay to include nuisance abatement, brothel closures, and drug and firearm nuisances. Jeanette graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a degree in Justice and Law Administration and her Juris Doctor degree from American University, Washington College of Law. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and District of Columbia bars.

Kevin C. McDowell is the assistant chief counsel in the Advisory Division of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office (AGO). Kevin has been with the AGO since 2009. He served previously as the general counsel and director of the Office for Legal Affairs for the Indiana Department of Education. He was also a litigation attorney for nearly five years before assuming his responsibilities at the Department of Education. He graduated from Butler University in 1972 (B.S., Journalism/Mass Communications) and received his M.S. in Education from Butler in 1977, with an endorsement for teaching students with emotional disabilities. He received his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law (Indianapolis) in 1981. He served in the U.S. Army from 1972 through 1974, receiving the Army Commendation Medal. He is a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Education, Butler University, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Indianapolis, teaching School Law for Principals. He also teaches Education Law and Ethics as part of the MBA in Educational Leadership Program at the University of Indianapolis. 

Judy McKee was NAGTRI program counsel and chief editor. For 10 years she oversaw the more than 95 training programs per year that NAGTRI conducts. She either facilitated the planning for new programs or designed the agendas and curricula and/or trainings with input from experienced assistant and deputy attorneys general throughout the country. She also served as an instructor at numerous NAGTRI trainings, and was the NAAG staff liaison to the Human Trafficking Committee. Judy received her JD degree, magna cum laude, from Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., a master's degree in English from Brown University, Providence, R.I., and a BA degree in English from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.

Emily Myers is NAAG antitrust and powers and duties chief counsel as well as NAGTRI program counsel. She has been with NAAG since 1993. She is the editor of NAAG’s third edition book, State Attorneys General Powers and Responsibilities, with the fourth edition expected in 2019. Emily is also the author of chapters on state antitrust enforcement in American Bar Association and state bar publications. As antitrust counsel, she assists states in their multistate activities and maintains the NAAG Multistate Litigation Database, a comprehensive database of state antitrust cases since 1990.

Chalia Stallings-Ala’ilima is an assistant attorney general with the Washington Attorney General’s Office (AGO) Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit. The AGO is the chief legal office with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across Washington state providing legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions. The Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit works to protect the rights of all Washington residents by enforcing state and federal anti-discrimination laws. Chalia’s work involves litigating attorney general-initiated matters; representing the Washington State Human Rights Commission in enforcement cases; contributing to the AGO’s Guidance Concerning Immigration Enforcement publication and acting as a statewide resource on this issue; working on AGO amicus briefs in state and federal courts; and co-chairing the AGO Diversity Advisory Committee. Chalia is a past president of the Loren Miller Bar Association, Washington’s affiliate to the National Bar Association. Chalia volunteers pro bono legal clinic services through the King County Bar Association/LMBA. She litigated child welfare cases at the AGO for seven years before moving to the Civil Rights Unit. Chalia obtained her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 2008.


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