The National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute
About the Authors
About the Authors
Timothy C. Harker is an assistant United States attorney and serves as the criminal health care fraud coordinator in the Eastern District of Tennessee. He previously served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General of New Jersey, where he led the office’s Commercial Bribery Task Force. He was also a lawyer in private practice. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Information Technology and Statistics and received his law degree from the University of Michigan.
Emily Myers is NAAG antitrust and powers and duties chief counsel as well as NAGTRI Chief Editor. She has been with NAAG since 1993. She is the editor of NAAG’s book, State Attorneys General Powers and Responsibilities (4th edition available 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.
John S. Pallas is the Division Chief of the Criminal Appellate Division of the Michigan Attorney General’s office, where he has worked for over eight years. Prior to being appointed Division Chief, John served as the Division’s Federal Habeas Section Head. Before he came to the Attorney General’s office, John was Chief of the Appellate Division at the Office of the Oakland County Prosecutor in Michigan, an office where he worked as an assistant prosecuting attorney for nearly 21 years. John is a frequent lecturer at NAGTRI’s federal habeas courses and has also done presentations on federal habeas issues for state court trial and appellate judges as well as state prosecutors.
Bill Raftery is a Senior Knowledge and Information Services analyst with the National Center for State Courts in Williamsburg, Va. His current work includes research on legislative-judicial relations, judicial selection, judicial conduct, and court security. Bill edits Gavel to Gavel, an award-winning weekly review of legislation in all fifty states affecting the courts, and operates its blog and social media. Bill has served on the editorial board of The Justice System Journal, the advisory board of Judicature, and has had his worked published in both publications as well as Drake University Law Review, The Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, Court Review, and The Judges' Journal.
Tamara Schlinger Tamara serves as counsel with the NAAG Center for Tobacco and Public Health. In this role, she provides expertise and support to the Settling States in their work to enforce the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA), with an emphasis on matters related to the MSA’s public health provisions, and provides counsel to the Settling States on various tobacco matters. Prior to joining NAAG, Tamara served as the general counsel and special assistant for public policy at a non-profit organization based in New York City that focused on developing effective solutions to address substance addiction and reduce risks associated with substance use. Additionally, she worked in private practice at a law firm in New York City.