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Attorney General Bill McCollum Press Release
McCollum Attends National Association of Attorneys General Spring Meeting
~ Attorney General will meet with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales ~
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney General Bill McCollum is attending the annual Spring Meeting of state Attorneys General hosted this week by the National Association of Attorneys General in Washington, D.C. One of the Association’s three national meetings held each year, the Spring Meeting allows State Attorneys General to discuss a number of complex legal issues, including challenges for state management of sex offenders, Real ID and its impact on states, the impact of pre-kindergarten programs on crime prevention, anti-counterfeiting and piracy initiatives, recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, federal legislation and other critical legal areas of interest.
“This is an excellent opportunity for discussion and collaboration on many national issues that impact the lives of all Floridians including cyber-crime, identity theft, and gang violence,” Attorney General McCollum said. “I look forward to working with my counterparts from across the nation as we discuss these important matters and work to make our states safer places to live, work and raise our families.”
Forty-six Attorneys General and members of their staffs will be in attendance to meet with a number of key national figures, including U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, U.S. Senators John Kerry and Lindsey Graham, former U.S. Solicitors General Ted Olson and Walter Dellinger and John Walsh, co-founder of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and host of Fox TV’s America’s Most Wanted. Additionally, nearly 200 individuals representing various federal agencies, related trade associations and law enforcement groups are expected to attend.
“NAAG’s Spring Meeting provides Attorneys General with an opportunity to work collectively for the common good for all of our constituents,” said NAAG President and Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker.
“Together, we will meet with cabinet level officials, representatives of federal agencies and other groups to discuss our concerns regarding homeland security and public safety, civil rights, funding for state land local law enforcement programs, online safety for children, the rise in gangs and youth violence and a number of other difficult legal and law enforcement issues,” continued President Baker. “Attorneys General are at the forefront of dealing with these issues, and our role in protecting the public interest is becoming more complex with each passing year.”
The Attorneys General will hear from officials with the U.S. Marshall Service, the National Governors’ Association and the North American Securities Administrators. Officials from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Anti-Defamation League, the Ad Council, Fight Crime Invest in Kids, the Jason Foundation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will also appear as panelists.
The Attorneys General will also discuss the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Dred Scott v. Sanford, which held that under the U.S. Constitution, no African-American, whether free or enslaved, could ever be a citizen of this nation. Panelists, who include Dred Scott’s great-great granddaughter Lynne Jackson, and NAAG Civil Rights Committee Co-Chair and Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, will discuss the background of the decision, its place in the law and its relevance today.
The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) was founded in 1907 to help Attorneys General fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions. The Association fosters interstate cooperation on legal and law enforcement issues, conducts policy research and analysis of issues and facilitates communication between the states’ chief legal officers and all levels of government. The Association’s members are the Attorneys General of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and the territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Virgin Islands. The Secretary of Justice of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is also a member. The U.S. Attorney General is an honorary member.
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For a copy of the Spring Meeting’s agenda, visit http://www.naag.org.