Colorado Attorney General Suthers To Assume Leadership Roles In National Organizations

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) by incoming president Lawrence Wasden, the Attorney General of Idaho.

“It is important that Colorado has a seat at the table when national issues are addressed that impact our state,” commented Attorney General Suthers. “That’s why I welcome the opportunity to join the NAAG Executive Committee.”

The National Association of Attorneys General helps AGs respond effectively – individually and collectively - to emerging state and federal issues. The organization fosters interstate cooperation on legal and law enforcement issues, conducts policy research and issue analysis, and facilitates communication among the states’ chief legal officers at all levels of government. The NAAG Executive Committee is charged with the management of Association operations and yearly approval of its goals, objectives, and activities.

Attorney General Suthers has additionally been elected vice chair of the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) by the fifteen AGs who comprise its membership. The Conference is a bipartisan group focused on issues important to the West, including water, fish and wildlife, public lands, minerals, environmental protection, and Indian Law. Attorney General Suthers will serve as CWAG president in 2009-2010.

Suthers also currently chairs NAAG’s Task Force on School and Campus Safety. The Task Force was convened in the wake of the Virgina Tech shootings in April of 2007. Attorney General Suthers is working jointly with Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch to produce a report and recommendations on school violence prevention and response, which will be released in early September.

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