Attorney General completes term as chairman of western attorneys general, reappointed to NAAG Executive Committee

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers will complete his term as the chairman of the Conference of Western Attorneys General next week. CWAG membership includes the attorneys general of 15 western states. During his tenure at the head of the regional organization, Suthers focused on water issues throughout the Rocky Mountain region and the western states.

“Water is the lifeblood of Colorado and the western United States,” Suthers said. “The conversations we started at the April conference we hosted in April in Colorado Springs are essential to better understanding this dynamic resource and the law surrounding water use. Though water disputes will arise, the dialogues we started during my tenure are essential to helping resolve these conflicts before they lead to costly and time-consuming litigation.”

Suthers also lauded his staff and the Conference of Western Attorneys General for continuing their important work to train Mexican prosecutors and investigators whose justice system is transitioning from a wholly paper-based system to an adversarial system akin to what is used throughout the United States. CWAG has received grant funding from USAID to provide the training. To date, nearly 1,400 Mexican prosecutors and investigators have received training.

“Mexico is undertaking radical and much-needed reforms to the way it administers justice throughout the country,” Suthers said. “It has been an honor to continue to assist our Mexican peers as their justice system undergoes this transition. From on-site trainings in Colorado to the efforts the Conference of Western Attorneys General has undertaken in other states, we have made great strides in helping our peers accomplish these justice reforms. This program has only strengthened the working relationships between our two countries’ law enforcement and justice systems.”

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, the new president of the National Association of Attorneys General, recently reappointed Suthers to the association’s executive committee. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Suthers has served on the committee that directs the work of the National Association of Attorneys General.

“Attorney General Suthers has been a valuable member of the NAAG Executive Committee and I’ve asked him to continue in that important role,” Cooper said.

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