Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch was unanimously elected as the 101st president of the National Association of Attorneys General last week. He is the first attorney general from Rhode Island selected for the post.
“I am immensely honored to serve NAAG in this leadership capacity and eager to work with the new officers and NAAG’s entire membership to embark on the challenging work ahead,” Lynch said.
Attorneys general also elected Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning as president-elect; North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper as vice president; and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden as immediate past president for the 2008-2009 term.
The Association also announced its annual award winners:
- Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers received the Kelley-Wyman Award, the association’s highest honor given to the attorney general who has done the most to achieve the objectives of NAAG;
- The Marvin Award, given annually to individuals who serve on the staffs of state attorneys general and who have furthered the goals of NAAG, was awarded to Iowa Assistant Attorney General Patrick Madigan and California Senior Assistant Attorney General Dennis Eckhart;
- The Laurie Loveland Award was presented to Washington Assistant Attorney General Robert Fallis and Senior Litigation Counsel Ann Uglietta. The award recognizes individuals within an attorney general’s office who have helped to advance the work of attorneys general on tobacco-related issues.
- Individuals from the Alabama, New York, Texas and Wisconsin offices of the attorneys general were recognized for excellence in brief writing in the U.S. Supreme Court. Recipients of the Supreme Court Briefs Awards were: Solicitor General Kevin Newsom and Assistant Attorney General James Davis of Alabama; Solicitor General Barbara D. Underwood, Deputy Solicitor General Michelle Aronowitz, Assistant Solicitor General Cecelia Chang, Deputy Solicitor General Ben Gutman and Assistant Solicitor General Sasha Samberg-Champion of New York; former Solicitor General Ted Cruz, Assistant Attorney General Sean Jordan, Assistant Attorney General Kristofer Monson, and Assistant Attorney General Adam Aston and Assistant Solicitor General Daniel Geyser of Texas; and Assistant Attorney General Christopher Wren of Wisconsin.
- The Francis X. Bellotti Award, given to a former attorney general who has served NAAG and worked diligently to further its vision and mission, was presented to former Tennessee Attorney General Knox Walkup.