National Association of Attorneys General
The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is an organization founded in 1907 with the goal of facilitating interaction among attorneys general in order to enhance the performance of AGs and their staffs across the country. According to NAAG, the group “fosters an environment of cooperative leadership that helps Attorneys General respond effectively – individually and collectively – to emerging state and federal issues.”
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has served on NAAG’s executive committee, as chairman of the group’s Southern Region. He has also been co-chairman of the group’s Tobacco Committee. In that role, he recently spearheaded a crucial agreement with tobacco companies in a dispute over terms of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement, thus avoiding costly litigation.
Arkansas has participated in NAAG’s yearly presidential initiatives. Following the 2012 initiative on Human Trafficking, McDaniel advanced key legislation in the Arkansas General Assembly to strengthen anti-human trafficking laws in Arkansas.
As part of the 2013 presidential initiative on Internet safety, “Privacy in the Digital Age,” McDaniel has joined with the popular social networking site Facebook to offer teenagers and parents tips and resources to better manage the information they share on that site and more broadly on the Internet.
The Attorney General and members of his staff frequently receive important training sponsored by the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI), an arm of the association.
NAGTRI will host a training seminar for criminal appellate attorneys in Little Rock on May 14.