Updates from the CWAG Alliance Partnership
CWAG Alliance Partnership Meets
President Donald J. Trump
On February 28, 2017, various CWAG Member and Associate Member Attorneys General were invited to the White House to meet with President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, with whom they discussed various issues, including the CWAG Alliance Partnership's Rule of Law programming in Mexico. 

CWAG Member and Associate Member Attorneys General state Attorneys General visiting the Oval Office included Talauega Eleasalo V. Ale, American Samoa; Hector Balderas, New Mexico; Xavier Becerra, California; Pam Bondi, Florida; Mark Brnovich, Arizona; Chris Carr, Georgia; Doug Chin, Hawaii; Cynthia Coffman, Colorado; Mike DeWine, Ohio; Joe Foster, New Hampshire; Tim Fox, Montana; Curtis Hill, Indiana; Jim Hood, Mississippi; Marty Jackley, South Dakota; George Jepsen, Connecticut; Adam Laxalt, Nevada; Peter Kilmartin, Rhode Island; Jeff Landry, Mississippi; Jahna Lindemuth, Alaska; Janet Mills, Maine; Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia; Ken Paxton, Texas; Doug Peterson, Nebraska; Chris Porrino, New Jersey; Karl Racine, D.C.; Sean Reyes, Utah; Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon; Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas; Brad Schimel, Wisconsin; Derek Schmidt, Kansas; Bill Schuette, Michigan; Herbert Slatery, Tennessee; Wayne Stenehjem, North Dakota; Lawrence Wasden, Idaho.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, in the Oval Office, February 28, 2017.

On March 1, 2017, CWAG Member and Associate Member Attorneys General met with Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield, to update him on CWAG's Mexico efforts and talk about cooperative INL-CWAG activities for 2017 and beyond.

Best Practices for Attorneys Generals' Offices

The CWAG Alliance Partnership published a free report, in Spanish, on Administrative Best Practices Report for Attorneys Generals' Offices. The report was shared with more than 7,600 email recipients throughout Mexico. A copy of the report can be found at this link.

Virtual Seminars
Virtual Seminars: Using Exhibits at Trial and The Role of the Expert Witness in Oral Trials

The CWAG Alliance Partnership Virtual Seminar "Arguing Reasonable Doubt" was broadcast live, in Spanish, from Phoenix, Arizona, on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017. The online event, directed to Mexican attorney generals' offices and the rest of Mexico's legal community, was transmitted live to 728 unique viewers, and continues to be available for viewing at www.livestream.com/cwagchannel/dudarazonable.
Elizabeth Ortiz, Executive Director of the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys Advisory Council, spoke about defining reasonable doubt. Amy Diederich, Deputy County Attorney from the Pinal County Attorney's Office discussed Reasonable Doubt in Closing Arguments and gave an excellent demonstration of a closing argument.

The CWAG Alliance Partnership Virtual Seminar "The Role of the Expert Witness in Oral Trials" was broadcast live, in Spanish, from the Oregon Attorney General's Office, on Friday, March 3rd, 2017. The online event was transmitted live to 918 unique viewers, and continues to be available for viewing at www.livestream.com/cwagchannel/peritos.
Presentations in the Expert Witness virtual conference included: Preparing your Expert Witness, by Colin Benson, Senior Assistant Attorney General; How to Be a Great Expert Witness, by Kristen Hoffmeyer, Senior Assistant Attorney General; and How to Survive Cross Examination, by Stephanie Tuttle, Deputy Chief Counsel, Criminal Justice Division; and a demonstration of cross examination of an Expert Witness.
Previously broadcast seminars (in Spanish) are available as well:

CWAG Alliance Partnership Programs

The CWAG Alliance Partnership facilitates collaboration between U.S. and Mexican state Attorneys General's Offices. Available services include:
  • Contacts Database
    • Comprehensive, sortable contact information for people involved with AP trainings, meetings and events
    • Quick-Response Liaison
      • Direct contacts within the U.S. and Mexican state Attorneys Generals' Offices for help on specific cases
    • Case Consulting
      • Help with case preparation, from investigation to presentation in court, by a U.S. criminal prosecutor experienced in oral trials
    • Office Reviews/Efficiency Audits
      • A team of experts observes and advises on processes and procedures, to help address a specific issue or give a general perspective
    • Best Practices Consulting
      • Experienced professionals share hard-earned knowledge about issues in administration of justice

For all information and requests, please contact:
Susan Lustig
Administrative Director
Cell: 805.264.4277

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Lauren Niehaus
Deputy Director
Cell: 303.827.9039

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This material was funded by a grant from the United States Department of State. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the author[s] and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.

The CWAG Alliance Partnership promotes the Rule of Law in Mexico, offering a forum for strengthening relationships between U.S. and Mexican State Attorneys General. It supports implementation of an oral adversarial criminal justice system by offering opportunities for collaboration and cooperation between both countries.
Karen White, Executive Director
Conference of Western Attorneys General Alliance Partnership