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March 21, 2019
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2019 NAAG Presidential Initiative Summit Registration Reminder!
Early Registration Ends March 27
Join Attorney General Landry in Lafayette, La. on April 25-26, 2019, for the Presidential Initiative Summit on Emergency and Crisis Management. The Presidential Initiative Summit will be a major milestone in Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry's presidential focus on emergency preparedness and response. It will bring together attorneys general and their government and private sector partners to exchange best practices, ideas, insights and experiences in coping with emergencies and disasters, both natural and man-made. Issues to be addressed include maintaining communications during a disaster, active shooter preparation and response, infrastructure issues, and best practices to ensure an attorney general office is prepared.

Hotel Information

NAAG's room block at the DoubleTree has now been exhausted. NAAG has contracted rooms at the Fairfield Inn which is in walking distance of the DoubleTree. Please  click here   for more information for booking a room at our overflow hotel.

Registration Information

Early registration ends March 27, 2019.  Click here to register now.  For any questions, please contact Erika Rudiger .
CWAG invites you to attend our 2019 Spring Dinner on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Lafayette, Louisiana, in conjunction with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s NAAG Presidential Initiative Summit. Attorneys General and private sector supporters will join together for a highly personal and engaging dinner with approximately 15-20 Attorneys General at The DoubleTree Hotel.

The CWAG 2019 Spring Dinner begins with a reception for all attendees from 6:00pm – 7:00pm in Salon A immediately followed by dinner from 7:00pm – 9:00pm in the Ballroom at The DoubleTree Hotel.

If you need more information or if you have any questions, please contact meeting manager Ale Stephens at  or 303.304.9206.

 We hope to see you in Lafayette!
The Student Debt Crisis: Lives On Hold
May 14, 2019 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PDT
Portland, OR

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum invites you to attend the Second National Symposium on the Student Debt Crisis. Please join us along with national leaders who are helping address and solve this serious crisis, followed by a reception. For questions or more info, contact
Washington Attorney General Ferguson Commits $750,000 To Test Sexual Assault Kits 
First round of funds will test more than 1,000 kits
March 19, 2019

Attorney General Bob Ferguson committed $750,000 in grant funds to test unsubmitted sexual assault kits as part of his Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI).
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and the Office of School Safety Release Comprehensive School Security Framework
March 18, 2019

Attorney General Josh Kaul announced the release of the Wisconsin School Threat Assessment Protocol and Wisconsin Comprehensive School Security Framework, providing educators and partners a comprehensive set of policies that support school safety efforts. The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of School Safety (OSS) is also this week hosting a free school threat assessment conference for educators, behavioral health professionals and law enforcement.
Mississippi Attorney General Launches Students Against Violence App
March 11, 2019

Attorney General Jim Hood launched an app for students struggling with depression, bullying, drug use, and other problems common among teens.

The “Students Against Violence” app is a place where students who are struggling with thoughts of suicide or are in a home where there is domestic violence can turn to local and national resources to help them through such situations. The app includes categories for depression/anxiety, self-harm, suicide prevention, youth drug abuse, bullying, school violence, teen dating violence, domestic violence, underage drinking, and electronic cigarettes.

This project is a collaboration between General Hood and the Jason Foundation, with input from several state agencies and partners such as the Department of Mental Health, Mississippi Department of Education, Mississippi chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi. The Jason Foundation, Inc. is a group dedicated to the prevention of the silent epidemic of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip young people, educators, youth workers, and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth. President and Founder, Clark Flatt, spoke at CWAG's Annual Meeting last year in Albuquerque on a panel titled, "Youth Suicide Prevention and Awareness." View his presentation below.
Washington Attorney General Ferguson Seeks To Join Lawsuit Against Navy For Polluting Puget Sound
Ferguson fears Navy will release more pollution in cleaning another ship currently slated for scrapping
March 20, 2019

Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a motion to join a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Navy’s practice of scraping the hulls of decommissioned vessels in a way that releases metals and other contaminants into Sinclair Inlet. This contamination can harm marine life up and down the food chain, including salmon and orcas.
Vermont Attorney General Announces Settlement of MTBE Lawsuit
March 15, 2019

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that his office has resolved Vermont’s lawsuit against more than two dozen of the nation’s largest refiners of gasoline. The State’s case, filed in June of 2014, alleged that these refiners caused widespread pollution of Vermont’s groundwater with the gasoline additive methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE). As a part of the settlement between the State and the gas companies, the State will receive a payment of $3.8 million. In return, the State has dismissed its remaining claims against the gasoline companies.
Opinion Analysis: Washington State Motor-Fuel Tax Violates Yakama Treaty
March 20, 2019

With a three-justice plurality opinion, a two-justice concurrence in the judgment and two dissents, Washington State Department of Licensing v. Cougar Den appears unusually fractured at first glance. But the disagreements among seven of the justices are relatively small, turning largely on whether and why Washington’s motor-fuel tax really burdens the Yakama treaty right to travel. Only the dissent by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, indicates a fundamental disagreement about the rules of tribal treaty interpretation.
Updated American Indian Law Deskbook Is Now Available

The American Indian Law Deskbook  is a concise, direct, and easy-to-understand handbook on Indian law. The chapter authors of this book are experienced state lawyers who have been involved in Indian law for many years.

American Indian Law Deskbook  addresses the areas of Indian law most relevant to the practitioner.
Topics include:
  • Definitions of Indians and Indian tribes
  • Indian lands
  • Criminal, civil regulatory, and civil adjudicatory jurisdiction
  • Civil rights
  • Indian water rights
  • Fish and wildlife
  • Environmental regulation
  • Taxation
  • Gaming
  • Indian Child Welfare Act and tribal-state cooperative agreements