For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: June 5, 2006

Wasden To Host National Association of Attorneys General

(Boise) – The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) will hold its annual summer meeting June 27 through June 30 in Coeur d’Alene, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced today. Approximately 275 visitors, including more than 30 state attorneys general, are expected to attend the three-day meeting at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Attorney General Wasden is Vice President of NAAG.

During their conference, the attorneys general will discuss a variety of legal issues affecting the states, including: how the criminal justice system can better protect children; Internet issues and “spyware”; antitrust safety and fraud issues; and impacts of federal homeland security actions on states, including changes to the states’ drivers’ license systems and border security.

Two former Idaho Attorneys General, now serving as judges, will lead a panel discussion entitled “A View From The Bench.” Former Attorney General Jim Jones is a Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court. Former Attorney General Al Lance is a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

"We’re honored that the National Association of Attorneys General chose Idaho as the site for this conference,” Attorney General Wasden said. “I’m looking forward to participating with my fellow attorneys general in the discussions of important legal issues facing our respective states. The conference also provides a great opportunity to showcase Idaho’s natural beauty and hospitality and will have a positive economic impact on the Coeur d’Alene area.”

The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) was founded in 1907 to help Attorneys General fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions. NAAG’s mission is: "To facilitate interaction among Attorneys General as peers. To facilitate the enhanced performance of Attorneys General and their staffs." NAAG fosters an environment of "cooperative leadership," helping Attorneys General respond effectively - individually and collectively - to emerging state and federal issues.

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