Program Updates - 2009
Julie Brill nominated for Federal Trade Commission post (November 2009)
Congratulations to Program Adviser and Lecturer-in-Law Julie Brill, who has been nominated by President Obama for a position as Commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission. Brill, currently the Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust at the North Carolina Department of Justice, co-teaches the "Role of the State Attorney General" seminar with Program Director James E. Tierney. Previously, she worked for 21 years as Assistant Attorney General of the Consumer Protection Division at the Vermont Attorney General's Office.
Brill, along with Director James Tierney and Senior Counsel Stephen Houck, participated in the American Bar Association's Antitrust Fall Forum as part of a discussion panel, entitled "Adapting to a New Enforcement Environment: What Changes in Enforcement Priorities Should We Expect From State Attorneys General?"
Antitrust Federalism Conference: Enhancing the Federal-State Relationship (October 7, 2009)
On October 7, the National State Attorneys General Program, in conjunction with the National Association of Attorneys General, presented a conference that brought together the nation's top antitrust officials to discuss new enforcement initiatives and closer cooperation among federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies.
For a comprehensive overview of the summit-style meeting, including coverage of all keynote speakers' and panelists' comments, please view Law.com writer David Hechler's October 12 article, "Come (Back) Together: Antitrust Regulators Heal Old Rifts."
In addition, program counsel and Antitrust Federalism panel moderator Stephen D. Houck's paper, "The Transition Report: The State of State Antitrust Enforcement," (PDF) is available for viewing.
Report indicates positive effects of strong state anti-predatory lending laws (October 2009)
A study of the nationwide foreclosure crisis, conducted by the University of North Carolina Center for Community Capital and funded by the National State Attorneys General Program, has analyzed the effects of states' anti-predatory lending regulations. The Center has concluded that residents of states with stronger such laws had lower instances of delinquency and foreclosure, that mortgages in these states tended to be safer, and that federal preemption of restrictions against national banks since 2004 has resulted in the significant and disproportionate growth in the share of the subprime lending market by these very large banks.
“State laws can only provide patchy protection if different types of lenders within a state are subject to different rules,” said Center president Roberto G. Quercia. “Based on these results, we recommend that federal regulators set minimum standards -- a floor, rather than a ceiling – and allow states to enact and enforce higher standards if they choose.”
The full study is available online at the Center for Community Capital.
REGIONAL MEETINGS ON CHARITIES LAW AND CONSUMER PROTECTION (2009)
Continuing its efforts to provide training and resources to individual state offices, the Program held a regional meeting in the area of Consumer Protection on July 29-30, 2009 in Seattle, Washington. In April, the Program also hosted two additional meetings on Charities Law and Consumer Protection at different state offices. On April 30- May 1, 2009 the Program's Charities Law Project held a meeting at the office of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper in Raleigh on charities law enforcement. This meeting brought together representatives from a small number of state offices to discuss the substantive, procedural, and logistical questions they have in working in the area of charities regulation. In addition, the program, in conjunction with the Center for State Enforcement of Antitrust and Consumer Protection, held a meeting of state officials at the office of Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler in Baltimore on April 2, 2009. The meeting featured over 40 attendees, including state and federal officials specializing in the area of consumer protection.
View report (PDF) on regional meetings
SUMMER GUEST SPEAKER SERIES (JUNE AND JULY 2009)
The National State Attorneys General Program was privileged to host a series of guest speakers at Columbia Law School. Guests included the current Attorney General of Montana, Steve Bullock, '94, former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods, former New York Attorney General Robert Abrams, former New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey, '84, former New Hampshire Attorney General and Governor Stephen Merrill, and former Deputy White House Counsel and Ohio Solicitor General Professor Bill Marshall.
Video of each guest's remarks are now available.
ETHICS AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL (JUNE 2009)
In March and June of 2009, Program director James E. Tierney conducted interactive ethics presentations at NAAG's Spring and Summer Meetings. Tierney’s presentations involve substantial discussion from attorneys general, senior assistant attorneys general and former attorneys general. Click here for a copy of Tierney's speech at the June 2009 meeting.
Watch last year's videos (Please use Firefox to view videos):
June 2008 – Providence, RI – NAAG Summer Meeting
March 2008 – Washington, D.C. – NAAG Spring Meeting
June 2009 – Colorado Springs, CO – NAAG Summer Meeting
To view other video lessons on the role of attorneys general, click here.
JAMES TIERNEY TESTIFIES ON HOME LENDING BEFORE U.S. HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE (MARCH 2009)
Program director James Tierney testified before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection at the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 24. Tierney spoke regarding the roles of state and federal regulators in combatting abusive lending practices. Additional information about the hearing is available at energycommerce.house.gov.
Click here to view the video of Tierney's Testimony.
Click here to read Tierney's full testimony (PDF).
FRAUD IN THE CHARITABLE SECTOR CONFERENCE: EDUCATION, PREVENTION, AND ENFORCEMENT (JANUARY 2009)
The Program, together with the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI), hosted a conference on January 22-24, 2009 for state officials and members of the nonprofit and charitable sector regarding the detection and prevention of charities fraud. For more details as well as background reading materials for attendees, go to the conference home page. Further materials for state officials are available at NASCOnet.