Professors Tierney And Mann Speak At National Attorneys General Meeting

Professors Tierney And Mann Speak At National Attorneys General Meeting

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December 3, 2008 (NEW YORK) – Professors Ronald Mann and James Tierney of Columbia Law School are two of the panelists to address the role of attorneys general in economic regulation at a conference attended by AGs from across the country. The 2008 winter meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General takes place December 2-5 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Tierney is the moderator of the panel “Preemption and Multistates: Advocating In An Era of Preemption” and will deliver a talk on “Ethical Issues in AG Regulatory Issues.” As he has done for 20 years, Tierney also participated in the orientation for new AGs. This year’s incoming group includes Montana Attorney General and Columbia Law School alumnus Steve Bullock ’94.

Tierney, the Attorney General of Maine from 1980 until 1990, is the director of National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School, where he has taught as a lecturer-in-law since the fall of 2000. He currently practices as a consultant to attorneys general and others regarding state regulatory structures and multi-state initiatives.

Mann is among the speakers on the panel “The Credit Crises: The Meaning and Options for Attorneys General.” Mann, Professor of Law and co-chair of the Charles E. Gerber Transactional Studies Program at Columbia Law School, is a leading expert on commercial law and payment systems. He has published two widely used commercial law casebooks and co-authored the first American legal casebook on electronic commerce. His book Charging Ahead (Cambridge University Press, 2006) is the first comprehensive treatment of credit cards in the global economy.

The National Association of Attorneys General 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. The Association fosters interstate cooperation on legal and law enforcement issues, conducts policy research and analysis of issues, conducts training, and facilitates communication between the states’ chief legal officers and all levels of government. The Association’s members are the Attorneys General of the 50 states and the District of Columbia and the chief legal officers of the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico (Secretary of Justice) and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. The U.S. Attorney General is an honorary member.

Columbia Law School, founded in 1858, stands at the forefront of legal education and of the law in a global society. Columbia Law School joins traditional strengths in international and comparative law, constitutional law, administrative law, business law and human rights law with pioneering work in the areas of intellectual property, digital technology, sexuality and gender, and criminal law.