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National Association of Attorneys General Webinar: Rising to the Leadership and Civility Challenge

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

2:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. ET

Open to the Public

Throughout NAAG’s Presidential Initiative Webinar Series, a variety of esteemed speakers have discussed the ongoing challenges and opportunities for state and territory attorneys general in maintaining and cultivating the bonds of cooperative and collaborative leadership. The concluding event in this series features several conversations that will help tie together foundational themes related to transformational leadership and civility.

CLE credit (60 minutes) will be available for the first event in the program.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET | Making Difficult Decisions: AGs Who Got Things Done and Why They Were Effective

Public perceptions of state attorney general actions are often viewed through the prism of partisanship and polarization gripping our political institutions and national discourse. However, during their term(s) in office, state attorneys general are faced with difficult legal and policy decisions that impact the health, safety and security of their states’ residents in profound and systemic ways. These issues require decisive action or series of actions that have the potential of alienating constituents, interest groups and political opponents or allies at all levels of government. This panel of current and former state attorneys general will discuss concrete examples of complex legal or policy issues they faced while in office, their deliberative process for solving those issues, and why their decisions to act were ultimately necessary and effective.


  • Karl A. Racine, District of Columbia Attorney General


  • Tim Fox, NAAG President and Montana Attorney General
  • Derek Schmidt, Kansas Attorney General
  • Lisa Madigan, Former Illinois Attorney General

3:10 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. ET | Reviving and Reimagining Transformational Leadership and Civility

Civil society institutions such as nonprofit organizations play an important role in educating both government officials and the public at-large on the importance of our governing institutions. This includes the need for civility and bipartisan cooperation in order to get things done and restore faith in America’s institutions. Hear from the leaders of two organizations who are on the frontlines of this effort – the National Institute for Civil Discourse and the Bipartisan Policy Center.


  • Tim Fox, Montana Attorney General and NAAG President  


  • Dr. Keith Allred, Executive Director, National Institute for Civil Discourse 
  • Jason Grumet, Executive Director, Bipartisan Policy Center 

3:40 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. ET | A Pre-Recorded Fireside Chat with Senator Angus King (I – Maine)

Since entering the Senate in 2013, Maine Senator Angus King has built a reputation in Washington and beyond as a consensus-builder. He is known for his efforts to bridge partisan divides by building meaningful personal relationships among his Senate colleagues. Join NAAG President and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and Maine Senator Angus King as they candidly discuss the impact of hyper partisanship and polarization on our politics, our governing institutions, and our nation, and ways to foster a more constructive, collaborative environment.


  • Tim Fox, Montana Attorney General and NAAG President 


  • Sen. Angus King (Maine) 

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