On December 6 – 8, 2021, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) held its Capital Forum in Washington D.C. The Capital Forum is the NAAG’s last large event of the season and included NAAG President, District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine, passing the gavel to NAAG President-elect Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. AG Racine ended his term as president with a keynote address from Isabel Wilkerson, author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents and a final panel on his presidential initiative: “The People v. Hate: Standing up for Humanity.”
General Miller closed the Forum by announcing his new presidential initiative: “Consumer Protection 2.0: Tech Threats and Tools.” In addition to the hand-off between Racine and Miller, the Capital Forum featured several high-profile speakers including FTC Chair Lina Kahn, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Rohit Chopra and United States Attorney General Merrick Garland. Both Chair Kahn and AG Garland focused much of their remarks on antitrust enforcement, highlighting this as a priority for both the states and the federal government. Director Chopra discussed new ways his bureau would engage with the states including prioritizing potential expansion of state enforcement of federal consumer financial protection laws. These priorities fit nicely within AG Miller’s new presidential initiative; a preview of the compelling programming NAAG will feature next year.