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360 Furman Street, #1026
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Kevin J. O'Connor

is Chairman of the State Center's Board of Directors. Kevin is a shareholder in the Wisconsin-based law firm of Lafollette Godfrey and Kahn, where he chairs its Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice Group. Kevin served in the Wisconsin Department of Justice for many years, where he was Assistant Attorney General in charge of antitrust enforcement and head of the Office of Consumer Protection. While at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Kevin chaired the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Multistate Antitrust Task Force and led numerous multistate working groups litigating a broad range of antitrust cases. Kevin holds an undergraduate degree and a Ph. D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.

Prentiss Cox

is a member of the State Center's Board of Directors. Prentiss is a Professor of Clinical Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. Until July 2005, Prentiss was an Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Consumer Enforcement Division in the Minnesota Attorney General's Office. Prentiss led numerous multistate cases involving predatory lending, telemarketing fraud and deceptive sales practices, and he has drafted and successfully lobbied for numerous consumer protection laws and regulations at both the state and federal level. Prentiss holds a B.A. degree from Oberlin College and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Thomas Greene

is a member of the State Center's Board of Directors. Tom is currently a member of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition. For the prior 25 years, Tom held leadership positions under both Republican and Democratic Attorneys General in California, including service as Chief Assistant Attorney General of the Public Rights Division. In that capacity, Tom supervised the office's 300-attorney affirmative litigation arm responsible for numerous substantive areas including both consumer protection and antitrust. Tom holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California, at Berkeley and Davis respectively.

Tam Ormiston

is a member of the State Center's Board of Directors. Tam was a member of the Iowa Attorney General's Office from 1998 to 2017, where he served as Chief Policy Deputy Attorney General. In that capacity, he concentrated largely on national multi-state consumer and antitrust cases and served as the Acting Iowa Consumer Advocate. From 2007 to 2010, he was also Deputy Director of Columbia Law School's National State Attorneys Program and an adjunct lecturer at the law school. Prior to his most recent service in the Iowa Attorney General's Office, Ormiston practiced securities law, was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in Asia, and was a member of the Iowa Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division. He later served as the Director of the nation's first Farm Division. In addition, Ormiston served as legal consultant and Representative for the Korea office of The Asia Foundation (TAF). In that capacity, he helped found and promote critical legal institutions (such as the Korean Constitutional Court) as the country adopted a more democratic form of government. He later established TAF offices and legal programs in Russia and Central Asia. Before returning to Iowa in 1998, he became the Foundation's Law Adviser in its San Francisco headquarters, supporting 15 TAF field offices across Asia. Ormiston earned a JD and a Masters degree in American Studies at the University of Iowa.

Shirley Sarna

is a member of the State Center's Board of Directors. Shirley teaches law in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. From 1995 to 2000 Shirley was Chief of the Consumer Frauds Bureau of the New York State Attorney General's Office. While in state government service, Shirley was the staff chair of the NAAG consumer protection committee and led a number of important multistate efforts. Prior to her state government service, Shirley served as an attorney and then Assistant Regional Director in the New York Regional Office of the Federal Trade Commission. Shirley holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and J.D. and LL.M degrees from New York University Law School.

James E. Tierney

is a member of the State Center's Board of Directors. Jim is Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School and Director of its National State Attorneys General Program. Jim served as Attorney General of Maine from 1980 to 1990. During his tenure as Attorney General of Maine, Jim was a member of the NAAG Executive Committee. Jim was a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School and has lectured and taught about the role of state attorneys general at several other law schools in addition to Columbia and Harvard. Jim is a graduate of the University of Maine and its School of Law.

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