On December 9, 2019, Attorney General Tim Fox was elected president of the National Association of Attorneys General. The organization 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.
For his presidential initiative, Fox chose “Transformational Leadership and Civility.” A presidential initiative seeks to strengthen collective leadership among all state and territory attorneys general by enhancing civil and bipartisan engagement, and offering solutions to overcome partisan and ideological divides.
Fox’s thesis for his Master of Public Administration degree, “Civility and Statesmanship in the Offices of State, Territorial, and District of Columbia Attorneys General,” was the inspiration for his presidential initiative. Fox believes that acknowledging political differences in the work of the attorneys general, and in the relationships among them, is the first step toward doing the type of good bipartisan work that attorneys general have done together in areas like consumer protection, public safety, crime fighting, and social justice.
It is imperative that these influential leaders have a methodology for tackling problems in a way that fosters collaboration. That methodology is the exercise of statesmanship, and is the foundation of Fox’s presidential series webinars and podcasts.