The Attorney General Alliance (AGA) began as the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG), a 501c3 nonprofit organization and bipartisan group of 15 western states and three territories. Built on a foundation of fostering collaboration between western AG offices, CWAG has long maintained a focus on issues in the fields of Native American, natural resources, public lands, minerals, and energy law.
As our relationships grew and our organization matured, new partnerships were formed from all over the country, and transnational legal issues emerged around the world. Our interests and expertise necessarily ventured beyond the boundaries of the West.
By 2019, our network had expanded to over 40 U.S. states and territories, and the scope of our mission had grown considerably. While we strove to maintain our traditional focus on western state issues, we recognized that emerging national and international legal issues could also benefit from AG collaboration. CWAG formed the Attorney General Alliance (AGA) to meet address those issues.
CWAG continues to focus on issues of interest to the western states, while AGA takes on emerging issues like cannabis regulation, sports betting, and cybercrime. We continue to expand our international relationships through Rule of Law programing as the Alliance Partnership in Mexico and the Africa Alliance Partnership in Africa.
Together, we are an alliance of Attorneys General, federal, state, and foreign officials, and public and private sector partners throughout the world who come together to address complex issues in law and policy.