October 2011


This year's conference in Santa Fe turned out to be one of the most successful in NAFUSA's 32 years. With 100 members present and a total attendance including guests and speakers of 186, the turnout matched prior conferences in New York and Washington, historically the most popular sites.


Hosts President Bill Lutz and his wife, Jeanne, drew raves for the beautiful venue and the outstanding social events - the cocktail reception at the Palace of the Governors on the Santa Fe Plaza and the luncheon at the Governor's Mansion.


Highlights included the keynote address from Secretary Janet Napolitano of the Department of Homeland Security. She was among friends, having served as United States Attorney in the District of Arizona.


The conference also featured two outstanding panel discussions. The Friday panel "Southwest Border Issues" included an appearance by Gustavo Mohar, General Secretary of the Center for Investigation and National Security (CISEN), second in command for Mexico's agency comparable to a combined FBI and CIA, and David Aguilar, the Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The panel was joined by Larry Villalobos, Section Chief of the Research and Analysis Section of the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) and Ken Gonzales, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico and moderated by Charlie Savage of The New York Times.


Saturday's panel on WikiLeaks featured Charlie Savage, Professor Jack Goldsmith of Harvard Law School, Ken Wainstein of O'Melveny & Myers, Valerie Plame Wilson, a former covert CIA operations officer, and Eric Snyder of Kobre & Kim. Rich Rossman, the new NAFUSA Executive Director, moderated the panel.


This year's J. Michael Bradford Award winner was Ken Sorenson, a 25 year veteran Assistant United States Attorney from the District of Hawaii, who recently prosecuted a high profile espionage case involving the illegal disclosure of classified information on the B-2 bomber. The Bradford Award is given annually to NAFUSA's choice of the most outstanding AUSA in the country.


It was announced that next year's conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on October 11-13, 2012.


Rick Deane Sworn in as NAFUSA's 32nd President

On Saturday, October 1, 2011, Richard H. Deane, Jr., became the 32nd president of NAFUSA. At the concluding banquet of the Santa Fe conference, Rick was introduced by outgoing president Bill Lutz. Rick promply lauded the job done by Bill and his wife, Jeanne, in organizing the outstanding conference in New Mexico. Rick then presented Bill with a NAFUSA's gift of a high powered telescope and tripod to view the New Mexico skies above Bill's home in Las Cruces.


Rick Deane served as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, 1998-2001. He was also a Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District from 1980-1994. Rick is currently a partner in the Atlanta office of Jones Day, where he is co-chair of the Firm's Corporate Criminal Investigations Practice and a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Rick is single and lives in Atlanta. He has three children, a daughter, Nikki, who is an accountant; a son, Ricky, a Staff Sergeant with the United States Army, having just returned from extended duty in Korea and a previous 18 month tour in Iraq; and a son, Jonathan, a graduate MBA student.


On Saturday evening, the following officers for 2011-2012 were elected: President Elect: Jay Stephens, District of Columbia; Vice President: Don Stern, Massachusetts; Secretary: Matt Orwig, ED Texas; Treasurer: Greg Vega, SD California; Immediate Past President: Bill Lutz, New Mexico.


The new directors elected for the term ending 2014 were: Paul Coggins, ND Texas; Karen Hewitt, SD California; Doug Jones, ND Alabama; Tom Maroney, ND New York; and Ron Woods, SD Texas.


Rossman Succeeds Woods as Executive Director

On Saturday, October 1, at the concluding banquet in Santa Fe, Ron Woods stepped down as NAFUSA's executive director. Ron completed four years as NAFUSA's chief operating officer and received a standing ovation from the banquet audience as President Bill Lutz lauded Ron's service and presented him with an iPad2 as a token of NAFUSA's appreciation. During his term, the active membership grew from 86 to nearly 300, taking NAFUSA to a new level of professionalism and stature.


Ron was appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. One of the most well known and well regarded lawyers in Texas, Ron also served four years as a Special Agent for the FBI. He is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law.  He resides in Houston with his wife, Patty.


Rich Rossman succeeds Ron as NAFUSA's executive director. Rich has been a member of NAFUSA for 30 years. He served as president in 2009-2010. He was the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan in 1980-1981, and also served as the chief of staff in the Criminal Division at Main Justice, 1998-1999. Rich retired from the active practice of law in 2007; he had been a partner at Pepper Hamilton for 23 years. Rich is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and lives in Michigan with his wife, Patty.





Calling it a "lively discussion," Main Justice has reported on Saturday's NAFUSA WikiLeaks panel.

Should the U.S. government prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for disclosing a vast trove of classified State Department cables and military documents?


The pros and cons of prosecution- and whether WikiLeaks is legally distinguishable from newspapers and other traditional media - were debated Saturday at the National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys annual conference in Santa Fe, N.M.

Read Mary Jacoby's story


In another article about the conference, Main Justice reports on the J. Michael Bradford Award.

Ken Sorenson said he was "speechless" when former District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Jay Stephens called to tell him on behalf of NAFUSA he'd won the J. Michael Bradford award. He thanked the organization for "thinking about the guys out there in the trenches."

Sorenson won the Award for his prosecution of a military technology espionage case. Main Justice has the details.




Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, former United States Attorney for the District of Arizona, was the keynote speaker at Saturday's closing banquet.


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DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano with appointees from the Clinton Adminstration

The Thursday evening cocktail reception was held at the Palace of the Governors on Santa Fe Plaza.

Rick Deane and Bill Lutz at the Palace of Governors

The Friday morning panel discussion on Southwest Border issues featured high ranking officials from the governments of Mexico and the United States.


Gustavo Mohar and David Aguilar

The Saturday panel on WikiLeaks included former government officials, members of the press and a former undercover CIA agent.


Jack Goldsmith, Ken Wainstein, Eric Snyder, Charlie Savage, Valerie Plame Wilson, Rich Rossman

Bradford Award winner Ken Sorenson brought his family with him from Hawaii.


Jay Stephens presents award to Ken Sorenson, while Ken's family looks on

It was a beautiful evening in Santa Fe for the cocktail reception prior to the concluding banquet.   

A large contingent of former United States Attorneys from Texas attended the conference.


Appointees of President George W. Bush were, once again, well represented.
The 2010-2011 NAFUSA officers gathered for a closing photo.


Rich Rossman, Matt Orwig, Jay Stephens, Rick Deane, Bill Lutz, Don Stern, Ron Woods
Nathan Fishbach Dies


Nathan A. Fishbach, a former United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Wisconsin in 1993, died of cancer on September 17, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and three sons, Jeffrey, Brian and Michael. He was 58. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Nathan Fishbach Student Development Fund at Marquette University School of Law.


Fishbach served in the U.S. Attorney's Office for over 13 years, where a major focus of his work was in the prosecution of complex financial cases. He was a shareholder at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek in Milwaukee, which he joined upon leaving the U.S. Attorney post in 1993. He was the Founding President of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association. He was a graduate of Villanova University Law School.



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