November 2011


Santa Fe Conference Roundup (Updated)
 November 9, 2011
Rick Deane and Janet Napolitano
NAFUSA President Rick Deane and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano


NAFUSA concluded a successful annual conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on October 1, 2011.


Click here to view 700 photos from the conference.


Main Justice has posted videos from the Santa Fe conference.


Click here to view the presentation of the Bradford Award to AUSA Ken Sorenson.


Click here to view Janet Napolitano's keynote address at the concluding banquet and Ken Sorenson's presentation of the case which won him the Bradford Award.


Finally, click here to view portions of the WikiLeaks panel discussion.


NAFUSA member Peter Vaira once again has provided detailed summaries of the conference. Click here to read Peter's summaries of the Santa Fe conference presentations, including Steve Easton's presentation on expert witnesses, the panel on Southwest border issues, the WikiLeaks panel and Stewart Youngs's presentation on the Supreme Court term 2010-2011.


Ira Raphaelson Named Legal Head at Las Vegas Sands Corporation

NAFUSA Member and Former US Attorney 



NAFUSA member Ira Raphaelson, who served as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 1989-1990, was named Executive Director and General Counsel of Las Vegas Sands, Corp., beginning November 1, 2011, where he will be responsible for the company's legal affairs worldwide. Raphaelson previously served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Directors of Scientific Games Corportation, a leader in the lottery industry.


In addition to serving as U.S. Attorney, Raphaelson was appointed by President George H.W. Bush as Special Counsel for Financial Institutions. He also served as Counsel to the Attorney General (1991-1993). He earned his J.D. from Northwestern University. He is married with three children and two grandchildren.
 Interviews Valerie Plame Wilson at Santa Fe Conference
Two journalists in the Savage Family


Luiza and Charlie Savage at the Santa Fe conference


The New York Times correspondent Charlie Savage is not the only journalist in the Savage family. Charlie's wife, Luiza Savage, is a corresondent for, the Canadian weekly news magazine. Charlie has attended the past two NAFUSA conferences. In New York City in 2010, he moderated the panel discussion on the appropriate forum in which to prosecute terrorism cases. Charlie continues to follow this still unsettled issue. See, for instance, Charlie's October 28, 2011 article in The Times. In Santa Fe, Charlie moderated the panel on the Southwest border and was a WikiLeads panelist.


Luiza Savage accompanied Charlie to Santa Fe. She put her time to good use when she interviewed another WikiLeaks panelist, Valerie Plame Wilson, at La Posada following the panel. Luiza's interview of Valerie Plame can be read here.




Charlie Savage and Valerie Plame Wilson on the WikiLeaks panel










Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure
Deadline to Sumbit Comments is February 15, 2012
The Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States has requested public comment on the preliminary draft of proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence.

The proposed amendments and related advisory committee reports can be downloaded from the Federal Rulemaking website. The deadline to submit comments is February 15, 2012.
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With the changes to, the NAFUSA website, news and other items of interest will now be published throughout the month. Many of the web posts will overlap with the NAFUSA newsletter, though not all. 

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