February 2012


DOJ Celebrates the Life and Career of Jack Keeney
Attorney General Hosts Event in the Great Hall
Keeney memorial service in Great Hall
From left, AG Eric Holder, DAG James Cole, Asst. AG Lanny Breuer, Director Robert Mueller and David Margolis
On January 24, 2012, the Department of Justice held a celebration of the life and career of John C. "Jack" Keeney. The event was held in the Great Hall and attended by former Attorney Generals and many additional current and former Justice officials.
NAFUSA member David Margolis, a long time close friend of Keeney's, presided. The speakers were James Cole, Deputy Attorney General, former Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division, Jo Ann Harris, the current Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, Lanny Breuer, former Deputy AG Philip Heymann, Director Robert Mueller of the FBI and Attorney General Eric Holder. A moving video tribute, produced by DOJ photographer Lonnie Tague, was one of the highlights of a special rememberance of a legend who served the Department for 59 years.



Matt Orwig Joins Jones Day
NAFUSA Secretary

 NAFUSA Secretary Matthew D. Orwig, shown right, has joined the Dallas office of Jones Day. Orwig becomes the third Jones Day partner to serve on the NAFUSA board. NAFUSA President Richard H. Deane, Jr., shown at bottom, is a partner in the Atlanta office and board member Karen P. Hewitt, shown in middle photo, a partner in the San Diego office.


Jones Day is a global law firm practicing in the major centers of business and finance throughout the world. The firm has had a presence in Texas for over 30 years and has more than 200 lawyers in Dallas and Houston.

Orwig has served three presidents and five attorneys general in the Department of Justice. He served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas from 2001 to 2007. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law.




Rick Deane at Santa Fe (2) 








Johnnie "Mac" Walters Receives Legion of Honor Award from France
Long Time NAFUSA Member

As reported in The Greenville News on January 25, 2012, long time NAFUSA member Johnnie "Mac" Walters was honored in January, when he was among 150 World War II veterans who received a Legion of Honor award from the nation of France. Walters, 92, flew as a navigator on crews that made 53 combat missions in the European theatre of the war. The award was created by Napoleon in 1802 "to acknowledge services rendered to France by persons of great merit."


Walters served as Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division in the Nixon Administration (1969-1971) and as Commissioner of Internal Revenue (1971-1973). As reported in the September 2011 NAFUSA newsletter, Walters recently published his memoirs, Our Journey, describing his distinguished career. Walters is retired and lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with Donna, his wife of 63 years.


NAFUSA Member Tom O'Brien Retained in UCLA Lab Death Case
Former US Attorney for the CD of California
 Tom O'BrienThomas O'Brien, a NAFUSA member who served as the United States Attorney for the Central District of California, has been retained to represent a chemistry professor at the University of California at Los Angeles who faces three felony charges of criminal negligence following a student's death in a lab accident. The student was transferring t-butyl lithium in the UCLA chemistry lab when a plastic syringe broke, causing the chemical to burst into flames and leading to the student's death.


"This is a terrible tragedy, and we greatly dispute the allegations that the conduct...amounts to a crime," O'Brien told The National Law Journal.


O'Brien is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Paul Hastings.







NAFUSA 2012 Dues Reminder
Deadline February 29, 2012

On January 6, 2012, NAFUSA 2012 dues invoices were delivered via e-mail to all members who are not life members. The deadline for payment is February 29, 2012. A copy of the NAFUSA 2012 dues invoice is attached. Annual dues are $150. Senior dues (retired and over 70) are $50. There are currently 38 lifetime members, who have each paid $1500.


Timely receipt of annual dues is needed to maintain operations.

National Association of Former United States Attorneys (NAFUSA)

Richard A. Rossman

 Executive Director

27 Oakland Park

Pleasant Ridge, Michigan 48069

Phone: 248-548-8289








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