National Association of Former United States Attorneys
June 2012

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Julie Myers Wood Joins NAFUSA Immigration Panel



Julie Myers WoodJulie Myers Wood, who served as the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for nearly three years in the Bush Administration, has joined NAFUSA's panel on immigration at this year's Atlanta conference to be held in October 2012.


ICE is the largest investigative component of the Department of Homeland Security and the second largest investigative agency in the Federal Government. Ms. Wood previously served as the assistant secretary for export enforcement at the Department of Commerce, chief of staff for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice, and deputy assistant secretary at the Treasury Department. She also served as an assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York. She earned her J.D. from Cornell Law School.


Ms. Wood is currently the president of ICS Consulting, LLC, providing internal audit, risk assessment, and quality control services to companies and government clients of a wide range of issues, including trade control concerns, immigration compliance issues and security and guard services. She also serves on the advisory board for the ABA Commission on Immigration and the Constitution Law Project's Committee on Immigration.


Ms. Wood will be joined on the immigration panel by moderator Charlie Savage of The New York Times, and panel members Alejandro Mayorkas, director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services at DHS, Nina Perales, of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, and Chief John King of the City of Doraville, Georgia.

Patrick McLaughlin Contributes To Book About Vietnam


Patrick McLaughlin in Vietnam


NAFUSA member and former board member Patrick McLaughlin, shown left in the 1967 Vietnam photo above, has contributed to a recently published book "Dogface Charlie." As reported in The Plain Dealer on May 17, 2012, the book traces the experiences of the soldiers of Charlie Company during the war in Vietnam. The "book's nearly three dozen contributors include the wives, widows and other family members of these soldiers, all providing vignettes of their experiences during the war."


In one of two contributions to the book, McLaughlin writes:


In an irrigation ditch running across our path, less than 15 meters from me in my row, I see the barrel of a ChiCom machine gun pointed right at the bulls-eye on my chest. It resembled a howitzer. Behind that barrel in total command of the gun and the situation was an NVA soldier. He waited till my eyes met his, pleased by the shock he saw in my face. He lifted his head, broke out in a big sinister smile and pulled the trigger. His smile was gone. He and I both knew that his target was a dead man.


"Dogface Charlie" is available for $20 throught the publication section of



Patrick McLaughlinMcLaughlin, shown more recently left, served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, 1984-1988. He currently practices law at McLaughlin & McCaffrey, LLP in Cleveland. He served in the United States Army (1966-68) and the U.S. Army Reserves, Maj, JAG (1974-88). He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Offshore Drilling Regulator Michael Bromwich Reenters Private Sector



Michael BromwichNAFUSA life member Michael Bromwich was selected by President Obama in June 2010 to reform the regulation and oversight of offshore drilling in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill. He first served as the director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management Regulation and Enforcement (June 2010-September 2011), and then as director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (October-November 2011). Bromwich served as the chief public spokesman for the Obama Administration's reform of offshore drilling.


At the end of 2011, Bromwich left government and took a few months off to travel abroad with his wife. In April he launched The Bromwich Group, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in crisis management, strategic advising, offshore energy, and law enforcement. Click here to see recent media stories about the firm from the New Orleans Times-Picayune and The Houston Chronicle.


In May, Bromwich joined Goodwin Proctor as a partner in its DC and New York offices. He will specialize in internal investigations and white-collar defense. Bromwich intends to split his time between his consulting firm and the law firm. He is also a non-resident senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).


Bromwich served as inspector general of the Department of Justice, 1994-1999. He also served as associate counsel in the Iran-Contra Office of Independent Counsel and as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.




Magistrate Judge George Lowe Retires From Bench and Rejoins Bond, Schoeneck & King



George LoweLong time NAFUSA member George H. Lowe was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York in 2004. Earlier this year he retired from the bench and rejoined Bond, Schoeneck & King as of counsel in its Syracuse office. Judge Lowe had been a partner at Bond for twenty-one years prior to taking the bench. He will concentrate his practice on white-collar criminal defense and complex federal civil litigation. He also expects to serve as a mediator and arbitrator, as well as performing service to the bar, including pro bono matters. He is currently co-chair of the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Access to Justice.


Judge Lowe served as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, 1978-1982, and was an assistant U.S. attorney in the district from 1971-1976. He served two terms as a NAFUSA director and was president-elect in 2003, but stepped down when he took the bench.


This fall Judge Lowe will be a visiting professor in Odessa, Ukraine. He is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Law.


Fred Foreman Elected Chief Judge



NAFUSA member Fred Foreman has been named the chief judge of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Lake County, Illinois, effective May 1, 2012. He will serve as the chief judge for a term of one year. He has been the acting chief judge and former presiding judge of the Felony Division. Judge Foreman was elected unanimously by the other twelve circuit judges of Lake County.


Judge Foreman was elected as circuit judge in the 2004 general election. Prior to his election, he had 30 years experience in civil and criminal litigation and had tried more than 200 cases in federal and state courts. As a member of the law firm of Freeborn and Peters for over ten years, his practice included representation of clients in environmental, gaming and crisis management matters. He has also been involved in numerous corporate internal investigations and represented clients throughout the world on matters of espionage and electronic intrusions and theft of intellectual property.


Judge Foreman was appointed by President George H.W. Bush as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois for a term from 1990-1993. He also served as a three-term state's attorney for Lake County from 1980-1990. He served as outside counsel on behalf of the State of Illinois v. Philip Morris, et al. and has acted as special counsel in representing the governor and state officials and agencies.


Judge Foreman earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1974 from John Marshall Law School.



Hick Ewing Remembers the Blanton Era 

 The article in the May newsletter about Hal Hardin's role in the Tennessee Governor Blanton matter brought back many memories for NAFUSA member W. Hickman Ewing, who writes:

In August 1977 Mike Cody was the U.S. Attorney in Memphis. As an AUSA I successfully tried a topless nightclub operator (the week Elvis died). He turned, and began giving us information about lots of official corruption. We wired him in Memphis, and he ultimately had conversations with officials, including Gov. Blanton's chief of security. This led to paying money to have the Gov. issue executive clemencies and pardons. The chief culprits were the Gov.'s Legal Counsel and Extradition officer. The investigation heated up in 1978, and at some point Mike and Hal Hardin, his MD TN counterpart recused themselves from the investigation. By that time Joe Brown was the First Asst. in Nashville, and I was 1st Asst. in Memphis.


Lamar Alexander (my fraternity brother at Vanderbilt) won the governor's election in Nov. 1978. The investigation went overt in mid - December 1978, with search warrants being executed at various offices at the State Capital. Joe and I questioned Gov. Blanton in the grand jury in December (he was represented by former U.S. Atty/Watergate prosecutor Jim Neal). We had witnesses/sources inside the Blanton administration, and got word that the lameduck Gov. was going to pardon/give clemency to a number of people, some of whom had paid money. We advised Hal, who was then the key man in getting the wheels moving so that Lamar could be sworn in early.


Joe and I went to the State Capitol building that night -it was like a banana republic rebellion. Loyal TN Highway Patrol (THP) forces were providing security for the capital. We had an outstanding subpoena out for more prisoner files, andthe THP wouldn't let anyone leave with files. Joe and I went to various offices giving advice about what could and could not be removed. We met that night in the capital with a member of new Gov.Alexander's staff, along with a Republican lawyer he had brought along to give advice -one Fred Thompson (former AUSA for the MD TN).

Joe and I went on to handle the indictments, trials and some guilty pleas. When Pres. Reagan was elected both Joe and I were named U.S.Attorneys for our districts, having come up through the ranks, and having both served as First Asst. AUSA's the 4 year's previous.


Ewing, shown above, served as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee from 1981-1991. He also served as deputy independent counsel, 1994-2001. A Navy veteran, Ewing was a swift boat captain in Vietnam. He practices law in Germantown, Tennessee. Brown, shown below, served as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, 1981-1991. He is currently a United States magistrate judge in Nashville.


Judge Joe B. Brown



Chuck Stevens Joins JAMS as a Mediator/Arbitrator


After 30 years as a litigator, NAFUSA board member Charles J. Stevens has joined JAMS, the largest private alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider in the world, as a full time mediator/arbitrator. Stevens has had an extensive ADR practice for years. He served as a court appointed mediator in federal cases for the Eastern District of California's Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program for 20 years. He has been retained as mediator in a variety of cases for 15 years. He is an adjunct professor for mediation class at the UC Davis School of Law.


Stevens served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California, 1993-1997. He was a partner at DLA Piper, and national co-chair of its government investigations group, 2011-2012. He graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law.



Robert McCampbell Joins Fellers Snider



Robert McCampbellNAFUSA member Robert G. McCampbell recently joined the Fellers Snider law firm as a partner in the firm's Oklahoma City office.


Since graduating from Yale Law School in 1983, McCampbell has alternated between private and government practice, serving as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of Oklahoma from 1987 to 1994 and returning to the office as U.S. Attorney from 2001 to 2005. McCampbell's practice at Fellers Snider includes commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and administrative law.


In 2009, McCampbell was elected as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and this year he was named Administrative/Regulatory Lawyer of the Year in Oklahoma City by Best Lawyers publication.


Fellers Snider is a full-service law firm with offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.




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