April 2013

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Ted Olson in the Limelight
Ted Olson As the United States Supreme Court heard arguments on March 26, 2013, on the historic question of whether gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry, NAFUSA member Theodore Olson was front and center. Olson argued for revising the law's definition of marriage to accomodate gay and lesbian couples.


Olson and David Boies filed the case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, in 2009, challenging California Proposition 8, which overturned a State Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage. Despite his strong conservative reputation, Olson surprised many by teaming up with Boies, whom he had opposed in Bush v. Gore in 2000.


Olson served as the solicitor general of the United States, 2001-2004. He also served as the assistant attorney general in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel, 1981-1984. He is currently a partner in the Washington office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. On March 25, 2013, Olson was named one of "The Most Influential Lawyers in America" by the National Law Journal.

NJL's Top 100 Includes 5 NAFUSA Members 

On March 25, 2013,  National Law Journal  published its list of "The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America", which included five members of NAFUSA: Patrick Fitzgerald, Theodore Olson, Anton Valukas, Dan Webb and Mary Jo White.


In announcing its selections, the NLJ said:

The National Law Journal has selected 100 lawyers who shape the legal world through their work in the courtroom, at the negotiating table, in the classroom or in government. They have taken on major legal battles and orchestrated the biggest corporate deals. They've tackled unpopular causes and helped run giant corporations.


The lawyers here were chosen by the NLJ's editors, aided by nominations from the legal community and research by our reporting staff. We asked several key questions to help judge the influence of lawyers profiled: How deep were their political connections?; what kind of results did they achieve for clients?; how far and how effective was their media reach?; have they been business leaders?; are they thought leaders on important legal issues? (Icons indicate the qualities we feel the lawyers best embody.)


We limited selections in a few ways, focusing on accomplishments since 2006, the last time we published the 100 Most Influential Lawyers list. Judges weren't eligible, nor were members of Congress or the president. This list is for practicing attorneys, members of the legal academy and officials in law-centric government positions (elected or otherwise). Our goal, in the end, was to identify members of law's power elite.


Click here to see the full list of names.

Rick Deane Receives State Bar of Georgia's Thomas O. Marshall Professionalism Award

Rick Deane NAFUSA Immediate Past President Rick Deane has been chosen by the State Bar of Georgia's Bench and Bar Committee as the attorney recipient of the 12th Annual Chief Justice Thomas O. Marshall Professionalism Award. The awards honoring "one lawyer and one judge who have demonstrated the highest professional conduct and paramount reputation for professionalism" will be presented at the Bar's annual meeting in June.


Deane, a partner in the Atlanta office of Jones Day, heads the litigation group for the Atlanta Office and is co-chair of the Firm's Corporate Criminal Investigations Practice. Deane is currently representing Dr. Beverly L. Hall, the former district superintendent of schools who was indicted on March 29, 2013, in the test scandal at Atlanta schools. A member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Deane served as a Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, from 1994 to 1998, when he was appointed United States Attorney.

Pat Fitzgerald To Teach at the University of Chicago Law School 

Pat Fitzgerald 

The National Law Journal reported on March 6, 2013, that Patrick Fitzgerald, former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, has been named the inaugural Feirson Distinguished Lecturer at University of Chicago Law School. Fitzgerald will teach one course per year, beginning with a national security law program this spring.


Fitzgerald joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom as a partner in October following a decade as the U.S. Attorney in Chicago. On March 25, 2013, Fitzgerald was named one of "The Most Influential Lawyers in America" by the National Law Journal.

Bob Barr Announces Bid to Return to Congress

Bob BarrThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on March 28, 2013, that NAFUSA member Robert "Bob" Barr is seeking to succeed Rep. Phil Gingrey who is vacating his seat to run for the Senate. Barr served four terms in the U.S. House and served as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia 1986-1990. He has returned to the Repubican party after being the Libertarian Party nominee for president in 2008.


JAMS Joins 2013 NAFUSA Sponsors
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JAMS, the largest prvate alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider in the world, joins NAFUSA for the first time as a sponsor of the 2013 Washington, DC, conference with a contribution of $5000. With more than 300 full-time neutrals, including retired judges and attorneys, including former NAFUSA board member Chuck Stevens, JAMS specializes in mediating and arbitrating complex, multi-party, business/commercial cases.
Perkins Coie and PricewaterhouseCoopers have continuted their sponsor relationship with NAFUSA as 2013 sponsors at $5000 each, bringing the total for the year to $30,000.
In addition, we have a pledges from Ernst & Young for $15,000 , Deloitte for $5000 and Guidepost Solutions for $5000.
Gaynelle Griffin Jones, 64, Dies 

Gaynelle Griffin Jones Gaynelle Griffin Jones, appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993 as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, died March 1, 2013, after a three year battle with cancer. Jones also served on the First Court of Appeals in Texas.


After graduating from Boston College Law School, Jones served as a state and federal prosecutor in Louisiana and Texas. She also practiced corporate law in Boston and Houston, most recently as litigation counsel for Hewlett-packard Co. She was also an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at the University of Houston.


She is survived by her husband, Robert Jones,  and her daughter, Athena Jones, a CNN correspondent. Click here to view the Houston Chronicle obituary. Funeral services were held March 9, 2013, where NAFUSA presented her family with an American flag that will be flown over Main Justice in her honor.


Former NAFUSA executive director Ron Woods represented NAFUSA at the funeral and reported:

I received the attached NAFUSA plaque (photo) Friday afternoon before the Saturday, March 9, 2013 funeral. Plaque reads "Flown over the US Department of Justice March 5, 2013 in Honor of Gaynelle Griffin Jones, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, 1993-1997". Her husband, Robert, and daughter, Athena, asked that the presentation be part of the funeral. I had the honor of making the presentation as part of the funeral proceeding. The family sincerely appreciated the recognition and numerous current and former AUSA's who were present, thought it was a nice honor that NAFUSA and DOJ bestows on deceased U.S. Attorneys.



Gaynelle Griffin Jones flag
John W. Stokes, 88, Dies

John W Stokes NAFUSA member John W. Stokes, Jr, who served as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 1972-1977, passed away suddenly on February 24, 2013. Stokes also served as the United States Marshall for the Middle District of Georgia and as an assistant district attorney and assistant solicitor in Fulton County.


Stokes was a US Navy pilot during WWII, and flew off carriers in the Pacific. He is survived by his wife, Ullainee Musgrove Stokes and his three children, John Paul Stokes, Richard Stokes and Holly Brask. At NAFUSA' request, an American flag was flown over Main Justice in John's honor and presented to his family as an expression of regard from his former colleagues.


A memorial service was held on March 9, 2013 in Atlanta. Click here to read the entire obituary.

Harold "Head" Bender Dies

Harold J. ("Head") Bender, 70, passed away on March 24, 2013. Bender worked several years at the Department of Justice and served as the United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina in 1981. Following his federal service, Bender spent many years as a criminal defense attorney in Charlotte. He also spent many years as a football referee in the Southern Conference. He retired in 2010. On March 27, 2013, at the request of NAFUSA, a flag was flown over the Department of Justice in honor of Head and presented to his family as a token of NAFUSA's regard.


Head is survived by his wife Nita Robertson, his daughter, Currin Bender, and two step sons, Ford Robertson and Bradley Robertson. Click here to view the full obituary.

2013 Membership Dues Past Due
2013 membership dues were payable by February 28, 2013. If you haven't paid your 2013 dues, they are past due. This year, for the first time, you may register on line, and, if you choose, pay by credit card. We used this system for last year's Atlanta conference, and a large majority used the credit card system. Even if you choose to send a check, please register on line. Please click on the link on the right hand side of this newsletter to go to the registration site.
There are now 48 life members, with Robert Twiss, J. Preston "Pete" Strom and Terry Flynn joining in March.   
2013 Sponsors
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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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In This Issue
Ted Olson in Limelight
5 NAFUSA Members Make NJL 100
Rick Deane Honored
Pat Fitzgerald To Teach at Chicago Law
Bob Barr Seeks to Return to Congress
JAMS New Sponsor
Gaynelle Griffin Jones Dies
John Stokes Dies
Harold Bender Dies
Deadline Passes for 2013 Dues

2013 Membership Dues Registration Open On Line




2013 membership dues were payable by February 28, 2013. If you haven't paid, you are past due. You may register for payment on line and, if you choose, pay by credit card. Lifetime members do not need to register. Not sure whether you are a lifetime member? Check the link in blue below.


Annual dues remain at $150 and senior dues (retired and over 70 years) at $50. 48 NAFUSA members have chosen to become lifetime members. Please consider joining them at a one time payment of $1500.