NAFUSA Update
June 2013
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NAFUSA Board Meets in Charleston

Charleston board dinner The NAFUSA officers and board of directors held their annual spring meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, May 4, 2013. On the evening before the meeting, NAFUSA Treasurer Bart Daniel and his wife, Cindy, hosted a reception at their lovely historic Charleston home, a half block from the Battery. Daniel arranged  horse and buggy transportation to the restaurant for dinner.

 

The meeting was held on Saturday morning and chaired by President Jay Stephens, who informed the group of the developing plans for the September conference to be held at the J.W. Marriott in Washington, DC, September 26-28, 2013. The fall conference will open with a cocktail reception on the Jones Day roof top, which overlooks the Capitol. Friday and Saturday mornings will include the usual CLE programs, and the planning committee is working on three panels: government regulation hot topics, criminal litigation ethics and the United States Supreme Court. The committee is also planning a cruise on the Potomac and the conference will conclude with a banquet and business meeting on Saturday evening. More details are expected soon.

 

There were additional reports on finances, membership, nominations, the Bradford Award, the DOJ liaison committee and the NAFUSA Foundation. Presdient Elect Don Stern announced the 2014 conference will be held on October 9-11, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. The 2015 conference will be held in Phoenix or Scotsdale, and the 2016 conference in San Diego.

 

As is the NAFUSA custom, board members and officers were responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Click here to view more photos from the Charleston meeting. 

 

Charleston board meeting

 

 

Doug Jones Attends White House Medal Ceremony for Victims of Birmingham Church Bombing 
  
Doug Jones On Friday, May 24, 2013, President Obama signed a Congressional bill bestowing posthumously the Congressional Gold Medal to the four victims of Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing: 11-year -old Denise McNair and 14-year-olds Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthis Wesley.
  
NAFUSA board member Doug Jones, shown left, was invited to attend the ceremony at the White House. Jones, during his service as United States Attorney, was the lead prosecutor in the 2001 and 2002 convictions of two men for the church bombing, nearly 40 years after the 1963 bombing. The ceremony was also attended by the mayor of Birmingham and surviving relatives of the four victims.

 

In an interview with The Birmingham News, Jones said:

It's hard to describe how special it is being there in the Oval Office with the first African American president, who really is in that office in part because of the deaths of those four girls. It's indescribable what it means to me.

As reported by The Birmingham News, Jones called the Gold Medal and other commemoration activities in Birmingham this year important for several reasons. Events in Birmingham 50 years ago had world-wide significance, changing policy in this county, and inspiring human rights efforts elsewhere, Jones explained.

The lessons of Birmingham from 1963 show what can be done to change people's hearts, people's minds and give everyone access to civil rights. That was one of the pivotal points in the county's history for basic civil rights.

Jones called the civil rights era a revolution that should be celebrated just as the nation continues to celebrate the American Revolution.

 

 

President Obama Signs a Bill Designating the Congressional Gold Medal
President Obama Signs a Bill Designating the Congressional Gold Medal
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (Tamika Moore tmoore@al.com)

 

Obama To Nominate Jim Comey To Head FBI 
  
  
Jim Comey It has been widely reported that President Obama plans to nominate James B. Comey to replace Robert S. Mueller III as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Comey served as the Deputy Attorney General in the Administration of George W. Bush (2003-2005). He also served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (2002-2003). If nominated and confirmed, Comey will replace Bob Mueller whose term ends in September, 2013. Mueller is also a former United States Attorney.
Former DOJ Officials Support Vigorous Investigation of Leaks
  
 

In an Op-Ed column in the May 21, 2013, New York Times entitled Stop the Leaks, former Attorney General William P. Barr, former Deputy Attorney General Jamie S. Gorelick and former Assistant Attorney General for National Security and NAFUSA board member Kenneth L. Wainstein, published an Op-Ed joining the current debate over the disclosure that the Justice Department obtained the telephone records of Associated Press journalists, stating:

As former Justice Department officials who served in the three administrations preceding President Obama's, we are worried that the criticism of the decision to subpoena telephone toll records of A.P. journalists in an important leak investigation sends the wrong message to the government officials who are responsible for our national security.

 

While neither we nor the critics know the circumstances behind the prosecutors' decision to issue this subpoena, we do know from the government's public disclosures that the prosecutors were right to investigate this leak vigorously. The leak - which resulted in a May 2012 article by The A.P. about the disruption of a Yemen-based terrorist plot to bomb an airliner - significantly damaged our national security.

As for the process which led to a warrant for telephone toll log records for about 20 phone lines that the leaker might have used in conversations with A.P journalists, the former DOJ officials argued:

The decision was made at the highest levels of the Justice Department, under longstanding regulations that are well within the boundaries of the Constitution. Having participated in similar decisions, we know that they are made after careful deliberation, because the government does not lightly seek information about a reporter's work. Along with the obligation to investigate and prosecute government employees who violate their duty to protect operational secrets, Justice Department officials recognize the need to minimize any intrusion into the operations of the free press.

Ron Woods Receives Professionalism Award from Inns of Court
 
  

Ron Woods receives Inns of Court Award Former NAFUSA Executive Director and current board member
and life member, Ronald G. Woods, shown above left, was honored on May 9, 2013, in Houston when he was chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court's Professionalism Award. Each year the award is made to a Houston-area lawyer "whose personal life and professional achievements have exhibited integrity, compassion and a commitment to the highest standards of the legal profession."

 

The Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court is one of over 300 Inns across the nation that make up the American Inns of Court movement. The mission of the ALC is to foster professionalism, ethics, civility and excellence in legal skills.

 

Woods served as United States Attorney 1990-1993 for the Southern District of Texas. He is also a former FBI Speical Agent. He holds his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

 
  
John Clark Honored By San Antonio Bar Assn 
  
  

 

John Clark and family

John E. Clark, shown above with his family, one of the founding members of NAFUSA, was honored on Law Day 2013 by the San Antonio Bar Association with the Joe Frazier Brown Award of Excellence. The award is given annually and is named after a distinguished former judge, now deceased. The inscription on the plaque states "In recognition of outstanding leadership and service to members of the legal community and citizens of Texas."

 

Clark, a life member and former president of NAFUSA, served as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas 1975-1977. He is currently a partner at Goode, Casseb, Jones, Choate & Watson, P.C. in San Antonio. He mentioned that Doug Jones, who is featured in another post this month, spoke at the San Antonio Bar Association Law Day luncheon a few years ago on his prosecution of the church bombing case. Clark urges others to invite Jones to their bar meetings to talk about his extraordinary efforts in that historic case.

 

 

Matt Whitaker to Run for US Senate
  

Matt WhitakerNAFUSA lifetime member Matthew G. Whitaker will make his official announcement to enter the U.S. Senate race on June 3. He is the first Republican in Iowa to declare his intentions for the seat currently held by Democrat Tom Harkin. Whitaker served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa from 2005-2009. He played college football for the Iowa Hawkeyes, earning Academic All- American honors in 1992. He was the tight end on the 1990 Big Ten Champion football team and played in the 1991 Rose Bowl game.

 

 

Whitaker is the managing partner of Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff LLP, a law firm located in Des Moines, Iowa. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law.


Joe Whitley Chairs Homeland Security Institute

Joe Whitely photo NAFUSA board member Joe D. Whitley is the program chair for the 8th Annual Homeland Security Institute to be held at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC on June 20-21, 2013. Pre-program workshops will be held on June 19th at Greenberg Traurig, located at 2101 L Street NW, Washington. This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the formation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Whitley served as he first general counsel of DHS, as well as serving as a three-time appointed United States Attorney for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia. Click here program details and registration information
Prof Rory Little's Supreme Court Summaries

Rory Little Professor Rory K. Little, U.C. Hastings College of Law, spoke on ethics at the Atlanta NAFUSA conference in 2012. Prof. Little publishes Supreme Court Case Summaries: Professor Rory Little's Perspective, a service from the ABA Criminal Justice Section. They are published soon after the Supreme Court's opinions are released. Click here for his summaries for the term which ended in June 2012.

 

Prof. Little is also now on the "masthead" for SCOTUSBlog, for criminal cases. Here is a recent item he posted. Other SCOTUSBlog post from Prof Little can be viewed by clicking on his "bio" at the top of the posting.

 

 

2013 Sponsors
  
 
 
 
 
 
  
  
National Association of Former United States Attorneys (NAFUSA).
 
Richard A. Rossman
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Pleasant Ridge, Michigan 48069
Phone: 248-548-8289
 

 
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In This Issue
Board Meets in Charleston
Doug Jones Attends White House Ceremoiny
Comey To Be Nominated To Head FBI
Former DOJ Officials Support Leak Investigations
Woods Honored by Inns of Court
Clark Honored by San Antonio Bar
Whitaker to Run for Senate
Whitley Chairs Homeland Security Institute
Little's Supreme Court Summaries
DC Conference September 26-28
New 2013 Sponsors
Washington, DC to Host 2013 Conference
US Capitol The 2013 conference will be held on September 26-28, 2013, at the J.W. Marriott in Washington, DC. Festivities will begin with a cocktail reception on the Jones Day rooftop overlooking the Capitol, and concluding with a banquet on Saturday evening. On Friday afternoon, NAFUSA members will be invited to Main Justice to meet with senior DOJ officials in an event to be called "Day at Justice."
  
Registration details will be announced soon. 
  
2013 Sponsorships Grow to $47.5K
Jack Selden 
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP , a perenial sponsor, has joined the list of 2013 NAFUSA sponsors with a contribution of $7500. Tracing its roots to 1871, the firm has more than 400 attorneys in seven offices and is one of the largest law firms in the Southeast.
  
NAFUSA Membership Chair Jack W. Selden , shown above, is a partner in the firm's Birmingham office. Selden served as the United  States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama.
  
Guidelpost Solutions LLC joins the sponsor list for the first time with a $5000 contribution. It is a global investigations, compliance and security firm serving companies, government agencies, individuals, and their counsel, to solve problems, advance business opportunities, mitigate risks, and resolve disputes.
  
A full list of sponsors appears at the bottom of the newsletter and on the NAFUSA website.
  
It addition, we have pledges from Ernst & Young, Deloitte and Fulbright Jaworski. With the pledged amount, we have a total of $72.5K to help us make the DC conference the best yet.