December 2013

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Washington Conference Photos On Line

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Several hundred photos from the September 2013 Washington conference have been added to the NAFUSA online photo gallery.


The four most recent thumbnails in the gallery represent the Thursday evening reception at Jones Day, the Friday and Saturday day events, and the Saturday banquet. When you click on an event, a new page opens with thumbnails of images from that particular day or event. (Direct links to the four individual events are below.)

  • On an event thumbnail page, you may enlarge (or decrease) the size of the thumbnails with the slider at the top right.
  • For a slideshow of all of the images from that event, click Slideshow at the top left.
  • Click on any image on the thumbnails page for a large version of that photo. You can then proceed through the photos one-at-a-time (using the v-shaped arrows at the right and left of image).
  • You may download or order a print of any individual photo using the buttons at the top. For the 2013 Conference downloaded files are 3456 x 2304, approximately 1 MB each.


Mary Beth Buchanan Joins Bryan Cave



Mary Beth BuchananThe law firm of Bryan Cave LLP announced on October 7, 2013, that NAFUSA member Mary Beth Buchanan has joined the firm as a partner practicing in both the New York and Washington, D.C., offices.  She will practice within Bryan Cave's White Collar Defense and Securities Litigation and Enforcement Client Service Group.


Buchanan served as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania from September 2001 to November 2009, having been appointed by President George W. Bush.  As the U.S. Attorney, Buchanan oversaw the prosecution of more than 5,000 cases, including corporate and securities fraud, bank fraud, foreign corrupt practices, false claims, money laundering, health care fraud, public corruption and a broad range of violent crimes.  Prior to that time, Buchanan spent more than 13 years as an Assistant United States Attorney litigating criminal, civil and appellate cases.


At Bryan Cave, Buchanan will concentrate her practice on internal investigations, corporate compliance, white collar criminal defense, foreign corrupt practices violations, corporate and accounting fraud, antitrust litigation, health care fraud, SEC enforcement matters, Congressional investigations and complex civil litigation.


Buchanan joined the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania in 1988.  She spent her first five years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division, and the next nine years in the Criminal Division.  During her tenure as the U.S. Attorney, she also had assignments at the DOJ, including serving as the director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys,  acting director of the DOJ's Office on Violence Against Women and chair of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee. Buchanan also served on the U.S. Sentencing Commission's Organizational Guidelines Advisory Committee, which made recommendations to the Commission for amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines for Business Organizations.


Buchanan joins Bryan Cave from the United Nations, where she served as the ethics and reputational risk officer. Buchanan conducted the United Nations' first ethics and reputational risk assessment for U.N. Peacekeeping and Special Political Operations.  She received a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


Bryan Cave LLP ( has a diversified international legal practice. The firm represents a wide variety of business, financial, institutional and individual clients, including publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, partnerships and emerging companies. Subsidiary Bryan Cave International Consulting provides trade and customs consultancy. Aided by extensive investments in technology, Bryan Cave's more than 1,100 lawyers and other professionals in over 30 offices across the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Asia efficiently serve clients' needs in the world's key business and financial markets.




Paul Charlton Joins Steptoe

Paul ChaltonSteptoe & Johnson LLP announced on November 6, 2013, that NAFUSA member Paul Charlton, has joined the firm as a partner. He will be based in the Phoenix office and will practice in Steptoe's Commercial Litigation and White-Collar Criminal Defense Groups.


Charlton concentrates his practice on high-profile and complex litigation, internal investigations and white-collar criminal defense. He has represented corporations and public officials, as well as provided special assistance to those who were subjects of a state or federal investigation. Over the course of his career, Charlton has also developed an outstanding track record in the representation of Native American governments and tribal leaders.


Charlton was nominated by President George W. Bush as U.S. Attorney for Arizona in 2001 after serving as an assistant US attorney for ten years. During his six years of service as the U.S. Attorney, he established the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC), a program that improved communication and coordination between law enforcement agencies. He also established a national security division within the U.S. Attorney's Office to actively work with law enforcement agencies on terrorism related criminal cases, and expanded the victim advocate staff in his office to better serve crime victims. In 2002, the U.S. Attorney's Office Victim Witness Program was awarded the Federal Service Award. In 2007, USA Today published an article that ranked Charlton number one among the nation's 93 US attorneys for prosecutions and convictions.


With Charlton's arrival, Steptoe's white-collar practice, which was named a Law360 "White Collar Group of the Year" in 2011 and 2012, includes nine former federal prosecutors (including Reid Weingarten, who spoke at NAFUSA's recent conference in Washington) with extensive trial experience and a host of lawyers with substantial experience in other government positions.


"I am honored to be joining such a well-renowned firm with its talented roster of lawyers," said Charlton. "I am truly looking forward to working with my new colleagues, as well as using the national platform that Steptoe offers to expand my practice beyond Arizona."


Fluent in Spanish, Charlton has been deployed by the DOJ on numerous occasions to provide instruction to Latin American prosecutors and judges on the American criminal justice system. An adjunct professor at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Charlton was named "Prosecutor of the Year" by the Arizona State Bar a year after leaving the US Attorney's Office. He has been recommended by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and Southwest Super Lawyers, among other accolades.


Charlton received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Arizona.


Steptoe & Johnson LLP is an international law firm widely recognized for vigorous advocacy in complex litigation and arbitration, successful representation of clients before governmental agencies, and creative and practical advice in guiding business transactions. The firm has more than 500 lawyers and other professionals in offices in Beijing, Brussels, Century City, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix and Washington. For more information, visit

Hal Hardin Prevails in Tennessee Court of Appeals

Hal Hardin NAFUSA board member Hal Hardin, won the latest battle on behalf of the former governor of Tennessee and the former deputy to the governor. On October 29, 2013, the Court of Appeals of Tennessee, dismissed for the second time an appeal in a civil case against the governor and his deputy for actions alleged to have occurred during a 77 day and night protest in 2005 inside the Tennessee Capitol over changes to the state health care program.


Contrary to State Capitol rules, plaintiff and other protestors entered the Capitol and were allowed to stay. The governor and the deputy took no action to evict the protestors, even though they could have lawfully done so. Plaintiff claimed the governor and the deputy retaliated against him for the exercise of his First Amendment rights during the protest. The Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary judgment against him and the lower court's ruling that certain documents created by the governor's legal counsel were protected from discovery by the attorney-client and deliberative process privileges.


Click here to read the full opinion of the Tennessee Court of Appeals



Vaira Appointed Exec Director of Mayor's Commission

NAFUSA member Peter Vaira, (ED PA, 1978-1983), shown below, was 

Peter Vairaappointed  by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter on October 31, 2013 as Executive Director of the Independent Advisory Commission  to probe the cause a building collapse on Market Street, Philadelphia on June 5, 2013 that killed six persons. The Commission which  consists of 16 persons will be chaired by Glenn Corbett, associate professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, of the City University of New York. The Mayor signed an executive order directing the Commission to examine the role of the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections in licensing and inspecting the contractors who were demolishing the building when it collapsed, and to further examine the entire regulatory and licensing function of L& I. The Commission is to make a final report to the mayor on July 15, 2014.


The daughter of city Treasurer Nancy Winkler was one of the persons killed while she was visiting the Salvation Army gift shop  which was adjacent to the building being demolished when the building collapsed on the  gift shop. Two persons involved in the demolition have been indicted by the  Philadelphia District Attorney.


The Department of Licenses & Inspections has long been the subject of allegations of shakedowns and bribes, political influence, and general inefficiency regarding licenses and inspections of commercial buildings and businesses in Philadelphia.



Todd Jones Interviewed on NPR


Todd Jones
NAFUSA member B. Todd Jones was interviewed on November 22, 2013, on NPR's "All Things Considered."  Click here to read or listen to the interview where Jones describes the tough challenges at ATF.  Jones was confirmed by the Senate on July 31, 2013, as the first permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives since 2006.



"There's a sort of collective sigh of relief that not another person's going to show up here for a bit," Jones says in his interview with NPR. "You know, they had five acting directors in the seven-year span since they made it subject to Senate confirmation, which is difficult for any organization to build momentum or have continuity."



Carl Kirkpatrick Dies, 77

Carl KirkpatrickCarl Kirkpatrick, who served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 1993-2000, passed away at his home on November 16, 2013.  He was a graduate of Vanderbilt University.


In addition to his service as U.S. Attorney, he was the district attorney general in the Second Judicial District of Sullivan County for 28 years. As DA, he prosecuted over 15,000 criminal cases and 700 jury cases (six resulting in the death penalty). While president of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, Kirkpatrick was instrumental in passing many state laws, improving the lives of Tennessee citizens.



Throughout his life Kirkpatrick was awarded numerous honors including: American Legion Distinguished Service Award, Kingsport Times News Award for Community Achievement, Optimist Clubs' Law Enforcement Award, and the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety 1991 and 1992 Personal Service Award. In his leisure time, he also enjoyed tennis, motorcycling, water skiing, and snow skiing. Kirkpatrick  is survived by his wife, Kathleen Kirkpatrick and  step-daughter, Stefanie Hess. The family will receive friends at a date to be determined, with a Celebration of Life (time) at Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church in Farragut, Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome contributions to the Wounded Warriors Project.


NAFUSA has made arrangements to have a flag flown over Main Justice in Kirkpatrick's honor, and NAFUSA member and close friend, Russ Dedrick will present the flag to the Kirkpatrick family as a remembrance of the esteem in which he was held by his former colleagues.




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In This Issue
DC Photos
Buchanan Joins Bryan Cave
Charlton Joins Steptoe
Hardin Prevails in Appeal
Vaira Named Exec Dir of Commission
Todd Jones on NPR
Carl Kirkpatrick Dies