December 2014

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Loretta Lynch Nominated for AG


Loretta Lynch

On Saturday, November 8, 2014, in a ceremony at the White House, President Obama announced the nomination of Loretta Lynch to succeed Eric Holder as the Attorney General of the United States. Lynch is serving her second turn as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and is also the chair of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee.


Lynch received her A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She joined the Brooklyn office of the United States Attorney in 1990, and prosecuted white collar crime and public corruption cases. She served as chief assistant to United States Attorney Zachary Carter, and was a member of the trial team in the civil rights case involving the sexual assault by New York City police officers upon Haitian immigrant Abner Louima. In the photograph below, she is shown in 1999 with Carter (left), now the New York City corporation counsel and NAFUSA board member, and Alan Vinegrad (far right), another member of the Louima trial team who also served as U.S. Attorney in the EDNY (2001-2002) and is a member of NAFUSA.


Zach Carter, Loretta Lynch, Alan Vineyard
Ruby Washington/The New York Times


Lynch was appointed by President Clinton to succeed Carter as the U.S. Attorney for the EDNY, serving from 1999 to 2001. Before returning to a second term as United States Attorney in 2010, she was a partner in the New York office of Hogan & Harston, L.L.P.


In the ceremony at the White House, also attended by Attorney General Holder, President Obama said Loretta Lynch "might be the only lawyer in America who battles mobsters and drug lords and terrorists, and still has a reputation for being a charming people person."


In the November 9th Sunday's "Quotation of the Day" in The New York Times, Zach Carter said: "She really is the soul of grace under pressure."

The New York Times 
noted that

If Ms. Lynch is confirmed, it would be the first time in nearly two centuries that a president had elevated a United States attorney directly to the position of attorney general. The last time was in 1817, when President James Monroe chose William Wirt, the top prosecutor in eastern Virginia, for the job.

Lynch spoke to the NAFUSA conference last month in Boston, engaging in a dialogue with then NAFUSA President Don Stern, as shown below.  


Don Stern and Loretta Lynch  

Eric Holder announced in September that he would be stepping down as soon as his successor can be named and confirmed. Shortly thereafter, Deputy Attorney General James Cole also announced he would be leaving. NAFUSA member Joe Whitley was interviewed by CBS on September 25 about Holder's resignation, stating that Holder was a good friend who will be remembered as having done a good job. 


Click here to watch Whitely's CBS interview.



Ratcliffe Joins Brooks in US Congress

John Ratcliffe In the November mid-term election, NAFUSA member John Ratcliffe, shown left, won a seat in the 114th United States Congress representing the 4th District of Texas. Ratcliffe served as the United States Attorney for the ED of Texas 2007-2009. He had served as the first assistant to NAFUSA President Matt Orwig, and succeeded Orwig when the latter returned to private practice. Ratcliffe is currently a partner with the Ashcroft Law Firm in Dallas.






Susan Brooks Ratcliffe will join Susan Brooks, who was reelected to Congress to represent the 5th District of Indiana, with a whopping 65.2% of the vote. Brooks, shown right, a regular at NAFUSA's annual conferences, served as the U.S. Attorney for the SD of Indiana 2001-2007.
















Asa Hutchinson Another former U.S. Attorney, Asa Hutchinson, shown left, was elected governor of the State of Arkansas. He served the WD of Arkansas 1982-1985. He also served in the U.S. House of Representatives, and was the administrator of the DEA.


Former U.S. Attorney Tom Corbett did not fare so well in last Tuesday's election. Corbett, who served as U.S Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania 1989-1993, was defeated in his effort to be reelected governor of the State of Pennsylvania.




DOJ Collects $24.7 Billion in 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder announced  on November 19, that the Justice Department collected $24.7 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2014. The more than $24 billion in collections in FY 2014 represents nearly eight and a half times the appropriated $2.91 billion budget for the 94 U.S. Attorneys' offices and the main litigating divisions of the Justice Department combined in that same period.


Krieg DeVault Names Deborah Daniels Managing Partner

Deborah DanielsNAFUSA Past President Deborah J. Daniels has been elected as Krieg DeVault's new Managing Partner. Daniels begins her three-year term effective January 1,2015. Krieg DeVault has grown from about 35 attorneys based in Indianapolis in 1991 to a firm of 150 professionals with offices in various parts of Indiana and four other states. With an emphasis on strategic growth and client satisfaction, Daniels' focus will be to enhance the already-strong footprint of one of Indiana's largest locally-owned law firms.


Her leadership skills have been honed in her past service, including at the U.S. Department of Justice, as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana (1988-1993); as Director of the National Office for Weed and Seed; and as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs, where she managed multiple research and grant-making agencies and oversaw a $4.2 billion budget. As United States Attorney, she served on the Attorney General's Advisory Committee. She has also served as Executive Director, and more recently Board Chair, of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee; and as President of the Sagamore Institute. During her nearly 15 year tenure at Krieg DeVault, Daniels has been instrumental in representing the firm's public and private-sector clients in relation to internal investigations, homeland security, disaster preparedness, strategic planning, and federal and state regulatory compliance.


"I welcome the challenge and privilege of leading our great law firm in the years ahead," said Daniels. "Our firm has prided itself on staying true to its founding principles for more than 140 years. Our full commitment to our clients, our colleagues, and the communities we serve has been the foundation of our success in the past; and these principles will continue to lay the ground work for our future growth."


"Deborah is an extraordinary lawyer, leader, manager, mentor and citizen.  She is a visionary thinker, who brings creativity, passion and focus to serving her clients, elevating her firm and advancing our state.  Deborah has long been one of the most talented and accomplished lawyers in our state.  She has used her talents broadly to make our community more just, safe, decent and compassionate.  Deborah's election as managing partner is wonderful news for the firm's clients, our legal community and our state," said Matt Gutwein, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County.


"Deborah's record of local and national service has made her an inspiration to me and countless others in Indiana," said Robert S. Manuel, President of the University of Indianapolis. "I am certain that her history of creating strategic and thoughtful solutions to the issues that have faced our greater community will serve her well as she takes on this new role at Krieg DeVault. I am excited for Deborah, and I know that in this new position she will advance her firm's practice and continue her unwavering commitment to developing new leaders for Indiana."


In addition to Daniels' numerous professional achievements, she has been an active business and civic leader, serving as a board member of various community organizations. She serves on the boards of directors of the United Way of Central Indiana, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (immediate past chair), Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, and the Economic Club of Indiana (immediate past president); nationally, she is a board member of the National Center for State Courts. She is a Trustee of the University of Indianapolis, and chaired the search for its current president, Robert Manuel. Additional community boards on which she has previously served include Noble of Indiana; The Children's Bureau of Indianapolis, Inc.; Mental Health America of Indiana and its Foundation; the Indianapolis Sports Corporation; and two pro bono legal services organizations.

Daniels continues to be involved in the criminal justice system and services to victims of crime. She helped found Coburn Place, an organization providing transitional housing for victims of domestic abuse and their children. In recent years, she played a key role in the review and revision of the Indiana Criminal Code. She is a signatory of the national Right on Crime initiative, seeking to improve the safety of communities through effective supervision of offenders while reducing the incarceration of low-level offenders. She serves as a member of the Board of Visitors of the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Daniels has been honored with the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award by the Indianapolis Bar Association; the Nancy Maloley Outstanding Public Servant Award by the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series; and the Touchstone Award by Girls, Inc. She has twice been named one of the "Influential Women in Indianapolis" by the Indianapolis Business Journal. She was recently inducted into The Indiana Academy in recognition of her achievements and contributions on behalf of the citizens of Indiana.
Daniels received a B.A., with honors, from DePauw University; and a J.D., cum laude, from the McKinney School of Law, Indiana University.



Brower Named To Board of Trustees of International Association of Gaming Advisors

NAFUSA member Greg Brower has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) at its annual meeting inPhiladelphia. IAGA is the world's preeminent associatio of gaming advisors and includes senior executives, legal and financial advisors, regulators, consultants and academics. Members are involved in the evolution of regulated gaming in numerous jurisdictions worldwide, and contribute to the promulgation and progress of gaming law through publications, conferences and teaching.


"I am honored to be joining some of the world's best gaming lawyers on IAGA's Board of Trustees," said Brower. "I look forward to working with my esteemed colleagues around the globe as IAGA continues its leadership role within the international gaming community."


Brower is a partner in Snell & Wilmer's Reno and Las Vegas offices. His practice is focused on complex civil and white collar criminal litigation, as well as corporate investigations and administrative law, including gaming regulatory matters. His more than 20 years of practice includes significant experience as a "first chair" trial and appellate advocate, as well as service at the highest levels of state and federal government. In addition to being a partner at Snell & Wilmer, he serves in the Nevada Senate and as the Republicans won a majority of seats in the November election, Brower will become the new chairman of the Judiciary Committee. He has been named to The Best Lawyers in America®, 2014. He served as the United States Attorney for the District of Nevada 2007-2009.


A frequent author and lecturer on gaming issues, Brower recently served on the Nevada Legislature's Interim Committee to Study the Impact of Technology upon the Regulation of Gaming. He is also an adjunct professor at UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law and is a member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, the Washington Legal Foundation's Legal Policy Advisory Board, the American Inns of Court.


Snell & Wilmer, founded in 1938, is a full-service business law firm with more than 400 attorneys practicing in nine locations throughout the western United States and in Mexico.,  The firm represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs. For more
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Barlow Joins NAFUSA and Rejoins Sidley

David BarlowDavid B. Barlow stepped down as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah this summer, and rejoined Sidley Austin as a partner in Sidley's Washington, D.C. office and will focus his practice on the service of the firm's life sciences clients. Barlow is also NAFUSA's newest member.


Barlow originally joined Sidley in 2000 and became a partner in 2006. During his time at Sidley, he handled a wide variety of cases, with particular emphasis on pharmaceutical, medical device, and mass tort matters.


Barlow was nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the Senate as U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah in September 2011. Prior to his service as U.S. Attorney, Barlow served as Senator Mike Lee's Chief Counsel on the Judiciary Committee.


In March 2013, Attorney General Holder asked Barlow to serve on the Attorney General's Advisory Committee. Barlow also served on the Health Care Fraud Working Group, the White Collar Crime Subcommittee and chaired the Local Government Coordination Working Group.


"We are delighted to welcome David back to Sidley," said Mark Hopson, managing partner of Sidley's Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm's Management Committee. "The insight and experiences David has gained during his time in the Department of Justice will be immensely valuable to our clients."


With more than 1,800 lawyers in 19 offices worldwide, Sidley has built a reputation as a premier legal adviser for global businesses and financial institutions. For the fourth consecutive year, and every year since the survey's inception, Sidley received the most first-tier national rankings of any U.S. law firm in the 2014 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" survey. On Law360's list of Global 20 Firms, Sidley was ranked among the top law firms "with the greatest global reach and expertise."



Stern and Vega Join Jones as Tide Rolls

Vega, Jones, Stern
Greg Vega, Doug Jones, Don Stern

NAFUSA Secretary Doug Jones invited his colleagues Don Stern (NAFUSA Immediate Past President) and Greg Vega (NAFUSA President Elect) to the November 15th Alabama-Mississippi State football game in Tuscaloosa. Jones is well known for his loyalty to the the Tide and he was not disappointed as Alabama rolled, beating the then number one Mississippi State team 25-20.


Boston Conference Photos Available



Boston conference
Several hundred photos from the October 2014 Boston conference have been added to the NAFUSA online photo gallery.


The five most recent thumbnails in the gallery represent the Thursday evening reception, the Friday CLE and harbor cruise, and the Saturday CLE and 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 five individual events are below.)

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  • You may download or order a print of any individual photo using the buttons at the top. For the 2014 Conference downloaded files are 4928 × 3264, approximately 3 MB each.

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