Heaphy Authors Report Critical of Charlottesville’s Response to White Supremacist Rally

Tim Heaphy

NAFUSA Board Member Tim Heaphy, former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia (2009-2014), issued a 207-page report on December 1, 2017, finding the Charlottesville Police Department was “ill-prepared, lacked proper training and devised a flawed plan for responding to the white supremacist rally that rocked the city in August, leading to ‘disastrous results’”, as reported by The Washington Post. 

Heaphy’s law firm, Hunton & Williams, was hired by the City of Charlottesville to conduct an independent review to access the city’s response to three separate white supremacist events in the city earlier this year. The police department received much of the blame, but the report also is critical of the City Council, attorneys from the city and state, the University of Virginia, and the Virginia State Police. The Charlottesville police chief, Al Thomas, resigned today, effective immediately.

Read the full report: http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/local/report-reviewing-protest-related-events-in-charlottesville/2654/

Catherine Hanaway Named to NAFUSA Board

In November, 2017, Greg Scott stepped down from the NAFUSA board of directors as a result of his appointment by President Trump to return to his position as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California, where he had previously served from 2003 to 2009. The NAFUSA Board of Directors has unanimously selected Catherine Hanaway to fill Greg’s vacancy of the board in the class of 2018. Catherine served as the United States Attorney for the ED of Missouri from 2005-2009. She is currently a partner at Husch Blackwell LLP in St, Louis.

On December 13, NAFUSA board member Jenny Durkan advised that her new job as Mayor of the City of Seattle requires her to step down from her board position in the class of 2019. President Hal Hardin will call a meeting of the nominating committee to make a recommendation to the board of a successor to replace Jenny. The vacancy must go to a NAFUSA member who has served in a Democratic administration.

2017 Fiske Fellows Named

As reported in Law Quadrangle, Notes From Michigan Law:

The 2017 Fiske Fellows had an opportunity to meet their benefactor, Bob Fiske, ’55, HLLD ’97, in Ann Arbor in April. Pictured with Fiske are Fellows (left to right) Andrew Sand, ’15, an assistant general counsel in the Office of the General Counsel, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Danielle Angeli, ’16, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, general crimes unit; Sommer Engels, ’16, an honors attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s environment and natural resources division, appellate section; and Matt Evans, ‘15, a trial attorney in the Department of Justice’s environment and natural resources division, environmental crimes section. The Fiske Fellowship Program encourages recent graduates to pursue positions as government lawyers. The Fellowship pays both college and law school debt for three years plus a stipend.

Bob served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1976-1980) and is senior counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. This is Bob’s 16th year awarding the Fiske Fellows fellowships. He is a long time member of NAFUSA.

Doug Jones Elected in Alabama

Bob Miller for the New York Times

On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, NAFUSA member Doug Jones was elected to the United States Senate by the voters of the State of Alabama. Doug was in line to be NAFUSA’s president this year, but stepped down to run for the vacancy created when Jeff Sessions left the Senate to become the Attorney General. Doug won a close election over Roy Moore, who has yet to concede. It is unlikely, however, that there will be a recount as Doug’s victory was by more than 20,000 votes. Tuesday was also Doug and Louise’s 25th wedding anniversary. You can see them celebrating above.

See the New York Times profile of Doug: Doug Jones: A Lawyer in the Thick of Alabama’s Big Moments

On December 15, 2017, The Tennessean published an article Doug Jones, Hal  Hardin share a bond of friendship and justice  which discusses how Doug was in line to become president of NAFUSA but stepped down to run for the Senate. Hal Hardin, who took his place to become president of NAFUSA said “I’m so proud of Doug. He is a bridge builder, not a super-partisan person. Obviously it’s bridge builders that our nation needs right now- someone who can work with all kinds of people to find common ground, and work for the good of the country.”

Past NAFUSA Presidents Don Stern, Greg Vega and Rick Deane were joined by NAFUSA member Walter Holton in campaigning for Doug in Alabama this past weekend. Doug acknowledged the support of his U.S. Attorney friends in his acceptance speech.

Rick Deane, Don Stern, Doug Jones, Greg Vega and Walter Holton (December 12, 2017)



Doug Jones in the Headlines

NAFUSA member Doug Jones would have been the NAFUSA president today if he had not stepped down last fall to run for the United States Senate to fill the Jeff Sessions vacancy in Alabama. His race against Roy Moore has become the most important election in the country. It will be decided tomorrow. Doug has had a lot of support from a number of his colleagues at NAFUSA. Past NAFUSA Presidents Don Stern and Greg Vega were joined by NAFUSA member Walt Holton campaigning over the weekend in Alabama.

Don Stern, Doug Jones, Greg Vega and Walter Holton in Montgomery, Alabama 12/11/2017