Iglesias Retires From Navy JAG; Joins Wheaton Faculty

David Iglesias

NAFUSA member David Iglesias was mobilized back into active duty status with the Navy to prosecute suspected Al Qaeda members being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He worked at the Office of Military Commissions (OMC) in Washington and in Gitmo. OMC’s jurisdiction is limited to alleged war criminals as defined by the Military Commissions Act of 2009. Iglesias was a senior prosecutor, team leader and spokesman between 2008-2013. He retired earlier this month as a Navy JAG Captain with 30 years of combined active duty and reserve experience. During his terminal leave period he worked with the national security/CT company of the Soufan Group.

 

Iglesias has been appointed by Wheaton College as the new director of the J. Dennis Hastert Center. Iglesias will start his duties on July 1 and will be responsible for overseeing the programs of the Hastert Center, as well as teaching some politics and international relations courses, including national security courses.

Iglesias, a 1980 graduate of Wheaton College, was the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico under the Bush Administration from 2001 to 2006. Iglesias has also worked as a state, federal and military prosecutor, focusing on national security and terrorism cases.

Iglesias said that he is looking forward to using his past career experiences to serve the Hastert Center and the Wheaton College community. “I’m thrilled to be the new director of the Hastert Center,” said Iglesias. “I’ll do my best to use my many years of government, political and military experience to benefit Wheaton students.”

In addition to serving as the Hastert Center director, Iglesias will also serve as this year’s commencement speaker, a decision made by the senior class in collaboration with the president of Wheaton.

Iglesias was a part of the legal team that inspired the 1989 play and 1992 film “A Few Good Men,” starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore.

“The character played by Tom Cruise in the movie “A Few Good Men” is based, in part, on David Iglesias when he prosecuted a case at the Guantanamo Naval Station as a Navy JAG attorney in the 1980s,” Stephen Bretsen, chair of the politics and international relations department said. “The attorney played by Demi Moore in the movie is based on the sister of Aaron Sorkin (the playwright). He learned about the case from her, and it became the basis for a play he wrote, which was later rewritten as a screenplay for the movie. The facts of the case were changed and embellished to make the story more dramatic.”

 

Judge Foreman Returns to Practice at Freeborn & Peters

Judge Fred ForemanAfter retiring as Chief Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit of Lake County, Judge Fred Foreman is returning to private practice to serve as Senior Counsel at Freeborn & Peters LLP in the firm’s Government & Regulatory Law Practice Group and Complex Litigation & Antitrust Team. Judge Foreman previously worked at the Chicago-based firm as a civil litigator, including service as outside counsel on behalf of the State of Illinois v. Philip Morris, et al. and as special counsel in representing state officials and state agencies. Judge Foreman has tried more than 200 cases in federal and state courts and previously served as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 1990-1993 and as States Attorney of Lake County from 1980-1990, where he was elected to three terms.

Judge Foreman’s experience includes trials involving antitrust, securities, RICO, environmental, constitutional law, civil rights, fraud and murder. He has extensive experience in advising clients on matters pending before state and federal regulatory agencies and has successfully assisted clients in passing legislation before the state legislature and units of local government. He has supervised numerous corporate internal investigations and represented clients throughout the world on matters of corporate espionage, electronic intrusions and theft of intellectual property.

 Judge Foreman said:

I am looking forward to returning to Freeborn & Peters as Senior Counsel and assisting the firm’s clients, as well as my own former clients, with legal solutions to business challenges and regulatory issues. I also hope to remain active as a member of the bar association committees in which I have involvement and other appointments that I may receive.

Judge Foreman also serves as a member of Senator Mark Kirk’s Judicial Review Commission, a nonpartisan group composed of legal professionals from around the state. Part of the Commission’s purpose is to screen applicants to fill judicial vacancies on the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Judge Foreman participates in a number of pro bono activities, including serving as a member of the board of the Illinois Judges Association, as a member of the board of the Illinois Judges Association Foundation, and as a Past President and member of the Board of the Jefferson Inn. He has also served on the Board of the Lake County Bar Association. Judge Foreman is a graduate of The John Marshall Law School.

Freeborn & Peters LLP is a full-service law firm, headquartered in Chicago, with international capabilities. For more information, visit: www.freeborn.com.

 

Monty Wilkinson Named Director of EOUSA

Monty Wilkinson

Monty Wilkinson was appointed Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) by Attorney General Holder on March 29, 2014, succeeding the retiring Marshall Jarrett. The Executive Office, created in 1953, provides general guidance and support to the 94 United States Attorneys’ offices and its nearly 10,000 employees.

Prior to being appointed Director, Wilkinson served as the Principal Deputy Director and Chief of Staff of EOUSA.  He previously served as Counselor and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Attorney General, an Associate Deputy Attorney General, and held senior management positions for nearly a decade in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.  Wilkinson started his career at the Department of Justice as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division, serving in the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section and the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section.

In announcing the appointment, Attorney General Holder said,

Monty is a tremendous asset to the Department, and I am grateful he has agreed to take on this enormous responsibility. I look forward to continuing to work closely with him and the U.S. Attorneys as we continue our critical mission to provide justice for the American people.

Wilkinson is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Georgetown University Law Center.

Neil MacBride Joins NAFUSA and Davis Polk

LAW-tmagArticle-v2Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP  announced that Neil MacBride, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2009-2013, has joined the firm as a partner in its Washington office. Today is MacBride’s first day at Davis Polk and his first day as a member of NAFUSA.

Before his appointment as U.S. Attorney, MacBride served as associate deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice in 2009. He also served as chief counsel and staff director for then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. from 2001 to 2005 on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  From 1997 to 2001, MacBride served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia.  During his time as an AUSA and as U.S. Attorney for EDVA, he conducted more than 25 jury trials.

In joining Davis Polk, MacBride said,

Davis Polk is one of the world’s great law firms, and one of the few remaining true and lockstep partnerships.  Its white collar and government investigations practice has long been one of the most respected in the world.  I am thrilled to be joining Davis Polk and developing the firm’s increasingly important presence in the nation’s capital and I look forward to working with my new partners in advising our clients on their most difficult criminal, congressional and regulatory problems.

In announcing MacBride’s addition to the firm, Davis Polk stated:

Mr. MacBride’s tenure as U.S. Attorney for the EDVA was universally regarded as extremely successful.  He led the office in bringing cases of national and international significance, involving financial fraud, international corruption, copyright infringement and trade secret theft, defense procurement fraud, money laundering, terrorism and cybersecurity.  Some of the most significant matters during his tenure involved the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Wire and Mail Fraud statutes, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Arms Export Control Act, the False Claims Act and the Federal Tort Claims Act.

Davis Polk is a global law firm and has approximately 900 lawyers in offices in New York, Menlo Park, Washington DC, São Paulo, London, Paris, Madrid, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo.  For more information: http://www.davispolk.com.

Stephens and Thompson Named to NLJ Top 50 GC List

The National Law Journal announced today its annual list of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel and it included two NAFUSA members, Jay Stephens and Larry Thompson.

Jay Stephens

Stephens, left, immediate past president of NAFUSA, is the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Raytheon Company. He served as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, 1988-1993 and as the associate attorney general and in the White House as deputy counsel to President Reagan.

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Thompson, executive vice president, government affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary of PepsiCo, Inc, shown right, served as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, 1982-1986, and as the deputy attorney general.

Mueller Joins WilmerHale

Robert Mueller

WilmerHale announced today that Robert S. Mueller III has joined the firm as a partner in their Washington office. Mueller completed 12 years last fall as the sixth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a position he took one week prior to the September 11 attacks and held under two presidents.

 

In its press release, WilmerHale said:

As FBI Director, Mr. Mueller managed the transition of the FBI into an agency that dealt not only with the hardest criminal justice matters, but also with the most challenging national security issues, including cybersecurity threats. He brings to the firm his broad range of experience as a career prosecutor, an ability to lead the most sensitive investigations, his steady hand in managing crises, and unquestioned integrity. He will enhance and build on WilmerHale’s investigations and strategic counseling practices.

 

Mueller was a United States Marine Corps officer, an Assistant United States Attorney in three different offices, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California, the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division, and the longest-serving Director of the FBI since J. Edgar Hoover.

Mueller currently holds a teaching appointment at Stanford University, and will spend time in WilmerHale’s West Coast offices. He also serves as Executive-in-Residence for Georgetown University. From 1993-1995, he was a partner at Hale and Dorr LLP, before the firm combined with Wilmer Cutler Pickering LLP a decade ago.

Mueller earned his law degree in 1973 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served on the Law Review. He received an MA in international relations from New York University in 1967, and graduated from Princeton University with an AB in 1966.

Wayman Gray Sherrer, 86, Dies

Former United States Attorney Wayman Gray Sherrer, age, 86, of Oneonta, Alabama, died at his home on March 12, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Betty Rodgers Sherrer, and two children, Elizabeth Sherrer McKee and William Jefferson Sherrer. Sherrer is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, class of 1956. He served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps as a member of the military police prior to attending college. After graduating from law school, Wayman served for six years as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Los Angeles, California, and Washington, D.C.  In 1964 he was elected County Solicitor (District Attorney) of Blount County, Alabama, for a four year term. In 1969, Wayman Sherrer was appointed United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama. He served in that position until 1977. Wayman returned to the private practice of law in Oneonta, Alabama, in 1977, and in 2001, he was joined in the practice of law by his son. In all, Mr. Sherrer served the legal profession in Alabama for over 50 years.

As is the custom of NAFUSA, an American flag was flown over Main Justice and will be presented to the Sherrer family as a remembrance of the esteem in which he was held by his former colleagues.

American flag flown over Main Justice on March 18 in honor of Wayman Gray Sherrer

American flag flown over Main Justice on March 18 in honor of Wayman Gray Sherrer

Holder Urges Changes in Drug Sentencing Guidelines

Attorney-general-Eric-Holder

In testimony before the U.S. Sentencing Commission on March 13, 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder endorsed a proposed change in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines that would lower the levels for the base offense for various quantities for drug trafficking crimes. If adopted, the change would reduce the average sentence for low-level drug offenders by nearly a year. The Commission projects that if the proposal is adopted, the Bureau of Prison population would drop by 6,550 inmates at the end of five years.

The Commission first proposed the change in January and is expected to vote on it by April. In the meantime, the Justice Department will direct prosecutors not to object if defendants seek to have the newly proposed guidelines applied during sentencing.

Click here to view the Department’s press release and Holder’s testimony before the Commission.

Valukas To Lead GM Probe

Tony Valukas

On March 10, 2014, General Motors announced it had hired NAFUSA member Anton “Tony” Valukas to help lead an internal probe of an ignition-switch failure tied to at least 13 deaths. The investigation will focus on the handling of the flaw that prompted the recall of 1.6 million vehicles and will be conducted jointly by a team led by Valukas and GM General Counsel Michael Millikin. Attorneys from King & Spaulding are also part of the team, according to G.M.

The New York Times reported this morning that the Justice Department has begun an investigation into GM’s alleged “decade-long failure to address deadly safety problems before announcing a huge vehicle recall last month, according to people briefed on the matter.” It is unclear whether the federal probe is civil or criminal but is led by federal prosecutors in New York and is “expected to center on whether G.M., the nation’s largest automaker, failed to comply with laws requiring timely disclosure of vehicle defects.” In addition, there are indications that both the House and the Senate will hold hearings on the issue and the National Highway Traffice Safety Administration is undertaking its own investigation.

Valukas, Chairman of Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago, served as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 1985 to 1989. He has also served as the Justice Department appointed examiner of the downfall of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., and represented the bankrupt assets of GM during the SEC investigation of the company’s pension accounting. He is a Fellow of the American College of TrIal Lawyers. He has been an instructor at the John Marshall School of Law and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law. He is a graduate of Northwestern School of Law.

 

Buyck Honored By South Carolina Bar

Mark Buyck

Mark W. Buyck, Jr., NAFUSA member, who served as United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina in 1975 to 1977, was honored at the 2014 South Carolina Bar Association meeting with the DuRant Award for Distinguished Public Service. The award recognizes long and illustrious public service and outstanding leadership to the profession, community, state and nation, and is considered the highest award presented by the South Carolina Bar Foundation.

Buyck practices with the Florence, SC law firm of Wllcox, Buyck & Williams, P.A., and is a past-president of the S. C. Defense Trial Attorneys Association.  He is a permanent member of the U. S. Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, and past-chairman of USC Law School Association. He is a former member of the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel and the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He is past-president of the S. C. Chapter of ABOTA and a current member of its national board of directors.  Buyck is past-chairman of the National College of District Attorneys Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a regent and vice president of the National College of District Attorneys.

He graduated from the University of South Carolina  law school.  He is on the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina.  He was named Distinguished Alumni by the USC Alumni Association in 2005 and received an honorary degree from Carolina at the May 2008 graduation. Buyck has been active in civic affairs, serving as president of the Florence Rotary Club, the Florence Country Club, and the Florence Little Theatre.  He was one of the founders of the Florence Heritage Foundation, the first chairman of its board and current president.

Buyck is past President of the South Carolina Historical Society. He served for a decade on the initial Advisory Board of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the S.C. State Bar Foundation. He has been honored by two Governors of South Carolina with the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest award, and has been listed in all published editions of the Best Lawyers in America. He received the prestigious honor of the Judge Hemphill award for distinguished service to the profession and the public by the S.C. Defense Trial Attorneys Association and the Compleat Lawyer award by the USC Law School. In 2006 he was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of South Carolina and in 2008 he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the USC School of Law. Buyck is a member of the Board of Directors of The Bank of Clarendon and IRIX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He serves on the Board of Trustees and as Secretary of Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation and is a member of the Carolinas Hospital System Board of Trustees.

Jarrett Announces Retirement

Marshall Jarrett

H. Marshall Jarrett, director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA), announced his retirement yesterday. Jarrett was appointed director of EOUSA on April 13, 2009.

Prior to assuming the position of director, Jarrett served as counsel for the Office of Professional Responsibility, where he supervised investigations of professional misconduct by Department of Justice attorneys. He has served as an associate deputy attorney general and as deputy chief of the Public Integrity Section. In addition, he has served as chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and as criminal chief and first assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia.

In an email announcing his retirement to the current U.S. Attorneys, Jarrett reflected on his career and the good fortune he has had to work with so many remarkable people. In his email, Jarrett said:

I’ve had the privilege to serve with the most talented and dedicated public servants in the country.  I will miss coming to work each day and standing shoulder to shoulder with you and our other extraordinary colleagues throughout the United States Attorneys’ community to help ensure that justice is served for the American people. In particular, it has been extremely gratifying to witness firsthand your perseverance, dedication, and commitment to excellence during a very challenging period.

Jarrett is a recipient of the Edmund J. Randolph Award for outstanding service to the Department of Justice and has been conferred the rank of meritorious executive in the senior executive service. He has also received a Presidential Rank Award for his meritorious executive service.

Jarrett also served as deputy director of the enforcement division of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and as a deputy attorney general for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law.