2016 dues are payable by February 29, 2016. Email invoices were sent last week to all non-life members. Thanks to the generousity of our sponsors, the dues structure has remained at the same low level for years. Regular dues are $150 and senior dues (70 years of age and over and fully retired from the practice of law) $50. You might consider joining the 64 lifetime members (full listing on the link at nafusa.org) at $1500. You may send a check for your dues or pay by credit card. Checks for dues should be payable to NAFUSA and mailed to NAFUSA, PO Box 1524, Brighton, Michigan 48116. Please complete the registration form even if you are mailing a check.
In 2002, NAFUSA Foundation President Mike McKay was appointed to serve on a committee to advise the Seattle Catholic archbishop how to deal with the child sex abuse allegations made against Catholic priests. The committee reviewed the files and made recommendations on particular cases. In 2003, it issued a report that included a series of recommendations which, if followed, would decrease the number of cases occurring in the future. The archbishop rejected the report and fired the committee.
A new archbishop arrived in 2010 and appears to now be implementing, however imperfectly, some of the committee’s recommendations. This includes the release of names of 77 priests accused of child sex abuse. See Seattle Times, January 15, 2016.
But the release of names is not enough, McKay argues, so he and other prominent Catholics are pressing the church to release the underlying files so that church members and the general public will understand the serious nature of these sexual assaults, including where they occurred. See Seattle Times, January 30, 2016.
Last week, the Seattle Times editorial board weighed in to support McKay’s position: The Archdiocese of Seattle should open its secret files on priests accused of sexually abusing minors.
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NAFUSA member Redding Pitt died on Sunday, February 7, 2016. Pitt, 71, served as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, 1994-2001. He also served as the chief deputy attorney general for the State of Alabama and chaired the Alabama Democrat Party from 2001 to 2005.
NAFUSA member Frank Keating, the former governor of Oklahoma, has joined Holland & Knight as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office. Gov. Keating was formerly the president and CEO of the American Bankers Association (ABA). He will focus on serving clients in the financial services industry.
NAFUSA members Tom Heffelfinger, Paul Charlton, David Iglesias, Brendan Johnson and Tim Purdon, joined by former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, have filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in U.S. v. Bryant. In a brief authored by Robins Kaplan, the amici curiae identify themselves as former United States Attorneys with experience in the prosecution of violent crimes, including domestic violence offenses, in “Indian Country.” The issue in Bryant is whether uncounseled tribal court domestic violence convictions can be used as predicate offenses to support a federal “Habitual DV Offender ” charge under 18 U.S.C Sec. 177(a).
As part of the ongoing discussion of criminal justice reform, the Aleph Institute is presenting the ASKS Summit 2016: Alternative Sentencing Key Stakeholder. It will be held March 7-8, 2016, at Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC. The Summit Chair, Hon. Charles Renfrew, US Deputy Attorney General (1980-1981); US District Judge, ND of California (1972-1980), has written NAFUSA and extended and invitation to all NAFUSA members to attend.
Jim Cole, former Deputy Attorney General of the United States, is NAFUSA’s newest member. Cole joined the Washington office of Sidley Austin LLP in March of 2015, where he joined fellow NAFUSA members David Barlow and Scott Lassar. He focuses his practice on the full range of federal enforcement and internal investigation matters, with a particular emphasis on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional matters. He has extensive experience overseeing sensitive and controversial matters, both within the government and while in private practice.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced on February 1, 2016, the appointment of U.S Attorney Dana J. Boente of the Eastern District of Virginia to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC). Boente will fill the seat vacated by former U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin of the Southern District of West Virginia, who resigned on December 31, 2015.
Boente was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate on December 15, 2015 as the U.S. Attorney of the ED of Virginia.
NAFUSA member Peter Vaira (ED Pennsylvania 1978-1983) writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer on January 28, 2016, that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court must address several issues “that are crucial for the administration of the criminal justice system,” First, Vaira urges the court to appoint a special counsel to investigate the implications of ex parte communications sent by prosecutors to state judges arising from the “porngate” scandal.
Secondly, Vaira urges a review of the Pennsylvania grand jury statute, and suggests the need for amendments and changes.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP announced on January 21, 2016, that NAFUSA member Jay B. Stephens has joined the Firm as Of Counsel in its Washington, D.C., office. Stephens will work in collaboration with attorneys across the Firm to support client engagements by counseling boards on corporate governance, transactional and enforcement matters, by providing advice to clients regarding complex internal investigations, compliance issues and regulatory enforcement strategies, and by contributing to the sound resolution of regulatory and litigation disputes. He will serve as a strategic asset to the Firm’s practice by supporting its global client engagements and the delivery of client services and solutions.