Wainstein Issues Report in Internal Investigation at U.N.C.

Ken Wainstein

NAFUSA board member Ken Wainstein was retained by the University of North Carolina to investigate allegations of that fake classes had been established to bolster the grades of football players. On Wednesday, October 23, Wainstein’s report was released by the university, which “found that between 1993 and 2011, two employees in the university’s African and Afro-American studies department presided over what was essentially a ‘shadow curriculum’ designed to help struggling students — many of them Tar Heels athletes — stay afloat”. See U.N.C. Says Athletes Took Fake Classes for The New York Times full article.

Wainstein, a partner in the Washington office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, served 19 years at the Justice Department, including serving as United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.


Bob Fiske Publishes Memoirs

Bob Fiske

NAFUSA member Robert B. Fiske, Jr. has published his memoirs: Prosecutor Defender Counselor. Fiske served as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1976-1980) after earlier serving as an assistant in the office from 1957-1961. He also served as the first “special prosecutor” in the Whitewater controversy and the investigation into the death of White House Counsel Vincent Foster.

Fiske is a senior law partner at Davis Polk, where he was a partner for more than 40 years. He has represented many high-profile clients during his career, including the defense of the National Football League in an antitrust suit; representation of Clark Clifford and Robert A. Altman in the BCCI scandal; the defense of Exxon in the investigations of the oil spill into Arthur Kill in New Jersey; representation of A. Alfred Tubman in the price-fixing investigation of Sotheby’s; and representation of Sanjay Kumar of Computer Associates International, Inc.

Fiske is a past president of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Federal Bar Council. He received his JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

His memoirs has just been published by Smith/Kerr and is available on Amazon in hardcover for $18.82.

“Bob Fiske is a role model for anyone engaged in public service or in the private practice of law. I have long admired, and sought to emulate, his rare combination of legal skill, personal integrity and good judgment. His life story is an inspiration to all Americans, not just those directly involved in the private or public practice of law.”



Bob Fiske memoirs

Mayorkas to Lead White House Intruder Investigation

Ali Mayorkas

Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, a NAFUSA member, and DHS general counsel Stevan Bunnell have been named by DHS head Jeh Johnson to take over the investigation of the White House intruder investigation from the Secret Service. Their report is due November 1.

On September 19 a man scaled the White House fence and was able to penetrate far into the interior of the White House before he was apprehended. This incident, along with other recent security breaches led to the resignation of the head of the Secret Service on September 29.

Mayorkas served as the United States Attorney for the CD of California (1999-2001) and is currently the deputy secretary of DHS, the second-ranking official of that agency. He previously served as the director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from 2009-2013. He was a participant on the NAFUSA panel on immigration at the Atlanta conference in 2012. Mayorkas and Bunnell were both partners in the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP prior to their service at DHS.

Commission Led by Vaira Issues Report to Philly Mayor

Peter Vaira

The Mayor’s Commission on The Department of Licenses and Inspection (L&I) issued its final report on September 25, 2014. NAFUSA member Peter F. Vaira, was appointed by Mayor Nutter as the executive director of the Commission. The Commission, consisting of 20 experts in construction and demolition, and the government supervision of these activities was directed to look into the L&I’s oversight of a building collapse in June 2013 which killed six persons in a Salvation Army thrift store next door. One of those killed was the daughter of the Treasurer of Philadelphia.

After 10 months of active investigation, the Commission recommended some of the most dramatic changes in Philadelphia government in 50 years. The Commission  recommended that the Department of L&I, be abolished and replaced by a Department of Buildings and and a Department of Business Compliance. The Department of Buildings is to be headed by a licensed engineer or a registered architect, will have public safety in construction and demolition of private and public buildings as its primary mission and will have direct supervision of 25,000 vacant buildings in Philadelphia. The Department of Business Compliance will have the responsibility of licensing and permitting all activities that do not fall under construction or demolition.
Upon receiving the report, the Mayor immediately placed L&I under the supervision of the
Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, along with the Police and Fire Departments. The Mayor also directed the formation of an implementation group to begin studying how the recommended changes could be made. That group will convene in October and will report to the Mayor by December 31, 2014.

For a copy of the report contact p.vaira@gpeff.com

Judge Walter E. Black Dies, 88

George Cook 1981, Baltimore Sun

George Cook 1981, Baltimore Sun

Walter E. Black Jr., a retired chief judge of the United States District Court for Maryland, passed away on Monday, September 27, 2014, at his home from complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was the U.S. Attorney for Maryland (1956-1957) and served as an AUSA in that district from 1953 to 1955. He was named to the U.S. District Court in 1982, and served as the chief judge (1991-1994) and retired in 2002.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM Tuesday, October 14, at the Chapel at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles Street, at Melrose Avenue, Baltimore.  Click here to read the obituary from The Baltimore Sun

As is our custom, NAFUSA has made arrangements for an American flag to be flown over Main Justice and presented to Judge Black’s family as a token of the appreciation in which he was held by his colleagues.

Happy Birthday

President George Washington signed the Judiciary Act of 1789 on September 24th of that year. Among other things, the Act created the Office of Attorney General and established 13 judicial districts, each with a United States Attorney and a United States Marshal. The 13 were one each in the 11 states that had ratified the Constitution, plus a District of Maine in Massachusetts and a District of Kentucky in Virginia. (North Carolina ratified the Constitution in November 1789, Rhode Island in May 1790. The United States Department of Justice was established in 1870.)

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Rossman Profiled by Detroit Legal News

Rich Rossman

NAFUSA Executive Director Rich Rossman is one of the organizers of the James K. Robinson Scholarship Event to be held on Friday, September 26 at the London Chop House in Detroit. The purpose of the event is to raise additional funds for the endowed scholarship that Robinson created to help students at the Wayne State Law School, where Robinson, a past president of NAFUSA, had served as dean. Robinson passed away in 2010 after a three year bout with cancer.

On September 8, 2014, the Detroit Legal News profiled Rossman’s career. He served as Robinson’s chief assistant when Jim was the United States Attorney in Detroit (1977-1980). Rich then succeeded Jim in 1980. Rossman followed Robinson to Washington and served as Jim’s chief of staff in the Criminal Division, 1998-1999.

The Legal News points out that Rossman will be attending his 50th law school reunion this weekend at The University of Michigan Law School and will be among the 50 year honorees at the Michigan State Bar Association the following weekend in Grand Rapids. In a year of 50s, Rich and Patty will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in January.

Click here to read about Rich’s career: Remembrance: Head of U.S. Attorneys helps pay tribute to late dean.

Anyone interested in attending the Robinson Scholarhip Event or making a contribution can contact Rich.