Ethics Panel Announced For DC Conference

Judge Boasberg

This year’s ethics presentation, “Ethics Oversight at DOJ: A Federal Judge and DOJ Watchdogs Discuss the Challenges of the Day” will be moderated by the Honorable James E. “Jeb” Boasberg, United States District Judge for the District of Columbia. Judge Boasberg also serves on the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. He has also served  in the U.S. Attorneys Office for the District of Columbia as as AUSA specializing in homicide prosecutions.





Michael Horowitz

The panel will be composed of the three major “watchdogs” for ethics oversight at the Department. Michael E. Horowtiz has served as the Inspector General of DOJ since April 2012. Since 2015, he has also served as the Chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. He served as an AUSA for the SD of New York, where he was the Chief of the Public Corruption Unit and a Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. He then worked at Main Justice as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and then Chief of Staff of the Criminal Division.

Scott Schools

Scott Schools

NAFUSA member Scott Schools was named an Associate Deputy General in October 2016, and has assumed the position formerly filled by David Margolis. He has previously spent 18 years at the Department, including stints as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California (2007-2008) and South Carolina (2001).





Robin Ashton

Robin Ashton has led the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility since 2011. Her long career at the Justice includes serving in the litigation section of the Antitrust Division, as an AUSA for the District of Columbia, and as the Executive Assistant for Management. She also served as the Deputy Director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys from 2001-2005.


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Supreme Court Panel Announced For DC Conference

Adam Liptak

This year’s NAFUSA conference will feature an outstanding panel discussion of the Supreme Court, moderated by Adam Liptak of The New York Times. Liptak covers the Supreme Court for The Times and his column on legal affairs, “Sidebar,” appears every other Thursday. Liptak last appeared at a NAFUSA conference in New York City in 2010.





The outstanding panel is composed of:

Ted Olson

NAFUSA member Ted Olson, former Solicitor General of the United States and a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Washington, D.C. office. He has argued sixty-two cases before the Supreme Court. Olson last spoke at a NAFUSA conference in 2013 in Washington, D.C.






Paul Clement

Paul Clement also served as the Solicitor General of the United States and is a partner in the Washington, D.C. officer of Kirkland & Ellis. Clement has argued over 85 cases before the United States Supreme Court.







Neal Katyal

Neal Katyal served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States and has argued 34 cases before the United States Supreme Court, with 32 of them in the last 8 years.

The panel discussion will take place at The Mayflower Hotel on Friday, October 20, 2017, from 9:45-10:45 AM.



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De Smith Keynoter for NAFUSA Conference

NAFUSA’s 2017 conference will be held at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC on October 18-20, and De Maurice Smith will be the keynote speaker on the final night at the annual meeting and dinner. Smith is the Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).

On August 4, 2011, Smith signed a 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with NFL management, leading the Players through the owners’ 132-day lockout. The new CBA codifies new health and safety protocols for Players, achieved longer off-seasons, significantly reduces the amount of contact during practices, provides for unannounced inspections of training camps, creates the first compliance and accountability structure for NFL medical personnel, and provides the Players’ with their highest share of TV contract revenues in history.

Prior to his post at the NFLPA, Smith was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia and was Counsel to then-Deputy Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. After Government service, Smith served as a Partner in the law firms of Latham & Watkins, LLP and Patton Boggs, LLP, in Washington, D.C. where he represented corporations, boards of directors and senior executives in civil and criminal matters.

Mr. Smith is a 1989 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and a 1985 graduate of Cedarville University. He resides in the Washington DC metropolitan area with his wife and two children.

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Bart Daniel Named NAFUSA President

Bart Daniel

On October 8, 2016, at the NAFUSA annual conference in San Diego, E. Bart Daniel (District of South Carolina, 1989-1992) was elected president of NAFUSA by acclamation.

Daniel served as United States Attorney from 1989 to 1992. While U.S. Attorney Bart was appointed to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. He also directed the investigation and prosecution of Operation Lost Trust, one of the nation’s largest and most successful public corruption prosecutions. It resulted in 27 convictions, including 17 members of the South Carolina General Assembly along with other public officials. Bart served as Lead Counsel in 6 of the 8 jury trials, all resulting in convictions. In 1991 Bart was awarded the Attorney General’s Flag Award – the highest award given to a U.S. Attorney.

Bart graduated from The Citadel and University of South Carolina School of Law. He served as an Assistant Attorney General in its White Collar Crime Unit from 1980 to 1982. He was then appointed as an Assistant U. S. Attorney, prosecuting white collar and False Claims Act cases for 4 years. Thereafter, Bart opened his law practice defending government investigations and False Claims Act cases before being appointed U.S. Attorney in 1989.

Bart has served as President of the Charleston County Bar, Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and Chairman of the Finance Committee on the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. He has at various times been appointed Special Counsel by the Governor, the South Carolina Securities Commission, and Lead Counsel by the South Carolina House of Representatives in a lengthy reapportionment trial before a three-judge federal panel.

Bart has authored numerous publications including Health Care Fraud and Collateral Consequences (2nd Edition), Federal and State Securities Enforcement, and Environmental Crimes and Corporate Liability (2nd Edition).

Since returning to private practice in 1992, Bart has primarily defended government investigations including alleged violations of the False Claims Act.

San Diego Conference Huge Success

NAFUSA’s annual conference was held last week at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. Nearly 200 NAFUSA members, spouses, guests, sponsors and speakers enjoyed three days of beautiful weather and the ambience of one of the world’s great hotels.

At the opening reception on Thursday night, NAFUSA honored Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben on his 100 cases argued on behalf of the Department of Justice before the United States Supreme Court. In the photo below, President Greg Vega presents Dreeben with a San Diego Padres jersey to mark his achievement.

Michael Dreeben with Greg Vega

Greg Vega with Michael Dreeben

On Friday afternoon, a tour and picnic lunch was held on the USS Midway, the famous aircraft carrier from WWII. During the lunch, President Vega welcomed Debby  Margolis, wife of David Margolis, and Cheri Margolis, David and Debby’s daughter, who were the guests of NAFUSA for the entire conference. In the photo below, President Vega is presenting Debby with the American flag which was flown over the Department of Justice in David’s honor at the request of NAFUSA.

Greg Vega with Debby and Cheri Margolis

Greg Vega with Debby and Cheri Margolis

On Saturday morning, Vice President Doug Jones presented AUSA Adam Braverman, SDCAL, with this year’s J. Michael Bradford Award as the AUSA of the Year.

Doug Jones with Adam Braverman

Doug Jones with Adam Braverman

The conference closed on Saturday night, with the passing of the gavel from Greg Vega to Bart Daniel, the new president of NAFUSA. Bart announced that the 2017 conference will be held in Washington, DC at the Mayflower Hotel on October 17-21. New York Times Pulitizer Prize winning reporter Charlie Savage then delivered the keynote address.

Charlie Savage at the del Coronado

Charlie Savage at the del Coronado

Margolis Family to Join Us in San Diego

Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post

Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post

David’s wife, Debby, and his daughter, Cheri, will attend the San Diego conference as  honored guests of NAFUSA. David, who passed away on July 12, 2016, was scheduled to be a our luncheon speaker on his 51 years at Justice. Deborah Daniels shared a recent Margolis obituary from The Week. 

As is our custom, an American flag was flown over Main Justice on August 19, 2016, as the request of NAFUSA. It will be presented to Debby and Cheri at the October conference. It represents the high regard in which David was held by his colleagues.

Charlie Savage to Keynote San Diego Conference

Charlie Savage

Charlie Savage will attend his sixth NAFUSA conference in October- more than many NAFUSA members. He has truly become a “Friend of NAFUSA.” This year he will do double duty as our Saturday night keynote speaker and as the moderator of the Friday morning panel on national security v privacy. He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning  Washington correspondent for the New York Times. Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Savage graduated from Harvard College and earned a master’s degree from Yale Law School as part of a Knight Foundation journalism fellowship. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, Luiza Ch. Savage, the editorial director of events for Politico, and their children, William and Peter Savage.

Savage has been covering post-9/11 issues — including national security, individual rights and the rule of law — since 2003, when he was a reporter for the Miami Herald. Later that year, he joined the Washington bureau of the Boston Globe; he then moved to the Washington bureau of the New York Times in 2008. He has also co-taught a seminar on national security and the Constitution at Georgetown University’s political science department.

Savage’s first book, Takeover, published in 2007, chronicles the Bush-Cheney administration’s efforts to expand presidential power. His second book, Power Wars, published in 2015, is an investigative history of national-security legal policy issues in the Obama administration.

His other journalism honors include the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency, and the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.

His keynote address is entitled: “Power Wars: Obama, Bush, and the Post-9/11 Presidency.”

San Diego Conference Begins Thursday, October 6


Registration is open for the 2016 NAFUSA conference to be held at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego October 6-8.


The conference will begin with a cocktail reception on Thursday evening, October 6, 2016, at the Hotel Del Coronado, honoring Michael Dreeben on his 100 Supreme Court arguments. Golf will be available on Thursday morning at Torrey Pines South, on a first come first served basis to the first 28 to register.  Golf is sold out.

On Friday morning President Vega will call the conference to order and introduce our sponsors. Following the traditional roundhouse introduction of members, Hon. Robert Conrad, U.S. District Judge, WD North Carolina, will give the ethics presentation:  “Berger v US…The Rest of the Story: Ethical lessons behind Justice Sutherland’s famous dictum.” The morning program will close with a panel discussion on national security v privacy, with Charlie Savage of The New York Times, Steve Zipperstein, general counsel of Blackberry, Jim Baker, general counsel of the FBI, Marc Zwillinger, and Ken Wainstein. On Friday afternnoon, we will enjoy a picnic lunch on the USS Midway. On Friday evening, various adminstration classes will hold their reunions.

Saturday morning’s CLE program will include a dialogue with Monty Wilkinson, Director of EOUSA and Richard Hartunian, Chair of the AGAC, moderated by President Vega, followed by the presentaton of the J. Michael Bradford Award to the AUSA of the year. Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will speak on the Supreme Court and the moring will close with a panel discussion on asset forfeiture reform with Marshall Miller, M. Kendall Day, Sharon Levin, Marc Levin and Margaret Dooley-Sammuli.The conference will close with a Saturday evening banquet and business meeting, and with Charlie Savage as the keynote speaker. Click here to view the official program:  nafusa_program-2016

Rooms will be available at the Del Coronado at the special conference rate of $295 a night, plus a $15 a day Resort Charge. Rooms will be available at the conference rate for the 3 days prior and after, subject to availability. The cut off for hotel rooms at the conference rate was September 6, 2016, but Deputy Director Lisa Rafferty is holding a few cancellations.

The NAFUSA registration charge remains $400 for members and $300 for spouses,  which includes the social events except golf. You may bring guests to individual events at separate charges. Registration fees are fully refundable up to one week prior to the conference. After that date, we will be unable to offer refunds as the hotel and caterers need final counts for meals.

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