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

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

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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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Scottsdale Conference Photos Available

 

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Hundreds of photos from the successful  Scottsdale conference are now available on line on the nafusa.org website. Click on “Conferences” and then on “Gallery of NAFUSA Conference Photos.” Matt Orwig is shown with Deputy Director Lisa Rafferty.

Matt Orwig and Lisa Rafferty

Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency, by Charlie Savage

Charlie Savage

NAFUSA’s good friend, Charle Savage of the New York Times, has published his second book, “Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency”. Savage, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, has been a speaker or moderator focusing on national security issues at five of NAFUSA’s recent national conferences.

His earlier book, “Takeover”, described the Bush-Cheney administration’s efforts to expand presidential power. In “Power Wars”, Savage concludes that Obama continued many of the polices of his predecessor and in some cases expanded them. Published by Little, Brown November 3, 2015.

Savage is a Washington correspondent for the New York Times and has been covering post-9/11 legal-policy issues since 2003. A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, he graduated from Harvard College and holds a master’s degree from Yale Law School.

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Greg Vega Named NAFUSA President

Greg Vega

Greg Vega

On October 17, 2015, at the NAFUSA annual conference in Scottsdale, Greg Vega (SD California 1999-2001) was elected president of NAFUSA by acclamation. A native of East Chicago, Indiana, Greg received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Indiana University in 1975, and his Juris Doctor degree from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1980. He was a staff member of the Valparaiso University Law Review. Greg is a member of the State Bars of California, Illinois and Indiana.

Greg began his legal career as a Trial Attorney for the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service in Chicago, Illinois. In that position, he tried numerous tax cases before the United States Tax Court. Greg joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana in 1983, where he handled federal jury trials including the prosecution of a 32 defendant drug distribution organization (United States v. Zambrana, et al) and judicial corruption cases (United States v. Christakis, et al). In 1987, Greg accepted an offer of employment from the United States Attorney’s Office in San Diego, California where his work focused on major frauds and economic crimes.

In 1999, Greg assumed the position of United States Attorney for the Southern District of California, the seventh largest office in the nation at the time. In that position, he prioritized improving bi-national cooperation between the United States and the Republic of Mexico in attacking the Tijuana Drug Cartel. Several successes that resulted from his efforts were the first extradition of a Mexican citizen to the United States (United States v. Arturo Paez) and the arrest in Mexico of Ismael Higuera, a leader of the Tijuana Cartel. An account of the cooperation can be found in the article; “New Web of Trust Topples a Mighty Mexican Cartel” New York Times, Page A3, April 26, 2002.

Greg was selected by Attorney General Janet Reno to serve on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC). Greg Co-Chaired the White Collar Crime Subcommittee of the AGAC with current Attorney General Loretta Lynch and also served on the Southwest Border Subcommittee of the AGAC.
In 2001, Greg joined the 70 attorney San Diego law firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek where his practice focuses on Business Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense and advising corporate clients in regulated industries. Greg served as the Independent Review Organization (IRO) for a publicly traded pharmaceutical company pursuant to a Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Greg is a past President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (1997-1998); a past member of the City of San Diego Ethics Commission (2001-2005); a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Conflict Resolution Center (2006-2014) and currently is a member of the Federal Judicial Advisory Committee of United States Senator Barbara Boxer, assisting her in making recommendations to the President for US District Judge and US Attorney positions.

Greg is married to Dr. Sue A. Farus, Ob/Gyn, and they are the parents of three adult children, Greg, Brenna & Christian. They also just recently became Grandparents for the first time with the birth of their grandson, Gregory Ricardo Vega on October 26, 2015.

Scottsdale Conference Great Success

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Chuck Rosenberg and Sally Yates

NAFUSA’s annual conference was held on October 15-17, 2015, at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona. The session opened on Thursday evening at with a reception sponsored by Ernst & Young and honoring David Margolis. Unfortunately, the day before the event, Margolis fell outside Main Justice and fractured his elbow. He was unable to make the trip, but the program went on and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg spoke and NAFUSA presented a Washington Nationals Jersey with David’s name and the number “50” representing his 50 years of service to the Department. David is recovering from his injury and promises to make it to next year’s San Diego conference. In the meantime, the Nationals jersey is hanging in his office next to his Yankees “40” jersey presented by Chuck Rosenberg at the Main Justice celebration of David’s 40 years at the Department in 2005.

A view from the hall

A view from the hall

Matt Orwig

Matt Orwig

President Matt Orwig opened the two day CLE sessions on Friday morning and the group was welcomed to Arizona by John Leonardo, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona. The ethics presentation was made by Marianne Jennings, Emeritus Professor of legal and ethical studies in business at Arizona State University. The morning closed with a panel discussion of “Issues in 21st Century Policing: Protecting Civil Rights and Public Safety.” The Friday session closed with a lucheon featuring DAG Sally Yates.

 

Monty Wilkinson and Matt Orwig

Monty Wilkinson and Matt Orwig

 

On Saturday morning, Matt Orwig led a dialogue with Monty Wilkinson, Director, EOUSA, and John Walsh, Chair, AGAC. It was followed by the presentation of the Bradford Award to AUSAs Joan Hartman and Liz Geddes and the presentation of a plaque to Monty Wilkinson with the names of all the past and present winners of the award, which will hang in the offices of EOUSA at Main Justice. The morning concluded with a panel discussion on “Criminal Justice Reform Proposals: How to be Tough and Smart on Crime.”

 

Matt Orwig and Greg Vega

Matt Orwig and Greg Vega

On Saturday night a short business meeting was held, and President Orwig thanked the directors whose three year terms have ended: Kent Alexander, Bill Leone, Ken Wainstein, Don Washington and Sharon Zealey. The following officers for 2015-2016 were elected by acclimation: President Greg Vega, President Elect Bart Daniel, Vice President Doug Jones, Secretary Terry Flynn, Treasurer Paul Coggins and Immediate Past President Matt Orwig. The new directors for the class of 2018 elected were: Greg Scott, Rich Roper, Marc Jimenez, David Barlow and Todd Jones. During the passing of the gavel, the new President Greg Vega presented outgoing President Matt Orwig with a handsome globe (Greg is shown holding a photo of the globe which was too large to bring to Scottsdale) for his office. Vega then announced the 2016 conference will be held at the Del Coronado in San Diego, October 6-9.

Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Toobin

The conference closed with an outstanding keynote address by Jeffrey Toobin on “The Supreme Court in the Age of Obama.” John Clark (WD Texas 1975-1977), and one of the NAFUSA founders, formally closed the evening with the traditional toast.