Hardin Joins Prosecutors Panel at National Law Enforcement Summit on Crime

On October 18, 2017, Law Enforcement Leaders hosted the National Law Enforcement Summit on Crime in 2017, bringing together leading police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, and attorneys general from across the country at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

At the Summit, NAFUSA President Hal Hardin was asked to join a panel of prosecutors to discuss how to pursue cases without increasing unnecessary incarceration. Hardin, shown at the far right above, was joined (left to right) by Mark Holden, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Koch Industries, Inc.; Cyrus Vance, New York County District Attorney; Michael Freeman, President of the National District Attorney’s Association and Hennepin County Attorney; and David La Bahn, President and CEO on the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

Jenny Durkan Projected to Win the Race for Mayor of Seattle

Jenny Durkan at her election night party (Erica Schultz/The Seattle Times

CBS reported this morning that NAFUSA Board Member Jenny Durkan will win the race for Mayor of the City of Seattle. With 60 percent of the votes counted as of Tuesday night, Durkan had more than a 20 point lead in early returns.

Durkan served as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington (2009-2014) and will be the first female mayor in Seattle in 91 years.

Greg Scott Nominated to Return as US Attorney

NAFUSA board member and life member Greg Scott has been nominated by President Trump to serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California, where he previously served from 1997 to 2003. Scott is currently a partner with the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, where his practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and corporate investigations. From 1997 to 2003, he served as the elected district attorney of Shasta County, California. Scott served as a deputy district attorney from 1989 to 1997 in Contra Costa County, California. He retired from the United States Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel after 23 years of service. Scott received his B.A. from Santa Clara University in 1985 and his J.D. from Hastings College of Law, University of California, in 1989.

Greg is shown in the photo above attending last month’s NAFUSA conference in Washington. Due to his nomination, Greg has submitted his resignation to the NAFUSA board. His vacancy in the class of 2018 will be filled by the board.

 

Matt Whitaker Named AG’s Chief of Staff

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has appointed as his chief of staff NAFUSA member Matthew Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa (Southern District of Iowa, 2004-2009) during the George W. Bush administion. Whitaker replaces Jody Hunt, who was nominated to become assistant attorney general in charge of the department’s Civil Division.

In 2014, Whitaker, a former college football player, ran for Senate in Iowa, losing in the Republican primary to now-Sen. Joni Ernst. Ernst issued a statement praising Whitaker’s appointment, saying he is a strong leader, a patriot, and a “tireless advocate for the rule of law and the enforcement of our nation’s laws.”

Robert Capers Joins Arent Fox and NAFUSA

On October 6, 2017, Arent Fox LLP announced the expansion of its New York office with the addition of former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York (2015-2017) Robert L. Capers. Following a public service career that included prosecuting high-profile cases involving public corruption, racketeering, and international narcotics trafficking, Capers will co-lead Arent Fox’s Government Enforcement & White Collar practice. Capers is also one of NAFUSA’s newest members.

Capers served as a prosecutor for over two decades. He began his career in 1996 at the New York County District Attorney’s Office under the legendary Robert M. Morgenthau, one of NAFUSA’s longest standing members. In 2003, Capers joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where as a line and supervisory prosecutor he led a number of complex investigations and prosecutions involving a wide range of crimes, such as racketeering, international money laundering, and public corruption.

He also tried and second-chaired to verdict more than two dozen criminal trials, including serving as co-lead counsel on the jury trial and conviction of a then sitting New York State Assemblyman for engaging in complex bribery and extortion schemes and the theft of government funds, which resulted in the longest sentence for a sitting New York State politician in recent history.

President Barack Obama nominated Capers in October 2015 to serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. He was confirmed by the US Senate in December 2015. Mr. Capers received his JD from Albany Law School and his BA from New York University.

During his tenure as United States Attorney, Capers gained international recognition for headline grabbing work that included: overseeing the extradition of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa Cartel; obtaining the indictments and extraditions of nearly 30 FIFA officials; bringing groundbreaking FCPA investigations, including the investigation of a large Brazilian construction conglomerate and a Brazilian petrochemical company for engaging in a massive-in-scale bribery scheme involving government officials around the world; the investigation of a major US financial institution for its corrupt hiring practices in the Asia-Pacific region and the investigation of a US hedge fund for corrupt hiring practices in Africa; and overseeing the agreement by a large German bank to pay a record fine for misleading investors in its sale of residential mortgage-backed securities, which contributed to the 2008 financial collapse in the US.

“Rob has distinguished himself as one of the top prosecutors in the country and is a great addition to our world-class Government Enforcement & White-Collar group that now includes two former US Attorneys,” said Chairman Mark M. Katz. “With Rob’s exceptional background and reputation, his options were limitless. He chose Arent Fox because of our unique culture and outstanding group of partners. Rob’s innovative thinking and experience managing one of the busiest US Attorney’s Offices in the country will be an invaluable service for clients.”

“I am very excited to join the partners at Arent Fox,” said Mr. Capers. “The firm’s tremendous depth of talent, its culture of collegiality and collaboration, and commitment to public service through its robust pro bono practice make it a perfect fit for me. Arent Fox’s integrity, compliance, and white-collar work is second to none, and I am looking forward to working with such a vibrant and dynamic team to build upon its already impressive success.”

Arent Fox is the only law firm to carry out multiple compliance monitorships for the World Bank and is routinely selected for monitorships by the Department of Justice and the New York State Department of Financial Services.

Pat Miles Runs for AG of Michigan

(Photo:Kathleen Gray/Detroit Free Press)

NAFUSA member Pat Miles (WD Michigan 2012-2017) officially kicked off his campaign for state attorney general Thursday. Miles, a Grand Rapids Democrat, was appointed U.S. Attorney by former President Barack Obama, a former classmate at Harvard Law School.

Miles graduated from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids and got his law degree from Harvard. He returned to Grand Rapids and went into private practice until his appointment to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He is of counsel in the Grand Rapids office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

Candidates for attorney general and secretary of state will be selected at political party conventions that will be held after the August primary election in 2018.

Doug Jones Faces Roy Moore in Alabama Runoff

(Photo by Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP)

NAFUSA member Doug Jones would have been become NAFUSA’s president in October if he had not stepped down to run for Jeff Sessions seat in the United States Senate representing the State of Alabama. Now he faces former judge Roy Moore in the December special election, as Moore defeated Luther Strange in this week’s GOP primary.

It promises to be a spirited campaign with strong national implications. See today’s Washington Post,  Who is Doug Jones, and can he defeat Roy Moore in conservative Alabama?