President’s New Year’s Message

Greg Vega

Greg Vega

Dear Friends,

I would like to start the New Year by hoping that each of you are having a Happy Holiday Season with those most dear to you. Looking back on 2015, I must first thank Matt Orwig for his tremendous leadership as NAFUSA President.  Matt worked tirelessly leading the Board of Directors and organizing a wonderful conference in Scottsdale, AZ.  I would also like to thank Executive Director Rich Rossman and Deputy Director Lisa Rafferty for all they do to make NAFUSA the great organization that it has become. In addition, I would like to thank John Steele as he completes his time as NAFUSA’s IT support and wish him well as he moves on with his legal education at the University of Denver.

At the conference it was a pleasure to meet many of our newest members.  I want to personally thank each of them for their service as United States Attorneys. As we all know, they made many personal sacrifices during their time in office. I look forward to getting to know them better and their continued involvement in NAFUSA.

As we look forward to the New Year, I hope that 2016 brings each of you good health, happiness and success.  I look forward to working with each of you and hope that you will join us October 6-9, in San Diego at the Hotel Del Coronado for the 2016 NAFUSA Conference.

May you have a Great New Year.

Gregory A. Vega
Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek
2100 Symphony Towers
750 B Street
San Diego, CA  92101

NAFUSA Selects PSC Group as New IT Support Provider

We are pleased to announce that NAFUSA will be partnering with PSC Group in 2016 to provide IT / web site support. With offices in Chicago and Kansas City, PSC Group, LLC is a professional services and information consulting company that celebrated it’s 25th year in business in 2015.

PSC was initially introduced to us by NAFUSA board member Catherine Hanaway and her law firm, Husch Blackwell, a PSC client. Husch Blackwell’s CIO, Bret Chapman’s strong endorsement combined with PSC’s demonstrated knowledge of developing and supporting websites built on the same platform as NAFUSA’s made PSC a strong candidate for the IT support role.

In addition to PSC’s related technical expertise, PSC has a strong history of providing solutions to the legal industry. These solutions include collaborative portals, large Microsoft Exchange deployments and upgrades and software solutions including a case management system and an attorney compensation management solution.

If you would like to learn more about PSC and the services they provide, you can contact Jeff Ney (contact information below). We also encourage our members to visit with PSC at their booth during our October conference.

PSC Group Contact Information:

Jeff Ney, Partner
(913) 234-8170
jney@psclistens.com
Website: www.psclistens.com

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.

Welcome Lisa Rafferty

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Lisa Rafferty is joining NAFUSA as Deputy Director, effective June 1. Lisa is a graduate of Michigan State University with degrees in Social Science / Employment Relations and Psychology. Lisa spent her early career working as a technical recruiter in Sydney, Australia, building Cisco Systems team in the region. After 5 years Lisa relocated back to the US continuing her career as an IT Recruiter for KPMG Consulting in their High Tech division. Lisa took a break from her career to raise her two children and is ready to re-enter the work force and is excited about the opportunity at NAFUSA.

Lisa Rafferty
Deputy Director
P.O. Box 1524
Brighton, Michigan 48116
Phone: 810-813-4867
lisarafferty27@gmail.com