NAFUSA member Max Wood, the former United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia (2001-2009), has returned to military active duty for a one year deployment to Pakistan. Wood will serve as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Defense Representative Pakistan (ODRP) from June of 2014 until July of 2015. The ODRP oversees over one Billion dollars of annual military assistance to the Pakistan military. A Colonel in the US Air Force Reserves, Wood is on leave from his position as the Chief Administrative Law Judge for the State of Georgia during this deployment. While United States Attorney, Wood served as the Justice Department Attache at the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq from 2005-2006.
President Obama announced on December 22 that Sally Quillian Yates, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, will be nominated to be the Deputy Attorney General. Yates, currently vice chairwoman of the the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, has worked in the U.S Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia since 1989, and as U.S. Attorney since her Senate confirmation on March 10, 2010. She is a 1986 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law.
Yates would replace Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, who is stepping down in January to take a job in the private sector. The Senate is expected to begin the confirmation hearing for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch in the second or third week of January. Holder has said he will remain as attorney general until a nominee is confirmed.
Raytheon Company announced on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, that Jay B. Stephens, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Raytheon, has advised the Company of his intention to retire at the end of March 2015. For more than twelve years, Stephens has served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Raytheon and for the past eight years has also served as Corporate Secretary of the Company. Stephens is a past president of NAFUSA (2012-2013), having led the successful conference in Washington in 2013.
“Jay’s leadership has had a tremendous impact on Raytheon and contributed significantly to our success over the past twelve years,” noted Thomas A. Kennedy, Raytheon Chairman and CEO. “He has been instrumental in supporting our global business strategy, successfully managing the Company’s risk profile, fostering a culture of compliance and business integrity, and building a collaborative team of professional business partners.”
In advising the Company of his plans to retire, Stephens noted, “During the past twelve years, I have been honored to lead a great team of dedicated professionals, to contribute to the success of our customers, employees, shareholders and business partners, and to serve the critical mission of protecting the national security of America and its allies.”
Before joining Raytheon, Stephens served in a number of positions in both the public and private sectors. He served as Associate Attorney General of the United States, Deputy General Counsel of Honeywell International, United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, Deputy Counsel to the President of the United States, and as a partner in the Washington office of a national law firm, among other roles. He currently serves on the boards of a number of non-profit educational and professional organizations. Earlier this year, Stephens was named one of America’s top fifty general counsels by the National Law Journal.
Stephens is widely recognized as a strong business partner who has built a team of talented, engaged professionals who champion the Company’s efforts to achieve a reputation for sound corporate governance, corporate responsibility, and regulatory compliance practices.
“Jay Stephens has been a key partner in the successful work of our Board, and he has consistently contributed sound counsel and good judgment,” said Vern Clark, Lead Director of Raytheon’s Board of Directors. “The integrity and credibility of his leadership have been a catalyst in shaping Raytheon’s reputation for exceptional corporate governance and sound business practices.”
NAFUSA’s newest member, Kathryn Keneally, who served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division of the US Department of Justice from 2012-2014, joined the New York office of DLA Piper in September as chair of its Civil and Criminal Tax Litigation group.
During her tenure at Justice, Keneally developed a groundbreaking program to redress past wrongdoing by foreign banks, and she worked closely with federal and state regulators on a precedent-setting prosecution of a large financial institution. She also developed and implemented a comprehensive approach to civil and criminal tax enforcement. Attorney General Eric G. Holder recognized her achievements by awarding her the Edmund J. Randolph Award for outstanding service to the Department of Justice and the nation, the highest honor that the Attorney General may award to a department employee.
Prior to her service at the Department of Justice, Keneally represented businesses and individuals before the IRS and other government agencies. She has served as a Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, and chaired two of the Section of Taxation’s Committees – the Committee on Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties, which addresses matters relating to civil and criminal tax litigation, and the Committee on the Standards of Tax Practice, which addresses ethics standards for tax practitioners. She is currently a chair of the National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud and the National Institute on Tax Controversy.
Keneally earned her LL.M. in Taxation from NYU School of Law, her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, and her B.S. from Cornell University.
The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law has initiated a flagship initiative to reduce mass incarceration in response to growing concerns among many law enforcement and government leaders that our country’s incarceration rate is too high. As Attorney General Eric Holder has stated, “Too many people go to too many prisons for far too long for no good law enforcement reason.”
Last July, the Brennan Center convened a panel for a discussion on shifting the incentives of federal prosecutors to align with an approach to criminal justice policy that seeks to reduce crime while also reducing the federal prison population. The panel included the following former and current U.S. Attorneys: G. Douglas Jones (NDAL), Chair; Walter C. Holton, Jr. (MDNC); Loretta E. Lynch (EDNY); Zachary Carter (EDNY); Stephen Robinson (CONN); Paul Fishman (NJ); Barry Grissom (KS); Kenneth Polite (EDLA); and Timothy Purdon (ND). The panel also included former Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer and former NIJ Director Jeremy Travis. The panel assisted with crafting a report entitled Federal Prosecutions for the 21st Century, unveiled by Attorney General Holder in a September Brennan Center conference.
The attached editorial, Changing the Priorities of a ‘Prison-Happy Country’ was authored by NAFUSA member Walter C. Holton, Jr., shown left, in conjunction with the Brennan Center’s efforts, and published in The Crime Report on November 11, 2014.
Noted Buffalo jurist and NAFUSA member Hon. Salvatore R. Martoche has joined the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) Board of Directors. A longtime New York State Supreme Court justice, the Buffalo native was appointed to a three-year term on the board by Sen. Dean Skelos, Co-Majority Leader of the New York State Senate.
Judge Martoche retired from New York State Supreme Court last year after 13 years, nine of them on the court’s Appellate Division. He is currently senior counsel and leader of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group at Hodgson Russ LLP.
“I have known Judge Martoche for many years. His hard work and dedication has made our community a better place, and I know he will bring that same passion and commitment to the Board of Directors of Roswell Park Cancer Institute,” said State Sen. Patrick Gallivan.
“As a longtime public servant, Judge Martoche has been a devoted leader in the community. His commitment and dedication will further the mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute as a member of its Board of Directors,” said State Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer.
Judge Martoche spent several years in public service, much of it at the federal level. Over the years, he served as a U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York and as one of the six commissioners of the New York State Commission of Investigation, a statewide panel that investigated allegations of organized crime and public corruption. From 1988-1990, he oversaw U.S. Treasury Department law-enforcement efforts as an assistant secretary. He also served as an assistant secretary of the U.S. Labor Department under President Reagan. During this period of federal service, Judge Martoche played a key role in addressing the savings and loan scandals of the 1980s as acting director of the Office of Thrift Supervision. He is also credited with spurring several significant reforms within the Federal Witness Protection Program.
Earlier in his career, Judge Martoche, a graduate of Canisius College and the University of North Dakota School of Law, served as a Buffalo public defender. He also spent more than 20 years in private law practice.
Judge Martoche has received numerous awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor; the Alexander Hamilton Award, the highest distinction given by the Secretary of the Treasury; the Buffalo News’ Outstanding Citizens of the Year distinction; and Canisius College’s LaSalle Medal and Distinguished Alumni Award.
The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1898, RPCI is one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the Justice Department collected $24.7 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2014. The more than $24 billion in collections in FY 2014 represents nearly eight and a half times the appropriated $2.91 billion budget for the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ offices and the main litigating divisions of the Justice Department combined in that same period.
NAFUSA Past President Deborah J. Daniels has been elected as Krieg DeVault’s new Managing Partner. Daniels begins her three-year term effective January 1, 2015. Krieg DeVault has grown from about 35 attorneys based in Indianapolis in 1991 to a firm of 150 professionals with offices in various parts of Indiana and four other states. With an emphasis on strategic growth and client satisfaction, Daniels’ focus will be to enhance the already-strong footprint of one of Indiana’s largest locally-owned law firms.
Her leadership skills have been honed in her past service, including at the U.S. Department of Justice, as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana (1988-1993); as Director of the National Office for Weed and Seed; and as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs, where she managed multiple research and grant-making agencies and oversaw a $4.2 billion budget. As United States Attorney, she served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. She has also served as Executive Director, and more recently Board Chair, of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee; and as President of the Sagamore Institute. During her nearly 15 year tenure at Krieg DeVault, Daniels has been instrumental in representing the firm’s public and private-sector clients in relation to internal investigations, homeland security, disaster preparedness, strategic planning, and federal and state regulatory compliance.
“I welcome the challenge and privilege of leading our great law firm in the years ahead,” said Daniels. “Our firm has prided itself on staying true to its founding principles for more than 140 years. Our full commitment to our clients, our colleagues, and the communities we serve has been the foundation of our success in the past; and these principles will continue to lay the ground work for our future growth.”
“Deborah is an extraordinary lawyer, leader, manager, mentor and citizen. She is a visionary thinker, who brings creativity, passion and focus to serving her clients, elevating her firm and advancing our state. Deborah has long been one of the most talented and accomplished lawyers in our state. She has used her talents broadly to make our community more just, safe, decent and compassionate. Deborah’s election as managing partner is wonderful news for the firm’s clients, our legal community and our state,” said Matt Gutwein, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County.
“Deborah’s record of local and national service has made her an inspiration to me and countless others in Indiana,” said Robert S. Manuel, President of the University of Indianapolis. “I am certain that her history of creating strategic and thoughtful solutions to the issues that have faced our greater community will serve her well as she takes on this new role at Krieg DeVault. I am excited for Deborah, and I know that in this new position she will advance her firm’s practice and continue her unwavering commitment to developing new leaders for Indiana.”
In addition to Daniels’ numerous professional achievements, she has been an active business and civic leader, serving as a board member of various community organizations. She serves on the boards of directors of the United Way of Central Indiana, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (immediate past chair), Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, and the Economic Club of Indiana (immediate past president); nationally, she is a board member of the National Center for State Courts. She is a Trustee of the University of Indianapolis, and chaired the search for its current president, Robert Manuel. Additional community boards on which she has previously served include Noble of Indiana; The Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis, Inc.; Mental Health America of Indiana and its Foundation; the Indianapolis Sports Corporation; and two pro bono legal services organizations.
Daniels continues to be involved in the criminal justice system and services to victims of crime. She helped found Coburn Place, an organization providing transitional housing for victims of domestic abuse and their children. In recent years, she played a key role in the review and revision of the Indiana Criminal Code. She is a signatory of the national Right on Crime initiative, seeking to improve the safety of communities through effective supervision of offenders while reducing the incarceration of low-level offenders. She serves as a member of the Board of Visitors of the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI).
Daniels has been honored with the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award by the Indianapolis Bar Association; the Nancy Maloley Outstanding Public Servant Award by the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series; and the Touchstone Award by Girls, Inc. She has twice been named one of the “Influential Women in Indianapolis” by the Indianapolis Business Journal. She was recently inducted into The Indiana Academy in recognition of her achievements and contributions on behalf of the citizens of Indiana.
Daniels received a B.A., with honors, from DePauw University; and a J.D., cum laude, from the McKinney School of Law, Indiana University.
David B. Barlow stepped down as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah this summer, and rejoined Sidley Austin as a partner in Sidley’s Washington, D.C. office and will focus his practice on the service of the firm’s life sciences clients. Barlow is also NAFUSA’s newest member.
Barlow originally joined Sidley in 2000 and became a partner in 2006. During his time at Sidley, he handled a wide variety of cases, with particular emphasis on pharmaceutical, medical device, and mass tort matters.
Barlow was nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the Senate as U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah in September 2011. Prior to his service as U.S. Attorney, Barlow served as Senator Mike Lee’s Chief Counsel on the Judiciary Committee.
In March 2013, Attorney General Holder asked Barlow to serve on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. Barlow also served on the Health Care Fraud Working Group, the White Collar Crime Subcommittee and chaired the Local Government Coordination Working Group.
“We are delighted to welcome David back to Sidley,” said Mark Hopson, managing partner of Sidley’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. “The insight and experiences David has gained during his time in the Department of Justice will be immensely valuable to our clients.”
With more than 1,800 lawyers in 19 offices worldwide, Sidley has built a reputation as a premier legal adviser for global businesses and financial institutions. For the fourth consecutive year, and every year since the survey’s inception, Sidley received the most first-tier national rankings of any U.S. law firm in the 2014 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” survey. On Law360’s list of Global 20 Firms, Sidley was ranked among the top law firms “with the greatest global reach and expertise.”