Cheney Joseph, 73, Dies

Prof Cheney Joseph, Jr

Prof Cheney Joseph, Jr

NAFUSA member Cheney Joseph Jr., 73, died on December 18, 2015. Professor Joseph was the interim co-dean of the Louisiana State University Law School. He served as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana, 1976-1977.

He also served as Administrative Assistant, District Attorney’s office, East Baton Rouge Parish (until 1972); Assistant Professor, LSU Law Center, 1972 – 1975, Associate Professor, LSU Law Center, 1976 – 1980, Professor of Law and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, 1981 – 1989; First Assistant District Attorney and District Attorney, East Baton Rouge Parish, 1989 – 1990; Judge Pro- Tempore, 16th Judicial District Court 1992; Judge Pro-Tempore, 40th Judicial District Court, 1993; Executive Counsel to the Governor of Louisiana, 1996 – 2000; Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, LSU Law Center, 2000 – present.

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Rudy Giuliani to Join Greenberg Traurig

Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani has announced he will join global law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, as Global Chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity and Crisis Management Practice and Senior Advisor to firm Executive Chairman Richard A. Rosenbaum. Giuliani, a lifetime member of NAFUSA, is the fourth former United States Attorney to join Greenberg, joining John Pappalardo, Sam Skinner and Troy Eid. Giuliani will be joining from Bracewell & Giuliani, a Texas firm whose New York City office was established by the Mayor in 2005. Continue reading

NAFUSA 2016 Dues Payable By February 29

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2016 dues are payable by February 29, 2016. Email invoices were sent last week to all non-life members. Thanks to the generousity of our sponsors, the dues structure has remained at the same low level for years. Regular dues are $150 and senior dues (70 years of age and over and fully retired from the practice of law) $50. You might consider joining the 64 lifetime members (full listing on the link at nafusa.org) at $1500. You may send a check for your dues or pay by credit card. Checks for dues should be payable to NAFUSA and mailed to NAFUSA, PO Box 1524, Brighton, Michigan 48116. Please complete the registration form even if you are mailing a check.

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Support Grows For Criminal Justice Reform

As the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a major hearing today on criminal justice reform, the Law Enforcement Leaders To Reduce Crime & Incarceration delivered a letter to the leaders of Congress supporting the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S.2123).

The letter, signed by over 70 prominent police chiefs and federal prosecutors, urges Congress to act on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015, which would reduce prison populations by reforming federal mandatory minimum sentences. 26 NAFUSA members Zachary Carter, Tristram Coffin, Paul Coggins, Richard Deane, Donald DeGabrielle, Edward Dowd, Robert Fiske, Hal Hardin, Walter Holton, Brendan Johnson, Todd Jones, Douglas Jones, Ronald Machen, Salvatore Maxrtoche, Matthew Orwig, Brad Pigott, Richard Pocker, Timothy Pardon, Richard Rossman, Donald Stern, Richard Thornburgh, Brett Tolman, Gregory Vega, Edward Warin, Donald Washington and William Wilmoth were among the signers.

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Vince Cohen Joins Dechert and NAFUSA

Vince Cohen

Vince Cohen

Dechert LLP announced that Vincent H. Cohen, Jr. has joined the firm in its Washington office as a partner in the litigation group. Cohen most recently served as the acting United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and is NAFUSA’s newest member.

“We are delighted that Vince has joined the firm,” said Andrew J. Levander, chairman of the firm’s policy committee. “Not only does Vince possess substantial in court trial skills as a result of having tried dozens of cases to verdict throughout his career, his deep experience in private practice and at the highest levels of government provides him with a sophisticated and unique background that will allow him to handle our clients’ most challenging legal problems.”

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Bill Killian Joins NAFUSA and Polsinelli

Bill Killian

Bill Killian

December 5, 2015 was the last day in office for William C. Killian, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee. On December 7, 2015, he joined Polsinelli as a shareholder in its Chattanooga office. Killian is also NAFUSA’s newest member.

“Polsinelli is a great fit for me, with a reputation in litigation and serving the evolving health care industry,” Killian said. “Joining the firm allows me to have a platform to focus on critical health care and fraud issues, and I look forward to working with Polsinelli’s highly recognized team of attorneys.”

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Bob Mueller Named VW Settlement Master

Bob Mueller

Bob Mueller

Hon. Charles R. Breyer, United States District Judge for the Northern District of California, issued an order today of notice of intent to appoint NAFUSA member Robert S. Mueller as settlement master in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation. Continue reading

Dan Webb To Review Chicago’s Law Department

Dan Webb

Dan Webb

The Chicago Tribune reported today that NAFUSA member Dan Webb has been retained by the Chicago Law Department to examine how the department handles police shootings and defends the city against claims of excessive force.

Webb’s agreement with the city allows him to not only make suggestions for improving policies and procedures but also to refer cases of possible misconduct to the city inspector. Webb told the Tribune: “I can go in and they have to provide me with any and all information…to kind of tear apart their practices and procedures.” Continue reading

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
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