Obama to Nominate Loretta Lynch as AG


The White House confirmed today that President Barack Obama will nominate Lorreta Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, to be the next Attorney General. Lynch, a former member of NAFUSA, is the chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, and is serving her second turn as the chief federal prosecutor in Brooklyn. The New York Times noted that

If Ms. Lynch is confirmed, it would be the first time in nearly two centuries that a president had elevated a United States attorney directly to the position of attorney general. The last time was in 1817, when President James Monroe chose William Wirt, the top prosecutor in eastern Virginia, for the job.

Lynch spoke to the NAFUSA conference last month in Boston, engaging in a dialogue with then NAFUSA President Don Stern, as shown above.  Lynch was appointed by President Clinton as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, serving from 1999 to 2001. Before returning to the office as United States Attorney in 2012, she was a partner in the New York office of Hogan & Harston, L.L.P. She earned her college and law degrees at Harvard.

Eric Holder announced in September that he would be stepping down as soon as his successor can be named and confirmed. Shortly thereafter, Deputy Attorney General James Cole also announced he would be leaving. NAFUSA member Joe Whitley was interviewed by CBS on September 25 about Holder’s resignation, stating that Holder was a good friend who will be remembered as having done a good job. Click here to watch Whitely’s CBS interview.


Ratcliffe Joins Brooks in the US Congress


In last Tuesday’s election, NAFUSA member John Ratcliffe, shown right, won a seat in the 114th United States Congress representing the 4th District of Texas. Ratcliffe served as the United States Attorney for the ED of Texas 2007-2009. He had served as the first assistant to NAFUSA President Matt Orwig, and succeeded Orwig when the latter returned to private practice. Ratcliffe is currently a partner with the Ashcroft Law Firm in Dallas.


Susan Brooks

Ratcliffe will join Susan Brooks, who was reelected to Congress to represent the 5th District of Indiana, with a whopping 65.2% of the vote. Brooks, shown left, a regular at NAFUSA’s annual conferences, served as the U.S. Attorney for the SD of Indiana 2001-2007.






Asas Hutchinson

Another former U.S. Attorney, Asa Hutchinson, shown right, was elected governor of the State of Arkansas. He served the WD of Arkansas 1982-1985. He also served in the U.S. House of Representatives, and was the administrator of the DEA.

Former U.S. Attorney Tom Corbett did not fare so well in last Tuesday’s election. Corbett, who served as U.S Attorney for the WD of Pennsylvania 1989-1993, was defeated in his effort to be reelected governor of the State of Pennsylvania.


Brower Named To Board of Trustees of International Association of Gaming Advisors


NAFUSA member Greg Brower has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) at its annual meeting in Philadelphia.
IAGA is the world’s preeminent association of gaming advisors and includes senior executives, legal and financial advisors, regulators, consultants and academics. Members are involved in the evolution of regulated gaming in numerous jurisdictions worldwide, and contribute to the promulgation and progress of gaming law through publications,
conferences and teaching.

“I am honored to be joining some of the world’s best gaming lawyers on IAGA’s Board of Trustees,” said Brower. “I look forward to working with my esteemed colleagues around the globe as IAGA continues its leadership role within the international gaming community.”

Brower is a partner in Snell & Wilmer’s Reno and Las Vegas offices. His practice is focused on complex civil and white collar criminal litigation, as well as corporate investigations and administrative law, including gaming regulatory matters. His more than 20 years of practice includes significant experience as a “first chair” trial and appellate advocate, as well as service at the highest levels of state and federal government. In addition to being a partner at Snell & Wilmer, he serves in the Nevada Senate and as the Republicans won a majority of seats in the November election, Brower will become the new chairman of the Judiciary Committee. He has been named to The Best Lawyers in America®, 2014. He served as the United States Attorney for the District of Nevada 2007-2009.

A frequent author and lecturer on gaming issues, Brower recently served on the Nevada Legislature’s Interim Committee to Study the Impact of Technology upon the Regulation of Gaming. He is also an adjunct professor at UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law and is a member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, the Washington Legal Foundation’s Legal Policy Advisory Board, the American Inns of Court.

Snell & Wilmer, founded in 1938, is a full-service business law firm with more than 400 attorneys practicing in nine locations throughout the western United States and in Mexico.,  The firm represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs. For more
information, visit www.swlaw.com.

Boston Conference Photos Available

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Several hundred photos from the October 2014 Boston conference have been added to the NAFUSA online photo gallery.

The five most recent thumbnails in the gallery represent the Thursday evening reception, the Friday CLE and harbor cruise, and the Saturday CLE and banquet. When you click on an event, a new page opens with thumbnails of images from that particular day or event. (Direct links to the five individual events are below.)

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Boston Conference Big Success

The NAFUSA annual conference was held in Boston October 9-11, 2014, and opened with a successful cocktail reception honoring Bob Mueller. NAFUSA President Don Stern contacted the Boston Red Sox after he learned that Bob was a true fan, and Red Sox Vice President David Friedman, shown below right, presented Mueller with a Red Sox jersey with his name and the number “12” representing Bob’s 12 years as the Director of the FBI and a bat autographed by the Red Sox manager, John Farrell.

Bob Mueller with David Friedman


One of the highlights of the conference was the presentation of this year’s J. Michael Bradford Award to John Gay, Joseph Minish and Steven Sanders of the District of New Jersey for their outstanding prosecution of United States v. Paul Begrin. Paul Fishman, the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey was on hand for the presentation to his nominees. Shown below: President Don Stern, John Gay, Joe Minish, Steve Sanders and Paul Fishman.

Bradford Award

The conference concluded with a dinner and business meeting on Saturday night featuring the keynote address by Ed Davis, former Boston Police Department Commissioner, who spoke on “Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombing”.  Don Stern turned the gavel over to Matt Orwig, the new president for 2014-2015. In the photo below, Matt is presenting Don with a gift of a new golf bag.

In addition, the membership voted the following members to offices: President Elect: Gregory Vega, SD of California; Vice President: Bart Daniel, District of South Carolina; Secretary: Doug Jones, ND of Alabama; and Treasurer: Terry Flynn, WD of New York. The newly elected directors for the class of 2017 were: Zach Carter, ED of New York; Karen Hewitt, SD of California; Chuck Stevens, ED of California; Bob Miller, District of Colorado; and Neil MacBride, ED of Virginia.

Matt Orwig closed the meeting by promising to organize a great conference next year to be held at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona on October 15-18, 2015.

Matt Orwig and Don Stern

SDNY Reunion

Richard Perry/The New York Times

Richard Perry/The New York Times

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York celebrated its 225th birthday last month at the Plaza Hotel in New York. More than 700 current and former AUSAs attended, along with several former United States Attorneys. Pictured above standing from left: Otto G. Obermaier, Preet Bharara, Michael J. Garcia, James B. Comey, Robert M. Morgenthau and John S. Martin, Jr. Seated from left: Thomas J. Cahill, Robert B. Fiske, Jr., Mary Jo White and David N. Kelley.

Morgenthau, Fiske, White and Kelley are members of NAFUSA.

Matt Orwig Elected President of NAFUSA

Matt Orwig

At the close of the Boston conference, the NAFUSA membership elected Matt Orwig to serve as its president for 2014-2015. Orwig is currently the Head of Litigation for Jones Day’s Dallas office and a Partner in Jones Day’s Business and Tort Litigation practice. Jones Day is a global law firm with roughly 2,400 lawyers across 41 offices. Prior to joining Jones Day, Orwig served as the Managing Partner of SNR Denton’s Dallas office.

Before going into private practice, Orwig served in the U.S. Department of Justice for 20 years. He was appointed by George W. Bush as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas and served in that role from 2001-2007. Prior to his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Orwig was an Assistant United States Attorney in both the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas.

Orwig focuses his practice on white-collar criminal litigation and investigations, SEC investigations (including insider trading and accounting fraud allegations), health care fraud and abuse, qui tam litigation, internal corporate investigations, complex civil litigation, litigation involving government agencies, and privacy and data security. Overall, he has more than 25 years of experience litigating complex civil and criminal cases, including high-profile money laundering, public corruption, securities fraud, insider trading, health care fraud, and civil and civil and criminal fraud cases.

Orwig has been selected to Best Lawyers in America, Texas Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in Dallas, and Best Business Lawyers, and was recognized as the Alumnus of the Year in 2007 by the Texas Tech University School of Law. He also serves as a Life Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation

Orwig graduated from Texas Tech University and received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of law. Following his graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge Halbert O. Woodward of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Texas.

Wainstein Issues Report in Internal Investigation at U.N.C.

Ken Wainstein

NAFUSA board member Ken Wainstein was retained by the University of North Carolina to investigate allegations of that fake classes had been established to bolster the grades of football players. On Wednesday, October 23, Wainstein’s report was released by the university, which “found that between 1993 and 2011, two employees in the university’s African and Afro-American studies department presided over what was essentially a ‘shadow curriculum’ designed to help struggling students — many of them Tar Heels athletes — stay afloat”. As the Wainstein report puts it:

These were classes that involved no interaction with a faculty member, required no class attendance or course work other than a single paper, and resulted in consistently high grades that Crowder awarded without reading the papers or otherwise evaluating their true quality.

See U.N.C. Says Athletes Took Fake Classes for The New York Times full article. Also see The Price of Academic Eligibility at U.N.C.- The New Yorker.

Wainstein, a partner in the Washington office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, served 19 years at the Justice Department, including serving as United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.