Laura Duffy (Iowa State University, Creighton University School of Law) is nominated to be U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California. She would be the first Senate-confirmed U.S. Attorney in the Southern District since Carol Lam, who was one of the U.S. Attorneys dismissed during 2006 by the Bush administration. The district’s current interim U.S. Attorney is Karen P. Hewitt.
- Born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1962.
- Attended but did not earn degrees from the University of Iowa and Northwest Missouri State University.
- Has worked in the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of California since November 1997, serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the narcotics enforcement section and as Deputy Chief of the general crimes section.
- Worked at Justice Department headquarters in Washington, D.C., from October 1993 to November 1997, serving as a trial attorney in the narcotics and dangerous drug section and the money laundering section.
- Clerked for public defender Thomas Riley in the Douglas County public defender’s office in Omaha from January 1992 to February 1993.
- Clerked for Kennedy, Holland, Delacy & Svoboda in Omaha from May 1991 to October 1991.
- Worked as a cook at the Village Inn in Ames, Iowa, during the summer of 1990.
- Was the assistant manager of Scandia Down, a retail store selling comforters and linens, in West Des Moines, Iowa, from June 1989 to May 1990.
- Worked as the assistant manager of Service Merchandise in West Des Moines, Iowa, from August 1988 to May 1989.
- Has tried four federal felony jury cases to verdict, serving as co-counsel in two and sole counsel in two.
Click here for her full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.
UPDATE: On her Office of Government Ethics financial disclosure Duffy reported receiving a $23,637.50 distribution in 2009-2010 from Gila Rut, an Aveda salon in Chula Vista, Calif., which she has a 45 percent ownership stake in. She also reported earning $35,400 from nine speaking engagements at the Aveda Business College Seminar.
On her Senate Judiciary financial disclosure she reported assets of $2.1 million, mostly from two residences, and liabilities of $1.26 million, mostly from two mortgages, for a net worth of $831,500.