Big Changes in ODAG
By Joe Palazzolo | March 17, 2010 5:01 pm

Lisa Monaco, a former federal prosecutor and chief of staff to FBI Director Robert Mueller III, has been named acting Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, one of several moves in the management office following the recent departure of Deputy Attorney General David Ogden, the Justice Department said.

Monaco joined the DAG’s office in January 2009 as an Associate Deputy Attorney General with a focus on national security. She replaces Kathryn Ruemmler, who moved to the White House in December as deputy counsel to President Barack Obama. Donald Verrilli Jr., a veteran appellate attorney, also left ODAG last month to become senior counsel to Obama, a White House spokesman said. Verrilli was co-chair of Jenner & Block LLP’s appellate and Supreme Court practice before joining the department as an Associate Deputy Attorney General in February 2009.

Ogden stepped down as Deputy Attorney General, the department’s No. 2 position, in February after less than a year on the job. (He has since rejoined the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.) Officials said his resignation was prompted by disagreements between Ogden and Attorney General Eric Holder over management of the department.

Holder appointed Gary Grindler to replace Ogden in an acting capacity, though he has been mentioned as a potential nominee for the Deputy post. Grindler, a veteran of the Clinton administration, rejoined the Justice Department last year as a top official in the Criminal Division.

His new Chief of Staff (and Counselor) is Stacey Luck, who most recently served as Senior Counsel to Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer in the Criminal Division. Ogden’s Chief of Staff, Stuart Delery, has shifted into an Associate Deputy Attorney General slot, where he will concentrate on civil and appellate matters.

Matthew Olsen, the Executive Director of the Guantanamo Review Task Force and a former lawyer in the National Security Division, has been appointed Associate Deputy Attorney General and will handle national security and criminal matters.

Grindler said the new additions would round out an “outstanding team,” which includes career Associate Deputy Attorneys General David Margolis and Scott Schools.

“Their experience and vision will be instrumental in fulfilling the responsibilities of this office to advise and assist the Attorney General in implementing the Department’s policies and objectives,” Grindler said in a statement.

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