Fourteen candidates are being considered in the early stages of the search for the next New Orleans U.S. Attorney, including local judges, district attorneys and a law professor, according to a report by WDSU-TV in New Orleans.
The current vetting process, spearheaded by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), will whittle down the candidate pool to three or four potential candidates, who would then be sent to President Barack Obama for consideration.
Landrieu, whose recommendations will bear heavily on the final choice for nomination, has said she’d like to forward the names to the president later this month or early February, according to a report by the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The post became open when Jim Letten resigned in December. Eastern District of Virginia Assistant U.S. Attorney Dana Boente is serving as the interim chief of the New Orleans office.
District Attorneys Leon Cannizzaro, of Orleans Parish, and Joel Chaisson, of St. Charles Parish, are on the list, reported WDSU. Also on it are local judges Karen Herman and Keva Landrum-Johnson, who serve on the criminal court, and Desiree Charbonet, who is a municipal court judge. Private practice lawyers reportedly under consideration include Kenneth Polite, at Liskow & Lewis; Allen Miller, at Phelps Dunbar; Steven Gonzalez, at Parker Layrisson; and Pauline Harden, at Jones Walker.
Others mentioned include Kim Boyle, President of the Louisiana Bar Association; Tania Tetlow, professor at Tulane University Law School; Karen Cartner Peterson, Louisiana State Senate President; Dale Atkins, Orleans Parish Clerk of Civil Court; and Charles Rice, CEO of Entergy New Orleans, according to the WDSU report.