President Barack Obama nominated Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. to be the next U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. If confirmed, he would replace Jim Letten, who stepped down in December 2012 after it was revealed that top prosecutors in his office had made disparaging anonymous comments about investigation targets on the website of The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Polite currently heads the white collar crime defense group at Liskow & Lewis LLP.
The following information is from his Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire submitted in connection with his nomination.
- Born in New Orleans in 1979.
- Graduated from Harvard University in 1997 with a B.A. in government, and from Georgetown University Law Center in 2000.
- Has worked at Liskow since 2010. Significant cases he has handled there include defending a boat company owner accused of tax fraud and a doctor charged with health care fraud and possession of child pornography.
- Prior to joining Liskow, Polite served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York for three years. While there, he helped prosecute cases involving drug operations, Russian mafia targets accused of identity theft and Manhattan bus inspectors charged with public corruption.
- Serves on the board of directors of the Pro Bono Project, which provides free legal assistance to poor people in New Orleans, and is the board chair of Breakthrough New Orleans, a program that aims to pair low-income middle school students with talented young teachers.
- Sits on the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Commission.
- Was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP from 2001 through 2006.
- According to his financial disclosure form, his assets total about $1.37 million. About $1 million of that is from real estate–he owns a home in New Orleans and a condo in New York City. He also has about $230,000 in securities.
- His liabilities total about $1.31 million, mostly from real estate mortgages. He is also paying off $178,900 in student loans.
Click here for his full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.