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By Mary Jacoby | September 29, 2014

Outgoing Seattle U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan would make history as the first openly gay Cabinet member, but she also has deep experience as a prosecutor and Justice Department policy leader.

Judge Dismisses FCPA Shareholder Claim Against Avon, Praising Its Disclosures

Plaintiff City of Brockton Retirement System failed to meet the heightened pleading standards of the 1995 Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, ruled U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe in the Southern District of New York.

LGBT Activists Back Outgoing Seattle U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan for Attorney General

Durkan would not only make history as the first openly gay Cabinet member, she was an early leader on perhaps the most high-profile issue now before the Justice Department: police abuses.

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Preet Bharara Defends Punishing Institutions for Financial Crime

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York says the debate over punishing individuals versus institutions is misplaced.

From Collage to Comprehensive: Navigating the Global Anti-Corruption and Bribery Laws

Companies with an international footprint must create smart risk-based compliance programs that take into account the proliferation of new foreign anti-corruption statutes.

South Dakota GOP Sees Politics in U.S. Attorney’s Handling of EB-5 Visa Probe

Gov. Mike Rounds, the Republican candidate for Senate, supported the visa program for foreign investors that U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson may or may not be investigating.

SEC Awards Record-Setting $30 Million to Foreign Whistleblower

The international award expands the reach of the SEC’s whistleblower program.

Pursuit of Individuals in Corporate Misconduct Still Arduous

Peter Henning: The Justice Department went on a bit of a charm offensive last week to emphasize to the public that prosecutions for corporate misconduct should not end with just a settlement with the company.

NBC News Walks Back Report That Feds Won’t Charge Christie

Anchor Brian Williams made an unscripted and imprecise statement on the Nightly News, an NBC spokeswoman said.

There’s a New War on Terror. What is James Comey Up To?

A profile of the “complex and philosophical” FBI Director after his first year in office.

Bank Secrecy Act Enforcer Seetha Ramachandran Departs DOJ for Private Practice

The Deputy Chief in the Justice Department Criminal Division’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section will join law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP on Oct. 6.

Kelsi Corkran to Orrick

The former Justice Department appellate lawyer most recently clerked for Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

Justice Dept. Puts New Emphasis on Need for Companies to Gather Evidence Against Employees

A major new shift in tone as the Criminal Division’s Marshall L. Miller yokes leniency for corporations seeking to settle charges to their willingness to give up employees for prosecution.

DOJ Criminal Division Will Increase Scrutiny of False Claims Act Lawsuits for Criminal Prosecution

The policy shift is expected to increase coordination between Main Justice prosecutors and the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ offices throughout the nation.

Jill Kelley’s Lawsuit Alleging FBI Privacy Violations in Handling of Petraeus Probe May Partially Proceed

Amy Berman Jackson allowed Kelley to continue with one count of her privacy violation claim over unlawful disclosure of information to the media.

Joyce Branda to Lead Civil Division on Acting Basis

A 32-year veteran of the Civil Division, Branda is filling the position left vacant by Stuart Delery, now acting Associate Attorney General.

Justice Department Often Fails to Prosecute Misconduct in Its Own Ranks

A Freedom of Information Act request of Inspector General records reveals a “startling array” of transgressions that failed to result in firing or prosecution.

Republican Lawmakers Mock Eric Holder on His Way Out

Republican Congressmen have taken to Twitter to share their glee over Eric Holder’s departure.

Holder’s Legacy

NYT editorial board calls him “one of the most consequential” attorneys general ever.

Reviewing Wrongful Convictions

WaPo editorial praises D.C. U.S. Attorney Machen for new ‘conviction integrity unit.’

Ex-U.S. Attorney Backs Pot Legalization in Oregon

Kris Olson, Oregon’s top federal prosecutor in the Clinton administration, says ban isn’t working.

Scott Walker’s Controversial Appointment

Wisconsin Gov. appoints brother of former U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic.

Kathryn Keneally to DLA Piper

The former Tax Division chief departed in Mary after two years.

DEA Official Angers Congressman

By reportedly saying prescription drug bill is “supporting criminals.”

Virginia Seitz Returns to Sidley

She headed the Office of Legal Counsel at DOJ from Sept. 2011 to Dec. 2013.

The Real Threat from ISIL

A weapons of mass destruction attack inside the United States that would cause massive casualties, guest commentary concludes.

Counterterrorism Prosecutor Joins Venable

Courtney Sullivan prosecuted attacks in Bali, Jakarta and on USS Cole.

From Twin Cities to Syria

A look at overseas terror recruitment efforts in the U.S.

Covering for the IRS?

Editorial questions ‘cloak and dagger’ operation surrounding former Tax Division attorney Andrew Strelka.

Can Mueller Be Independent?

Investigating the Ray Rice incident, given Wilmer’s other lucrative work for the NFL?

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