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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Glenn Ivey, who served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney under then-D.C. U.S. Attorney Eric Holder, has joined Venable LLP as a partner in its white collar and government-investigations practices, Compliance Week reported.

Glenn Ivey (Center for American Progress)

Most recently, Ivey served two terms as the state’s attorney for Prince George’s County, Md.

From 1990 to 1994, Ivey was a federal prosecutor in the District of Columbia. Under Holder’s supervision, Ivey prosecuted jury trials and handled numerous appeals and grand jury investigations.

He also has worked on Capitol Hill, as a senior legislative assistant to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), chief counsel to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee for Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) when Sarbanes was ranking minority member of the panel that investigated business dealings of President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

In the private sector, Ivey worked as a partner at Preston, Gates, Ellis (now K&L Gates LLP), handling legislative, regulatory and criminal matters.

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Ron Machen (Ryan J. Reilly/Main Justice)

Federal prosecutors should be involved in crime prevention before crimes are committed, a young Ronald Machen, told his soon-to-be boss in the 1990s, according to a Washington Post profile of the new U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia published Monday.

When Machen first interviewed with Eric Holder for a job in the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s office that Holder then led, Machen said that federal prosecutors spent too much time working and not enough time in the community.

“He had such fully formed ideas,” Holder, now the Attorney General, told the Post of Machen. “He knew that it wasn’t enough to just show up at a crime scene, but to be there to explain what the office was about in non-stressful times. He had a vision then, and now his time has come.”

Machen’s desire for involvement and the variety of cases he has handled has contributed to Machen’s versatility, according to the Post. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), who recommended Machen for his current post said, “He has to be able to relate to the community, because you cannot deal with crime in a community if people feel estranged from the U.S. attorney here.”

Read the full profile of Machen here.

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Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Lanny Breuer (doj)

A mistrial has been declared in the fraud and bribery trial of two American Samoa officials, according to The Blog of Legal Times.

Lt. Gov. Aitofele Sunia and American Samoa lawmaker Tini Lam Yuen, a senator in the territorial legislature, were charged with fraud and bribery.

The trial, before Judge Reggie Walton in federal court in the District of Columbia, began Jan. 12 and the jury had been deliberating for more than two weeks when it announced on Tuesday that it was deadlocked. Eleven of the jurors said they favored acquittal.

Federal prosecutors in the 2007 indictment of Sunia and Yuen allege that they used their political positions and relationships to secure contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars  for companies under their control, BLT reported. Under the contracts, the companies supplied classroom and library furniture to the American Samoa Department of Education.

Stephen Anthony (Covington & Burling LLP)

Stephen Anthony, a partner at Covington & Burling and a lead attorney for Sunia, told BLT the jury deliberated “carefully and thoroughly” in the case. He added, “It was clear the jury paid close attention to the evidence.” Sunia also was represented by Covington & Burling partner Emily Henn. Yuen was represented by Michele Peterson, an assistant federal public defender in Washington, D.C.

Emily Henn (Covington & Burling LLP)

When the indictment was issued, Lanny Breuer, then a partner at Covington & Burling,  was lead counsel for Sunia and appeared in court several times. He withdrew from the case in February 2009, a month after being nominated to head the criminal division at the Justice Department. He recused himself from participating in the prosecution of the case.

The case was prosecuted by DOJ trial attorneys Matthew Stennes and Kathryn Albrecht of the Public Integrity Section. They did not comment on whether DOJ plans to prosecute Sunia and Yuen again, BLT reports.

Monday, January 25th, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee has added six nominations to the agenda for its Thursday business meeting — three U.S. Attorney nominees and three controversial figures nominated to be Assistant Attorneys General.

Andre Birotte Jr. (gov)

Ron Machen (Wilmer Hale)

The three U.S. Attorney nominees are Andre Birotte Jr. (Central District of California), Richard Hartunian (Northern District of New York) and Ronald Machen (District of Columbia). All three were nominated Dec. 23. Read more about Birotte here. Read more about Hartunian here. Read more about Machen here.

The agenda also includes three high ranking Justice Department appointees whose nominations were not acted on by the Senate last year and whose nominations were returned to the White House at the end of last year’s session — Mary L. Smith to head the Justice Department’s Tax Division, Christopher Schroeder to head the Office of Legal Policy and Dawn Johnsen, to head the Office of Legal Counsel. President Obama re-nominated the three earlier this month.

Dawn Johnsen (Indiana University)

Although the names of Smith, Schroeder and Johnsen were placed on this week’s agenda, committee Republicans have the right to delay action for a week.

The panel’s top Republican, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, has formally asked committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to schedule another hearing on the Johnsen nomination. Leahy sent a letter to Sessions regarding the Republican’s request, a Senate aide told Main Justice. It is unclear what the letter said.

Sessions also said Republicans would likely support additional hearings on Smith and Schroeder as well, although he has not formally made such a request.

Andrew Ramonas contributed to this report.

This post has been updated from an earlier version.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s nominating commission has been quietly reviewing applicants for U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia since April, and I’ve reported the names of five who have been interviewed. Yesterday, a person with knowledge of the process told me of a sixth: Fried Frank partner Michael Bromwich, who served as the Justice Department’s inspector general during the Clinton administration. (Bromwich declined to comment.)

Michael Bromwich (

Michael Bromwich (

Bromwich, who heads the firm’s Internal Investigations, Compliance and Monitoring practice group, brings some heavy credentials to a mix that includes Assistant U.S. Attorney Roy Austin Jr.; Nixon Peabody partner Anjali Chaturvedi, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner Ron Machen; Channing Phillips, the District’s acting U.S. attorney; and Shanlon Wu, of Wheat Wu.

Chaturvedi, Machen, and Wu were all AUSAs  in the District. Bromwich was an AUSA in the Southern District of New York in the 1980s and later served as associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel for Iran-Contra. At Fried Frank, Bromwich splits his time between the firm’s New York and D.C. offices, and since 2002, he’s been the independent monitor for the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department on use of force issues. Click here for his firm bio.

In late May, the 17-member commission tasked with reviewing candidates for U.S. attorney began interviewing the candidates, one of the final stages before the body makes its recommendations Norton. Still unclear is whether Norton will forward all of the commission’s recommendations to the president or pluck her favorite from the list. Her office has repeatedly declined to say, and my former colleagues at The National Law Journal wrote earlier this year that Norton and the White House could be in a bit of a  row over the issue.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe partner Pauline Schneider, who chairs the commission, could not be immediately reached.