The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania invoked former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy at his ceremonial investiture on Monday, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger told colleagues, state leaders and DOJ officials gathered in Philadelphia for his swearing in that he is inspired by Kennedy’s public service record.
“Simply put, you want to use your talents to make your world a better place for those who will come after you,” Memeger said.
Memeger said he would focus his office’s efforts on combating terrorism and public corruption, along with fighting drug, gun and white-collar crimes.
Attorney General Eric Holder and Democratic Pennsylvania Sens. Arlen Specter and Bob Casey attended the investiture.
Virginia U.S. Attorneys Neil McBride of the Eastern District and Timothy Heaphy of the Western District were also at the swearing-in ceremony. They were roommates with Memeger from 1989 to 1990 while they attended the University of Virgina School of Law.
Attorney General Eric Holder is slated to grace the ceremonial investiture for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney on Monday.
Zane Memeger officially was sworn in as the Philadelphia-based U.S. Attorney in May. But U.S. Attorneys often have a ceremonial investiture later on, with local, state and federal leaders in attendance.
Holder has attended 13 U.S. Attorney swearing in ceremonies so far.
The Senate confirmed two U.S. Attorneys by voice vote Wednesday night.
Zane D. Memeger (Eastern District of Pennsylvania): The partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney was nominated April 14. He will succeed Pat Meehan, who resigned as U.S. Attorney in 2008. Read more about Memeger here.
David Fein (Connecticut): The partner at Wiggin and Dana LLP was nominated Feb. 4. He is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and was an associate White House counsel to President Bill Clinton. He will replace acting U.S. Attorney Nora Dannehy, who herself was a candidate for the presidential nomination. Read more about Fein here.
The Senate has now confirmed 47 U.S. Attorneys selected by President Barack Obama. The body has yet to consider another 19 would-be U.S. Attorneys who are waiting for votes in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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The Senate Judiciary Committee approved two U.S. Attorney nominees by voice vote at its meeting Thursday.
Zane D. Memeger (Eastern District of Pennsylvania): The partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney was nominated April 14. He would succeed Pat Meehan, who resigned as U.S. Attorney in 2008. Read more about Memeger here.
David Fein (Connecticut): The partner at Wiggin and Dana was nominated Feb. 4. He is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and was an associate White House counsel to President Bill Clinton. He would replace acting U.S. Attorney Nora Dannehy, who herself was a candidate for the presidential nomination. Read more about Fein here.
The committee has now approved 47 of President Barack Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, 41 of whom have won Senate confirmation. The panel has yet to schedule votes for another 19 would-be U.S. Attorneys.
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The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to consider another U.S. Attorney nominee at its meeting Thursday.
The panel will vote on Eastern District of Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney nominee Zane D. Memeger, in addition to Connecticut U.S. Attorney nominee David Fein.
The panel has yet to schedule votes for another 18 would-be U.S. Attorneys. The committee has endorsed 45 of President Barack Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, 41 of whom have won Senate confirmation.
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Zane D. Memeger (James Madison University, University of Virginia School of Law) is nominated to be U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He would replace Patrick L. Meehan, who resigned in July 2008 to run for Congress. The district’s current interim U.S. Attorney is Michael L. Levy.
- Born in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1964.
- Has been a partner in the litigation practice group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Philadelphia since October 2006. Was an associate in the group from September 1991 to April 1995.
- Was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from May 1995 to September 2006.
- Worked as a summer associate at Bayard, Handelman & Murdoch, Pennsylvania (now Bayard, PA) in Wilmington, Del., 1989.
- Was a paralegal at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C., from July 1986 to August 1988.
- Has tried 10 cases to verdict, serving as sole counsel in five cases and associate or co-counsel in the remaining five cases.
Click here for his full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.
UPDATE: On his Office of Government Ethics questionnaire Memeger reported earning a $390,000 from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP for 2009 and the first few months of 2010.
On his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure Memeger reported assets valued at $851,200, mostly from his personal residence, and $396,400 in liabilities, mostly from a mortgage on the property, for a net worth of $454,800.
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Former U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan, who got a fundraising jump on Democrats in the battle for the Pennsylvania 7th District House seat, has maintained his lead, according to the most recent figures from the Federal Election Commission.
Meehan, who is running unopposed in the Republican primary, is one of four candidates seeking to replace Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak, who is challenging Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary.
In the first quarter of 2010 Meehan raised $343,000 and ended the quarter with $875,000 cash on hand. Although three Democrats have filed to run for the open seat, only one filed an April quarterly campaign finance report. In the first quarter of 2010 state Rep. Bryan Lentz raised more than $236,000 and ended the quarter with slightly more than $607,000 cash on hand. Attorney Gail Conner and political consultant E. Teresa Touey are the other two Democratic candidates.
Meehan led the Eastern District of Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney’s Office from 2001 to 2008,
The primary election will take place May 18.
The White House announced seven new U.S. Attorney nominations Wednesday night.
– Don Cazayoux (Middle District of Louisiana): The former U.S. House member would replace Bush holdover David R. Dugas, who has served as U.S. Attorney since 2001. Read more about him here.
– Pamela C. Marsh (Northern District of Florida): An of counsel for Akerman Senterfit and former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Marsh would succeed George Miller, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in 2008. Read more about her here.
– Zane D. Memeger (Eastern District of Pennsylvania): The partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and former Assistant U.S. Attorney would succeed Pat Meehan, who resigned as U.S. Attorney in 2008. Read more about Memeger here.
– Peter J. Smith (Middle District of Pennsylvania): The former deputy state treasurer for the Pennsylvania Treasury Department and former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania would succeed Martin C. Carlson, who resigned as U.S. Attorney last year. Read more about Smith here.
– Edward L. Stanton III (Western District of Tennessee): The senior counsel for Federal Express would succeed David Kustoff, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in 2008. Read more about Stanton here.
Stephanie Villafuerte, the deputy chief of staff to Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D) for community outreach, was Obama’s first nominee for the Colorado post, but she withdrew her nomination after coming under fire for reportedly asking employees of the Denver district attorney’s office to access a restricted government database in connection with the 2006 gubernatorial campaign.
– Stephen R. Wigginton (Southern District of Illinois): The Assistant State’s Attorney in Madison County, Ill., and partner at Weilmuenster & Wigginton PC would replace Bush holdover U.S. Attorney A. Courtney Cox. Read more about Wigginton here.
Obama has now made 67 U.S. Attorney nominations, 36 of whom have already won Senate confirmation.
On Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder called on panel members to move “more expeditiously” on U.S. Attorney nominees. He said the number of would-be U.S. Attorneys stalled in the Senate is “unusual.”
Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the committee’s ranking Republican, responded Wednesday that the panel shouldn’t be faulted for failing to get more U.S. Attorneys through the Senate. He said there is a “lack of nominations” coming out of the White House.
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The White House is reviewing the Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney recommendations from the state’s senators, The Daily Review reported Thursday.
Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) declined to name the candidates recommended to the White House for the state’s three U.S. Attorney’s offices.
“After many, many months of people saying, ‘Have you guys done your work yet?’ I can say clearly that it’s in the hands of the White House,” Casey told the Towanda, Pa., newspaper. “We’re hoping that one, if not two of the three, will be [nominated] in the near term. I don’t know what that [near term] means.”
But the senator said he expects President Barack Obama to nominate a U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in weeks, not months.
A committee formed by Casey and Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) recommended candidates for the U.S. Attorney posts to the senators last July. The panel, led by Pennsylvania lawyers Tom Kline and Shanin Specter, the senator’s son, has also remained tight-lipped on their recommendations.
According to news reports, Peter J. Smith, a former Eastern District of Pennsylvania Assistant U.S. Attorney, is the frontrunner for the Middle District post. Zane D. Memeger, a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP in Philadelphia and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District, is that district’s U.S. Attorney finalist. David Hickton, co-founder of transportation law firm Burns, White & Hickton LLC, is the leading candidate for Western District U.S. Attorney.
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“Jon & Kate Plus 8″ father Jon Gosselin hired a former Eastern District of Pennsylvania Assistant U.S. Attorney about a month ago to represent him in a legal battle with ex-wife Kate Gosselin over the custody of their eight children.
Former federal prosecutor Anthony F. List intends to file papers in court this week asking a judge to award Jon chief custody of their children, alleging that Kate’s participation in the “Dancing With the Stars” television show made her an absentee mother, according to TMZ. The Gosselins, who starred in the hit TLC reality television show chronicling their family life, divorced in December 2009.
The ex-Assistant U.S. Attorney told Main Justice that he has a special connection with Jon, who List has known since the reality television celebrity was a baby. List went to high school and college with Jon’s father, Thomas, who died in 2005.
“The one element you have to understand in the forefront of my thinking is that his father and I are such good friends,” List told Main Justice.
List worked for the U.S. Attorney’s office from 1968 to 1974, serving as chief of the narcotics section and as a special assistant to the U.S. Attorney. He is now a senior partner at List & List in Media, Pa. Read more about him here.