Alaska’s First Woman U.S. Attorney Sworn In
By Christopher M. Matthews | December 14, 2021 2:16 pm

Karen Loeffler was formally sworn in Friday as the first woman U.S. attorney for the District of Alaska.

“Being the U.S. attorney is a big deal,” she said. “It’s a very important office. There’s a lot of challenges that we have now. We have very good state and local partners, and we’re working very hard on addressing issues and hearing from people what the issues are.”

Friday’s ceremony was a formality. Loeffler replaced Bush-appointee Nelson Cohen as the interim attorney in March, and officially took over the office in October.

Former U.S. Attorney Robert Bundy swore Loeffler in. Bundy represented former Bill Allen, the former oil services company exeutive at the center of a long-running corruption probe in Alaska. Allen’s testimony in the 2008 trial was later compromised by the disclosure of internal DOJ notes of his witness interview, leading to the dismissal of a high-profile public corruption case former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).

Bundy praised Loeffler as a brilliant attorney. Former U.S Attorney Mike Spaan also gave a speech.

Prior to her current gig, Loeffler served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Alaska for 21 years.  She specialized in prosecuting white collar fraud, including the bribery scandal involving the North Slope of Alaska.

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