The U.S. Attorneys for Seattle and Nashville were inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers last weekend — an honor bestowed on less than 1 percent of a state’s total lawyer population.
Western District of Washington U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan and Middle District of Tennessee U.S. Attorney Ed Yarbrough became fellows of the leading U.S. professional trial organization at a March 6 induction ceremony in Palm Desert, Calif. There are more than 5,700 fellows in the college, which selects new members by invitation only.
Yarbrough told Main Justice that he is honored by the fellowship. He said most fellows are civil trial lawyers and few have served as U.S. Attorneys.
“It is a little unusual for people like me and Jenny to be inducted,” said Yarbrough, who has been U.S. Attorney since October 2007.
Durkan, who has been U.S. Attorney since October, said she also greatly appreciated the accolade.
“It was a great honor to be asked to join ACTL, which has so many great lawyers and leaders in its ranks,” Durkan said in a statement to Main Justice.
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