Posts Tagged ‘Central District of Illinois’
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

The Senate confirmed four more of President Barack Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees by voice vote Tuesday morning.

They are:

Donald J. Cazayoux (Gov)

- Donald J. Cazayoux (Middle District of Louisiana): The former U.S. House member will replace George W. Bush holdover David R. Dugas, who has served as U.S. Attorney since 2001. Read more about Cazayoux here.

- James A. Lewis (Central District of Illinois): The Central District of Illinois Assistant U.S. Attorney will succeed Rodger A. Heaton, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney last August. Read more about Lewis here.

- Thomas Delahanty II (Maine): The Maine Superior Court justice will replace Paula Silsby, who has led the Portland, Maine-based U.S. Attorney’s office since 2001. Delahanty previously served as U.S. attorney from 1980 to 1981. Read more about him here.

- Wendy J. Olson (Idaho): The Senior Litigation Counsel has worked in the Boise, Idaho-based U.S. Attorney’s office since 1997. Olson previously served at Justice Department headquarters in the Civil Rights Division as a trial attorney from 1992 to 1996 and Deputy Director of Operations and Assistant to the Director on the National Church Arson Task Force from 1996 to 1997. She will succeed Thomas Moss, who has served as Idaho U.S. Attorney since 2001. Read more about her here.

Senate has now confirmed 55 of Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees.

The chamber has yet to consider another 15 U.S. Attorney nominees who are waiting for votes in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate also has yet to vote on two U.S. Attorney nominees who were approved by the panel Thursday.

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed by voice vote four more of President Barack Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees at its meeting Thursday.

They are:

Donald J. Cazayoux (Gov)

- Donald J. Cazayoux (Middle District of Louisiana): The former U.S. House member would replace George W. Bush holdover David R. Dugas, who has served as U.S. Attorney since 2001. Read more about Cazayoux here.

- James A. Lewis (Central District of Illinois): The Central District of Illinois Assistant U.S. Attorney would succeed Rodger A. Heaton, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney last August. The district’s current acting U.S. Attorney is Jeffrey B. Lang. Read more about Lewis here.

- Thomas Delahanty II (Maine): The Maine Superior Court justice would replace Paula Silsby, who has led the Portland, Maine-based U.S. Attorney’s office since 2001. Delahanty previously served as U.S. attorney from 1980 to 1981. Read more about him here.

- Wendy J. Olson (Idaho): The Senior Litigation Counsel has worked in the Boise, Idaho-based U.S. Attorney’s office since 1997. Olson previously served at Justice Department headquarters in the Civil Rights Division as a trial attorney from 1992 to 1996 and Deputy Director of Operations and Assistant to the Director on the National Church Arson Task Force from 1996 to 1997. She would succeed Thomas Moss, who has served as Idaho U.S. Attorney since 2001. Read more about her here.

The panel has now approved 55 of Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, 51 of whom have won Senate confirmation. The committee has yet to schedule votes for another 17 would-be U.S. Attorneys.

Monday, June 7th, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to consider two more of President Barack Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees at its meeting on Thursday.

They are:

Donald J. Cazayoux (Gov)

- Donald J. Cazayoux (Middle District of Louisiana): The former U.S. House member would replace George W. Bush holdover David R. Dugas, who has served as U.S. Attorney since 2001. Read more about Cazayoux here.

- James A. Lewis (Central District of Illinois): The Central District of Illinois Assistant U.S. Attorney would succeed Rodger A. Heaton, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney last August. The district’s current acting U.S. Attorney is Jeffrey B. Lang. Read more about Lewis here.

The panel will also vote on U.S. Attorney nominees Thomas Delahanty II for Maine and Wendy J. Olson for Idaho at its Thursday meeting.

The committee has yet to schedule votes for another 16 would-be U.S. Attorneys. The panel has approved 51 of Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, all of whom have won Senate confirmation.

Monday, April 12th, 2010

James A. Lewis (Yale University, University of Chicago Law School) is nominated to be the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois. He would replace Rodger A. Heaton, who headed the office from 2006 until Aug. 31, 2009. The district’s current acting U.S. Attorney is Jeffrey B. Lang.

Lewis’ vitals:

  • Born in New York, N.Y., in 1940.
  • Earned Master of Laws degree from Duke University School of Law in 1976.
  • Has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Springfield, Ill., since 1983. Also has served as chief of that office’s Civil Division.
  • Worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield in 1986, 1988 and 1990. Also was an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., in 1979.
  • Was a trial attorney in the torts branch of the Civil Division at Justice Department headquarters in Washington, D.C., from 1977 to 1983.
  • Worked as an assistant professor and the director of clinical education at North Carolina Central University Law of School in Durham, N.C., from 1976 to 1977.
  • Was the John S. Bradway Fellow and director of the Clinical Program for Older Americans at Duke University School of Law from 1974 to 1976.
  • Worked as a trial attorney at Durham Legal Aid in Durham, N.C., in 1974.
  • Was a founding attorney of the Mississippi Prison Project in Oxford, Miss., from 1972 to 1973.
  • Served as a the executive director of North Mississippi Rural Legal Services in Oxford, Miss., from 1970 to 1971.
  • Worked as a staff attorney for the Lawyers Constitutional Defense Committee  in Jackson, Miss., from 1966 to 1970.
  • Was an adjunct professor at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Miss., in 1969.
  • Was a teacher at Staten Island Academy in Staten Island, N.Y., from 1962 to 1963.
  • Has tried 80 to 100 cases to verdict, mostly as sole counsel with some as chief counsel.

Click here for his full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.

On his Office of Government Ethics financial disclosure, Lewis did not report any real estate holdings.

UPDATE: On his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure Lewis reported assets valued at $1.1 million, mostly from securities and his personal residence, and $165,300 in liabilities for a net worth of $903,600.

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

President Barack Obama nominated two lawyers in private practice and an Assistant U.S. Attorney to serve as U.S. Attorneys, the White House announced Thursday.

They are:

Melinda Haag (Orrick)

- Melinda Haag (Northern District of California): The partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe would replace George W. Bush holdover U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello. Read more about her here.

Jerry Martin (Barrett, Johnston & Parsley)

- Jerry Martin (Middle District of Tennessee): The partner at Barrett, Johnston & Parsley would replace Bush holdover U.S. Attorney Ed Yarbrough. Read more about Martin here.

- James A. Lewis (Central District of Illinois): The Central District of Illinois Assistant U.S. Attorney would succeed Rodger A. Heaton, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney last August. The district’s current acting U.S. Attorney is Jeffrey B. Lang. Read more about Lewis here.

Obama has now made 60 U.S. Attorney nominations, 36 of whom have already won Senate confirmation. There are 93 Attorneys, who lead 94 offices across the country.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
David Hoffman (Hoffman for Senate)

David Hoffman (Hoffman for Senate)

A fundraising appeal to federal prosecutors has become a campaign issue in the Illinois Senate race.

Among the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination to fill President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat is former federal prosecutor David H. Hoffman. Hoffman, who is running on an anti-corruption platform, has sought campaign donations from his former colleagues in the Northern District of Illinois U.S. Attorney office.

Because prosecutors don’t earn the big bucks, Hoffman suggested a modest donation of $150 in this fundraising event flier. But one of his challengers had found reason to complain — not because the prosecutors are giving too much, but because they are asked to give too little.

Illinois state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias has pointed out that donations of less than $200 do not require the donor to report his or her name and employer to the Federal Election Commission, The Huffington Post reported.

Giannoulias then accused Hoffman, a former inspector general for the City of Chicago, of not being transparent.

Alexi Giannoulias (Alexi Giannoulias for Illinois)

Alexi Giannoulias (Alexi Giannoulias for Illinois)

Giannoulias wants Hoffman to cancel the fundraiser and return any donations he has received from current prosecutors. Giannoulias campaign manager Tom Bowen said in a statement: “The last thing the Illinois culture of corruption needs is political candidates soliciting the lead agency responsible for investigating corruption.” He added: “If we are going to be serious about reform, we have to act seriously. Hoffman should cancel the fundraiser, refuse money from current federal prosecutors and refuse to take contributions from employees of the U.S. Attorney’s office.”

Hoffman spokesman Thom Karmik released the following statement:

“Alexi Giannoulias just retired the award for political hypocrisy. For months, he’s been trumpeting the lie that he’s emulating Barack Obama’s ethical standards by not taking corporate PAC money. But Obama swore off all PAC money in his presidential campaign. By taking thousands of dollars in non-corporate PAC money, Alexi’s failed to meet Obama’s standard while trying to fool the voters.

“Among Alexi’s latest PAC contributions is one from the Community Bankers Association. That association is leading the fight in Washington against President Obama’s efforts to pass tougher financial regulations to protect consumers. Instead of throwing stones from his glass house, Alexi ought to return that contribution.

“And while he’s at it, he can reveal for the first time how many millions of dollars in dividends he took out of his family bank while its loans were failing and the FDIC put it on its “watch list.” Perhaps that’s why he’s refusing David’s challenge to release his tax returns for the past five years - another standard Barack Obama set that Alexi’s refused to honor.”

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
Rodger Heaton (DOJ)

Rodger Heaton (DOJ)

Central Illinois U.S. Attorney Rodger Heaton on Monday resigned from his post to return to private practice as a litigation partner with the private law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson, The Bloomington Pantagraph reported today. Heaton, a Bush holdover, had served in the role since being confirmed by the Senate on Sept. 29, 2006.

Heaton’s replacement will be First Assistant Jeffrey Lang. Lang has served as deputy since September 2007.  Lang previously was the supervisor of the Central District of Illinois’  Rock Island office and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Florida. Read The Associated Press article here.

Jeffrey Lang (DOJ)

Jeffrey Lang (DOJ)

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on July 6 recommended Gregory Harris or James Lewis to be the office’s next U.S. Attorney. Harris currently serves as the office’s criminal division chief. Before joining the office, Harris worked as a litigator at the Springfield law firm of Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes from 1988 to 2001. He also for eight years served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the office. Lewis has worked as the head of the office’s civil division for two decades. Before joining the office, he was a Department of Justice Civil Division trial attorney and civil rights lawyer in Mississippi.