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Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Troy Eid (Getty)

Two U.S. Attorneys from the George W. Bush administration are at opposite ends of a legal quarrel over control of a glass-bottomed walkway that stretches out over the edge of the Grand Canyon, The Arizona Republic reported Thursday.

On one side of the dispute is former Arizona U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton, who represents the Hualapai tribe which allowed the Grand Canyon Skywalk to be built on their land. On the other side is former Colorado U.S. Attorney Troy Eid, who is representing Grand Canyon Skywalk Development LLC, which built and operates the tourist attraction that opened in 2007.

Paul Charlton (Gallagher & Kennedy)

Paul Charlton (Gallagher & Kennedy)

The tribe is trying to void a revenue-splitting contract with Skywalk Development that is estimated at $100 million and take control of the attraction. A representative of the tribe told the newspaper that Skywalk Development hasn’t finished construction or supplied utilities as stipulated by contract. Skywalk Development has urged a federal judge stop the tribe’s effort to invalidate the contract, claiming that members of the tribe broke the contract and embezzled money from the venture.

Charlton, who was one of nine U.S. Attorneys ousted during the firing scandal, served from 2001 to 2007. He is currently a shareholder at the law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy PA in Phoenix.

Eid, who was U.S. Attorney from 2006 to 2009, is a shareholder at the law firm of Greenberg Traurig LLP in Denver.

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Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Troy Eid (Getty)

Senate leaders late last month appointed a former Colorado U.S. Attorney to a panel that will examine the effectiveness of the American Indian justice system.

Troy Eid, who served as U.S. Attorney from 2006 to 2009, was named on Dec. 22 to the Indian Law and Order Commission, which was established under the 2010 Tribal Law and Order Act. The nine-member panel will make recommendations to the president and Congress on how to improve criminal justice systems in tribal communities.

“I greatly appreciate the confidence of Senator [Harry] Reid [D-Nev.] and retiring Senator Byron Dorgan [D-N.D.], chair of the Committee on Indian Affairs and sponsor of the Tribal Law and Order Act, on this important issue,” said Eid, who leads the Indian Law Practice for Greenberg Traurig LLP, where he is a partner.

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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Former U.S. Attorneys in South Dakota, Wisconsin and Colorado won elections Tuesday night for state attorney general, while a fourth former Justice Department lawyer, Dan Gelber, lost the race for Florida Attorney General to his Republican opponent.

Martin Jackley

With all precincts reporting, Republican Marty Jackley, who was South Dakota U.S. Attorney from 2006 to 2009, stayed on as his state’s attorney general with 67 percent of the vote. His challenger, Democrat Ron Volesky, a former state senator, received 33 percent of the vote.

Jackley resigned as U.S. Attorney in September 2009, when South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds (R) appointed him to serve out the remainder of former Attorney General Larry Long’s term. Rounds had tapped Long for a state judgeship.

J.B. Van Hollen

With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Republican J.B. Van Hollen, who was the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin from 2002 to 2006, was reelected as his state’s attorney general with 58 percent of the vote. His opponent, Democrat Scott Hassett, the former state Department of Natural Resources Secretary, received 42 percent of the vote.

Van Hollen won his first election for attorney general in 2006, after stepping down as U.S. Attorney.

Although the Associated Press and Denver Post have not yet called the race for Attorney General in Colorado, Republican John Suthers appears poised to win reelection.

John Suthers (gov)

With 86 percent of precincts reporting, Suthers, who was Colorado U.S. Attorney from 2001 to 2005, secured roughly 57 percent of the vote. His challenger, Democrat Stan Garnett, the district attorney in Boulder County, received 43 percent of ballots cast.

Suthers first became Colorado Attorney General after Gov. Bill Owens (R) appointed him to the post in 2005 to fill out the remainder of former Attorney General Ken Salazar’s term. Salazar was elected to the Senate in 2004. Suthers was first elected to a full term as the state’s Attorney General in 2006.

Dan Gelber (gov)

In the Florida race, Gelber, who was a Southern District of Florida Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1986 to 1994, received 41 percent of the vote with 98 percent of precincts reporting. His opponent, Republican Pam Bondi, a former state prosecutor, won 55 percent of the vote.

Former U.S. Attorney Lenny Rapadas of Guam also won his territory’s Attorney General election. He led the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands from 2003 until earlier this year.

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Democrats are taking aim at the Republican Senate nominee in Colorado for his “reckless disregard” as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the state.

Ken Buck (Wikipedia)

A new ad from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee focuses on a rebuke GOP nominee Ken Buck received from then-Colorado U.S. Attorney John Suthers in 2001. Suthers sent a letter of reprimand to Buck for criticizing a gun case to lawyers who represented firearms dealers. He was also required to take ethics classes.

Buck, who led the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s office at the time, left a couple months after receiving the letter. He had worked at the office since 1990.

“You don’t learn right from wrong in class,” the narrator of the news ad says. “And you certainly don’t learn ethics in Washington, D.C.”

Buck spokesman Owen Loftus told CNN that the spot is the product of a “smear and run campaign.” The Republican nominee is running against Sen. Michael Bennet (D) in the November election.

The race is tight with Buck having only a single-digit lead over Bennet in the polls, according to CNN.

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Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

About 800 individuals applied for three vacancies at the Colorado U.S. Attorney’s Office, Law Week Colorado reported Monday.

Three Assistant U.S. Attorneys recently left the office. The former prosecutors worked in the office’s Civil Division.

Lisa Christian, the former Civil Division chief, was among the Assistant U.S. Attorneys who left. She is married to Colorado U.S. Attorney John Walsh. Justice Department rules prohibit one spouse from supervising another. Since her departure, Kevin Traskos has served as acting chief of the Civil Division.

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

John Walsh (DOJ)

Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to attend the ceremonial investiture for the Colorado U.S. Attorney in January, Law Week Colorado reported Tuesday.

John Walsh officially was sworn in as the Denver-based U.S. Attorney in August. But U.S. Attorneys often have a ceremonial investiture later on, with local, state and federal leaders in attendance.

Walsh’s ceremonial investiture will be Jan. 13.

Holder has graced 14 U.S. Attorney swearing in ceremonies so far.

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Thursday, August 5th, 2010

The Senate confirmed six U.S. Attorneys by voice vote Thursday night.

They are:

Stephen Wigginton (Weilmuenster & Wigginton PC)

- Stephen R. Wigginton (Southern District of Illinois): President Barack Obama tapped the partner and co-owner of the Weilmuenster & Wigginton PC law firm in Belleville, Ill., on April 14 to replace George W. Bush holdover A. Courtney Cox, who headed the Fairview Heights, Ill.-based office since November 2007. Read more about Wigginton here.

- Edward L. Stanton III (Western District of Tennessee): The president nominated the Federal Express senior counsel on April 14 to succeed David Kustoff, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in 2008. Read more about Stanton here.

Tim Purdon (Vogel Law Firm)

- Tim Purdon (North Dakota): The partner at the Vogel Law Firm in Bismarck, N.D., would succeed Drew Wrigley, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in Sept. 2009. Obama nominated him on Feb. 4. The president has been criticized for tapping Purdon, who was on the executive committee of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party and has no prosecutorial experience. Read more about Purdon here.

John Walsh (Hill & Robbins)

- John F. Walsh (Colorado): The partner at Hill & Robbins PC will succeed Troy Eid, who resigned as U.S. Attorney last year. President Barack Obama nominated Walsh on April 14. Read more about him 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 Republicans alleged she asked employees of the Denver district attorney’s office to access a restricted government database in connection with the 2006 gubernatorial campaign.

- John Vaudreuil (Western District of Wisconsin): Assistant U.S. Attorney in the office since 1980 will succeed Erik C. Peterson, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in June 2009. Obama tapped Vaudreuil on May 27. Read more about him here.

- William Ihlenfeld II (Northern District of West Virginia): The partner at Ihlenfeld Law Office, PLLC, in Wheeling, W.Va., will replace acting U.S. Attorney Betsy Jividen. She has led the office since former U.S. Attorney Sharon L. Potter stepped down in September 2009. The president nominated Ihlenfeld on May 27. Read more about Ihlenfeld here.

UPDATE:

The Senate also confirmed three other U.S. Attorneys by voice vote Thursday night.

They are:

- Melinda Haag (Northern District of California): The partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe will replace George W. Bush U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello. President Barack Obama nominated her on March 25. Read more about her here.

Barry R. Grissom (Law Office of Barry R. Grissom)

- Barry R. Grissom (Kansas): The Overland Park, Kan., lawyer will succeed Eric Melgren, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in 2008. Obama tapped him on April 28. Read more about him here.

David Hickton (Burns, White and Hickton)

– David J. Hickton (Western District of Pennsylvania): The founding member of Burns, White & Hickton LLC will succeed Mary Beth Buchanan, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in November 2009 to run for the House. But she didn’t win the Republican nomination in the race for the Western Pennsylvania seat held by Democratic Rep. Jason Altmire. Obama nominated Hickton on May 20. Read more about him here.

The Senate has now confirmed 66 U.S. Attorneys.  The body has yet to consider another 8 would-be U.S. Attorneys nominated by Obama. There are 93 U.S. Attorney posts.

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed by voice vote three U.S. Attorney nominees at its meeting Thursday.

They are:

John Walsh (Hill & Robbins)

- John F. Walsh (Colorado): The partner at Hill & Robbins PC would succeed Troy Eid, who resigned as U.S. Attorney last year. President Barack Obama nominated Walsh on April 14. Read more about him 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 Republicans alleged she asked employees of the Denver district attorney’s office to access a restricted government database in connection with the 2006 gubernatorial campaign.

- John Vaudreuil (Western District of Wisconsin): Assistant U.S. Attorney in the office since 1980 would succeed Erik C. Peterson, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in June 2009. Obama tapped Vaudreuil on May 27. Read more about him here.

- William Ihlenfeld II (Northern District of West Virginia): The partner at Ihlenfeld Law Office, PLLC, in Wheeling, W.Va., would replace acting U.S. Attorney Betsy Jividen. She has led the office since former U.S. Attorney Sharon L. Potter stepped down in September 2009. The president nominated Ihlenfeld on May 27. Read more about Ihlenfeld here.

The committee has now approved 63 of Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, 57 of whom have won Senate confirmation. The panel has yet to schedule votes for another 11 would-be U.S. Attorneys. There are 93 U.S. Attorney posts.

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to consider two U.S. Attorney nominees at its meeting next Thursday.

They are:

John Walsh (Hill & Robbins)

- John F. Walsh (Colorado): The partner at Hill & Robbins PC would succeed Troy Eid, who resigned as U.S. Attorney last year. President Barack Obama nominated Walsh on April 14. Read more about him 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.

- John Vaudreuil (Western District of Wisconsin): Assistant U.S. Attorney in the office since 1980 would succeed Erik C. Peterson, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney in June 2009. Obama tapped Vaudreuil on May 27. Read more about him here.

The committee has yet to schedule votes for another 12 would-be U.S. Attorneys. The panel has approved 60 of Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, 57 of whom have won Senate confirmation. There are 93 U.S. Attorney posts.

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

John Walsh (Hill & Robbins)

John Walsh, the nominee to be the next Colorado U.S. Attorney, was honored by the Colorado Lawyers Committee at the group’s annual awards ceremony, Law Week Colorado reported.

Walsh received the award for Outstanding Sustained Contribution at the luncheon, held in Denver last week.

Walsh, a partner at Hill & Robbins PC, was nominated by President Barack Obama to head the Denver-based office on April 14. Obama’s first nominee, Stephanie Villafuerte, withdrew last year.

Law Week Colorado reported that Walsh received praise from colleagues in a video played during the event. James Scarboro of Arnold & Porter LLP called Walsh “the most relentlessly kindhearted and public-spirited lawyer I know in Denver.”  Bob Hill, a founding partner of Hill & Robbins PC, said, “He truly is most deserving of this award not only for his accomplishments, but for the way he went about achieving those accomplishments.”

In his acceptance speech, Walsh quoted former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. “There is in most Americans some spark of idealism, which can be fanned into a flame,” Walsh said. “It takes sometimes a divining rod to find what it is; but when found…the results are often extraordinary.”

“Use this organization to find your own spark of idealism and put it to good use for the people of Colorado,” he added.

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A video of the ceremony from the Law Week Colorado is embedded below.

CLC Luncheon from Circuit Media on Vimeo.

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