Amanda Marshall (University of Oregon, Willamette University College of Law) is nominated to be the Oregon U.S. Attorney. She would replace Karin Immergut, who served as the district’s U.S. Attorney from October 2003 to July 2009, when she was appointed to be a a circuit court judge for Multnomah County, Ore. Dwight C. Holton currently heads the district.
- Born in Washington, D.C., in 1969.
- Earned a certificate in alternative dispute resolution from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Ore., in May 1995.
- Attended East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai for a month-long summer program in July 2003.
- Spent the spring of 1989 at Le Petite Adret University in Villard De Lans, France.
- Attended Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore. during the 1988-1989 school year.
- Attended the College of Marin in Kentfield, Calif.,during the 1987-1988 school year.
- Has worked for the Oregon Department of Justice since 2001. Has been the attorney in charge of the child advocacy section since June 2010. Was the assistant attorney in charge of the child advocacy section from July 2008-June 2010. Was the assistant attorney general of the family law section from October 2001-July 2008.
- Worked as an assistant instructor at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, Ore., from 1998-1999.
- Was the Coos County deputy district attorney from 1996-2001.
- Worked for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde from 1994-1996 as a tribal court clerk from 1994-1995 and assisting the gaming commission in 1996.
- Has tried more than 100 cases to a jury verdict as sole counsel, another 20 to the court and served as co-counsel in at least five jury trials that went to verdict.
Click here for her full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.
UPDATE: On her Senate Judiciary financial disclosure Marshall reported $860,000 in assets, mostly from real estate, and liabilities of $358,000, for a net worth of $502,000. Her real estate holdings include a personal residence, vacation home and trailer house. On her Office of Government Ethics disclosure Marshall reported her income from her Oregon Justice Department job for 2009 and half of 2010 as $165,300.
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Former Oregon U.S. Attorney Karin Immergut, a Bush appointee, is the latest Multnomah County circuit judge, the Oregon Statesman Journal reported Sunday.
Immergut was appointed by President Bush in 2003. She resigned July 9. Kent Robinson is serving as Oregon’s acting U.S. Attorney.
Robinson is one of six candidates in the running to fill Immergut’s seat, in a list drawn up by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both Democrats. The list also includes:
- Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis
- Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote
- Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson
- Amanda Marshall, a child advocacy lawyer for the Oregon Department of Justice.
- Assistant U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton, who was previously recommended for the U.S. Attorney post for the Eastern District of Virginia by Democratic Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner of Virginia President Obama nominated Associate Deputy Attorney General Neil MacBride for the post.
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Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) recently announced that a selection committee has selected six candidates to interview to become Oregon’s next U.S. Attorney. The interviews will take place Oct. 24-25, after which the committee will recommend three finalists for Wyden to forward to President Obama. The last Senate-confirmed person in the position was Bush-appointee Karin J. Immergut, who resigned in July to accept an appointment as a state judge.
The six people who will be interviewed are
- John Foote, the district attorney for Clackamas County
- John Haroldson, the district attorney for Benton County
- Dwight Holton, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the district
- Joshua Marquis, the district attorney for Clatsop County
- Amanda Marshall, Oregon Department of Justice child advocacy section lawyer
- Kent Robinson, the acting U.S. Attorney for the district
Others who previously were said to be under consideration included Rob Bovett (Lincoln County district attorney), Ken Perry (Portland lawyer), Robert Hutchings (Lane County public defender) and John Hummel (Portland lawyer and professor at a university in Liberia).
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Patrick Fitzgerald, the top prosecutor in Illinois’ Northern District, has been named interim chairman of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys (AGAC).
In his new role, Fitzgerald will be the lead voice for the U.S. attorney community. It’s the latest high-profile assignment for America’s prosecutor, who has been busy overseeing the prosecution of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), bringing down mortgage fraudsters, and fighting with journalists.
H. Marshall Jarrett, director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, made the announcement earlier this month in a memo to the nation’s 93 U.S. attorneys.
The committee, which represents the views of the nation’s top prosecutors and molds law enforcement policy, has dwindled in size as Bush-era appointees have headed for the exit. Fitzgerald replaces Karin Immergut, the former U.S. attorney in Oregon, who stepped down as chairwoman this month to become a state judge. (Fun facts: Fitzgerald and Immergut share the same birthdate — December 22, 2021 — are both from Brooklyn, and attended Amherst College together.)
Fitzgerald’s assignment is significant. It means the U.S. attorney community now has a chief ambassador with some staying power. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) recommended Fitzgerald for another term, an overture that was well-received by Attorney General Eric Holder.
Holder’s Justice Department has been working with a group of outgoing Bush-era U.S. attorneys, except for Fitzgerald, who was appointed to AGAC last year, and possibly Jim Letten, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. (Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has said she wants Letten to stay on the job. He serves on the AGAC subcommittees on national security, environmental crimes and violent crimes.) The AGAC meetings have been constructive, Justice officials say, but it stands to reason that Holder would prefer a committee of Obama appointees, vetted and interviewed by his department, to help him put policy in motion.
Fitzgerald will be keeping the seat warm for B. Todd Jones, who, as we reported here, is slated to chair the committee if confirmed. Jones, the nominee for the U.S. attorney for the District of Minnesota, has broad support and could see a vote on his nomination in the full Senate before the August recess. Jones is currently a partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi in Minneapolis.
The AGAC, at full strength, comprises 17 members whose terms last about three years. The terms are staggered, and new members are generally appointed each year. The committee meets regularly with the attorney general, the deputy attorney general and staff.
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B. Todd Jones, nominated to be the top federal prosecutor for the District of Minnesota, is slated for an important advisory role to Attorney General Eric Holder, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
If confirmed, Jones will be appointed head of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys (AGAC), which represents the views of U.S. Attorneys before Main Justice and helps craft Justice Department policy, the people said.
Jones has the experience and broad political support needed for the job. He served as Minnesota’s U.S. attorney during the Clinton administration and was approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. He is expected to be swiftly confirmed by the full Senate, perhaps as early as next week.
More recently, Jones has been a partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi in Minneapolis, specializing in complex business litigation and corporate criminal defense. Click here for his firm bio and here for a copy of his Senate questionnaire.
As the Justice Department has pushed ahead with its policy initiatives, it has maintained ties to the AGAC, which is currently composed of one career lawyer and 10 Bush-appointed U.S. attorneys. The Justice Department has stressed the importance of maintaining continuity among the U.S. attorneys offices, and that means giving Bush appointees a seat at the policy table until the administration replaces them.
The AGAC has convened twice since Election Day. (I reported on the December meeting here.) On May 19, the committee met with Deputy Attorney General David Ogden, Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli, and Assistant Attorneys General Lanny Breuer, David Kris, Tony West and Ron Weich. The attorney general did not make an appearance.
The Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys also has held teleconferences with the AGAC and communicated with offices though other channels. Justice Department spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz said that “the members of the AGAC are being used in key policy positions.” They have been working with Holder and Ogden on “critical projects,” such as discovery and sentencing policies, Schwartz said.
The AGAC, at full strength, comprises 17 members whose terms last about three years. The terms are staggered, and new members are generally appointed each year. The committee meets regularly with the attorney general and the deputy attorney general. According to the U.S. Attorneys’ Manual, the committee has two functions: ”It gives United States Attorneys a voice in Department policies and advises the Attorney General of the United States.”
Karin Immergut, the U.S. attorney in Oregon, is now AGAC chairwoman, though she is stepping down this month to accept an appointment as a state judge.
The other members include:
- U.S. Attorney David Nahmias of Atlanta’s Northern District
- U.S. Attorney Leura Canary of Middle District of Alabama
- U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of Illinois’ Northern District
- U.S. Attorney Roger Heaton of Illinois’ Central District
- U.S. Attorney Thomas Moss of the District of Idaho
- U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein of the District of Maryland
- U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman of the District of Utah
- U.S. Attorney Donald Washington of Louisiana’s Western District
- U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley of the District of North Dakota
- Gretchen Witt, the civil chief in District of New Hampshire
A few names jump out. Canary, in particular, has drawn criticism for her role in the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman. As we reported here, Siegelman has filed a motion for a new trial, alleging that prosecutors failed to produce Brady material, tampered with witnesses and targeted him for political reasons. Fitzgerald, who is overseeing the prosecution of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), has been recommended for another term and could continue to serve on the AGAC. (He was appointed to the committee last year.)
Schwartz said the Justice Department would “continue to solicit the input and views of the United States Attorney’s Offices through every means available to us as new USAs transitions through the appointment process.”
The Obama administration has announced seven nominations, five of which, including Jones’s, have been reported out by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Paul Fishman, the U.S. attorney nominee for the District of New Jersey, and Jenny Durkan, the nominee for the Western District of Washington state, are awaiting a committee vote. There are about 30 U.S. attorney candidates in the pipeline, according to one person familiar with the process, but it’s unlikely that they’ll reach the Judiciary panel before Congress returns in September.