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Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

A former U.S. Attorney is among three U.S. District Court nominations President Barack Obama made Wednesday.

Obama nominated Wilma Lewis, who was the U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia from 1998 to 2001, for the U.S. District Court for the Virgin Islands. She would succeed, Raymond Finch, who retired.

Wilma Lewis (Harvard University)

Lewis has been the Interior Department Land and Minerals Management assistant secretary since 2009, after serving a brief stint as senior adviser to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

She previously served as the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation managing associate general counsel for litigation from 2007 to 2008 and was a partner at the law firm of Crowell & Moring LLP from 2001 to 2007.

Lewis was the Interior Department associate solicitor for general law from 1993 to 1995 and inspector general from 1995 to 1998.

She also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in D.C.  from 1986 to 1993, holding leadership posts in the office’s Civil Division. Lewis started her professional career as an associate at the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP from 1981 to 1986.

Lewis received her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College in 1978 and her law degree from Harvard University in 1981.

Obama also nominated Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy Torresen for the U.S. District Court for Maine. She would succeed D. Brock Hornby, who retired.

Nancy Torresen (Facebook)

Torresen has spent almost 15 years as a prosecutor in the Maine U.S. Attorney’s Office. She first joined the office in 1990, working on civil matters for four years. Torresen came back to the office in 2001 to handle cases in Northern Maine after she spent seven years in the Maine attorney general office’s criminal division appellate section.

She also was a lawyer at the law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP from 1988 to 1990 and clerked for U.S. District Judge Conrad K. Cyr in Maine from 1987 to 1988.

Torresen received her undergraduate degree from Hope College in 1981 and her law degree from the University of Michigan in 1987.

The president also nominated New Orleans city attorney Nannette Brown for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She would succeed Stanwood R. Duval Jr., who retired.

Nanette Brown (Nola.gov)

Brown has been the city attorney for New Orleans since May 2010. She also served as the city’s sanitation department director from 1994 to 1996.

But she has spent most of her career in private practice, working at Chaffe McCall LLP from 2004 to 2007 and again from 2009 until 2010; Milling, Benson, Woodward LLP from 2000 to 2003; the Onebane Law Firm from 1996 to 1998 and Adams and Reese LLP from 1988 to 1992.

She also was a law professor at Loyola University from 2007 to 2009, Southern University from 1998 to 2000 and Tulane University from 1992 to 1994.

Brown received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1985 and her law degree from Tulane in 1988. She also received a masters law degree from Tulane in 1998.

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Maine Assistant U.S. Attorney William Schneider was elected by the state legislature on Wednesday as the state’s next attorney general, The Portland Press-Herald reported.

On Tuesday, Maine Republicans  nominated Schneider during a party caucus as their candidate. Schneider defeated outgoing state Sen. Douglas Smith, the Associated Press reported. Democrats had nominated the current state Attorney General, Janet Mills. Maine is the only state where the attorney general is elected by secret ballot in the legislature, rather than by the general population, as is the case in most states. On Wednesday, Schneider beat out Mills during a joint House-Senate caucus.

Schneider, who previously served three terms in the Maine House and six years as an assistant state attorney general, has been with the Maine U.S. Attorney’s office since 2002. He previously was nominated twice for state attorney general by the party caucus; however, because the Republicans were in the minority he was never elected.

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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.

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

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

They are:

- 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 committee has yet to schedule votes for another 18 would-be U.S. Attorneys. The panel has approved 51 of Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, all of whom have won Senate confirmation.

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Monday, April 12th, 2010

Thomas E. Delahanty II (St. Michael’s College, University of Maine School of Law) is nominated to be U.S. Attorney for Maine. He would replace Bush holdover Paula Silsby who has headed the office since 2001.

His vitals:

  • Born in Lewiston, Maine, in 1945.
  • Has been a justice in the Maine Superior Court since Nov. 4,1983. Served as chief justice from June 6, 1990, to June 6, 1995.
  • Was a partner at the now defunct Delahanty & Longley Law Offices in Lewiston, from August 1981 to Nov. 3, 1983.
  • Served as the U.S. Attorney for Maine from May 1980 to August 1981.
  • Was the district attorney in Prosecutorial District 3 in Auburn, Maine, from Jan. 1, 1975 to May 1980.
  • Worked part time as the county attorney in Androscoggin County, Maine, from Jan. 1, 1973, to Dec. 31, 1974.
  • Worked part time as the assistant county attorney in Androscoggin County from Jan. 1, 1971, to Dec. 31, 1972.
  • Was an associate at Marshall, Raymond & Beliveau (now Isaacson & Raymond) in Lewiston from July 1970 to Dec. 31, 1974.
  • Worked as a summer research assistant for the Central Maine Power Company in Augusta, Maine, in 1969. Also was the proprietor of a seasonal gas station called Tom’s ESSO Station in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, that summer.
  • Worked on the summer maintenance crew at Central Maine Power Company in 1967 and 1968. Also ran Tom’s ESSO Station in the summer of 1968.
  • Estimates that as an attorney and trial justice has participated in well over 1,000 trials to conclusion. Estimates that he has presided more than 1,000 cases as a Superior Court justice. As a state prosecutor he estimates that the number of cases he tried to a jury or to the court to be several hundred.

Click here for his full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.

On his Office of Government Ethics financial disclosure, Delahanty reported an income from his judgeship of $112,400. He also reported owning “paintings, pottery and fine jewelry”  valued at between $15,001 and $50,000; “china, ephemera and statues” valued at between $1,001 and $15,000; and antique furniture valued at between $15,001 and $50,000.

On his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure Delahanty reported assets valued at $1.3 million, mostly from real estate, and $586,900 in liabilities from mortgages on his two properties, for a net worth of $688,800.

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

President Barack Obama unveiled two nominees for U.S. Attorneys for Idaho and Maine, the White House announced Wednesday.

They are:

- Thomas Edward Delahanty (Maine): The Maine Superior Court Justice has held his current position since 1983. From 1990 to 1995 he served as the court’s Chief Justice. Before becoming a judge Delahanty from 1981 to1983 was a partner at Delahanty & Longley. He was the state’s U.S. attorney from 1980 to 1981.

- Wendy J. Olson (Idaho):  The Senior Litigation Counsel in the state’s U.S. Attorney’s office previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1997 to 2006. Olson worked 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.

Obama has now made 54 U.S. Attorney nominations. The Senate has confirmed 34 U.S. Attorneys thus far.

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

A Superior Court judge in Maine is expected to be nominated as the state’s next U.S. Attorney, The Maine Public Broadcasting Network reported Wednesday.

According to the station, talk in legal circles in Maine has focused on Superior Court Justice Thomas Delahanty II. An assistant law professor at the University of Maine School of Law, Cab Howard, told the station, “I don’t think that would be much of a surprise,” adding that, because of his experience, Delahanty is “obviously familiar with the job.”

Although Delahanty told the station he is not at liberty to discuss the nomination process, the judge acknowledged that in late January he had traveled to Washington, D.C., for an interview.

Delahanty, who previously served as the state’s U.S. Attorney in 1980 and 1981, was one of four people selected as finalists by an advisory committee of Maine lawyers. The three others are Kennebec County District Attorney Evert Fowle Jr., former U.S. Attorney Jay McCloskey and attorney Thimi Mina.

One candidate, McCloskey, confirmed to the station Wednesday that he is no longer under consideration. “Obviously, I was interested in being U.S. attorney and the rumor has it that someone else has been selected, and I don’t know when that will be confirmed,” McCloskey said.

Bush holdover Paula Silsby currently heads the office. She was recommended to become the district’s head prosecutor by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) in 2001. However, the White House never sent her nomination to the Senate. Instead Attorney General John Ashcroft named her interim U.S. Attorney in September 2001. She is the longest serving interim U.S. Attorney. Silsby was one of the U.S. Attorneys considered for dismissal by the Bush administration.