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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Glenn Ivey, who served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney under then-D.C. U.S. Attorney Eric Holder, has joined Venable LLP as a partner in its white collar and government-investigations practices, Compliance Week reported.

Glenn Ivey (Center for American Progress)

Most recently, Ivey served two terms as the state’s attorney for Prince George’s County, Md.

From 1990 to 1994, Ivey was a federal prosecutor in the District of Columbia. Under Holder’s supervision, Ivey prosecuted jury trials and handled numerous appeals and grand jury investigations.

He also has worked on Capitol Hill, as a senior legislative assistant to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), chief counsel to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee for Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) when Sarbanes was ranking minority member of the panel that investigated business dealings of President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

In the private sector, Ivey worked as a partner at Preston, Gates, Ellis (now K&L Gates LLP), handling legislative, regulatory and criminal matters.

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Sheryl Robinson Wood

A former Department of Justice trial attorney who had a personal relationship with Kwame Kilpatrick, the scandal-plagued former mayor of Detroit, should be sanctioned, according to DOJ, the ABA Law Journal reported. But the DOJ said her former law firms and a risk assessment firm where she worked shouldn’t be liable for the $10 million in fees they were paid during her time as a court monitor.

In July 2009, Sheryl Robinson Wood, then a partner in the Washington and Baltimore offices of Venable LLP, resigned from her position as an independent court monitor as a result of “meetings of a personal nature” she had with Kilpatrick.

Wood was appointed to the court monitor position in 2003 “with the assistance of Kroll, Inc.,” according to a court order. She is a former employee of the international risk assessment firm.

Now, attorneys for the city of Detroit are seeking the return of $10 million in fees paid to Venable, Saul Ewing LLP and Kroll Inc., where she worked during her appointment. The city’s lawyers from Dykema Gossett PLLC say the personal relationship Wood had with Kilpatrick compromised her ability to be independent and unbiased.

However, DOJ disagrees.

In a filing, the DOJ said there is no evidence that the three firms had any connection with the meetings or were aware of them. In addition, some of the fees paid were for work done by other individuals.

However, according to the filing, Wood should be sanctioned for the fees associated with her work. The filing says the sanction, “although a steep price to pay, is appropriate in light of her role as an agent of the court and the nature and extent of her deception.” It is not clear how much Wood may be required to repay.

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

McGruff the Crime Dog and Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson (photo by Christopher M. Matthews / Main Justice)

McGruff the Crime Dog — perhaps the most famous law enforcement spokesman in the U.S. — turns 30 today.

McGruff, the animated, trenchcoat wearing dog, was invented in 1980 to teach children and adults how to be safe and prevent crime.

In honor of his acheivements, the National Crime Prevention Council and the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs threw him a birthday party on the rooftop of the Venable LLP law firm building in Washington, D.C.  Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, who heads the Justice Programs office, congratulated McGruff for his helping teach children about reducing crime in their communities.

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