FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 1998

USA

ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES NEW CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR

OF AG ADVISORY COMMITTEE

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Attorney General Janet Reno today announced two new appointments to her Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys--Karen E. Schreier, United States Attorney, District of South Dakota, as Chair and Paul E. Coggins, Jr., United States Attorney, Northern District of Texas, as Vice Chair. The Advisory Committee, created in 1973, advises the Attorney General on law enforcement matters and gives the United States Attorneys a key voice in Department policy. Schreier, who has served as Vice Chair of the Committee since January 1997, also chairs the Advisory Committee's Juvenile Justice Subcommittee. Schreier is also an active member of the Native American Issues, Environmental Crimes, and Justice Programs Subcommittees. "Karen's tenure as U.S. Attorney in South Dakota, as well as her previous work on the Advisory Committee, has been quite impressive," said Reno. "She has also been a leading force in the Department's efforts to crack down on dead beat parents who fail to pay child support." Coggins, who served on the Advisory Committee in 1994-1995, has been reappointed by Reno to vice chair the Committee. Coggins currently chairs the Advisory Committee's Organized Crime/Violent Crime Subcommittee and Immunity Working Group. He is also an active member of the White Collar Crime and Investigative Agency Subcommittees. "Paul brings an enormous amount of law enforcement expertise to the Committee," said Reno. "His efforts to combat violent crime in his District have been extremely effective." The full Committee includes: Karen Schreier, Chair, District of South Dakota Paul E. Coggins, Jr., Vice Chair, Northern District of Texas Zachary W. Carter, Eastern District of New York Mark T. Calloway, Western District of North Carolina Veronica Coleman, Western District of Tennessee

Robert P. Crouch, Jr., Western District of Virginia Harry D. Dixon, Jr., Southern District of Georgia Paul M. Gagnon, District of New Hampshire Stephen L. Hill, Jr., Western District of Missouri Faith S. Hochberg, District of New Jersey Eddie J. Jordan, Jr., Eastern District of Louisiana Kristine Olson, District of Oregon Katrina C. Pflaumer, Western District of Washington Thomas E. Scott, Southern District of Florida Emily M. Sweeney, Northern District of Ohio William D. Wilmoth, Northern District of West Virginia Charles R. Wilson, Middle District of Florida Donald K. Stern, District of Massachusetts, ex officio Wilma A. Lewis, District of Columbia, ex officio Janet Craig, Southern District of Texas, ad hoc Brian A. Jackson, Middle District of Louisiana, ad hoc

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