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1The Attorney General’s Awards are the highest honors granted by the U.S.

Department of
Justice. They acknowledge the exemplary efforts and personal sacrifices made by the award
recipients and convey the deep appreciation of colleagues, the Department, and the nation.

The Attorney General’s Annual Awards Ceremony is an opportunity to recognize the


extraordinary accomplishments of a number of U.S. Department of Justice employees as well as
individuals from outside the Department. In working toward the accomplishment of the
Department’s law enforcement and administration of justice mission, the outstanding
contributions and achievements of the individuals we recognize today represent the highest level
of professionalism, performance, and dedication to duty.

On this fifty-first celebration of the Attorney General’s Awards, let us each strive for excellence
as we serve all Americans with integrity, impartiality, and renewed dedication.

John Ashcroft
Attorney General
The Attorney General wishes to express his appreciation to the following Department officials
for their assistance in evaluating this year’s award nominations. The 2003 award recipients were
recommended and selected from a group of nearly 420 highly qualified nominees.

INCENTIVE AWARDS BOARD/JOHN MARSHALL PANEL

CHAIR

Larry D. Thompson
Deputy Attorney General

MEMBERS

Robert D. McCallum, Jr.


Associate Attorney General

Mark S. Bullock
Assistant Director
Administrative Services Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Harley G. Lappin
Director
Federal Bureau of Prisons

Bradley A Buckles
Acting Director
Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives

Guy A. Lewis
Director
Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys

R. Hewitt Pate
Assistant Attorney General
Antitrust Division

Peter D. Keisler
Assistant Attorney General
Civil Division

Thomas L. Sansonetti
Assistant Attorney General
Environment & Natural Resources Division

Paul R. Corts
Assistant Attorney General for Administration

Susan Richmond
Assistant to the Attorney General and
Deputy White House Liaison

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY AND ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

Joanne W. Simms
Deputy Assistant Attorney General
for Human Resources and Administration
Justice Management Division

Vince Micone
Chief, Events Management and Community Service
Personnel Staff
Justice Management Division
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
51ST ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY
JULY 30, 2003 – 2:00 P.M.
CONSTITUTION HALL

PROGRAM

Prelude
Metropolitan Police Department Concert Choir

Welcome
The Honorable Larry D. Thompson
Deputy Attorney General

Presentation of Colors and The National Anthem


Joint Armed Forces Honor Guard
Metropolitan Police Department Bagpipe Corps
Metropolitan Police Department Concert Choir

Introduction of the Attorney General


The Honorable Larry D. Thompson
Deputy Attorney General

Remarks of the Attorney General


The Honorable John Ashcroft
Attorney General

Presentation of the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service


The Honorable Larry D. Thompson
Deputy Attorney General

Presentation of the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Heroism


The Honorable Larry D. Thompson
Deputy Attorney General

Presentation of the Mary C. Lawton Lifetime Service Award


The Honorable Larry D. Thompson
Deputy Attorney General

Presentation of the William French Smith Award for Outstanding Contributions to


Cooperative Law Enforcement
The Honorable Larry D. Thompson
Deputy Attorney General

Presentation of the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service


The Honorable Robert D. McCallum, Jr.
Associate Attorney General

Presentation of the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement


Richard J. Hankinson
Deputy Director
Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives

Presentation of the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Management


Paul R. Corts
Assistant Attorney General for Administration

Presentation of the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Information Technology


The Honorable Thomas L. Sansonetti
Assistant Attorney General
Environment & Natural Resources Division

Presentation of the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S.
National Security
The Honorable Robert S. Mueller, III
Director
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Presentation of the Attorney General’s Equal Employment Opportunity Award


The Honorable Eileen J. O’Connor
Assistant Attorney General
Tax Division

Presentation of the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Legal Support


The Honorable Glenn A. Fine
Inspector General

Presentation of the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Administrative Support


Lori Sharpe Day
Director
Office of Intergovernmental & Public Liaison

Presentation of the John Marshall Awards


The Honorable Daniel J. Bryant
Assistant Attorney General
Office of Legal Policy
and
The Honorable Peter D. Keisler
Assistant Attorney General
Civil Division

-- Trial of Litigation
-- Participation in Litigation
-- Support of Litigation
-- Handling of Appeals
-- Providing Legal Advice
-- Preparation or Handling of Legislation
-- Asset Forfeiture
-- Alternative Dispute Resolution
-- Interagency Cooperation in Support of Litigation

Presentation of the Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Service in Freedom of Information
Act Administration
Barbara J. Comstock
Director
Office of Public Affairs

Presentation of the Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention


Harley G. Lappin
Director
Federal Bureau of Prisons

Presentation of the Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community


Partnerships for Public Safety
The Honorable Sharee M. Freeman
Director
Community Relations Service

Presentation of the Cubby Dorsey Award for Outstanding Service by a Federal Wage Grade
System Employee
The Honorable R. Hewitt Pate
Assistant Attorney General
Antitrust Division

Presentation of the Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Employee
Lawrence A. Friedman
Director
Executive Office for U.S. Trustees

Closing
The Honorable Larry D. Thompson
Deputy Attorney General
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE

This is the Department’s highest award for employee performance. One Exceptional Service
Award is presented this year.

Edward J. Needham
David M. Britten
Andrew J. Goralski
Steven J. Naum
Special Agents
Pedro D. Cordero
Supervisory Special Agent
Stanley J. Borgia
Assistant Special Agent in Charge
Adrienne J. Leary
Mary Beth R. VanLew
Intelligence Research Specialists
Karen V. Lawrence
Intelligence Operations Specialist
Buffalo Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Francis J. Christiano, Jr.
Special Agent
New York Field Division
Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives
William J. Hochul, Jr.
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Western District of New York
Ranganath Manthripragada
Trial Attorney
Counterterrorism Section
Criminal Division
Kim Baglio
Special Agent
Buffalo Office
U.S. Secret Service
James J. Higgins, Jr.
Senior Special Agent
Lawrence D. Krug
Special Agent
Buffalo Office
Former Immigration & Naturalization Service
Felix T. Cwynar
Border Patrol Agent
Buffalo Office
U.S. Border Patrol
Michael J. Szrama
Special Agent
Buffalo Office
U.S. Customs Service
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Thomas Michalski
Special Agent
Buffalo Division
Internal Revenue Service
U.S. Department of the Treasury
The members of the Buffalo Joint Terrorism Task Force are honored for their exemplary
performance in connection with a highly sensitive terrorism investigation. These investigators
and analysts demonstrated outstanding talent and dedication. They employed highly
sophisticated investigative techniques and overcame unique challenges in conducting the covert
phase of this investigation. The recipients were the nucleus of a groundbreaking investigative
effort that resulted in the dismantlement of the Lackawanna, New York, terrorist cell and
neutralized a major Al-Qaeda link to Middle Eastern countries.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL HEROISM

This award recognizes an extraordinary act of courage and voluntary risk of life during the
performance of official duties. Two Exceptional Heroism Awards are presented this year.

Mark J. Demas
Special Agent
Kansas City Field Division
Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives
Special Agent Mark J. Demas is reconizeded for his sustained leading role in an investigation of
the largest heroin trafficking organization in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. He made 77
undercover contacts with various members of the organization and purchased large quantities of
narcotics and firearms. This investigation led to the execution of 23 Federal search warrants and
the indictment and arrest of 18 members of the organization. The efforts and exceptional acts of
bravery by Special Agent Demas are commendable. It is through his exemplary efforts that the
organization was dismantled.

Ralph Narramore
Senior Officer Specialist
U.S. Penitentiary
Leavenworth, Kansas
Bureau of Prisons
Ralph Narramore is honored for his extraordinary and courageous actions on April 23, 2002,
when responding to an emergency in the recreation yard at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth,
Kansas. Through his immediate response and without regard for his own safety, Mr. Narramore
physically restrained and disarmed two inmates involved in the fatal assault of another inmate.
His sound judgement, clear thinking, and heroic response prevented further harm and injury to
staff and other inmates. Mr. Narramore demonstrated bravery and valor, exemplifying the
highest traditions of the Department

THE MARY C. LAWTON LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD

This award recognizes employees who have served at least twenty years in the Department and
who have demonstrated high standards of excellence and dedication throughout their careers.
This award is presented only in exceptional circumstances to those individuals of special merit
and is not awarded to express general appreciation for tenure alone. One Mary C. Lawton
Award is presented this year.

VaNessa P. Adams
Warden
Federal Prison Camp
Alderson, West Virginia
Federal Bureau of Prisons
VaNessa P. Adams is presented this award for her career accomplishments which have earned her
great respect and recognition. Warden Adams’ motivation, high standards of excellence, and
dedication is evident in every aspect of her twenty-five years of service to the Government. Her
many accomplishments reveal her leadership excellence, personal integrity, and exemplary
service.

THE WILLIAM FRENCH SMITH AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS


TO COOPERATIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT

The William French Smith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cooperative Law
Enforcement is an honorary award granted to recognize State and local law enforcement officials
who have made significant contributions to cooperative law enforcement endeavors. One
William French Smith Award is presented this year.

David A. Johnston
Gregory T. Spayth
Martin K. Sigsworth
Detectives
Aurora Police Department
Aurora, Illinois
The team of detectives is honored for their outstanding cooperative interagency efforts which
culminated in two high-profile investigations. Their efforts had an impact on reducing the
violence caused by street gangs in Aurora, Illinois. These noteworthy interagency efforts
resulted in Federal and State charges on 53 violent gang members, the recovery of 71 gang
firearms, the seizure of 51 kilograms of cocaine and over $1 million in drug proceeds. Thanks to
the dedication of the recipients, the cooperation of law enforcement officials helps to combat
violent crime in Aurora and has created a permanent and effective partnership to achieve the
Attorney General’s goal of reducing gun violence on the streets of America.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

The Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service is the Department’s second highest
award for employee performance. Thirteen Distinguished Service Awards are presented this
year.

Adam H. Charnes
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General
Brian A. Benczkowski
Staff Director and Senior Counsel
Kristi L. Remington
Senior Counsel
Lizette D. Benedi
Nathan A. Sales
William A. Hall, Jr.
Counsel
Sheila C. Joy
Policy Analyst
Office of Legal Policy
The Judicial Nominations Team is presented this award for their active and sustained efforts to
facilitate efforts of the Administration and the Department to nominate and achieve the
confirmation of Federal judges. The White House and the Department’s senior leadership have
been able to rely upon the expertise and judgment of the recipients in recommending judicial
candidates for nomination. As a result of the professional service of the highest caliber of these
individuals, the Administration and Department have been able to nominate more than 150
judicial candidates and achieve the confirmation of no fewer than 117 Federal judges. Their
work in the face of the increasingly partisan nature of the confirmation process is to be
commended.

Richard Mark Denholm, II


Special Agent
Criminal Investigative Division
Michael S. Pikunas
Special Agent
Cleveland Field Office
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Craig S. Morford
Bernard A. Smith
Matthew B. Kall
Assistant U.S. Attorneys
Northern District of Ohio
The team is honored for their participation in a major bribery investigation in Cleveland, Ohio.
This investigation was initiated when a Youngstown paving contractor alleged that bribes were
paid to U.S. Congressman James A. Traficant, Jr. The combined efforts of these individuals
resulted in an indictment in May 2001. A superceding indictment was returned against the
Congressman and a co-conspirator in October 2001. The Congressman was found guilty on ten
counts. Subsequent to the guilty verdict, the U.S. House of Representatives initiated removal
proceedings which culminated in a unanimous vote to remove the Congressman from office.
This was only the second occasion in 140 years in which a Member of Congress was expelled.
The work of these individuals resulted in the July 30, 2002, sentencing of Mr. Traficant to eight
years in prison.

T. Michael Earp
Chief, Investigative Operations
U.S. Marshals Service
T. Michael Earp is recognized for his exceptional performance of a myriad of duties with
tenacity, courage, and outstanding success. Under his leadership, the U.S. Marshals Service has
experienced unprecedented successes in the reduction of crime and violence through the
apprehension of dangerous fugitives throughout the world. Mr. Earp provided personal
leadership when he formed and managed the Puerto Rico Fugitive Task Force. He served with
distinction at the Department’s Office of International Affairs and utilized that experience to
establish U.S. Marshals Service foreign field offices in Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican
Republic. Their outstanding achievements have received accolades from the U.S. Department of
State, host governments, Interpol, and police agencies around the world. Mr. Earp applied
considerable innovation and perseverance in forming the greater Los Angeles and New
York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Forces, which have contributed significantly to safety
and security. Mr. Earp has consistently represented the Department with distinction, in the
highest traditions of law enforcement.

Rudolf J. Friederich
Chief Inspector
Richard Iannucci
Senior Inspector
Judicial Security Division
Manuel R. Varela
Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Puerto Rico
Christopher A. Barfield
Deputy U.S. Marshal
Southern District of Indiana
U.S. Marshals Service
The team is presented this award for outstanding efforts in implementing a plan to enhance
judicial security in Colombia. Their dedication and teamwork, despite exposure to a high level
of danger, resulted in a comprehensive judicial security plan which includes basic protective
training for 700 Colombian law enforcement officers and the procurement of armored vehicles
and body armor. To date, 215 Colombian law enforcement officers have been trained.

Patricia Campbell Glenn


Senior Conciliation Specialist
Midwest Region
Community Relations Service
Patricia Campbell Glenn is honored for her outstanding performance in easing tensions and in
reducing and resolving major urban conflict. She has demonstrated exemplary skills in
contingency planning to prevent disorder, provided leadership in the resolution of racial disputes,
coordinated a National Church Arson Task Force, and was selected to draft the first Hate Crime
Curriculum in 1990 in conjunction with the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Further, she has represented the Department on international assignments in Moscow and Komi,
Russia. During the 2001 riots in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Glenn was on-site the second day,
meeting with leaders of the riots, law enforcement officials, and others; and walked the streets to
help restore calm and civil obedience in the city. No person can be counted on so often to serve
so many functions and do them so well as Ms. Glenn.

Michael R. Grabowski
Stephen T. Will
Special Agents
Buffalo Resident Office
New York Division
Drug Enforcement Administration
Daniel Pelchat of Quebec, Canada, and Mark Frankland of Ontario, Canada, were selling GBL,
BD, and GHB kits, commonly referred to as the Date Rape Drug, via their Internet websites to
customers in the U.S. and more than twenty other countries. Special Agents Michael R.
Grabowski and Stephen T. Will utilized undercover purchases and electronic intercept on
Pelchat’s websites and e-mail accounts. The investigation revealed that Pelchat, who was the
largest distributor of these drugs in the U.S., was associating with members of organized crime in
Quebec. In September 2002, an international takedown of Pelchat and his customers resulted in
the arrests of approximately 180 targets in more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada, the
seizure of approximately 1,500 gallons of GBL, and over $2.2 million.

Kevin R. Jones
Deputy Assistant Attorney General
Robert Hinchman
Eric T. Gormsen
Leland E. Beck
Senior Counsel
Office of Legal Policy
The team is honored for their active and sustained efforts to facilitate the Department’s response
to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, by removing existing regulatory impediments and
developing a series of regulatory changes and actions to support law enforcement, terrorism, and
immigration initiatives. As a result of the professional service of these individuals, comprising
the Regulatory Review Team of the Office of Legal Policy, the Department has been able to
develop and obtain clearance of regulatory actions on an extremely expedited basis. The
Department’s senior leadership has been able to rely upon the expertise and judgment of the team
in approving important regulations within short time-frames. Also, as a result of their initiatives,
the Department has reviewed its existing regulations and is currently working with the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security to complete a number of other important regulatory changes
that will support both Departments’ efforts to respond more effectively to the challenges facing
the Nation.

Mark J. Kappelhoff
Deputy Chief
David L. Allred
Luis C. de Baca
Special Litigation Counsels
Susan L. French
Robert J. Moossy
Trial Attorneys
Lorna L. Grenadier
Victim/Witness Coordinator
Criminal Section
Civil Rights Division
Mei D. Wine
Victim/Witness Specialist
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Hawaii
Charles E. Beckwith
William S. Denson
Special Agents
Honolulu Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Rebecca L. Story
Associate General Counsel
Office of the General Counsel
Myra V. Moore
Senior Immigration Officer
Parole and Humanitarian Assistance Program
Former Immigration and Naturalization Service
The multi-agency prosecution team members in U.S. v. Kil Soo Lee are recognized for their
exceptional work in the largest human trafficking case ever prosecuted by the United States.
Their cooperative effort, skill, and dedication in the investigation and prosecution resulted in the
conviction of Kil Soo Lee and his accomplices, who enslaved and brutalized hundreds of
Vietnamese and Chinese garment workers in a sweatshop in American Samoa. The prosecution
is heralded as a major victory in the Attorney General’s initiative to combat human trafficking.

Rebecca Meiklejohn
Douglas M. Tween
Elizabeth B. Prewitt
Trial Attorneys
New York Field Office
Antitrust Division
The team is recognized for their exemplary efforts in the record-breaking prosecution of bid-
rigging and related offenses in the New York food brokers and graphics industries. The team’s
aggressive and persistent efforts resulted in the conviction of over 80 individuals and 25
corporations for participation in massive bid-rigging conspiracies among food suppliers that
defrauded multiple New York area public and non-profit entities, unprecedented jail sentences,
and restitution recoveries to State and local governments and not-for-profit organizations. Part
of the team’s success is attributable to their pioneering steps in forging an interagency
investigative task force staffed with personnel from the International Revenue Service, Federal
Bureau of Investigation, and other agencies. These attorneys have also had unprecedented
success with restitution recoveries. In 2001, these attorneys secured approximately $21 million.

Melanie Ann Pustay


Deputy Director
Office of Information and Privacy
Melanie Ann Pustay is honored for her exemplary and sustained role in providing legal advice,
guidance, and assistance to the Department’s senior leadership offices on record-disclosure
issues. As the Department official responsible for acting on requests for access to records of the
Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, Associate Attorney General, and other Department
leadership offices, Ms. Pustay has handled a series of increasingly sensitive, high-profile matters
with exceptional skill, dedication, and effectiveness. In so doing, she has been confidently relied
upon by the Department’s senior officials on some of its most sensitive disclosure issues,
including matters in litigation and those involving Congressional disclosure, and has made
extraordinary contributions of great value to the Department.

John M. Vanyur
Senior Deputy Assistant Director
Correctional Programs Division
Federal Bureau of Prisons
This award is presented to John M. Vanyur for his exceptional contributions as the representative
for the Bureau’s counterterrorism efforts. He has refocused intelligence efforts from solely
prison gang and criminal activity in prisons to include proactive intelligence gathering on
terrorist inmates and radical groups in prison facilities. Further, his strong relationships with
outside law enforcement agencies and relevant legislative and judicial staff has ensured a
seamless sharing of information with these officials. In addition to intelligence efforts, Mr.
Vanyur oversaw the development and implementation of the first inmate faith-based housing
units, the automation of our victim notification system, and the transfer of over 7,000 District of
Columbia felons to Bureau custody.

Clifford J. White, III


Deputy Director
Executive Office for U.S. Trustees
Clifford J. White, III, is recognized for his extraordinary leadership of the U.S. Trustee
Program’s fraud fighting efforts, his superior management of Program activities, and his
unfailing commitment to the Department. From substantive case administration, to the oversight
of key initiatives and activities, to everyday management issues, Mr. White consistently
demonstrates great intellect, foresight, tenacity, and the highest of professional standards. His
accomplishments are many, but most recently his leadership of the National Civil Enforcement
Initiative has had a marked impact on the Program and the integrity of the bankruptcy system.

Valerie M. Willis
Assistant Director
Executive Resources Group
Personnel Staff
Justice Management Division
Valerie M. Willis is honored for exemplary leadership in managing the Executive Resources
Program for the Department. Ms. Willis has led a number of innovative improvements to the
Senior Executive Service program while simultaneously managing a large workload of Service
and noncareer actions. During the past several years, she has successfully managed the transition
between Presidential Administrations, developed and implemented a revised Senior Executive
Service performance management policy and program, prepared and coordinated an extensive
review of the Department’s management of its senior positions, and has developed a viable
succession management initiative using a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development
Program as its centerpiece. Ms. Willis is widely recognized within and outside the Department
as a leader in executive program management.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN LAW


ENFORCEMENT

This award recognizes outstanding professional achievements by law enforcement officers of the
Department. One Excellence in Law Enforcement Award is presented this year.

Joel G. Mercer
Special Agent
Buffalo Field Office
Michael A. Osborn
Special Agent
New York Field Office
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Sepcial Agents Joel G. Mercer and Michael A. Osborn are recognized for their exceptional
efforts in the two and one-half year investigation and international manhunt for James Charles
Kopp, the man responsible for killing Dr. Barnet Slepian, a provider of women’s reproductive
health services. The team applied every investigative technique available to not only identify
and indict James Charles Kopp, but to locate and capture him as well. The quality and manner in
which evidence was gathered were such that Kopp publicly admitted to the murder by confessing
to two newspapers reporters on November 12, 2002. Their tireless dedication, leadership, and
coordination throughout the investigation and manhunt prevented the return of Kopp to his
terrorist assaults on women’s reproductive health care providers.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MANAGEMENT

This award recognizes outstanding administrative or managerial achievements which have


significantly improved operations, productivity, or reduced costs. Two Excellence in
Management Awards are presented this year.

W. Benjamin Fisherow
Deputy Chief
Environmental Enforcement Section
Environment & Natural Resources Division
This award is presented to W. Benjamin Fisherow for the extraordinary management skills he has
demonstrated since his appointment to this pivotal position. Mr. Fisherow oversees the litigation
conducted by approximately eighty attorneys and has principal responsibility for the settlement
negotiations in the unprecedented Power Plants cases, settlements which have already resulted in
more than an estimated 200,000 tons per year of reduced air emissions and an agreement by
industry to spend an estimated $1.6 billion on state-of-the-art pollution control equipment.

Bruce G. Ohr
Chief
Organized Crime and Racketeering Section
Criminal Division
Bruce G. Ohr has placed an increased premium on the effective functioning of the Organized
Crime and Racketeering Section by leveraging technology and limited staff resources to provide
a timely and effective response to the needs of prosecutors and other law enforcement personnel.
By improving reporting systems and technical expertise, Mr. Ohr has positioned the Section to be
in the forefront of combating domestic and international organized crime. These initiatives have
provided better information and the ability to shift resources to respond to emerging threats.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INFORMATION


TECHNOLOGY

This award recognizes outstanding achievements in applying information technology to improve


operations and productivity, reduce or avoid costs, and solve problems. One Excellence in
Information Technology Award is presented this year.
Eleanor A. Carpenter
Deputy Director
Rena J. Cervoni
Deana M.C. Willis
Assistant Directors
Office of Attorney Recruitment & Management
Karen L. Humes-Dancy
Human Resources Specialist
Personnel Staff
Justice Management Division
The team is recognized for their dedication and initiative in creating a system for the electronic
transmission of applications for the Attorney General’s Honors Program and Summer Law Intern
Program. The team devoted long hours and exemplary perseverance in developing and
implementing this technological innovation despite the existence of numerous challenges,
including security issues and significant time constraints. This project has benefitted applicants
and the Department by making the application and hiring process more efficient and effective
and substantially reducing the costs associated with the administration of the programs. It has
furthered the President’s Management Agenda by expanding electronic government, while
simultaneously advancing the Department’s mission to attract a large and diverse pool of highly
qualified applicants.
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FURTHERING THE
INTERESTS OF U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY

This award recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions towards protecting U.S.
national security. Five Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security Awards
are presented this year.

Jeffrey A. Breinholt
Trial Attorney
Counterterrorism Section
Criminal Division
Jeffrey A. Breinholt is honored for his contributions to counterterrorism after September 11th.
Following the attacks, Mr. Breinholt recognized that traditional white-collar investigative
techniques, combined with systematic analysis of information developed through the Federal
Bureau of Investigation’s foreign intelligence and counterintelligence apparatus, could be
harnessed to advance the goal of preventing terrorist attacks before they occur. He gathered a
group of veteran white-collar prosecutors from the Department, establishing the Terrorist
Financing Task Force. Mr. Breinholt and prosecutors working under his direction have been
responsible for some of the most significant terrorism prosecutions of the last eighteen months.
These “material support” cases include prosecutions in Seattle, Detroit, Buffalo, Houston, San
Diego, Portland, Dallas, Chicago, Syracuse, Boise, and Tampa; matters which have been publicly
described as the hallmark of the Attorney General’s aggressive approach to terrorist disruption.
Mr. Breinholt has been heavily involved in exporting terrorist financing experience and
information-sharing principles to prosecutors and agents in the field through training sessions he
helped organize and teach for the Attorney General’s Anti-Terrorism Task Forces. He has also
been responsible for describing the Department’s terrorist financing enforcement program, now a
permanent component of the U.S. counterterrorism arsenal, to Congress and the public.

Paul D. Clement
Principal Deputy Solicitor General
Gregory G. Garre
David B. Salmons
Sri Srinivasan
Assistants to the Solicitor General
Office of the Solicitor General
The team is recognized for litigation involving challenges to the decisions of the President and
U.S. Armed Forces to detain enemy combatants as part of the ongoing war against terrorism.
This litigation has reaffirmed a key component of the Federal Government’s response to the
terrorist attacks of September 11th and permitted the collection of intelligence to prevent future
terrorist attacks. These attorneys have personally handled litigation in eight separate lawsuits
filed in four different jurisdictions. In Coalition of Clergy v. Bush, together with the Al Odah
litigation, the courts affirmed that federal courts lack jurisdiction over the claims of aliens held
by U.S. Armed Forces abroad. Hamdi v. Rumsfeld has produced three favorable appellate
decisions and has reaffirmed the President’s authority to hold a U.S. citizen captured on a foreign
battlefield as an enemy combatant. Padilla v. Rumsfeld, which involved a petition for writ of
habeas corpus filed on behalf of a U.S. citizen, poses the additional question whether the fact
that the individual was detained in the United States, rather than on a foreign battlefield, limits
the President’s authority. This team personally argued the five appeals in these cases, and the
United States has prevailed in all five decisions. Most remarkably, these attorneys dealt with all
the special challenges posed by the enemy combatant litigation while maintaining a full load of
the traditional work of the Office of the Solicitor General.

David J. Karp
Senior Counsel
Office of Legal Policy
David J. Karp is recognized for his active and sustained efforts to improve Department policies
in connection with counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigations. His efforts have
improved the ability of law enforcement and the intelligence community to share information,
allowing them to better detect and prevent new acts of terrorism. He has worked tirelessly to
clarify the permissible scope of law enforcement authority in such investigations, and to ensure
that law enforcement uses all of the tools at its disposal to protect our citizens from further harm.
His work is a credit to the Department and undoubtedly has had a tremendous impact in
furthering the U.S. national security interests.

Leslie S. Smith
Special Investigative Agent
Todd J. Carpenter
Special Investigative Specialist
U.S. Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum
Florence, Colorado
Federal Bureau of Prisons
The team is honored for their dedication to maintaining national security. They have gathered a
vast amount of intelligence from individuals convicted of international terrorism and espionage.
Through their efforts, the recipients have been instrumental in assisting other agencies in
obtaining intelligence information. In addition, they have assisted in the prosecution of several
major street gang cases. The group’s commitment and persistent efforts have enhanced staff
development on these important issues.

Patricia A. Sumner
Paul Yanowitch
Investigative Counsel
Office of Oversight and Review
Robert A. Bourbon
Carmine L. Marino
Steve W. Hunter
Special Agents
Michael L. Akin
Investigative Research Analyst
Investigations Division
Eileen L. Owens
Judy A. Sutrich
Program Analysts
Anne M. Sheppard
Assistant Director
Evaluation and Inspections Division
Stephen H. Fallowfield
Attorney-Advisor
Office of General Counsel
Office of the Inspector General
This award is presented to the team for the outstanding investigation and analysis of the former
Immigration & Naturalization Service contacts with two September 11th terrorists and efforts to
track foreign students in the United States. Just two months after the President and the Attorney
General asked the Office of the Inspector General to conduct an investigation, a 188-page report
was released that fully reported on the handling of multiple entries by two terrorists, the
subsequent processing and decision-making with respect to the terrorists’ request to have their
status changed from tourist to that of students, and the delayed notification sent to an aviation
school almost six months after the terrorists’ role in the attack on the World Trade Center became
known. The report was the result of the coordinated efforts of ten exceptional employees. Their
work was detailed, highly professional, and resulted in insights and recommendations of
immeasurable benefit to future homeland security.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S AWARD FOR EQUAL EMPLOYMENT


OPPORTUNITY

This is the Department’s highest award for performance in support of the Equal Employment
Opportunity program. One Equal Employment Opportunity Award is presented this year.

Fernando Gaspar De Alba


Fabric Worker Supervisor
Dwight C. Greene
Human Resource Manager
Thomas P. Lemieux
Special Education Teacher
Teresa D. Lewis
Human Resource Specialist
Gina B. Pierce
Budget Analyst
U.S. Penitentiary
Pollock, Louisiana
Federal Bureau of Prisons
The team is recognized for their outstanding efforts and contributions in developing a highly
motivated, diverse workforce. They are also recognized for their leadership role with other
Bureau facilities to recruit highly qualified minorities and women. The group has enhanced the
reputation of the institution and the Bureau through their involvement in community
organizations. Their efforts have done much to bolster the goals of Equal Employment
Opportunity within the Bureau.
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN LEGAL SUPPORT

This award recognizes outstanding achievements in the field of legal support to attorneys by
paralegal specialists and legal secretaries. Three Excellence in Legal Support Awards are
presented this year.

PARALEGAL CATEGORY

Karen P. Dixon
Paralegal Specialist
Ashley Rodriguez Rohde
Paralegal Assistant
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana
Karen P. Dixon and Ashley Rodriguez Rohde are recognized for their support of eight
prosecutors for whom they produced over 900 grand jury subpoenas, managed the travel of
hundreds of witnesses, coordinated over 250 pre-trial pleadings, and organized hundreds of
thousands of documents and exhibits using an automated trial litigation system created
specifically for these cases. Ms. Dixon and Ms. Rohde were responsible for the in-court
presentation of exhibits and the playing of numerous T-III taped recordings during the four-
month trial of former Louisiana Governor Edwin W. Edwards in January 2000, and a separate
five-week trial in September 2000. Thereafter, both Ms. Dixon and Ms. Rohde continued to
cover their assigned duties while tirelessly storing, locating, indexing, and marshaling all
transcripts and evidence in preparation for the lengthy appeals process which lasted until the
denial of certiorari in these two cases in January and February 2003, respectively.

LEGAL SECRETARY CATEGORY

Marsha A. Pfunder
Legal Assistant
Environmental Enforcement Section
Environment & Natural Resources Division
This award is presented to Marsha A. Pfunder for her work in providing the Environmental
Enforcement Section’s trial lawyers with consistently superb legal support. Ms. Pfunder’s work
ethic, initiative, enthusiasm, and outstanding skills contribute not only to the efficient day-to-day
operation of the Section, but have been an important source of cohesion at several recent high-
profile trials. In each instance, the outstanding legal support Ms. Pfunder supplied at trial freed
the trial team’s attorneys to focus solely on the vigorous litigation of the Government’s claims.

Martha J. Watson
Legal Clerk
U.S. Trustee’s Office
Norfolk, Virginia
Martha J. Watson is recognized for her dedication and accomplishments at the Norfolk, Virginia,
U.S. Trustee’s Office. The efforts of Ms. Watson have been critical to making the transition to
and becoming proficient with electronic case filing, and she has helped establish the office as a
leader within the Program in developing procedures to deal with electronic filings. She has also
been instrumental in assisting with combating fraud and abuse in the bankruptcy system. She
has used her skills and her dedication to improve the efficiency of the office and to make the
system more transparent and debtor’s more accountable.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ADMINISTRATIVE


SUPPORT

This award recognizes outstanding performance in administrative or managerial support by an


administrative employee or secretary. Three Excellence in Administrative Support Awards are
presented this year.

ADMINISTRATIVE CATEGORY

Mary Jane Coyne


Intelligence Research Specialist
Buffalo Field Office
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Mary Jane Coyne is honored for her support of the investigation and international manhunt for
James Charles Kopp, the man responsible for killing Dr. Barnet Slepian, a provider of women’s
reproductive health services. The investigative team applied every investigative technique
available to not only identify and indict James Charles Kopp, but to locate and capture him as
well.

SECRETARIAL CATEGORY

Doris L. McMurray
Senior Lead Secretary
Commercial Litigation Branch
Civil Division
Doris L. McMurray is honored for her outstanding achievements as Senior Lead Secretary in the
National Courts Office of the Commercial Litigation Branch. Over the course of her 23 years
with the office, the last two years as Senior Lead Secretary, she has served with distinction and
excellence. Ms. McMurray has met the challenges of planning and implementing an office
reorganization and developing the necessary systems to ensure the smooth daily operation for an
office with 200 employees. She played a pivotal role in the reorganization during a severe staff
shortage, establishing procedures to ensure quality control, and has managed support staff
workflow and cross-training. Her performance amply supports recognition for administrative
excellence.

Angel R. Paulson
Confidential Assistant to the Director
Office of Public Affairs
This award is presented to Angel R. Paulson for her outstanding performance within the Office
of Public Affairs. Since joining this staff in January of this year, Ms. Paulson has assumed all
tasks of two previous employees. Her excellent time management skills, along with her ability
to handle multiple tasks, have allowed her to excel at this newly combined position. Being new
to the Federal government, Ms. Paulson has gone above and beyond in learning the intricacies of
the Department’s dealings. Her desire not only to learn, but to master processes, has resulted in
the organized and efficient processing of all personnel forms. This knack for efficiency and
attention to detail has resulted in substantial savings in both time and money for the Office of
Public Affairs.

THE JOHN MARSHALL AWARD

The John Marshall Awards are the Department’s highest awards presented to attorneys for
contributions and excellence in legal performance. Thirteen awards in the nine category awards
are presented this year.

TRIAL OF LITIGATION

James Letten
Acting U.S. Attorney
Fred P. Harper, Jr.
Peter G. Strasser
Michael W. Magner
Stephen A. Higginson
Assistant U.S. Attorneys
Eastern District of Louisiana
Todd L. Greenberg
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Western District of Washington
This award is presented to the team for their outstanding and distinguished service in the
successful prosecution of former Louisiana Governor Edwin W. Edwards. Their four-year
odyssey began in April 1996, and culminated in May 2000, with the landmark, unprecedented
conviction of Edwards and four other individuals. The convictions and sentences arose out of
Edwards’ operation of a corrupt enterprise which used the Office of the Governor in carrying out
extortions for corrupt profiteering, and the illegal control and manipulation of the state system to
award river boat gaming licenses in Louisiana.

Jennifer E. Ihlo
Melissa Schraibman
Amanda Boog Cruser
Trial Attorneys
Criminal Enforcement Section
Tax Division
The successful prosecution of U.S. v. Flowers, et al., represented a major victory in the
Government’s ongoing efforts to prosecute the promoters of tax protest organizations,
individuals whose goals include a collapse of this country’s system of revenue collection. Due to
many factors, including the complexity of the organization and the sophistication of the
promoters of the tax scheme, the investigation and prosecution of this case was accomplished
only through the relentless efforts of the recipients. In addition to shutting down this illegal tax
protest organization, which had concealed over $186 million in assets of its members, this
prosecution succeeded in avoiding future losses generated by the scheme. Furthermore, in light
of the substantial sentences handed down to Flowers and his associates, the prosecution of this
matter also served as a powerful deterrent to other potential tax violators.

Martha E. Rubio
Trial Attorney
Counterterrorism Section
Criminal Division
Kenneth D. Bell
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney
Douglas Scott Broyles
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Western District of North Carolina
The team is honored for their exceptional work in U.S. v. Hammoud, the first terrorist financing
case under Title 18 to be tried before a jury. Their work on this case achieved a new level of
cooperation between several diverse Federal, State, local, and international law enforcement and
intelligence agencies which resulted in the indictment of eighteen individuals suspected of being
members of a Hezbollah cell, on a broad range of criminal charges associated with their
trafficking in contraband cigarettes, immigration fraud, bribery, money laundering, and the
provision of material support to Hezbollah. The efforts of the recipients laid the foundation for
future international cooperation with foreign intelligence services and established new legal
precedents for future terrorism prosecutions.

PARTICIPATION IN LITIGATION

Kevin R. Feldis
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Elisa P. Holland
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Coast Guard &
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney
District of Alaska
Joseph A. Poux
Richard A. Udell
Trial Attorneys
Environmental Crimes Section
Environment & Natural Resources Division
The team is recognized for the first vessel pollution investigation in the Nation, resulting in the
indictment of a corporate director, on-shore corporate managers, a ship’s captain, and chief
engineers for polluting the world’s oceans and attempting to cover up their crime. In addition,
one U.S. and three foreign corporations pled guilty to deliberately discharging oil into
international waters to save the time and money that compliance with U.S. law and international
treaties would have required.

Lawrence G. McDade
Deputy Director
Barbara J. Alkalay
Former Trial Attorney
Office of Consumer Litigation
Civil Division
Barbara J. Alkalay and Lawrence G. McDade are honored for U.S. v. American National Red
Cross; litigation seeking to bring blood collection and processing operations into compliance
with Food and Drug Administration Good Manufacturing Practices Regulations. Mr. McDade
and Ms. Alkalay drafted hundreds of pages of pleadings, explaining systemic problems with the
national blood operations. Working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
the recipients convinced the American Red Cross to enter into a Consent Decree to self regulate
their operations, exposing the organization to up to $200 million in fines over the next four years
if it does not comply with Food and Drug Administration standards. Their hard work has created
a road map for future compliance and helped to ensure a safer and healthier national blood
supply.

SUPPORT OF LITIGATION

Amy Chang Lee


Assistant Chief
Robert C. Dalton
Melissa Marquez Oliver
David J. Stander
Catherine M. Weinstock
Trial Attorneys
Mervyn Hamburg
Supervisory Trial Attorney
Organized Crime and Racketeering Section
Criminal Division
This award is presented in recognition for efforts of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt
Organizations Unit of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. The
recipients have rendered exemplary service in their review of proposed prosecutions under the
Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations and Violent Crimes in Aid of Racketeering
statutes. Cases brought using these statutes are among the most important and complex cases
handled by the Department, including high-profile prosecutions relating to terrorism, public
corruption, and organized crime. Unit attorneys are commended for their thorough analysis
under extremely tight deadlines and their high level of expertise in not only these statutes, but
also the myriad of State and Federal violations which constitute underlying predicate
racketeering acts. Unit attorneys play an important legal advisory role, providing direct
assistance in support of litigation by helping the prosecutors craft improved charging documents
and clearer understanding of what must be proven at trial; as well as post-approval assistance on
motions, jury instructions, and appeals.
HANDLING OF APPEALS

Frank P. Cihlar
Reviewer
Appellate Section
Tax Division
Kent L. Jones
Tax Assistant to the Solicitor General
Office of the Solicitor General
In the recent decision in Boeing Co. v. U.S., the Supreme Court held that deductions for research
and development activities engaged in by companies that qualify for favorable treatment
accorded to income from foreign sales under the Domestic International Sales Corporation and
Foreign Sales Corporation provisions of the Internal Revenue Code are to be apportioned
between foreign and domestic sales on the basis of the sales, during the years in question, of the
broad product categories to which such research and development relates. This assures that the
favorably treated foreign sales income will bear a fair proportion of such expenses. This victory
is due in large part to the dedicated and exceptional efforts of the recipients and will likely lead
to estimated revenue savings of between $3 billion and $5 billion.

Michael S. Raab
Special Counsel
Appellate Staff
Civil Division
Michael S. Raab has taken the lead in defending some of the Government’s most important
interests. He has repeatedly been called upon to defend the ability of the President and other
high-ranking officials, most recently playing a crucial role in shaping the appellate strategy in
challenges seeking disclosure of Vice Presidential documents relating to the President’s National
Energy Task Force. Mr. Raab has defended the constitutionality of statutes including the Welfare
Reform Act, Religious Land Use, and Institutionalized Persons Acts. He also has successfully
defended the Government’s position on high priority cases, upholding strong federal policies on
obscenity provisions and the possession and distribution of marijuana. Mr. Raab defended the
Office of the Attorney General in Reno v. Gonzalez, ensuring significant protection of future
Attorneys General and other cabinet officers. Proving his ability in commercial litigation, Mr.
Raab devised the appellate strategy that secured the reversal of a lower court judgment requiring
the Government to pay over $1 billion following cancellation of the A-12 aircraft program.
Further, he has proven himself to be one of the Department’s leading authorities on the First
Amendment and election law.

PROVIDING LEGAL ADVICE

Richard C. Owens
Trial Attorney
Office of International Affairs
Criminal Division
Richard C. Owens is honored for career accomplishments that, over the past 18 years, have
transformed the ability of prosecutors to obtain foreign evidence needed to prove complex,
international financial crimes. With dogged persistence, he has pursued one foreign financial
haven after another from Switzerland to countries of the former Soviet Bloc to the Caribbean
breaking barriers of banking and business secrecy, insisting on evidence in admissible form,
defeating defendants* attempts to block the flow of evidence, and negotiating more than a dozen
treaties obligating foreign jurisdictions to provide records and testimony for prosecutions. His
judicious management of U.S. authority to compel production of foreign records under the Bank
of Nova Scotia cases and more recently the USA Patriot Act has preserved valuable bilateral
relationships, yet secured evidence from the uncooperative. Throughout this period, Mr. Owens
has been responsible for the tracing and seizure of hundreds of millions of dollars of crime
proceeds overseas and secured foreign evidence critical to scores of complex financial crime
prosecutions, becoming the most seasoned and successful of the few federal attorneys with
specialized expertise in foreign evidence gathering and development of U.S. law in the field.

PREPARATION AND HANDLING OF LEGISLATION

Roger R. Martella
Assistant Section Chief
Indian Resources Section
Patricia L. Weiss
Assistant Section Chief
R. Anthony Rogers
Senior Trial Attorney
General Litigation Section
Environment & Natural Resources Division
The members of the Arkansas Riverbed Settlement Team are honored for obtaining passage of
the Cherokee, Choctaw, and Chickasaw Nations Claims Settlement Act. The team worked
tirelessly to settle the longstanding dispute involving ownership and use of the Arkansas
Riverbed, a dispute that had its origins almost 200 years ago. This legislative settlement resolves
not only claims against the U.S., but also resolves land claims against thousands of individuals
who faced tribal claims to the land on which they lived or farmed. Finally, this settlement
protects against reoccurrence of similar disputes in the future.

ASSET FORFEITURE

Gary L. Stein
Marc A. Weinstein
Barbara A. Ward
Assistant U.S. Attorneys
Southern District of New York
This award is presented to the team for their exceptional performance resulting in forfeiture of
over $19 million in a case involving complex legal, factual, and constitutional issues stemming
from an investigation of the laundering of billions of dollars through correspondent accounts of
two Russian banks at The Bank of New York.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Catherine B. Banerjee Rojko


Senior Counsel
Drenaye L. Houston
Anna C. Thode
Patrick M. Casey
Senior Attorneys
Amy R. Gillespie
Scott D. Bauer
Christy L. King
Trial Attorneys
Environmental Enforcement Section
Cynthia S. Huber
Senior Attorney
General Litigation Section
Environment & Natural Resources Division
The members of the Colonial Oil Team are recognized for reaching an innovative settlement
through alternative dispute resolution in this highly technical Clean Water Act case. The team
secured a record $34 million penalty and injunctive relief addressing 5,500 miles of pipeline,
demonstrating the Department’s commitment to maintaining the integrity of the Nation’s
infrastructure and protecting the environment from the devastating impacts of oil spills.

INTERAGENCY COOPERATION IN SUPPORT OF LITIGATION

John K. Webb
Assistant Counsel, Office of the Inspector General
Social Service Administration
John K. Webb is honored for his outstanding and exemplary work on Social Security, identity
theft, and terrorism issues with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona. Mr. Webb
headed Operation Tarmac, helped to create an Identity Theft Task Force, and prosecuted several
defendants with links to terrorist organizations on Social Security fraud charges. He
accomplished all of these activities while acting as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney from the
Social Security Administration and splitting his time among the Districts of Arizona, Central
California, and Oregon.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE IN


FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT ADMINISTRATION

This award recognizes exceptional dedication and effort to the implementation of the Freedom of
Information Act. One Outstanding Service in Freedom of Information Act Administration Award
is presented this year.

Kathy M. Harris
Senior Paralegal Specialist
Mid-Atlantic Regional Office
Federal Bureau of Prisons
This award is presented to Kathy M. Harris in recognition of her outstanding service and
exceptional performance in the administration of the Freedom of Information Act. Ms. Harris
has developed a reputation as one of the foremost FOIA experts in the Federal Bureau of Prisons,
serving as a valuable resource for staff not only in the Mid-Atlantic Region, but also throughout
the Bureau. Ms. Harris has been a vital participant in the decentralization of FOIA
administration and has provided assistance to staff at various levels of the organization. Her
dedication to the administration of FOIA requests is exemplified by her willingness to train staff,
serve as a resource, process requests, and assist in defending FOIA litigation.
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S AWARD FOR FRAUD PREVENTION

This award recognizes exceptional dedication and effort to prevent, investigate, and prosecute
fraud and white collar crimes. Two Fraud Prevention Awards are presented this year.

John D. Arterberry
Deputy Chief
Fraud Section
Criminal Division
John D. Arterberry is recognized for his significant contributions to the Department’s fraud
enforcement programs targeting corporate fraud, identity theft, and prime bank investment fraud.
As chair of three Department coordinating bodies–the Securities and Commodities Fraud
Working Group, the Identity Theft Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Council on White-
Collar Crime, and the Interagency Bank Fraud Enforcement Working Group–Mr. Arterberry has
fostered close cooperation and communication between the law enforcement and regulatory
communities at the Federal, State, and local levels to ensure an effective and coordinated
enforcement response to these crime threats. Through Mr. Arterberry’s leadership, the
Department has successfully launched and managed enforcement initiatives, prevention, and
education programs that help deter criminal conduct and heighten public awareness of these
fraud schemes, the threats they pose and the Department’s role in combating them.

M. Elise Chawaga
Special Agent
Investigations Division
Office of the Inspector General
Margaret Elise Chawaga made outstanding contributions to fraud prevention in a key
Department program by devising, coordinating, and managing significant aspects of the
identification of fraud allegations connected with claims to the September 11th Victims
Compensation Fund. Ms. Chawaga developed and instituted, through key administrative and
prosecutorial offices and with officials of the City and State of New York, procedures for
identifying and referring questionable victim claims for investigation and prosecution. This
seamless process has resulted in six significant fraud referrals thus far and has set in place the
template for additional matters as they are identified, ensuring that only claims for legitimate
victims of the September 11th tragedy are paid.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO


COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS FOR PUBLIC SAFETY

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in the development and support of community
partnerships designed to address public safety within a community. Two Outstanding
Contributions to Community Partnerships for Public Safety Awards are presented this year.

David Christler
Deputy Superintendent
New York State Police
William M. Casey
Deputy Superintendent
Boston Police Department
J. Scott Finlayson
Chief
Springville Police Department
Russell Laine
Chief
Algonquin Police Department
Luise Armstrong
Sergeant
North Little Rock Police Department
Patrick Devlin
Assistant Chief of Police
New York City Police Department
J. Robert Hamrick
Chief Deputy
Forsyth County Sheriff's Office
William J. Roberts
Sergeant
Charleston Police Department
Dennis Holley
Supervisory Special Agent
Office of Congressional Affairs
U.S. Secret Service
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The members of the Emergency Law Enforcement Services Forum are honored for their
exemplary service in connection with a successful survey of law enforcement, the creation of the
Critical Infrastructure Protection Plan for the Emergency Law Enforcement Services Sector and
the accompanying Guide for State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies. The efforts and
accomplishments of the Forum truly demonstrate a nationwide cooperative effort to effectively
help the more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the U.S. better secure their communities
by ensuring the ability of law enforcement to effectively respond during times of crisis. The
National Security Council used the documents authored by the Forum as examples for other
government agencies in the development of their portions of the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure
Protection Strategy.

Thomas P. Coty
Senior Program Manager
National Institute of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Thomas P. Coty is recognized for his innovative and outstanding leadership in creating and
managing the National Task Force on Interoperability, a part of the National Institute of Justice’s
Advanced Generation of Interoperability for Law Enforcement Program. The interoperability
problem concerns the fact that various public safety agencies often can not communicate during
critical incidents involving major criminal acts, natural disasters, terrorist events, or other major
disruptions of public safety and security. This inability to communicate has resulted in loss of
life and property during critical incidents such as the Columbine tragedy. Through the Task
Force, Mr. Coty brought together more than fifteen major national organizations of elected and
appointed officials and public safety professionals to discuss and coordinate the critical
communication needs of public safety. Under Mr. Coty’s leadership, these efforts have raised
awareness of the importance of communications interoperability and have helped to set the law
enforcement community on a path to solving one of its most pressing problems in making the
public safe.

THE CUBBY DORSEY AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS BY A WAGE


GRADE SYSTEM EMPLOYEE

This award recognizes extraordinary performance and contributions by wage grade system
employees, including laborers, mechanics, and skilled craft workers. One Cubby Dorsey Award
for Outstanding Service by a Federal Wage Grade System Employee is presented this year.

Phillip G. Jackson
Materials Handler Supervisor
Criminal Justice Information Services Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
In response to the anthrax attacks, the Bureau directed all offices to immediately implement a
screening operation for every piece of incoming correspondence. Phillip G. Jackson was tasked
with establishing a mail screening operation to open and inspect all mail arriving at the Criminal
Justice Information Services Division. Under Mr. Jackson’s direction, the Division was the first
Bureau component to have a fully functional screening operation. Mr. Jackson has demonstrated
a commitment to safety. He has coordinated training initiatives in the areas of warehouse safety
and forklift operations. The observable result of this emphasis on safety is that his staff has
worked over 840 consecutive days without a lost-time accident. Another dimension of Mr.
Jackson’s leadership is his concern and compassion for his employees and others around him.
Shortly after September 11th, Mr. Jackson worked with to organize an effort to collect essential
items for volunteer firefighters and rescue workers in New York. Mr. Jackson took the lead in
the summer of 2002 to organize the collection of 640 pounds of goods for the troops stationed in
Afghanistan.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS BY A


NEW EMPLOYEE

This award recognizes exceptional performance and notable accomplishments towards the
Department’s mission by an employee with fewer than five years of federal career service. The
Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Employee is presented to two
employees.
David L. Calone
Trial Attorney
National Criminal Enforcement Section
Antitrust Division
David L. Calone is honored for his exemplary efforts in the international matter of U.S. v. Lam
and the high-profile terrorism case of U.S. v. Moussaoui. In U.S. v. Lam, which charges bid
rigging and mail fraud in the marine construction industry, Mr. Calone performed significant and
critical legal and factual research, expertly prepared mail fraud and interstate commerce
witnesses, conducted the direct examination of a victim-witness, executed foreign assistance
requests, and selected and presented exhibits to a trial jury. Mr. Calone also served as primary
investigator developing a complicated case of wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy
charges against an Italian national who participated in a long-term conspiracy to rig bids on
marine construction projects. Based on Mr. Calone’s extensive case recommendation, the case
was referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York for possible
prosecution. Mr. Calone has been the second chair on another international investigation
involving bid rigging related to the military transportation of household goods, was a key drafter
of search warrants executed in coordination with the German Cartel Office, and played a key role
in the development of multinational conspiracy cases. In addition to these demanding
responsibilities, Mr. Calone has been assisting the prosecution team on U.S. v. Moussaoui. Mr.
Calone’s outstanding performance on behalf of the Department, professionalism, and maturity
far exceeded his level of experience.

Kim A. Herd
Assistant U.S. Attorney
District of Columbia
Kim A. Herd is recognized for her exceptional work in developing the President’s Initiative on
Advancing Justice Through DNA Technology. This initiative will provide significantly increased
funding to State and local governments to foster their increased use of forensic DNA analysis to
solve crimes, exonerate the wrongly convicted, and to clear the backlogs of evidence from
violent crimes pending analysis. After researching and drafting a comprehensive discussion
document for this project, she worked extensively with senior officials at the Department and the
White House to refine the project. Once approved, she worked tirelessly to develop numerous
background and briefing materials for the public announcement of the initiative. She was
indefatigable in her devotion to this important project, and the criminal justice community will
continue to benefit from the quality of her effort in crafting and supporting this Presidential
initiative.