Bar News - February 8, 2008
Gretchen Witt Among Appointees to US Attorney General’s Advisory Committee
This article was based on a news release from the US Department of Justice, and supplemented with background information gathered by Bar News.
US Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey has named Gretchen L. Witt, Civil Bureau Chief of the US Attorney’s Office, District of New Hampshire, as one of four new members of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys.
According to a Department of Justice announcement, the Advisory Committee plays a vital role in furthering the Department’s law enforcement efforts. Together, in partnership with state, local and federal authorities, the Advisory Committee advances the Department’s law enforcement mission in areas such as terrorism, violent crime, public corruption, and civil rights.
Along with Witt, the new members, who will serve two-year terms, are: Patrick J. Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Illinois; Reginald I. Lloyd, U.S. Attorney, District of South Carolina; and Rodger A. Heaton, U.S. Attorney, Central District of Illinois.
“I respect each of these distinguished prosecutors and have come to rely upon the good counsel of the Advisory Committee, drawn from the collective wisdom of all United States Attorneys,” said Attorney General Mukasey. “I look forward to working closely with the Committee as we develop Department policy and as we continue our fight against terrorism, violent crime, and public corruption.”
Most likely the best known among the new appointments is Fitzgerald, who recently completed a special DOJ assignment as head of the investigation into the leaking of the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame.
Witt has served as Civil Chief in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire since 1992, and has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney since 1986. She served as the District’s First Assistant in 1993 and was interim U.S. Attorney from June to December 2001. She currently leads the Advisory Committee’s Civil Chief’s Working Group.
Witt is Secretary of the NHBA Board of Governors, and has also served on a number of Bar committees and task forces. She has been a NH Bar member since 1987.
The following is a list of the full 2008 Advisory Committee:
- Karin J. Immergut, U.S. Attorney, District of Oregon, Chair
- Chuck Rosenberg, U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Virginia, Vice Chair
- Leura Garrett Canary, U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Alabama
- Patrick J. Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Illinois
- Michael Garcia, U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York
- Rodger A. Heaton, U.S. Attorney, Central District of Illinois
- Reginald I. Lloyd, U.S. Attorney, District of South Carolina
- Thomas E. Moss, U.S. Attorney, District of Idaho
- David E. Nahmias, U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Georgia
- Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney, District of Maryland
- Gretchen C. F. Shappert, U.S. Attorney, Western District of North Carolina
- Jeffrey Taylor, U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia
- Donald W. Washington, U.S. Attorney, Western District of Louisiana
- Gregory A. White, U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Ohio
- Drew Wrigley, U.S. Attorney, District of North Dakota
- Johnny Sutton, U.S. Attorney, Western District of Texas, ex officio
- Gretchen Witt, Civil Chief, District of New Hampshire