Alumni Awards, Recognitions and Appointments
Lt. Cmdr. John F. Butler USN (C’01, L’06), M. Margaret McKeown (L’75, H’05), Katie Lasky (L’03), Rep. John Dingell (C’49, L’52), Rodolfo “Rudy” A. Ruiz II (L’05).
In May, President Obama nominated William I. Althen (C’68, L’71) to the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.
Lt. Cmdr. John F. Butler USN (C’01, L’06) was chosen to receive the Federal Bar Association’s Young Federal Lawyer Award at the organization’s annual meeting September 26-28 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Butler was nominated by the U.S. Navy; there are only five chosen for the award out of 16,000 federal lawyers. He was Trial Counsel of the Year for the Navy in 2010.
Judge Pamela Ki Mai Chen (L’86) was confirmed on March 4 to serve as a federal district judge in the Eastern District of New York. Mike Huang, president of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, said in a press release that Chen is the first Chinese-American woman to serve as an Article III judge outside of California and the second-ever Chinese-American woman to serve as a federal judge in U.S. history, “continuing to add to the rich legacy of the Second Circuit and New York State.” Chen comes to the bench from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.
Katherine A. Constantine (F’77, L’80) was appointed a U.S. bankruptcy judge for the District of Minnesota. She was previously a partner in the finance and restructuring department of Dorsey & Whitney and served as the chair of the firm’s bankruptcy and financial restructuring practice group.
Deirdre M. Daly (L’84) became acting United States attorney for the District of Connecticut in May. Daly has served as first assistant U.S attorney in Connecticut since July 2010.
On June 7, Rep. John Dingell (C’49, L’52), D-Mich., became the longest-serving member of the U.S. Congress, having been in office for 57 years — 30 terms. “My time at Georgetown, both as an undergraduate and law student, has been of immense value to me over the years …,” he said. “Georgetown and the Jesuits gave me a great gift. They taught me about values, how to think and reason and so much more that has benefited me throughout my whole life.”
President Obama appointed Benjamin Ginsberg (L’82) co-chair of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration in May.
Avril Haines (L’01) was appointed deputy director of the CIA in June, the first woman in the CIA’s number two spot. She was previously deputy assistant to the president and deputy counsel to the president for National Security Affairs at the White House. Prior to joining the White House Counsel’s office in 2010, she was assistant legal adviser for treaty affairs at the State Department. A June 26 article by Daniel Klaidman in The Daily Beast and Newsweek called Haines “The Least Likely Spy,” noting that she is an amateur pilot and once owned a bookstore. In a June 13 Bloomberg article called “Avril Haines, the Right Woman to Clean Up the CIA,” Tim Weiner wrote, “It’s good news for anyone who thinks the agency ought to return to its origins of gathering and analyzing intelligence.” Haines has also worked on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations as deputy chief counsel for the majority. Other positions include clerking for Judge Danny Boggs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and serving as a legal officer at The Hague Conference on Private International Law. She received a B.A. in Physics from the University of Chicago.
U.S. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (L’78) was among the honorees at the 23rd annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards Luncheon, sponsored by the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession at the ABA’s annual meeting in August.
William N. LaForge (LL.M.’82) was selected as the eighth president of Delta State University in April. He is an attorney and registered lobbyist in Washington, D.C., and principal of LaForge Government Relations.
Katie Lasky (L’03), an attorney at Jones, Swanson, Huddell & Garrison in New Orleans, was presented with the Louisiana Bar Association’s Leah Hipple McKay Award for outstanding volunteerism. The award is given annually at the Louisiana State Bar Association annual meeting to a Louisiana lawyer or judge who has made significant long-term volunteer efforts throughout his or her career.
Steve A. Linick (C’85, L’89, G’90) was nominated to the post of inspector general at the U.S. Department of State by President Barack Obama in June. He previously served as the inspector general of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
M. Margaret McKeown (L’75, H’05) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit is the new president of the Federal Judges Association, a voluntary group of nearly 1,000 judges dedicated to preserving the independence of the judiciary. She assumed the leadership post in April and will serve a two-year term as president.
The Hill reported in June that Terrell McSweeny (L’04), a former aide to Vice President Joe Biden, was nominated by President Obama to serve on the Federal Trade Commission. She currently serves as chief competition counsel for the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has nominated Liskow & Lewis shareholder Kenneth Allen Polite Jr. (L’00) for the position of U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Gilbert S. Rothenberg (LL.M.’79) was recently awarded the Presidential Rank Award of “Distinguished Executive,” which is the highest annual award for career members of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service. Rothenberg is the chief of the appellate section at the Department of Justice’s Tax Division, and he is also an adjunct professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law.
Rodolfo “Rudy” A. Ruiz II (L’05) of Coral Gables, Fla., was appointed to the Miami-Dade County Court in April 2012. Ruiz was previously an assistant county attorney with the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office and practiced at White & Case from 2006 to 2008. From 2005 to 2006, he was a law clerk to Judge Federico A. Moreno of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.