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King County native appointed U.S. Attorney for Western Washington

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Sep. 29, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
September 29, 2009 6:03 pm

This just in from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle:

 Seattle attorney Jenny A. Durkan was confirmed today as United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington by a unanimous vote of the United States Senate. Durkan will be sworn in as U.S. Attorney by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Robert S. Lasnik. A formal installation ceremony will be scheduled in the near future.

“I am honored and humbled by this challenge and responsibility, and will spend each day working to honor the rule of law, protect our citizens from crime and to defend the U.S. in civil cases, “ said U.S. Attorney Durkan. “I am proud to lead this team of outstanding attorneys and staff who work tirelessly in this pursuit.”

Ms. Durkan was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in 1986 and the Washington D.C. Bar Association in 1988. During more than twenty years as a practicing attorney, Ms. Durkan represented a wide variety of clients in commercial litigation, personal injury, and criminal cases in both state and federal court. Throughout her legal career, Ms. Durkan has played leadership roles on a variety of public policy matters.

Ms. Durkan served on the Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission from 1993 to 1996. She served as the first Citizen Observer on the Seattle Police Firearms Review Board from 1997 to 2000 and two Seattle mayors asked her to serve on Citizen Review Committees for the Seattle Police Department. She also played an advisory role on the establishment of the King County Drug Court and the Mental Health court.

Active in both the state and federal bar associations, Durkan served a three year term on the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors. She served on the Merit Selection Committee for the United States District Court, helping select the candidates for appointment to seven vacancies in the federal judiciary in the Western District of Washington. From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Durkan served as the lawyer representative to the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference, and moderated a seminar panel on military justice and the Guantanamo tribunals.

Ms. Durkan’s civic involvement also includes serving on the non-profit board of the Center for Women and Democracy from 2000 to 2009, as a founding Board Member for the Seattle Police Foundation from 2002 to 2004, and as the Chair of the Washington State Attorney General’s Task Force on Consumer Privacy which resulted in legislation that became a national model for identity theft protections.

Ms. Durkan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1980 and received her law degree from the University of Washington in 1985. She is a member of the Washington State and District of Columbia bars as well as admitted to various federal courts including the United States Supreme Court.

Ms. Durkan is a Seattle area native, and grew up in Issaquah.

Ms. Durkan takes over leadership of the office from interim U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Sullivan. Sullivan, who previously served as Yakima County Prosecutor for 27 years, has played a critical role in improving cooperation and coordination between local and federal law enforcement. Mr. Sullivan will remain with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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