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Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Friday, December 26, 2008

Lawyer of The Year

People Magazine does it. Barbara Walters does it. And the National Law Journal does it. Does what? Name the most interesting, important person of the year. The National Law Journal named  U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General Glenn A. Fine as its 2008 lawyer of the year. The article describes some of his accomplishments as follows:

Besides the more routine work of his office in conducting audits and reviews of the different components of the Justice Department, consider Fine's special reports in 2008:

• An investigation into the removal of nine U.S. attorneys in 2006.

• An investigation into allegations of the mishandling of classified documents by former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

• An investigation of allegations of politicized hiring by Monica Goodling and other staff in the Office of the Attorney General.

• An investigation of allegations of politicized hiring in the Department of Justice Honors Program and the Summer Law Intern Program.

• A review of the FBI's involvement in, and observations of, detainee interrogations in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba; Afghanistan; and Iraq.

• A review of the FBI's use of national security letters.

• A review of the FBI's use of Section 215 orders for business records.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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