New First Assistant U.S. Attorney Appointed

Stephen M. Schenning Returns to Highest-Ranking Career Position

January 18, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein today announced the appointment of Stephen M. Schenning as First Assistant U.S. Attorney, the highest-ranking career position in the office.

“Steve Schenning brings extensive front-line expertise as a state and federal prosecutor, a hard-earned reputation for diligence and integrity, a lifelong commitment to public service and hands-on experience managing a U.S. Attorney’s Office,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “His sound judgment and steady leadership will be invaluable as we continue to deliver on our commitment to give the citizens of Maryland the highest caliber of federal law enforcement. We seek to inspire public trust and confidence by maintaining the highest ethical and professional standards while working cooperatively with our partners to deter crime, punish criminals, preserve government property and promote the rule of law.”

Schenning received a B.A. from Loyola College in 1969. After serving in the U.S. Army for two years, he earned his J.D. with honors in 1974 from the University of Maryland, where he was an editor of the Maryland Law Review. From 1975 to 1979, Steve was an Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore County. He became a Maryland Assistant Attorney General in 1980, and served as chief of the state’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit from 1982 to 1984. Schenning was a Maryland Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1984 to 1989. He then spent eight years in private practice.

Schenning returned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1997 to 2001, and as interim U.S. Attorney in 2001. He has been a Senior Litigation Counsel since 2001.

For many years, Schenning has served as a Professional Responsibility Officer and led the office training program for new prosecutors, while carrying a full criminal docket. Three years ago, he won the prestigious Gary Jordan Award for exemplary performance that demonstrates the fundamental principles of the U.S. Attorney’s Office: integrity, ingenuity, fairness and dedication to public service.

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