U.S. Attorney’s Office Announces Award Recipients
New Employees Also Recognized at Courthouse Ceremony
Baltimore, Maryland - Eleven employees of the United States Attorney’s Office, a law enforcement agent and the father of murdered carjacking victim Warren T. Fleming were honored today with the Office’s most prestigious awards. At a ceremony held to announce the awards this morning at the U.S. Courthouse in Baltimore, the United States Attorney also welcomed eight new Assistant U.S. Attorneys and seven other new employees.
Former United States Attorney Herbert Better served as the keynote speaker for the event. Mr. Better served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for 14 years. He joined the office as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1972. He served for five years as First Assistant U.S. Attorney and was appointed by the U.S. District Court to serve as the United States Attorney for several months in 1981. Mr. Better discussed the history and principles of the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“The award recipients demonstrated exceptional skill, dedication and commitment to pursuing justice while upholding the highest ethical and professional standards,” commented United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.
“Maryland’s Assistant U.S. Attorneys have earned a reputation for excellence, integrity and achievement,” U.S. Attorney Rosenstein told the new prosecutors. “We are counting on you to live up to that reputation as you work tirelessly and cooperatively to promote the rule of law, punish criminals, deter crime and protect government property.”
The following awards were announced for accomplishments over the past year:
Gary Jordan Award
Recipient: Stuart A. Berman, Chief, Southern Division
Gary P. Jordan served with distinction for many years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, as First Assistant from March 29, 1987 until his death on October 25, 1996, and as interim U.S. Attorney in 1993. This is an honorary award presented annually to an Assistant U.S. Attorney for exemplary performance that demonstrates the highest traditions of the office: integrity, ingenuity, dedication to public service and fairness.
Barnet D. Skolnik Award
Recipients: Debra Dwyer, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Kwame J. Manley, Deputy Chief, Violent Crime Section
Barnet D. (Barney) Skolnik was an Assistant U.S. Attorney who led teams that prosecuted numerous white collar criminals and corrupt public officials in the 1970s, including Vice President Spiro T. Agnew. This is an honorary award presented annually to one or more Assistant U.S. Attorneys who demonstrate outstanding professionalism, determination and creativity in a case of unusual public significance.
Employee of the Year Award
Recipient: Timothy Garrett
The Employee of the Year Award recognizes sustained superior performance and outstanding achievements by a non-attorney employee. The award also recognizes the recipient's professionalism, dedication and comprehensive knowledge in their area of expertise.
Pete Twardowicz Award
Recipient: Mark Howard, Deputy Sheriff, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office
DEA Task Force Officer
The Pete Twardowicz Award was established in honor of Eugene P. (Pete) Twardowicz, who rendered many years of outstanding service to the U.S. Attorney’s Office as an IRS criminal investigator and a Special Investigator for this Office. This award recognizes law enforcement agents or officers for outstanding cooperation and achievement while working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on a significant case.
Excellence in Civil Advocacy
Recipient: Jason Medinger, Assistant U.S. Attorney
The U.S Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Civil Advocacy, established in 2007, is presented annually to an Assistant U.S. Attorney for outstanding advocacy in civil litigation.
Excellence in Prosecution of Fraud
Recipient: Jamie M. Bennett, Assistant U.S. Attorney
The U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Prosecution of Fraud, established in 2007, is presented annually to an Assistant U.S. Attorney for outstanding work in prosecuting fraud.
Excellence in Prosecution of Violent Crime
Recipient: Michael C. Hanlon, Chief, Violent Crime Section
Christopher M. Mason, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and
Baltimore City Assistant State’s Attorney
The U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Prosecution of Violent Crime, established in 2007, is presented annually an Assistant U.S. Attorney for outstanding work in prosecuting violent crime.
Excellence in Prosecution of Organized Crime
Recipients: Barbara S. Skalla, Assistant U.S. Attorney
The U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Prosecution of Organized Crime, established in 2007, is presented annually to an Assistant U.S. Attorney for outstanding work in prosecuting organized criminal activity.
Excellence in Legal Support
Recipients: Vanessa Davis, Supervisory Legal Assistant
The U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Legal Support, established in 2007, is presented annually to one or more non-attorney employees for outstanding work in support of the mission of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Outstanding Contributions to a Law Enforcement Initiative
Recipients: Tamera L. Fine, Assistant U.S. Attorney
The U.S. Attorney’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to a Law Enforcement Initiative, established in 2007, is presented annually to one or more employees for outstanding work in support of an initiative of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Carl S. Lackl Award
Recipient: Wayne T. Fleming, Sr.
The Carl S. Lackl Award for Exemplary Perseverance and Fortitude in Pursuit of Justice was established in 2008 in honor of Carl Stanley Lackl, Jr. Mr. Lackl witnessed a murder in Baltimore in 2006 and agreed to testify against the suspect he identified. After the suspect was arrested by police and charged in state court with the murder, he used a contraband cellular telephone to contact co-conspirators and arranged to murder Mr. Lackl, who was shot to death outside his house in front of his daughter. All of the conspirators were convicted on federal charges.
In addition, the U.S. Attorney welcomed new employees who recently joined the office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys: Adam Ake; Benjamin Block; Stefan Cassella; Mark Crooks; Ayn Ducao; Justin Herring; Peter Nothstein; and Thiruvendran Vignarajah. Support Staff: Kim Carlton Baier; Theresa Beall; Andrew Branigan; Todd Hinson; Melissa Sloboda; Benjamin Walter; and Michelle Wicker.