U.S. Attorney’s Office Announces Recipients of 2007 Awards
New Employees Also Recognized at Courthouse Ceremony
Baltimore, Maryland - Fourteen employees of the United States Attorney’s Office and a federal agent were honored at the Office’s annual awards ceremony. At a ceremony held to announce the awards on May 23rd at the U.S. Courthouse in Baltimore, the United States Attorney also publicly swore in eight new Assistant U.S. Attorneys and welcomed 17 other employees who recently joined the office.
Former United States Attorney and Maryland Attorney General Stephen H. Sachs served as the keynote speaker for the event, which marked the eleventh anniversary of the Gary Jordan Award, named in memory of a former First Assistant U.S. Attorney. Sachs, who served as United States Attorney from 1967 to 1970, discussed the history of the office and Gary Jordan’s influence on it.
“The award recipients exhibited extraordinary skill, dedication and commitment in advancing the interests of our citizens while upholding the highest ethical and professional standards,” said 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 safeguard government property.”
Ten awards were bestowed for accomplishments during 2007:
Gary Jordan Award
Recipient: Stephen M. Schenning, Senior Litigation Counsel
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.
Stephen Schenning received the award in appreciation for his exceptional contributions to the work of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Schenning was an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1984 to 1989. He re-joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1997 as First Assistant U.S. Attorney, served as the Acting United States Attorney in 2001 and now serves as a Senior Litigation Counsel.
Barnet D. Skolnik Award
Recipients: Kathleen O. Gavin, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Michael J. Leotta, Assistant U.S. Attorney
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.
Kathleen Gavin and Michael Leotta received the Skolnik Award for their work in the investigation and prosecution of former Maryland State Senator Thomas Bromwell. Gavin, who became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1991, and Leotta, who became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 2003, are members of the Baltimore Fraud and Public Corruption Section.
Employee of the Year Award
Recipient: Marcia A. Murphy, Public Affairs Specialist
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.
Marcia Murphy received the Employee of the Year Award in appreciation for her work as Public Affairs Specialist and as the secretary to the U.S. Attorney and the First Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Pete Twardowicz Award
Recipient: Steven M. Quisenberry, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
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 as its own Special Investigator. This award recognizes law enforcement agents or officers for their outstanding cooperation and achievement while working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on a significant case.
Special Agent Steve Quisenberry, Federal Bureau of Investigation, received the Twardowicz Award for his outstanding work in the investigation and prosecution of former Maryland State Senator Thomas Bromwell.
U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Civil Advocacy
Recipient: Ariana Wright Arnold, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ariana Wright Arnold received the U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Civil Advocacy, which is presented for outstanding advocacy in civil litigation.
U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Prosecution of Fraud
Recipients: Tonya Kelly Kowitz, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Jonathan Biran, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tonya Kelly Kowitz and Jonathan Biran received the U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Prosecution of Fraud, which is presented for outstanding work in prosecuting fraud.
U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Prosecution of Violent Crime
Recipient: John F. Purcell, Jr., Assistant U.S. Attorney
Assistant U.S. Attorney John F. Purcell, Jr. received the U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Prosecution of Violent Crime, which is presented for outstanding work in prosecuting violent crime.
U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Prosecution of Organized Crime
Recipient: Andrea L. Smith, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea L. Smith received the U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Prosecution of Organized Crime for outstanding work in prosecuting organized criminal activity.
U.S. Attorney’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to a Law Enforcement Initiative
Recipients: Bonnie S. Greenberg, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Michele W. Sartori, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Steven Hess, Law Enforcement Coordinator
Angela Strause, Paralegal Specialist
In recognition of their work on Maryland’s Project Safe Childhood. Bonnie Greenberg, Michele Sartori, Steven Hess and Angela Strause received the U.S. Attorney’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to a Law Enforcement Initiative, which is presented for outstanding work in support of an initiative of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Legal Support
Recipient: Evelyn V. Germani
Evelyn V. Germani received the U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Legal Support, which is presented for outstanding work in support of the mission of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
In addition, the U.S. Attorney welcomed new employees who recently joined the office and publicly administered the oath of office to eight new Assistant U.S. Attorneys: James A. Crowell IV, Cheryl Crumpton, P. Michael Cunningham, Melanie Glickson, Alex Gordon, George Hazel, Robert K. Hur, Solette Magnelli and Jason Medinger. Each of these attorneys had been sworn in previously in a private ceremony with the U.S. Attorney.