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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


BRADLEY J. SCHLOZMAN



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MARCH 21, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FEDERAL PROSECUTOR ADMITTED TO PRESTIGIOUS

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF TRIAL LAWYERS


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley J. Schlozman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that Matt J. Whitworth, First Assistant U.S. Attorney, has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.


             The induction ceremony at which Whitworth became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of 810 persons during the 2007 Spring Meeting of the College in La Quinta, Calif. Whitworth has served as Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for 10 years and has been practicing in the Kansas City area for 24 years. The newly inducted Fellow is an alumnus of the University of Arkansas School of Law.


             “This incredibly prestigious national recognition is bestowed on a very select few attorneys, and Matt Whitworth is eminently deserving of the honor,” Schlozman said. “He has been one of the premier prosecutors in this city for nearly a quarter century, and has served as a mentor to countless young attorneys. He is held in the highest regard by his peers, who respect both his legal acumen and personal character.”


             Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.


             Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently 5,500 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows.


             The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice. They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants, those who prosecute accused of crime and those who defend them. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.


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