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United States Attorney Jenny A. Durkan
Western District of Washington

Attorney General Recognizes Appellate Chief Of Western District Of Washington

August 1, 2013

WASHINGTON – Helen ‘Micki’ Brunner, the Chief of the Appellate Unit in the Western District of Washington, was one of 154 members of the Department of Justice recognized by Attorney General Eric Holder and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director H. Marshall Jarrett with a 2013 Director’s Award.

In a personalized letter, Attorney General Holder noted that Ms. Brunner’s leadership “has made your office one of the most highly regarded United States Attorneys’ offices litigating in the Ninth Circuit. You have handled virtually every complex legal issue encountered by your office and served as a role model for many less experienced Assistant United States Attorneys.”

“Each day the members of the US Attorneys’ community go to work for the citizens of this country with one goal in mind – to do everything they can to protect the rights of all Americans,” said EOUSA Director Jarrett.  “I am continually humbled by their resiliency, dedication, and unparalleled work ethic to accomplish this noble mission. Today’s awardees exemplify what it truly means to be a patriot and it is an honor to recognize them for their extraordinary service.”

U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan presented the award to AUSA Brunner today at a gathering at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  Due to sequestration, the Awards presentation at the Justice Department in Washington DC was cancelled this year, and no financial awards were presented.

“Micki Brunner epitomizes the dedication, ethics and superior judgment we all strive for as attorneys.  I am honored to count her as a colleague and friend,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  “This award not only recognizes the superior work she has done this year on cases ranging from terrorism to fraud to environmental crime, it is a testament to years of dedicated public service.”

Ms. Brunner has been an attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington since 1989.  Prior to joining the office she served in the Justice Department Environmental Crimes Section in Washington D.C. and was in the Office of Enforcement at the Environmental Protection Agency.


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