United States Attorney William M. McSwain Names Final Two Members of his Executive Management Team
Alison Kehner, who once clerked alongside U.S. Attorney McSwain for the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, has joined the Office as Counsel to the U.S. Attorney. Kehner will report directly to the U.S. Attorney and will lead the Office’s effort to disseminate written material to the media and public. Kehner will also advise U.S. Attorney McSwain in a variety of areas and will be doing criminal case work.
“I am privileged to join the ranks of the dedicated and talented public servants in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania,” said Kehner. “The threats to our community are many, and I share U.S. Attorney McSwain’s commitment to always seeking justice for the people of the Eastern District.”
Most recently, Kehner was a senior lecturer in legal practice skills at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, she was an assistant professor of legal methods at Widener University. Kehner has also served as a litigation associate at Dechert LLP. Prior to her clerkship for Judge Rendell, she clerked for the Honorable Morton I. Greenberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and for the Honorable Mary Cooper of the District of New Jersey. She graduated first in her class from Villanova University School of Law and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware.
U.S. Attorney McSwain has also welcomed Clare Pozos back to the Office. Pozos, who has previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in both Philadelphia and Washington D.C., will now serve as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Attorney. Pozos will advise the U.S. Attorney on new office initiatives and focus on strengthening Office relationships with law enforcement and community partners. Pozos will also assist the U.S. Attorney in his communications with the public and the media. In addition to her strategic role, she will also prosecute cases for the Criminal Division.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is a national leader within the Department of Justice,” said Pozos. “From the devastating effects of the opioid crisis to the debilitating toll of public corruption, this Office is at the forefront of the most pressing issues facing our country. It is an honor to work with U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain, this entire Office, and our law enforcement partners to confront these challenges, and to protect our community here in the Eastern District.”
Pozos graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School after earning her undergraduate degree from Harvard College. After law school, Pozos clerked for the Honorable Michael M. Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington D.C.
Kehner and Pozos now join the other members of the executive management team: First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Williams, Deputy U.S. Attorney Louis Lappen, Criminal Chief Denise Wolf and Civil Chief Gregory David.
"I'm delighted that Clare and Alison have joined my leadership team,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “I have known them both for over a decade, and they are immensely talented lawyers with excellent judgment. They share my commitment to public safety, and I look forward to working with them on a daily basis. They will strengthen our Office and help us to better serve the citizens of this District."