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Friday, November 13, 2020

Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis M. Hamilton, III Receives Attorney General Award

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – United States Attorney J. Douglas Overbey is pleased to announce that Assistant United States Attorney Francis M. Hamilton, III, has received the Claudia J. Flynn Award for Professional Responsibility.  This award is one of several honors recently announced by Attorney General William P. Barr.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Hamilton joins other recipients of the 68th Annual Attorney General’s Awards, recognizing Department of Justice employees and partners for extraordinary contributions to the enforcement of our nation’s laws. 

In announcing the awards, Attorney General Barr said, “I am honored to recognize the recipients of this year’s Attorney General’s Awards, whose tireless work and steadfast dedication have proven critical to enforcing the rule of law and protecting all Americans. Those honored today have demonstrated exceptional efforts and made tremendous personal sacrifices throughout their time working at the Department of Justice, and for that, I am truly thankful.”

 U.S. Attorney Overbey added, “We are delighted a member of our team has been recognized by Attorney General Barr for his contributions to the rule of law and the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Hamilton is most deserving of this award.”

The Claudia J. Flynn Award for Professional Responsibility recognizes Justice Department attorneys who have made significant contributions in the area of professional responsibility by successfully handling a sensitive and challenging professional responsibility issue in an exemplary fashion and/or leading efforts to ensure that department attorneys carry out their duties in accordance with the rules of professional conduct.

This year’s Claudia J. Flynn Award was presented to Senior Legal Advisor Patrice M. Mulkern, Professional Responsibility Advisory Office; Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis M. Hamilton III, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee; Assistant U.S. Attorney Cecil VanDevender, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, and; Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony R. Arvin, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee.


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Rachelle Barnes Public Information Officer (865) 545-4167
Updated November 13, 2020