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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 29, 2016

U.S. Attorney’s Office Announces Award Recipients

New Employees Also Recognized at Courthouse Ceremony

Baltimore, Maryland - Sixteen employees of the United States Attorney’s Office and five law enforcement officers were honored today with the Office’s most prestigious awards. At a ceremony held to announce the awards this morning at the U.S. Courthouse in Baltimore, the United States Attorney also welcomed eight new Assistant U.S. Attorney and other employees who have joined the Office since last year.                        

Maryland U.S. District Judge George Jarrod Hazel served as the keynote speaker for the event. Judge Hazel was a Maryland Assistant U.S. Attorney from 2008 to 2010.

“These award recipients accomplished superb results while respecting our high ethical and professional standards,” commented U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.  “As the U.S. Attorney’s Office works with our partners to promote the rule of law, punish criminals, deter crime and protect government property, it is essential to maintain our commitment to excellence, integrity and achievement.”

During the annual ceremony, the U.S. Attorney encourages prosecutors to heed the advice of Robert H. Jackson, while serving as Attorney General in 1940: “’A sensitiveness to fair play and sportsmanship is perhaps the best protection against the abuse of power, and the citizen’s safety lies in the prosecutor who tempers zeal with human kindness, who seeks truth and not victims, who serves the law and not factional purposes, and who approaches his task with humility.’”

Annual Awards

The following awards were announced for accomplishments over the past year:

Gary Jordan Award

Recipient:        Evelyn Germani

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 employee for exemplary performance that demonstrates the highest traditions of the office: integrity, ingenuity, dedication to public service and fairness.

Barnet D. Skolnik Award

Recipients:      Harry M. Gruber
                       Joyce K. McDonald

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.

Employee of the Year Award

Recipient:        Jeremy M. Warga

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.

Pete Twardowicz Award

Recipients:      Jason Bender
                        Cam Costello
                        Jennifer Perry
                        Kalliopi Tserkis-Mullins
                        Michael Shao             

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 a Special Investigator for this Office. This award recognizes law enforcement agents or officers for outstanding cooperation and achievement while working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on a significant case.

Excellence in Civil Advocacy

Recipient:        Thomas H. Barnard
                        Roann Nichols

The U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Civil Advocacy, established in 2007, is presented annually to an Assistant U.S. Attorney for outstanding advocacy in civil litigation.

Excellence in Prosecution of Fraud

Recipients:      Martin J. Clarke
                        Leo J. Wise

The U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Prosecution of Fraud, established in 2007, is presented annually to an Assistant U.S. Attorney for outstanding work in prosecuting fraud.

Excellence in Prosecution of Violent Crime

Recipient:        Patricia C. McLane
                        Seema Mittal
                        Andrea L. Smith

The U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Prosecution of Violent Crime, established in 2007, is presented annually an Assistant U.S. Attorney for outstanding work in prosecuting violent crime.

Excellence in Prosecution of Organized Crime

Recipient:        Paul E. Budlow
                        John W. Sippel, Jr.
                        Aaron S.J. Zelinsky

The U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Prosecution of Organized Crime, established in 2007, is presented annually to an Assistant U.S. Attorney for outstanding work in prosecuting organized criminal activity.

Excellence in Legal Support

Recipient:        Damaris Weeks

The U.S. Attorney’s Award for Excellence in Legal Support, established in 2007, is presented annually to one or more non-attorney employees for outstanding work in support of the mission of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Outstanding Contributions to a Law Enforcement Initiative

Recipient:        Vincent DeVivo

The U.S. Attorney’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to a Law Enforcement Initiative, established in 2007, is presented annually to one or more employees for outstanding work in support of an initiative of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Carl S. Lackl Award

Recipient:        Minor who testified at trial.

The Carl S. Lackl Award for Exemplary Perseverance and Fortitude in Pursuit of Justice was established in 2008 in honor of Carl Stanley Lackl, Jr. Mr. Lackl witnessed a murder in Baltimore in 2006 and agreed to testify against the suspect he identified. After the suspect was arrested by police and charged in state court with the murder, he used a contraband cellular telephone to contact co-conspirators and arranged to murder Mr. Lackl, who was shot to death outside his house in front of his daughter. All of the conspirators were convicted on federal charges.

New Employees

In addition, the U.S. Attorney welcomed new employees who joined the office last year. Assistant U.S. Attorneys: Dana Brusca, Derek Hines, Christina Hoffman, Menaka Kalaskar, Matthew Maddox, David Metcalf, Philip Selden and Jennifer Sykes.  Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys: Keri Borzilleri, John Hanley, Amanda Harris, Francesca Liquori, Mara Senn, Angela Tang, and Rachel Timm. Non-Attorney Staff: Stephanie Alley, Amna Aslam, Chikiera Cephas, Jordan Cook, Bailey Drumm, Hasina Griffiths, Joshua Ingles, Shantal Kelly and Schneyder Mettelus. 

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Updated April 29, 2016