Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Honors Three Northern District of Oklahoma Prosecutors for Exceptional Service in Indian Country during the 69th Annual Attorney General’s Awards
Members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office were recently recognized by the Federal Executive Board with 2022 Excellence in Government Awards, announced U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.
“The Federal Executive Board’s recognition of paralegal specialist Liz Dick and my administrative division led by Destiny Mozingo is well deserved and hard earned,” said U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “When the U.S. Attorney’s Office went through unprecedented growth following court decisions that increased our Indian Country responsibilities, my team faced the challenge head on. I witnessed their talent, innovation and tenacity as this office overcame numerous challenges in the last year. I am proud of their work and dedication to mission.”
During the Board’s 60th Anniversary awards ceremony, paralegal specialist Elizabeth Dick was recognized in the Government Innovation individual category, and the office’s administrative division was recognized in the Administrative/Clerical team category.
Dick was recognized for her exemplary work as a paralegal specialist but also for her insight and innovation that led to increased productivity within the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Dick specifically designed and programmed a document automation system that saves countless manhours when creating and editing legal documents. Combined duties that used to take three to four hours to complete have been reduced to a 30 to 45-minute exercise. Dick also created a new process for how the U.S. Attorney’s Office manages search warrants. Dick collected and classified warrants that were previously approved and created uniformed templates for each type. She currently manages the data, helps disseminate the documents, and updates the warrant templates to conform with changes in the law. By developing a document automation system for grand jury materials and plea agreements and creating templates for a variety of search warrants, she helped create much-needed consistency when office staffing nearly doubled in 2021, increased efficiency, and saved the government manpower hours.
The administrative division was recognized for their exemplary work in developing action plans and garnering resources in response to the office’s increased jurisdictional responsibilities following federal and state court decisions affirming the Muscogee, Cherokee and Quapaw Nations’ traditional reservations remained intact within the Northern District of Oklahoma. The team showed ingenuity in working with additional allocation of funds, expansion of space, addition of mission essential equipment, and the onboarding of new employees and contractors to help with the influx of Indian Country cases. The team further streamlined the grand jury and discovery processes to meet the increased workload and managed expert witness contracts needed for the prosecution of complex victim centered cases. The administrative division is led by Destiny Mozingo, and team members include Hank Hampton, Kristi Batterson, Aaron White, Emma Werlein, Mary Robinson Hall, Leopoldo Martinez, Angelia Asberry and Patience Shepley.