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Southern District of Ohio

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Employees of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Ohio Honored by Department of Justice at Executive Office for United States Attorneys Director's Awards Ceremony

Deputy AG Sally Yates, EOUSA Director Monty Wilkinson recognize select employees at event in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON – Mark T. D’Alessandro, Executive Assistant United States Attorney and Kimberly R. Robinson, Special Assistant United States Attorney, both employees of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio, were two of 160 recipients recognized by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director Monty Wilkinson at the 32nd annual Director’s Awards Ceremony today in Washington D.C.

The Southern District of Ohio was one of 33 districts represented at the ceremony which was held in the Great Hall at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building.

In her prepared remarks, Deputy Attorney General Yates said, “The achievements being recognized today reflect the breadth of the department’s responsibilities, and some of our most significant challenges. From dismantling dangerous gangs, drug cartels and human trafficking operations to tackling political corruption, white-collar crimes, and international terrorism, these awardees have taken on our toughest cases. And the citizens of our country are safer because of their work.”

                “We honor the truly talented and dedicated legal and administrative personnel in the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ offices and our law enforcement partners who everyday touch lives in our communities, protect the American people, and work to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice,” said Director Wilkinson. 

                Mr. D’Alessandro was recognized for his many contributions to the management and success of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio. He has served as both a criminal and a civil Assistant United States Attorney, as well as Deputy Civil Chief, Civil Chief, First Assistant United States Attorney, and Executive Assistant United States Attorney. He has also served as a trusted resource for several United States Attorneys. His ability to quickly and expertly respond to the many unique and complex issues faced by the Southern District of Ohio is among his most distinguishing characteristics, as is his tireless dedication to the district. 

                Ms. Robinson was recognized for her outstanding contributions as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. Over the last two years, Ms. Robinson has served as sole or lead counsel for the United States in more than a dozen appeals, arguing two of them, and prevailing in every one that has been decided. This year, Ms. Robinson’s appellate advocacy resulted in the affirmance of four convictions and life sentences for drug distributions resulting in death, despite an intervening Supreme Court decision. The appeal followed a 35-day trial, and she handled it for the first time on remand from the Supreme Court. Ms. Robinson was also a member of a trial team that secured convictions on all counts against three defendants in a multi-week public corruption case this year.

                “Mark D’Alessandro and Kim Robinson exemplify the excellence for which the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio strives in its pursuit and administration of justice,” said Acting United States Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman. “Each is tremendously deserving of this award, and I am thrilled to be able to join Deputy Attorney General Yates and Director Wilkinson in recognizing them today. It is a testament to the superior work of our office that both Mark and Kim are being recognized as among the most outstanding in the nation at what they do.”

                EOUSA provides oversight, general executive assistance, and direction to the 94 United States Attorneys’ offices around the country. For more information on EOUSA and its mission, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao.

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Updated June 2, 2016