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District Employee Receives The Attorney General's Award For Distinguished Service

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Attorney General Merrick B. Garland today announced the recipients of the 70th and 71st Attorney General’s Awards, honoring Justice Department employees and others for extraordinary contributions to the enforcement of our nation’s laws. Recipients from both 2022 and 2023 were selected from a group of more than 800 nominees and included litigation teams that have made outstanding contributions in law enforcement.

Among the award recipients was Joshua Ellen, Information Technology Specialist for the Western District of North Carolina. Mr. Ellen was part of a team of Department of Justice employees recognized with The John Marshall Award, the Department’s highest award presented to recipients for contributions and excellence in specialized areas of legal performance.

“Each of today’s recipients has served with distinction, and in so doing, they have enabled the Justice Department to advance its work on behalf of the American people,” said Attorney General Garland. “Their exceptional leadership, heroism, and dedication have benefited people and communities across the country.”

“Today, Joshua Ellen was recognized for his contribution to the Department of Justice’s mission,” said Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. “This award symbolizes Joshua’s skills and dedication as a public servant and his work exemplifies our ongoing commitment to deliver justice and uphold the rule of law.”

Mr. Ellen joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of North Carolina in 2018, as Litigation Support Team Lead. From 2009 to 2018, Mr. Ellen served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia as Litigation Technology Specialist and later as Supervisory Litigation Support Specialist. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Ellen worked as a Management Analyst with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the Inspector General’s Office of Investigations. Most recently, Mr. Ellen was detailed to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia to serve in the Discovery Unit of the Capitol Siege Section.  

Mr. Ellen received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of Maryland.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King congratulated Mr. Ellen for his award and commended him for his lengthy career in public service.


Updated January 31, 2024

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