Patrick FitzgeraldDrudge Retort is reporting that Pat Fitzgerald, the darling of this blogsite, has been named interim chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee for US Attorney’s (AGAC) which makes him the pre-eminent advocate for the USA’s within the DOJ. (More here.)

A) Could not happen to a nicer guy.

B) Could not have chosen anyone better qualified.

C) He has what I consider to be an excellent operating philosophy for thinking about the relationship between the individual US Attorney’s offices and Main Justice.

The analogy I have heard him use on several occasions is that the individual US Attorneys are like captains of a ship. Each ship (each USAO) is part of a larger navy. The Department of the Navy (or the admiral of the fleet) can set the destination and uniform standards to be observed on all ships. However, each captain decides how to set sail for that destination and determines the assignments aboard ships.

I think that strikes the right note with respect to independence within a larger group effort. Although the promotion is said to be interim, I hope his view becomes not only the dominant view within the Department, but also becomes a long standing policy that survives beyond any one administration.

Cynthia Kouril

Cynthia Kouril

Cynthia Kouril is a former Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York under several different U.S. Attorneys, former counsel to the Inspector General for the N.Y.C. Department of Environmental Protection where she investigated threats to the New York City water supply and other environmental crimes, as well as public corruption and fraud against the government, former Examining Attorney at the N.Y.C. Department of Investigation and former Capital Construction Counsel at New York City Parks and Recreation.
She is now in private practice with a colleague whom she met while at the USA Attorney's Office. Ms. Kouril is a member of the Steering Committee, National Committeewoman and Regional Coordinator for the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, a member of the Program Committee of the Federal Bar Council and a member of the Election Law Committee at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She is active in several other Bar Associations.
Most important of all, she is a soccer mom.

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