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Letten honored for work as U.S. attorney

July 02, 2013

Jim Letten joined Tulane Law School in February but still is collecting honors for his work during more than 11 years as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

On June 27, Victims and Citizens Against Crime, Inc., presented Letten with a “Lifetime Achievement” award.

The Metairie-based nonprofit group aims to assist victims of violence and their survivors, and its annual banquet recognizes officials, members of law enforcement, judges and others who have helped strengthen the criminal justice system.

As U.S. attorney under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Letten prosecuted numerous cases involving violent and organized crime and public corruption.

In May, he received a “Meritorious Public Service Award” from the U.S. Coast Guard. Retiring Rear Adm. Roy Nash, commander of the Coast Guard’s Eighth District, presented the honor during a ceremony at the law school.

The Coast Guard cited, among other things, Letten’s efforts to establish the National Center for Disaster Fraud, which dealt with problems arising after Hurricanes, Katrina, Rita and Wilma, and his work that led to convictions and $15 million in criminal fines in 28 cases involving the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.

A 1979 Tulane Law graduate, Letten joined the school as assistant dean for experiential learning and will oversee a range of programs, including the intersession training, externships, moot court, trial advocacy and clinics.


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