Obama nominates Tulane Law alumnus to U.S. Attorney position

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President Barack Obama nominated Walt Green, a 1993 graduate of Tulane Law School, to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he will be one of 93 U.S. Attorneys serving throughout the country.

Green currently serves as First Assistant U.S. Attorney, and has been serving as acting U.S. Attorney since the previous U.S. Attorney for the Middle District resigned on July 1, 2013 to accept a position in the private sector.

Senator Mary Landrieu recommended Green to Obama on Oct. 15, 2013 following traditional Senate courtesy. In a press release, Landrieu praised Green’s experience in public service.

“I am delighted to have a person of such high caliber to recommend to the President as our next U.S. Attorney for our state’s Middle District,” Landrieu said.

Obama nominated two people, including Green, to serve in vacant U.S. Attorney’s offices on March 13. In a press release, he praised the nominee’s dedication to justice.

“I am thrilled that they will continue their service by pursing justice on behalf of the American people as United States Attorneys,” Obama said.

Green serves in a number of other roles besides the U.S. Attorney’s office. He is a colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and has served two tours of duty in Iraq, where he supervised crime investigations against members of the Saddam Hussein regime. He currently is officer-in-charge of the Reserve’s Environmental Services Division. He also served in serval anti-terrorism roles, such a Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force Coordinator.

Jim Letten, Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning in the law school, emphasized these qualifications as making Green an exceptional candidate.

“His career as an assistant [U.S. Attorney] coupled with his military career makes him eminently qualified,” Letten said. “In fact, you won’t find anyone more qualified to do the job, and do it well.”

Letten emphasized the range of responsibilities Green will take on as a U.S. Attorney, which represents the U.S. Government in federal court.

“Walt will be in charge of a distinguished office of attorneys and superb support personnel,” Letten said. “The U.S. Attorney is the district’s ranking Federal official, and the office represents Federal agencies in all matters civil and criminal in the district.”

Letten said that Green’s nomination and his skills reflect well on Tulane Law. Green’s office declined to comment beyond the White House’s Press Release.