University of Pittsburgh

The Federal Practice: Meet Attorneys of the DOJ/AUSA

April 10, 2014 - 12:30pm1:30pm
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Room 111
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

The Federal Practice: Meet Attorneys of the DOJ/AUSA

Thursday, April 10, 2014
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Barco Law Building, Room 111

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the federal government? Are you interested in learning more about the federal practice?

Plan to attend this presentation to hear from panelists with a breadth of experiences, practice areas knowledge and diverse backgrounds/paths to federal service.

The slated panelists are:

Troy Rivetti – Deputy Chief of Violent Crimes (Michael Comber, Civil Division Chief and former Criminal AUSA is his backup in case Rivetti is in trial. Mike Comber’s background includes the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, private practice and a DOJ detail for the 9-11 Victims Fund.).  His background includes private practice and a federal clerkship in Western District of Pennsylvania.

Paul Kovac – Civil Division AUSA.  Kovac’s work focuses on defensive cases.  Kovac is a Colonel in the Marine Corps and currently serves as a reservist in the Marine Corps JAG.  Prior to joining the USAO, Kovac was a member of the DOJ Commercial Litigation Branch in Washington DC and a staff attorney with the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Chambers of Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Peter Phipps – DOJ Federal Programs Branch.  The Programs Branch defends against constitutional challenges to federal statutes, suits to overturn government policies and programs, and attacks on the legality of government decisions. The Programs Branch also initiates litigation to enforce regulatory statutes and to remedy statutory and regulatory violations.  Phipps is based in Washington DC, but works out of the Pittsburgh USAO for the time being.  Phipps' background includes private practice and a federal clerkship in Ohio.

Amie Murphy – Civil Division AUSA.  Murphy’s work in the Civil Division focuses on affirmative civil rights litigation, not usually thought of when people envision the Civil Division.  Prior to joining the USAO, Murphy was a member of the DOJ Civil Rights Division in Washington DC.

Jane Dattilo – Appeals Division AUSA.  Dattilo’s background includes private practice and a federal clerkship in Eastern District of New York.

Jennifer Andrade - Civil Division AUSA.  Andrade's work focuses on defensive cases.  Andrade previously worked in private practice and served as a federal clerk in Western District of Pennsylvania.

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