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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-13-08 01:10 PM
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Jesselyn Radack:I Volunteer as Test Case: Justice Dept. Urges Applicants Rejected Illegally to Apply

How ironic. I wrote a diary yesterday that spent quite a while on the Rec. List (thank you, Kossacks) about my experience of extreme illegality in applying for a job within the Justice Department.

Yesterday, coincidentally, Attorney General Michael Mukasey told the American Bar Association that job applicants who were rejected by the Justice Department because of improper political considerations will be urged to apply for open positions. I will do that today as a test case because I don't take Mukasey at his word. Please let me know of any openings you see that fit my resume.


April 2008-Present
Homeland Security Director
Represent national security whistleblowers contesting prohibited personnel practices. Work with Congress on whistleblower protection legislation. Serve as in-house legal ethics expert.

May 2006-March 2008
Represented whistleblowers in qui tam (False Claims Act) cases against government contractors engaging in reconstruction fraud in Iraq. Wrote appellate briefs for both the Circuit Court level and the U.S. Supreme Court.

April 1999-April 2002
Legal Advisor, Professional Responsibility Advisory Office
Provided advice to Department attorneys on a wide range of professional responsibility issues. Developed policy and litigation position on the McDade Amendment and taught legal ethics.

October 1995-April 1999
Trial Attorney, Civil Division, Torts Branch
Represented the United States and individual federal officials against allegations of constitutional and statutory violations. Argued motions in federal district court and successfully tried Bivens/FTCA cases.

July 1994-January 1995
Law Clerk, Domestic Policy Counsel/Office of the First Lady
Conducted research on legal issues for President Clinton's health care initiative and served on a working group examining ERISA.


D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Committee: June 2005-June 2007


May 1995
Elected Class Representative all three years; Director, Capital Defense Project; Editor, Yale Journal of Law & Feminism

May 1992
BROWN UNIVERSITY, Bachelor of Arts
Magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa (elected junior year); Triple-major with Honors in each: American Civilization, Political Science and Women's Studies.

Cover letter:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I would like to return to public service, which I intended to be my lifelong career before I was forced from the Justice Department for blowing the whistle in the case of "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh. Basically, I advised not to interrogate him without his counsel, which advice was ignored and then "disappeared" in contravention of a federal court order. After I recovered the advice, which concluded that the FBI had committed an ethics violation, and it was still not turned over to the court, I provided it to the media.

Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Eric Lichtblau recently revealed that Alberto Gonzales, as White House counsel, had decided not to turn any documents over to Lindh's defense lawyers. I tried to stop this blatant and illegal discovery abuse and was forced from the Department, put under criminal investigation, referred to the state bars in which I am licensed and put on the "no-fly" list.

A few months before the whole Lindh episode, I also applied for a counsel position in the Office of Deputy Attorney General. That office sent my application to the White House for vetting and I was asked to provide my voter registration card, which is clearly illegal.

I think that my working at the Justice Department would be a first-step in rehabilitating the department to repair the extreme damage that has been done to the Department over the past seven years. Thank you for your consideration, and please do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions.


Jesselyn Radack
Revisionist History on Ashcroft: Gonzales Was So Bad He Makes Ashcroft Look Good, But Don't Forget
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