Federal Bar Association Applauds the Extraordinary Achievements of Younger Federal Lawyers

Sept. 12, 2016

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Federal Bar Association Applauds the Extraordinary Achievements of Younger Federal Lawyers

Arlington, VA - Since 1920, the Federal Bar Association has dedicated itself to promoting the interests, education, and professional development of all attorneys involved in federal law. The FBA is committed to strengthening the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and needs of law students; federal practitioners, both public and private; the federal judiciary; and the public.

The extraordinary work of FBA members includes not only what they do for their colleagues and law firms but the contributions they make to the communities in which they live and work.

Robyn J. Spalter Outstanding Achievement Award
The namesake of the Outstanding Achievement Award is the late National FBA President Robyn J. Spalter, who embodied the essence of the award as she climbed the national leadership ladder to become President. “[She] always focused on the importance of new and younger lawyers and the role that they would play in the future growth of the FBA,” Matthew B. Moreland, Former FBA National President.

The primary goal of the Robyn J. Spalter Outstanding Achievement Award is to encourage younger members of the federal bar to attain high standards of professionalism, demonstrate leadership throughout their career, and give back to the legal community. This year’s recipient, Allison Hughes Goddard, is very deserving and exemplifies everything that this award stands for and embodies, and was selected for her outstanding contributions to not only the FBA, but to her community.

Goddard has practiced law in San Diego since graduating magna cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2000. She began her practice at the international law firm Cooley LLP, was a partner at Jaczko Goddard LLP, and is currently of counsel to Patterson Law Group. She represents consumers and employees in complex litigation and class actions, and has helped recover more than $100 million on their behalf. Goddard has been a leader in the FBA-San Diego Chapter for more than a decade. She has held numerous positions in the chapter’s executive committee, including her service as chapter president in 2009. Goddard has raised a substantial amount of funds for the San Diego Chapter that have been used to support membership drives, upgrade the chapter website, and launch innovative CLE programs including an annual Women in the Law Conference.

Younger Federal Lawyer Awards
The primary goal of this program is to encourage younger federal lawyers to attain high standards of professional achievement and to accord public recognition for outstanding performance. The program honors exceptional younger lawyers and those who support the Younger Lawyers Division. Any civilian or military attorney who is employed by the U.S. government is eligible to receive this award given to young lawyers who have worked most diligently in Bar activities and/or law-related public activities, and who have an excellent reputation for legal abilities and integrity.

The Younger Federal Lawyer Award recipients exhibit the utmost professional excellence; service to the profession and the bar; service to the community; and/or a reputation for or the advancement of legal ethics and professional responsibility. We are delighted to celebrate the accomplishments of L. Ashley Aull, Patrick P. Burke, Vincent A. Citro, Andrew Goetz, and Benjamin Hernandez-Stern!

L. Ashley Aull is the deputy chief of Criminal Appeals for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She has led some of her office’s most important and complex appeals. In addition, she has argued numerous precedent-setting cases regarding difficult areas of law, and she aggressively pursued government appeals where necessary to pursue justice.

Patrick P. Burke is a supervisory assistant U.S. attorney, and chief of the Del Rio, Texas Office. While in Del Rio, he has tried numerous cases including Murder in Aid of Racketeering, RICO conspiracy, hostage taking, and drug and weapons smuggling. Before entering service with the DOJ, he spent five years on active duty in the U.S. Army, and saw combat in Afghanistan. He is currently a major in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Vincent A. Citro is an assistant U.S. attorney assigned to the Department of Justice, National Security Division, Counterterrorism Section, where he works with prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, and the intelligence community, developing and managing international, domestic, and cyber terrorism prosecutions. As an AUSA, Citro prosecuted the panoply of federal crimes, supervised criminal AUSAs in two offices, and oversaw the District’s national security program.

Andrew Goetz is an assistant U.S. attorney and the deputy chief of the Appellate Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan. His practice primarily involves litigating and supervising appeals, and he has argued almost two dozen appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Goetz graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.

This year’s award recipients have considerably added to the association as a whole and demonstrated exceptional leadership in understanding federal law, administration of justice, and welfare of federal attorneys, and have supported and enhanced the FBA and its activities.

We congratulate these exceptional younger lawyers on their well-deserved recognition!

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