Speaker - Celeste Koeleveld

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Celeste Koeleveld has been Chief Appellate Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York since September 2005. She is responsible for all briefs filed by the Office in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and works with the Solicitor General's office on appellate issues. She serves as the chief legal advisor to the Office, regularly providing counsel to the U.S. Attorney and his assistants on legal matters, grand jury practice, trial practice, and strategic issues.

From November 2004 to September 2005 she was chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office, supervising over 160 Assistant U.S. Attorneys in all aspects of criminal investigations and prosecutions. From 2001 to 2004, Koeleveld was Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney.

From 1999 to 2001, she was Chief of General Crimes. From 1991 to 1999 she was Line Assistant, assigned progressively to general crimes, narcotics, and organized crime and terrorism units. She prosecuted a 20-defendant organized crime securities fraud case that resulted in convictions of members and associates of two organized crime families for securities fraud and extortion in connection with securities trading in small-cap companies. She was awarded the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in July 1999.

Koeleveld earned her B.A. from Harvard University in 1986 and her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1989, where she won the Archie O. Dawson Prize for Proficiency in Advocacy and was a member of the Moot Court Executive Committee. She clerked for the Hon. Kenneth Conboy, U.S. District Judge, Southern District of New York, 1989 to 1991.

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One Year, Counting: When Will Guantanamo Close?

01.22.10 | 01:53:35 min | 8 comments