MORGANTOWN -- As director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, West Virginia University alumnus H. Marshall Jarrett helps coordinate the operations of the 94 U.S. attorneys and nearly 12,000 employees scattered around the country, helping manage a caseload that will reach some 90,000 felony and 80,000 civil cases this year.
He will give a peek at how it's done on Monday, Oct. 25, as he delivers the 20th Charles L. Ihlenfeld Lecture on Public Policy and Ethics at the WVU College of Law. His address, "That Justice Shall be Done: An Inside Look at America's Law Firm," will be presented at noon in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at the WVU Law Center.
Jarrett was appointed director by Attorney General Eric Holder on April 13, 2009. The Executive Office, created in 1953, provides general guidance and supervision to the nation's U.S. attorneys.
Prior to becoming director, Jarrett served as counsel for the Office of Professional Responsibility, supervising investigations of professional misconduct by Department of Justice attorneys. He has served as an associate deputy attorney general and as deputy chief of the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice. In addition, he has served as chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and as criminal chief and first assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of West Virginia.
Jarrett is a recipient of the Edmund L. Randolph Award for outstanding service to the Department of Justice and has been conferred the rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service.
Jarrett also served as deputy director of the Enforcement Division of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and as a deputy attorney general for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of WVU and the WVU College of Law.
Charles L. Ihlenfeld, a prominent West Virginia lawyer for 56 years, devoted much of his life to public service. These lectures, established in his memory, honor a life and career marked by significant contributions to the practice of law, to the legal profession, and to civic affairs of his state and community.
Ihlenfeld was a tireless community supporter who loved Wheeling, W.Va., serving as its mayor from 1963 to 1967. His public service further encompassed state and federal jurisdictions when he served as Ohio County prosecuting attorney from 1940 to 1948, and as U.S. magistrate for the Northern District of West Virginia from 1971 to 1979. Ihlenfeld served on a multitude of foundations and commissions, always seeking to enrich his community and mankind.
Following his graduation in 1930 from West Virginia University, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, Ihlenfeld studied at the WVU College of Law, becoming a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, and receiving his J.D. in 1933. He was inducted into the WVU College of Law Emeritus Club in 1983, and he was a longtime supporter of the College.
Ihlenfeld was a past president of the Ohio County Bar Association and a member of the West Virginia and American Bar Associations. He was active in politics, serving as a former chairman of the Ohio County Democratic Executive Committee and as president of the West Virginia Young Democrats.
The Charles L. Ihlenfeld Lecture on Public Policy and Ethics, established with a bequest made to his alma mater, is a fitting legacy from a devoted public servant and attorney whose high ethical standards were his trademark. The lectures enrich the university community, the legal profession, and the state.
The event is free and open to the public and a reception will follow the talk in the WVU Law Center lobby. The lecture will be webcast at http;//law.wvu.edu/ihlenfeld20.