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President Obama Nominates Justice Thomas Delahanty II and Wendy Olson to be United States Attorneys

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama nominated Justice Thomas Delahanty II and Wendy Olson to be United States Attorneys for the District of Maine and the District of Idaho, respectively.  Justice Delahanty currently serves as a Justice for the Maine Superior Court and Olson is currently Senior Litigation Counsel in the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Idaho.

“I am honored to nominate Justice Thomas Delahanty and Wendy Olson today to serve as United States Attorneys,” President Obama said.  “They will be resolute in their pursuit of justice and I am confident they will serve the people of Maine and Idaho with distinction.”

Thomas Edward Delahanty II: Nominee for United States Attorney, District of Maine
Justice Thomas Delahanty has been a Justice for the Maine Superior Court since 1983, where he served as Chief Justice from 1990 until 1995. From 1981 until 1983, he was a partner in the firm Delahanty & Longley.  Prior to that, Justice Delahanty worked for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine as a United States Attorney.  From 1975 until 1980, he worked for the District Attorney’s Office of the Prosecutorial District 3 for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties as a District Attorney.  Preceding that, Judge Delahanty had been County Attorney with the Androscoggin County Attorney’s Office from 1973 until 1975, and Assistant County Attorney from 1971 until 1973.  From 1970 until 1974, he was an associate at Marshall, Raymond & Beliveau.  Justice Delahanty graduated from St. Michael’s College in 1967 and from the University of Maine School of Law in 1970.

Wendy J. Olson: Nominee for United States Attorney, District of Idaho
Wendy Olson has been with the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Idaho since 1997, where she was an Assistant United States Attorney until 2006, when she became Senior Litigation Counsel.  Olson was an Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing at the George Washington University School of Law from 1994 until 1997.  Prior to that she worked for the Civil Rights Division of the Criminal Section of the United States Department of Justice, where she was a trial attorney from 1992 until 1996, and Deputy Director of Operations and Assistant to the Director on the National Church Arson Task Force from 1996 until 1997.  Olson served as a law clerk for the Honorable Barbara J. Rothstein of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.  Olson earned her undergraduate degree at Drake University in 1986 and received her J.D. from the Stanford University School of Law in 1990.

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