The iMEGA legal team preparing the pressure group's challenge to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act has been bolstered by the inclusion of a top Washington DC attorney. Stephen A. Saltzburg, professor of law at George Washington University has been working with iMEGA's legal team as it prepares its case for the US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.
"Prof. Saltzburg is simply one of the best," said Joe Brennan Jr., Chairman and CEO of iMEGA. "His experience speaks for itself. We are fortunate to have a true heavyweight advocate in our corner."
Saltzburg joins lead counsel Eric M. Bernstein, noted First Amendment and Internet Law attorney, and Edward Leyden, iMEGA's president and chief counsel, as an integral part of iMEGA's legal team in its showdown over UIGEA with the US Department of Justice.
"We always had a strong team representing us," said Brennan. "The addition of Professor Saltzburg to our line-up demonstrates that iMEGA is serious about meeting the US Department of Justice on equal terms in court, and that we have strong advocates making a compelling argument as to why the court should overturn this troubling law."
Saltzburg is a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and chairman of the ABA Criminal Justice Section from 2007 to 2008. He joined GW Law in 1990, having previously taught at the University of Virginia School of Law, and was named the first incumbent of the Class of 1962 Endowed Chair.
In 1996, he founded and directed the master's program in Litigation and Dispute Resolution at GW. He was named University Professor, the highest title a University can confer upon a faculty member, in 2004.
The Chief Justice of the United States appointed him as reporter for, and then as a member of, the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence. He was the reporter for the Civil Justice Reform Act Committee for the D.C. District Court before he became chair.
He has served as a special master in two class action cases in the D.C. District Court, and continues to serve as a mediator for the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. He has mediated a variety of disputes involving public agencies and private litigants; served as a sole arbitrator, panel chair, and panel member in domestic arbitration; and served as an arbitrator for the International Chamber of Commerce.
Prof. Saltzburg held the following governmental positions: associate independent counsel in the Iran-Contra investigation; deputy assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Attorney General's ex-officio representative on the U.S. Sentencing Commission; and director of the Tax Refund Fraud Task Force.
He was chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section from 2007 to 2008, and represents the section in the ABA House of Delegates. He was appointed to the ABA Task Force on Terrorism and the Law and to the ABA Task Force on Gatekeeper Regulation and the Profession in 2001, and to the ABA President's Advisory Group on Citizen Detention and Enemy Combatant Issues in 2002.
In 2001 he was appointed by Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals as co-chair of the Task Force on the Selection of Lead Counsel in Class Actions, which published its final report in 2002. Prof. Saltzburg is the author of numerous books and articles on evidence, procedure, and litigation.
Prof. Saltzburg received his BA at Dickinson College, and his JD at the University of Pennsylva