November 01, 2017

Asst. U.S. Attorney Robert Zauzmer to receive ABA Norm Maleng Minister of Justice Award

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2017 — The American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section will honor Robert A. Zauzmer, assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, with its Norm Maleng Minister of Justice Award on Friday, Nov. 3 in Washington, D.C.

The award, which recognizes prosecutors who embody the principle “to seek justice, not merely to convict,” will be presented during the 2017 CJS Tenth Annual Fall Institute’s CJS Awards Luncheon at The Westin Washington Hotel. 

“We honor Robert Zauzmer with the Norm Maleng Minister of Justice Award as he has consistently displayed a passion for justice throughout his career,” said Morris “Sandy” Weinberg, chair of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section. “Robert was instrumental in the prosecution of drug organizations of a neighborhood in Philadelphia that had been overrun. These among many other accomplishments demonstrate their commitment to justice and we honor that commitment.”

Zauzmer has served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since 1990.  He is a graduate of UCLA and Stanford Law School.  After a clerkship with Judge Arlin M. Adams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, he was in private practice for three years until joining the U.S. attorney’s office in Philadelphia.  From 2012-14, Zauzmer served as the national chairperson of the Department of Justice’s Appellate Chiefs Working Group, and also served as an ex officio member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC).

Zauzmer has twice received the Department of Justice’s John Marshall Award, its highest award for litigation activities. He was first recognized in 1992 for his assistance in a prosecution of drug organizations in Philadelphia, and again in 2008 for his participation on a team of attorneys that oversaw the Justice Department’s response to amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines for crack cocaine offenses, which required the resentencing of thousands of defendants.  He engaged in the same effort in response to new retroactive drug guideline amendments adopted in 2011 and 2014.

From February 2016-17, Zauzmer served as the pardon attorney in the Justice Department, overseeing the President’s Clemency Initiative, aimed at reducing terms of nonviolent drug offenders to terms comparable to those that would be imposed under current law and practice.

Zauzmer will share the award with co-honoree retired prosecutor Richard H. Schmack of DeKalb County, Ill.

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