Every U.S. attorney nominee has to fill out a financial disclosure form, and the Senate Judiciary Committee released Northern District hopeful Melinda Haag’s over the weekend. Haag is a white collar partner at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe in San Francisco, where she made $1,059,740 last year, according to the document. Average profits per equity partner at Orrick in 2009 were $1.36 million (sub. req.).
Haag’s husband, Chuck Fanning, is a legal recruiter at Major, Lindsey and Africa. He has agreed to divest himself of all his equity interest in the firm by 2012, according to Haag’s ethics agreement with the Justice Department. Even still, as long as he does hold such a stake, “Haag will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter in which she knows that Major, Lindsay, and Africa has a financial interest, if the particular matter has a direct and predictable effect on that interest, unless she first obtains a written waiver,” DOJ’s ethics officer wrote. If Fanning does divest, but continues to work there, “Haag will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which Major, Lindsay, and Africa is a party or represents a party, unless she is first authorized to participate” under federal law, DOJ wrote.
Fanning did not immediately respond to an email asking whether he plans to leave Major, Lindsey and Africa.
Haven’t had enough recusal legalese? Here you go:
“In addition, regardless of whether her spouse divests his interests in Major, Lindsay and Africa, Ms. Haag will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which to her knowledge a client of her spouse is a party or represents a party, whenever she determines that a reasonable person with knowledge of the relevant facts would question her impartiality in that matter,” DOJ wrote.