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Parker v. United States DOJ Exec. Office for United States Attys.

United States District Court, D. Columbia.

January 21, 2015

LONNIE J. PARKER, Plaintiff,
v.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Defendant

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For LONNIE J. PARKER, Dr., Plaintiff: Daniel J. Stotter, LEAD ATTORNEY, STOTTER & ASSOCIATES LLC, Corvallis, OR.

For UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Executive Office for United States Attorneys, Defendant: Michelle Jean Seo, LEAD ATTORNEY, U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, Washington, DC.

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MEMORANDUM OPINION

AMY BERMAN JACKSON, United States District Judge.

Plaintiff Lonnie J. Parker brought this Freedom of Information Act (" FOIA" ) lawsuit against defendant the U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys on December 3, 2010, seeking documents related to former Assistant U.S. Attorney (" AUSA" ) Lesa Gail Bridges Jackson and her unauthorized practice of law. Compl. [Dkt. # 1] ¶ 1. After multiple rounds of briefing and three previous memorandum opinions, the parties have winnowed their dispute to a single remaining issue: whether defendant properly withheld a one-page record, " Document 2." For the reasons that follow, the Court finds that Document 2 is responsive to plaintiff's FOIA request, but that it is almost entirely exempt from release. Therefore, the Court will order defendant to release the record to plaintiff with appropriate redactions, and will enter an order of final judgment in this case.

BACKGROUND

On April 26, 2010, plaintiff submitted a FOIA request to defendant seeking records related to Lesa Gail Bridges Jackson and her unauthorized practice of law while working as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. See Ex. A to Decl. of John F. Boseker [Dkt. # 7]. Plaintiff sought six types of documents, which the Court later grouped into three broad categories:

Category one: personnel matters and law license records
(1) All agency records that document, discuss, or otherwise describe whether Lesa Gail Bridges Jackson was authorized to practice law, and/or a member of good standing of the Bar of the State of Arkansas, or any other state bar, at the time she was hired to work as a U.S. Attorney in 1989;
(2) All agency records that document, discuss, or otherwise describe any annual or periodic certifications made by AUSA Jackson . . . asserting that she was an attorney in good standing and/or authorized to practice law;
(3) All agency records of any written communication between AUSA Jackson and the U.S. Attorney's Office that discuss whether she was a member of good standing of the Bar of the State of Arkansas, or authorized to ...

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