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For Immediate Release
December 10, 2002
Contact: Sean Caine, 410-576-6357

DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL CARMEN M. SHEPARD
DEPARTING AG’S OFFICE FOR PRIVATE PRACTICE

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced that Deputy Attorney General Carmen M. Shepard has tendered her resignation and will join the Washington, D.C. law firm of Buc & Beardsley this month. Before serving as Deputy Attorney General for six years, Ms. Shepard held the position of Chief Counsel of the Office’s Criminal Investigation Division and Deputy Chief of its Litigation Division.

"Carmen is not only a great lawyer, she is a very good friend," Attorney General Curran said. "This is a great opportunity for Carmen and I am very happy for her. She will be greatly missed."

Shepard joined the Office in 1986, playing a key role in the State’s Savings and Loan litigation, which saved Maryland tens of millions of dollars. Shepard was instrumental in other affirmative cases brought by the State, including the lawsuit against Big Tobacco that netted the state an award of $4.4 billion. Shepard proved a key negotiator in the subsequent fee dispute with Peter Angelos, which was resolved earlier this year.

In addition to arguing the State’s 2000 illegal wiretapping case against Linda Tripp, Shepard also served as legal advisor to students and faculty members of St. Mary’s College during the 1999 trial of two men accused of raping a group of students from the college in Guatemala in 1998.

Ms. Shepard will be joining Buc & Beardsley as Of Counsel. The firm specializes in a federal regulatory practice, representing clients in matters involving the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and proceedings before the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

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