Politics & Law

class date: 
Tue, 01/12/2016
instructor: 

Ken Polite & Jeffrey Sallet

Ken Polite

On June 27, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Kenneth Polite, Jr. to become the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana.  On September 17, 2013, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Mr. Polite's nomination, and he was sworn in on September 20, 2013.

As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Polite oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the Eastern District of Louisiana, which consists of the following thirteen (13) parishes located in South Louisiana: Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne and Washington.  He supervises an office of approximately 55 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who handle a high volume of cases that include narcotics and arms trafficking, white collar crime, public corruption, gang violence, organized crime, and civil rights violations.

Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney, Mr. Polite was a shareholder at Liskow & Lewis, where he headed the white collar criminal defense group and served as the Firm's hiring partner. 

From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Polite served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  There, he prosecuted a wide range of federal criminal offenses, including organized crime, public corruption, narcotics and firearms trafficking, money laundering, and identity theft.

Mr. Polite was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, first in the Delaware office's corporate litigation practice from 2000 to 2001, and later, in the New York office's white collar criminal defense group from 2002 to 2006.

Mr. Polite is a graduate of De La Salle High School in New Orleans (valedictorian), Harvard University (A.B., Government), and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., cum laude). While in law school, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the American Criminal Law Review's Fifteen Survey of White Collar Crime.  Following law school, Mr. Polite served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Jeffery S. Sallet

FBI Director James B. Comey has named Jeffrey S. Sallet as the special agent in charge of the New Orleans Division. Mr. Sallet most recently served as the section chief of the public corruption and civil rights section in the Criminal Investigative Division, where he had oversight and responsibility over the public corruption, international corruption, international human rights, and civil rights investigative programs.

Mr. Sallet entered on duty with the FBI in 1997 and was assigned to the New York Division, where he investigated organized crime, public corruption, labor racketeering, and counterterrorism matters.

From 1998 to 2005, Mr. Sallet was the case agent on the investigation of Joseph Massino, the Bonanno La Cosa Nostra family boss. This investigation led to the indictment and conviction of Massino and more than 100 organized crime figures, as well as the successful resolution of more than 30 cold case murders. For his efforts on this investigation, Mr. Sallet received the Executive Office for United States Attorneys Director’s Award in 2005.

After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Mr. Sallet was selected as a financial investigator and was responsible for identifying the funding for the attacks and tracking Al Qaeda’s financial assets.

From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Sallet served as the supervisory special agent in the transnational organized crime-eastern hemisphere section at FBI Headquarters where, he managed La Cosa Nostra investigations in the northeast United States.

In 2007, Mr. Sallet was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Boston Division, Providence, Rhode Island Resident Agency, where he was responsible for narcotics, organized crime, gangs, and violent crime investigations.

In 2008, Mr. Sallet was promoted to supervisory senior resident agent of the Providence Resident Agency. In this position he was responsible for all counterterrorism, public corruption, civil rights, government fraud, and organized crime investigations in the state of Rhode Island. Mr. Sallet was also the program coordinator for all organized crime investigations for the Boston Division. During this time, Mr. Sallet led a collaborative law enforcement effort which resulted in the indictment and conviction of long time New England La Cosa Nostra boss, Luigi “Baby Shanks” Manocchio.

In 2012, Mr. Sallet was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Boston Division, where he was responsible for all white collar crime, public corruption, health care fraud, and civil rights matters. Subsequent to the Boston Marathon Bombings, Mr. Sallet was selected to manage the Boston Division’s counterterrorism and crisis management program, where he led the coordinated law enforcement response and investigation of the terrorist attacks.

Before joining the FBI, Mr. Sallet worked for two different world wide professional services firms, first as an auditor and then as a forensic accountant. Mr. Sallet is a Certified Public Account (CPA) and a Certified Financial Forensics (CFF). He has lectured extensively throughout the world on organized crime, FCPA, civil rights, public corruption, forensic accounting, and crisis response.

Mr. Sallet reports to New Orleans in the middle of November.