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Deborah S. Mayer

Deborah S. Mayer

U.S.Senate
Chief Counsel & Staff Director, Select Committee on Ethics
Washington, DC, USA


Ms. Mayer serves as the non-partisan chief legal advisor and professional staff leader, selected jointly by both sides of the only bipartisan committee in the Senate.  Ms. Mayer personally advises Members of the Committee and Senate, and oversees the non-partisan staff in providing ethics advice and education, administering the Senate’s financial disclosure program, and conducting investigations and enforcement of ethics rules, laws and standards of conduct.  Prior to her work in the Senate, from July 2011 through January 2015, Ms. Mayer served as the Director of Investigations for the House Ethics Committee, overseeing all of the Committee’s investigations into Members of Congress or their staff.

From November 2002 to July 2011, Ms. Mayer was a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, beginning as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, where she spent most of her time in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section investigating and prosecuting members and associates of La Cosa Nostra.  Her cases included prosecuting the boss of the Colombo Crime Family for murder in aid of racketeering and conducting one of the only trials on the country involving the smuggling of antiquities looted from the Iraq Museum.  In 2008, Ms. Mayer joined the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, where she investigated and prosecuted corruption at all levels of government throughout the United States.

Since 1998, Ms. Mayer has served as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Navy, both on active duty and in the reserve.  Ms. Mayer has served in a variety of litigation and operational assignments including as a trial and appellate prosecutor and Staff Judge Advocate.  She holds the rank of Captain, and currently serves as a military judge.

In addition to her work as an attorney, Ms. Mayer has trained prosecutors at the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center, taught seminars to law enforcement agents at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Law at Brooklyn Law School.

Deborah S. Mayer is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Federal Ethics Rules - Corporate Political Activities 2016: Complying With Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Monday, September 12, 2016
An Overview of the Senate Code of Conduct and Related Laws (February 2016) - Corporate Political Activities 2016: Complying With Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Monday, September 12, 2016
House and Senate Ethics Rules— An Overview (PowerPoint slides) - Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Monday, September 11, 2017
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