Lecturer in Law
Robert A. Zauzmer is a summa cum laude graduate of UCLA (1982) and Stanford Law School (1985). After a clerkship with Judge Arlin M. Adams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, he was in private practice until joining the United States Attorney's Office in Philadelphia in March 1990. As an Assistant United States Attorney, he has prosecuted all manner of federal crimes, focusing on corruption and fraud matters. His cases have included:
-- Several savings and loan and bank failure cases in the 1990s;
-- The prosecution of former Congressman Edward M. Mezvinsky for defrauding others of over $10 million;
-- The Philadelphia City Hall corruption case, in which the City Treasurer and numerous business executives were convicted of corrupt conduct in local affairs, a case which led to a significant reform movement in city government; and
-- The prosecution of former State Senator Vincent J. Fumo, a powerful Pennsylvania politician who was convicted of defrauding the State Senate and a charity he founded of millions of dollars, and of obstruction of justice.
In addition, since 1998, Zauzmer has supervised all federal criminal appeals in the district, and appears frequently before the Third Circuit in that capacity. Zauzmer has presented all three en banc arguments in which the office has been involved since 2000.
Zauzmer has twice received the Department of Justice's John Marshall Award, its highest award for litigation activities. He was first recognized in 1992 for his assistance in a prosecution of drug organizations which took over and terrorized a Philadelphia neighborhood. He then received the award in 2008 for his participation on the team of Justice Department attorneys which oversaw the Department's response to amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines for crack cocaine offenses, which required the resentencing of thousands of defendants; in that effort, Zauzmer drafted extensive arguments which were used by federal prosecutors nationally to respond to the myriad legal issues which the amendments created.
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennyslvania - Assistant United States Attorney (1990-); Chief of Appeals (1998-)
Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, Philadelphia - Associate (1989-90)
Tuttle & Taylor, Los Angeles - Associate (1986-89)
Law Cler to Judge Arlin M. Adams, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1985-86)