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Alumna nominated for U.S. Attorney post by Obama administration

Wendy Olson, JO’86, recently was nominated as United States Attorney for the District of Idaho by President Barack Obama.

The White House announced the nomination early last month, stating that Olson would be resolute in the pursuit of justice and serve Idaho with distinction.

“I am deeply honored to have been nominated to be U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho, and I look forward to the Senate confirmation process,” said Olson, who earned a law degree from Stanford in 1990.

Olson, who lives in Idaho, credited Drake with aiding in her intellectual, personal and professional development.

“I loved every minute I spent at Drake,” Olson said. “The education was first-rate, and the opportunity to interact with full professors from the minute I arrived on campus was enriching. I made friendships that have lasted a lifetime.”

Her nomination is supported by all four of Idaho’s federal representatives and will be voted on by the U.S. Senate within the year.

Olson has served as an adjunct professor of legal writing at the George Washington University School of Law and as a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the Criminal Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.

She joined the U.S. attorney for Idaho’s office in 1997, serving first as an assistant U.S. attorney. Since 2006 she has served the office as senior litigation counsel.

Olson also serves on the Board of Directors for the Idaho Women Lawyers organization.