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Although Patrick Meehan probably won’t start his new job as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania until sometime next month, he has already tapped two area law professors — both also seasoned prosecutors — to take high-ranking posts in his administration. Sources confirmed that Widener Law School Professor Geoffrey Moulton would be named First Assistant U.S. Attorney and that Villanova Law School professor Laurie Magid would be named Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney. The two are expected to begin their new jobs as soon as Meehan, currently the Delaware County district attorney, is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Moulton is a veteran of the Philadelphia U.S. Attorney’s Office. His five-year stint as an assistant ended in 1990. Moulton, a graduate of Columbia Law School, went on to clerk for Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court Justice William H. Rehnquist. Magid prosecuted cases in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office from 1986 to 1995 and was later hired as a special assistant in Meehan’s office to assist in handling the appeal of the John E. duPont murder conviction. Magid, also a Columbia Law graduate, went on to clerk for Judge James Hunter III of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Sources say that Meehan has asked acting U.S. Attorney Michael Levy to stay on in a managerial role but that his new job has not yet been defined. Levy served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney under two previous U.S. Attorneys — Michael Rotko and Michael Stiles. After Stiles left office, Levy became Acting U.S. Attorney and was later named Interim U.S. Attorney by the judges of the Eastern District. Meehan could not be reached for comment. Calls to Moulton and Magid were not returned. Levy also could not be reached. Magid will replace Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine Votaw, a longtime veteran of the office who previously held supervisory positions in the Civil Division. Votaw said she could not comment.

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