June 11, 2024 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Statehouse Convention Center Little Rock
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Jane Duke

Jane Duke
U.S. Attorney
Eastern District of Arkansas
Little Rock
Jane Weisenfels Duke, 38, stepped up to the plate when Tim Griffin resigned as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas on June 1, 2007. And as soon as a political appointee of President Obama's choosing is installed, she'll step back down again.

Duke became a federal prosecutor in 2002 and was elevated to first assistant U.S. Attorney in 2006 by then-U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins. She kept that management-level position under Griffin, but she doesn't know what her title will be when a Senate-confirmed U.S. Attorney is sworn in.

"To put it simply, I'll do whatever the new U.S. Attorney wants me to do. Whether I'll remain in management will be up to whatever they think will best serve the office," Duke said.

If the new boss wants her to return to the ranks of regular prosecutors, Duke is fine with that. Even as U.S. Attorney, she has continued to be a hands-on prosecutor — something that isn't typical.

"Because I really enjoy the casework, I wanted to keep doing it. And also it keeps me in touch with what the assistant U.S. Attorneys are going through. It helps me understand the issues when I, as a manager, come in and try to resolve them."

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