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News Release

For Immediate Release
December 15, 2011

Michael A. Delaney, Attorney General
(603) 271-3658

Department of Justice Promotions

Attorney General Michael A. Delaney announces the following two promotions at the Department of Justice.

Karen Schlitzer has been appointed to serve as the new Bureau Chief of the Transportation and Construction Bureau at the Attorney General's Office. The Transportation and Construction Bureau provides civil legal advice to the Department of Transportation and represents the State before state and federal courts and administrative bodies regarding the functioning and administration of the State's highway and turnpike systems. The Bureau also represents all State agencies with respect to administration of the State's eminent domain laws. As Bureau Chief, Schlitzer will oversee all of the Bureau's civil litigation and client counseling functions. Schlitzer began her career at the Department in 2001, working in the Civil Bureau as a litigation attorney. In that capacity, she has represented the State in all phases of civil litigation, including regular appearances before the New Hampshire Supreme Court. She has served as counsel to the Department of Revenue Administration and numerous other state agencies. In November 2011, Schlitzer received the Fire Service Award of Excellence, given by the New Hampshire Fire Standards and Training Commission, for her years of public service to the Commission. She is a 2001 graduate of the Suffolk University School of Law, she received a Masters in Science degree from the American University in 1998 with a concentration in Justice, Law and Society, and she holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Rochester in 1996.

Attorney General Delaney stated, "I am grateful to Governor Lynch and the Executive Council for their support and unanimous approval of the appointment of Karen Schlitzer to serve as the Transportation and Construction Bureau Chief. Karen Schlitzer is a talented attorney and is well qualified to serve as Bureau Chief of the Transportation and Construction Bureau. She has dedicated her entire career to public service at the Department of Justice, and I very much appreciate her willingness and enthusiasm to assume this leadership role in the Attorney General's Office."

Jane Young, formerly a Senior Assistant Attorney General, has been promoted to serve as one of the Office's three Associate Attorneys General. Young will continue to serve as the Bureau Chief of the Criminal Justice Bureau. The Bureau investigates and prosecutes public integrity crimes, major drug cases, homicides, healthcare fraud cases and complex financial crimes. The Bureau also represents the State in all criminal appeals before the New Hampshire Supreme Court, and serves as the primary liaison for the Office's regular collaboration with county attorneys, the State Police and police departments. Young has served as the Criminal Justice Bureau Chief since 2007. She first joined the Office in 1992 as a drug prosecutor, following 3 years as an assistant county attorney in Hillsborough County. She is a veteran prosecutor and has led many of the Office's major criminal prosecutions and death investigations, including the seven-week first degree murder case of State v. Sheila Labarre, and the recent death investigation of Celina Cass in West Stewartstown.

Attorney General Delaney stated: "Jane Young is a top-notch, seasoned prosecutor who has performed above and beyond the call of duty as a prosecutor for the State. I am pleased to promote her into this senior leadership position as the Associate Attorney General overseeing our public protection functions." Young succeeds Ann Rice as Associate Attorney General in the Division of Public Protection. Rice was appointed this summer to serve as the State's Deputy Attorney General.

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