Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) has hired a law professor and former federal prosecutor as his chief counsel.
Geoff Moulton, an associate professor of law at Widener University in Wilmington, Del., will advise Kaufman on legislation before the Senate Judiciary Committee and on other legal issues. He has taught at Widener since 1993, except for four years he spent as first assistant U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Pennsylvania from 2001 to 2005. He had been mentioned as a possible U.S. attorney for the Philadelphia-based office.
Moulton (Amherst, Columbia Law) clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist during the 1985-86 Supreme Court term. He served as a special counsel for a year in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and then as an assistant U.S. attorney in the eastern district of Pennsylvania.
He also spent time with two Philadelphia firms, then known as Kohn, Klein, Nast & Graf and Dechert, Price & Rhoads. In 1993, he worked on the Treasury Department’s review of the raid of the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas.
“I have always been drawn to public service and I can’t imagine a more interesting or important time to serve in Washington,” Moulton said in a statement released by Widener. He will continue to teach at the school on Fridays and will take a leave of absence beginning in May.
Kaufman, appointed to fill the vacancy created when Vice President Joe Biden resigned from the Senate, is one of three new members of the Judiciary Committee this year. Kaufman is a former chief of staff to Biden and is not expected to run for election to the seat in 2010.