Ms. Duke was appointed First Assistant United States Attorney in February 2006, but roughly a year later became Acting United States Attorney. For nearly four years thereafter, Ms. Duke served simultaneously as First Assistant United States Attorney and United States Attorney. During this time, she oversaw the administration and management of the office, as well as the civil and criminal cases of the office. As the chief federal law enforcement officer for the District, Ms. Duke played an integral role in the coordination of federal, state and local law enforcement resources. She also served on a variety of national subcommittees and working groups of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. These included the White Collar Crime Subcommittee, the Controlled Substances and Asset Forfeiture Subcommittee and the Child Exploitation Working Group.
In 2011, the coveted Director’s Award for Superior Performance in a Managerial Role was bestowed upon Ms. Duke by the Director of the Executive Office of United States Attorneys. Under her leadership, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas gained notoriety for several high-profile prosecutions in the areas of health care fraud, public corruption and violent crime. From 2009 until her departure, Ms. Duke served as special lead counsel in a wide-ranging public corruption investigation in another district. That investigation resulted in the convictions of four law enforcement officers. In an appeal stemming from the lead defendant’s conviction, Ms. Duke presented oral argument to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Duke has extensive experience in community outreach, public speaking, and media relations. Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Ms. Duke was an associate with the firm of Wright, Lindsey & Jennings, LLP in Little Rock. There she maintained a defensive civil practice in the areas of professional liability, negligence and premises liability. From 1996 to 1998, Ms. Duke served as a law clerk to Chief United States District Judge Stephen M. Reasoner.
Ms. Duke represents insurance companies, corporations, and individuals in cases involving negligence, professional liability and breach of duty. She also represents corporations regarding internal investigations and fraud perpetrated by employees and can direct internal investigations of corporations regarding violation of policy, as well as government and regulatory compliance matters.