Justice Department Official Claudia Flynn

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Claudia J. Flynn, 52, who had been director of the Justice Department's Professional Responsibility Advisory Office, which advises department lawyers and assistant U.S. attorneys on professional ethics as well as state and local jurisdictional rules, died Oct. 14 at her home in Bethesda. She had colon cancer.

Ms. Flynn was chief of the criminal division of the U.S. attorney's office in Newark before joining the Justice Department in Washington in 1996. She was chief of staff to the assistant attorney general of the criminal division and then was senior counsel to the director of the executive office for U.S. attorneys.

In 2000, Ms. Flynn was made the first permanent director of the Professional Responsibility Advisory Office. She and eight others provided advice and training for the more than 9,000 Justice Department lawyers, including on cases related to alleged terrorism plots.

The office was created in response to the Citizens Protection Act, which requires that federal government lawyers abide by the same ethics rules as other lawyers in the state in which they are practicing.

In 2005, she received the Justice Department's Mary C. Lawton lifetime service award.

Claudia Jeanne Flynn, whose father was a former assistant U.S. attorney, was born in Washington and raised in West Haven, Conn. She was a 1976 graduate of Brown University and a 1981 graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was notes and comment editor of the law review.

Early on, she clerked for Judge Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, in Hartford, Conn., and was an associate with Parker, Auspitz, Neesemann & Delehanty, a New York law firm where she specialized in civil litigation.

She joined the U.S. attorney's office in Newark in 1984 and briefly left in the early 1990s to serve as associate independent counsel under Arlin Adams at the office of the independent counsel. Adams led the long-running investigation into influence peddling in the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Reagan administration.

Ms. Flynn was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac, where she sang in the choir. She was a board member of the New York-based Fox Foundation, which provides grants to actors.

Her marriages to Warren Eick and Daniel Perlmutter ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 16 years, Robert P. Warren, and their two children, Robert P.P. "Robin" Warren and Linneen Warren, all of Bethesda; her father, W. Paul Flynn Sr. of Hernando, Fla.; a sister; and a brother.

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