By BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
One of West Virginia’s most successful barristers — H. Marshall Jarrett, director of the executive office for U.S. Attorneys, U.S. Department of Justice, will be honored with induction into the Bluefield High School Hall of Fame during an assembly at 10 a.m. on Tuesday in the BHS Auditorium.
Jarrett, a graduate in the BHS class of 1962, earned his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University, and later his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the WVU College of Law, and began his career in public service as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of West Virginia.
From that humble origin, Jarrett, 68, advanced steadily through the ranks of the U.S. Department of Justice to become one of the DOJ’s most powerful lawyers.
He earned his passion for the legal profession from his father, Mercer County Circuit Court Judge Howard M. Jarrett, who was among the most highly respected and admired jurists in southern West Virginia.
Judge Howard and his wife, Doris Jarrett, also instilled an abiding love of family and home in their son.
Robert E. Holroyd, a former Mercer County prosecuting attorney and one of the longest-serving members in the Mercer County Bar Association, was among the individuals who recommended Jarrett to be indicted into the BHS Hall of Fame.
Deborah K. Garton, another local lawyer and a long-time assistant prosecuting attorney, also joined the group of people who nominated Jarrett.
“In the last 38 years, he has risen to prominence within the Justice Department,” Garton wrote. “He has been responsible for such activities as heading up the criminal division in the largest U.S. Attorney’s office in the nation, prosecuting corrupt government officials, overseeing investigations against crimes committed against American citizens abroad, supervising investigations of professional misconduct by DOJ attorneys, and most recently, as head of the executive office of U.S. Attorneys which oversees 94 U.S. Attorneys’ offices across the nation.”
“I have known Marshall since our time in grade school and through West Virginia University,” Judy M. Lambert, a former member of the BHS faculty said. “He was always a good student, had a good time with his peers, and the faculty always expected him to be successful,” she wrote.
Jarrett served as the keynote speaker for the Community Foundation of the Virginias Inc.’s annual dinner in 2011.
During that address he credited his BHS teachers including George Erps and Mary Chmara for helping him evolve into the student he became.
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