Canton Repository

December 11, 2002

GlenOak grad earns anti-terrorism award 

Copley Washington correspondent 

WASHINGTON — Former North Canton resident Nathan Sales was only a few weeks into his job at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., when he was asked to help put together the nation’s first major anti-terrorism law after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

He and 15 other colleagues that were part of the team would win the top award from the Justice Department for their efforts.

“It was trial by fire. We were thrown into one of the most important projects that we’ll ever work on in our lives,” said Sales, who helped draft the Patriot Act.

Sales, 28, also helped negotiate passage of the bill, which gives the government additional tools to investigate and prevent terrorist attacks. The team developed instructions for FBI agents and others using the law.

Sales, recognized for his work earlier this summer, has been at the Justice Department little more than a year.

Born in San Diego, where his father served in the Navy, Sales grew up in Ohio and graduated from GlenOak High School. His parents, Alex and Marsha Sales, and brother, Benjamin, still live in North Canton.

Sales went to college at Miami of Ohio and earned his law degree at Duke.

President Bush signed the Patriot Act into law Oct. 26, 2001. Since then, Sales has worked on other policies related to terrorism and federal judicial nominations.