Abbe Lowell was cited May 1-2 in leading newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, when the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would drop all charges of violating the Espionage Act against two former staffers at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee for allegedly passing along classified information on Iran to unauthorized individuals, including Israeli Embassy officials. Mr. Lowell served as defense counsel to Steve Rosen, one of two staffers who had faced trial in U.S. District Court. Both the Post and the Journal noted Mr. Lowell's belief that the government's action could in part be attributed to the Obama Administration, "We are extremely grateful that this new Administration . . . has taken seriously their obligation to evaluate cases on the merits."