Olson Appointed to Attorney General's Advisory Committee (AGAC)
BOISE – Attorney General Eric Holder has appointed Idaho’s U.S. Attorney, Wendy J. Olson, to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC), the highest ranking committee within the Department of Justice. The Department announced the appointment of Olson and five other U.S. Attorneys to serve new two-year terms earlier today.
The AGAC, created in 1973, is comprised of twenty U.S. Attorneys from ninety-four districts. The AGAC reports to the Attorney General through the Deputy Attorney General. The committee represents the voice of the U.S. Attorneys and provides advice and counsel to the Attorney General on policy, management and operational issues impacting the Offices of the U.S. Attorneys.
Olson was presidentially appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho on June 25, 2010. Prior to her appointment she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho from 1997-2010, including as Senior Litigation Counsel (2006-2010). Olson worked for the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, where she was a trial attorney from 1992 until 1996, and Deputy Director of Operations and Assistant to the Director on the National Church Arson Task Force from 1996 until 1997. Olson was also an Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing at the George Washington University School of Law from 1994 until 1997. Olson serves as a member of the AGAC’s Border and Immigration Law Enforcement Subcommittee, Civil Rights Subcommittee, Native American Issues Subcommittee, and Local Government Coordination Working Group.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome the newest members of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, a group of U.S. Attorneys with whom I regularly consult on some of the most critical law enforcement and public safety issues facing our country,” said Attorney General Holder. “I’m grateful for their service and leadership on the AGAC. I applaud the excellent work that each of them is leading in their home districts. And I look forward to working closely with them as we work together to confront the present challenges and seize new opportunities to protect and ensure justice for the American people.”
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