Loretta E. Lynch was appointed by President Barack Obama and on May 3, 2010 took the oath of office as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. In so doing, she returned to the Office she previously led as United States Attorney from 1999 to 2001 under President William J. Clinton. She oversees all federal criminal and civil investigations and cases in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. Ms. Lynch has expanded the office’s leading national security practice into the area of cyber security, and has also made community outreach a priority. Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Ms. Lynch to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee in 2010, naming her Chair of the Committee in 2013. She also sits on the Department of Justice’s Diversity Council.
Ms. Lynch began her career in the Eastern District in 1990, after working as a litigation associate for a leading New York firm. Ms. Lynch served as Chief of the Long Island Office from 1994 to 1998, after serving as the Deputy Chief of General Crimes and as Chief of Intake and Arraignments for the district. While in the Long Island Office she was the lead prosecutor in a series of trials involving allegations of public corruption in the Long Island town of Brookhaven. Ms. Lynch also served the district as Chief Assistant, where she was a member of the trial team in U.S. v. Volpe, et al., a five week civil rights case involving the sexual assault by uniformed New York City police officers upon Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.
During her first tenure as U.S. Attorney, Ms. Lynch was a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, serving as Co-Chair of the White Collar Crime Subcommittee. She was a frequent instructor for the Department of Justice in their Criminal Trial Advocacy Program and served as an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University School of Law.
Before returning to the office as United States Attorney in 2010, Ms. Lynch was a partner in the New York office of Hogan & Hartson L.L.P. Her practice focused on commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense and corporate compliance issues. She continued her focus on legal education, serving on the board of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), and teaching a series of trial advocacy workshops for the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICTR. Ms. Lynch also served as Special Counsel to the Prosecutor of the ICTR, and conducted a special investigation into allegations of witness tampering and false testimony at the Tribunal.
Ms. Lynch received her A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College in 1981. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1984, where she was an advisor to the first year moot court competition and a member of the Legal Aid Bureau and Harvard Black Law Students Association.
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