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U.S. Attorney Names Wetzler as Deputy Chief of the Civil Division

May 18, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, announced that he has promoted Lauren Wetzler to be the Deputy Chief for the Civil Division. 

            “We have a robust civil practice, especially considering the number of government agencies in our District,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “Lauren has the intellect and leadership qualities necessary to handle the complex issues we face in this challenging practice.”

The Civil Division in the Eastern District of Virginia is the sixth largest in the nation and handles some of the most complex and interesting work in the country. In 2008, the District either filed or responded to just over 1,000 cases. 

            Wetzler joined the Civil Division in Alexandria in 2005, where she has represented federal agencies and employees in a wide range of civil matters, including Administrative Procedure Act (APA), Bivens, employment discrimination, tort, immigration, FOIA, and Hyde Amendment cases. She also was a member of the team that criminally prosecuted 16 members of a Centreville heroin ring.  The team received an award from the Director of the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys.
            Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Wetzler clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for the Honorable Barrington D. Parker Jr.

            She received her juris doctorate from Yale Law School and her bachelor’s degree in history and literature from Harvard University, where she co-founded the Harvard Mock Trial Team and Pre-Law Society.

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