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Eastern District of California

Eastern District of California


The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California represents the federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Eastern District of California. This includes all criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. The Eastern District of California is one of the largest judicial districts in the country, both in terms of population and land mass. It has almost eight million residents and encompasses six large urban areas: Sacramento, Fresno, Bakersfield, Stockton,Vallejo, and Fairfield. It extends over 87,000 square miles, 45% of which is federal land and includes 34 counties reaching from the Oregon border in the north down to Bakersfield in the south, and from the coastal mountains in the west, to the Nevada border in the east. (Click here for the California County map of the Eastern District.) The attorneys and staff of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California are proud to represent residents of this large and culturally diverse district. It is the mission and the pledge of this office to represent the United States with determination, professionalism, and integrity.


August 2016
Issue No. 3

The U.S. Attorney's Report to the District

Combating Religious Discrimination

In May, I participated in a roundtable discussion at Stanford Law School addressing religious discrimination in education.  The panel of speakers included the U.S. Attorneys of four federal districts (including me) and leaders from the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education, and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  The members of the audience—who did much of the talking—came from various parts of the community and included religious student association representatives and school administrators from colleges and universities, leaders of faith-based and interfaith groups, and attorneys representing religious interest groups.  The group included a Muslim student association representative and a leader from the Anti-Defamation League; an executive director of Not in Our Town and a director of the Hindu American Foundation; a representative from the California Council of Churches and a constitutional law professor from UC Davis; and many others.  Despite the diversity in backgrounds, the members of the panel and the audience shared a strong desire to support and defend our national commitment to religious pluralism, religious freedom and nondiscrimination.


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