A legal assistant at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit was among 279 employees recognized by Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch today for their distinguished public service at the 63nd Annual Attorney General’s Awards Ceremony.
Thirty-three other individuals outside of the department were also honored for their work.
This annual ceremony recognizes individuals for their outstanding service and dedication to carrying out the missions of the Department of Justice. The department also presented one posthumous award in honor of Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells for his exceptional heroism in the line of duty.
Among the employees recognized this year was Beryl A. Robbins, Senior Legal Assistant Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Michigan. Robbins was presented with the Award for Excellence in Legal Support. Robbins, a 30-year veteran of the Eastern District of Michigan, is responsible for creating, updating and maintaining all forms used by the office in criminal case filings and training all legal assistants about proper case filing practices. She also serves as office liaison to the Clerk of the U.S. District Court.
“The individuals being honored today stand out within a department that holds all of its employees and partners to an extremely high standard of excellence,” said Attorney General Lynch. “They have put in long hours, made immense sacrifices and, in some cases, placed themselves in harm’s way. They have taken on issues that once seemed intractable, and made progress on problems that once seemed impossible. And their outstanding work is an inspiration to public servants everywhere.”
"Beryl Robbins represents the very best in public service," McQuade said. "She works diligently on behalf of the people of the Eastern District of Michigan, and is constantly striving to find ways to improve the work of our office."