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United States Attorney Announces the Appointment of Three New Federal Prosecutors

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH – United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced today the appointment of three new Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs).  Each were sworn in today by Mr. Higdon.

Gabriel J. Diaz, is a former intern of the United States Attorney’s Office and was an Assistant District Attorney with the Alamance County (NC) District Attorney’s Office from 2015 until his appointment as AUSA.  AUSA Diaz is a graduated of Florida International University and the Campbell University School of Law.  AUSA Diaz will be assigned to the National Security Section within the United States Attorney’s Office.

Robert Dodson comes from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) where he has served as legal counsel since 2013. During his time with BOP, he served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney handling criminal prosecutions arising out of the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, North Carolina.  AUSA Dodson is a graduate of North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Central University School of Law.   He will be assigned to the Violent Crime Section, handling a variety of cases in conjunction with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ reinvigoration of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program which targets violent criminals in an effort to reduce violent crime.  He will also become a part of the United States Attorney’s Office “Take Back North Carolina” initiative.   

Lucy Partain comes from the Cherokee County (Georgia) District Attorney’s Office where she served as an Assistant District Attorney.  Prior to that she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Terrence W. Boyle, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Ms. Partain is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Duke University Law School.  Ms. Partain will be assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Task Force Unit and will handle drug trafficking cases, including opioid prosecutions. 

 “It’s my privilege to lead an office filled with incredibly talented and dedicated people who work tirelessly to carry out our mission of justice and fulfill our promises to the people of the Eastern District to reduce violent crime and reduce drug trafficking levels,” said U.S. Attorney Higdon.  “We are proud to welcome these fine individuals to our office.  I know they will make an immediate impact in our District and serve the citizens of the United States with honor and distinction.”

Updated July 23, 2018

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