Acting United States Attorney Sandra J. Hairston
Sandra J. Hairston was named the Acting United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina on January 14, 2017. Prior to that time, Ms. Hairston served as the First Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District. During her more than twenty-six years with the United States Attorney’s Office, Ms. Hairston has served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and lead attorney in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Section in the Middle District. Ms. Hairston spent two years as Chief of the Criminal division in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina from April 1994 through June 1996. She began her legal career in 1987 as an Assistant District Attorney in the Thirteenth Prosecutorial District of North Carolina.
Ms. Hairston is a 1981 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. She received her Juris Doctor Degree in 1987 from the North Carolina Central University School of Law.
In 2002, Ms. Hairston received the Director’s Award from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys for superior performance as an Assistant United States Attorney.
Ms. Hairston was the 2015 recipient of the Peter S. Gilchrist III Award, which is given by the Criminal Justice Section of the North Carolina Bar Association to a Prosecutor who exemplifies the highest ideals of the profession.