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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Montana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Montana U.S. Attorney Tapped To Advise Attorney General

Attorney General Eric Holder has selected Mike Cotter, Montana's United States Attorney, to serve on the Attorney General's Advisory Committee (AGAC). The Committee consists of 20 of the 93 United States Attorneys selected by the Attorney General to represent the interests of their judicial district. The Advisory Committee gives United States Attorneys a voice in Department policies and advises the Attorney General of the United States.

In advising the Attorney General, the Committee conducts studies and makes recommendations to improve management of United States Attorney operations and the relationship between the Department and its federal prosecutors and civil lawyers. It also helps formulate new programs for improvement of the criminal justice system and the delivery of legal services at all levels.

The Attorney General selected Cotter and U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom of Kansas to fill openings on the AGAC. "It's a pleasure to welcome Mike Cotter and Barry Grissom as the two newest members of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee, a group of U.S. Attorneys with whom I regularly consult on some of the most significant law enforcement and public safety issues facing our nation," said Attorney General Holder. "I'm grateful for their service and leadership. I look forward to working closely with the entire AGAC as we all work together to protect and ensure justice for the American people."

It is a privilege and an honor to serve on the AGAC, but more than that it is a great opportunity for Montana and her law enforcement community," said Montana U.S. Attorney Mike Cotter, "The issues we confront in the Rocky Mountain West-such as federal land and resource management, service to Indian communities, and addressing public safety concerns related to the oil boom in Northeast Montana-are unique. I am thankful for the opportunity to bring Montana's concerns to the AGAC."

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