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Meet the U.S. Attorney

Deborah R. Gilg

Deborah R. Gilg

Deborah R. Gilg, was appointed by President Barack Obama on October 1, 2009 as the 32nd United States Attorney for the District of Nebraska , and the first female United States Attorney for Nebraska. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Gilg served as an elected county attorney in Western Nebraska for sixteen years. In recognition of her expertise as a prosecutor, Ms. Gilg was appointed as a deputy county attorney or Special Prosecutor in over twenty-one counties in Nebraska, in addition to maintaining a private law practice.

Ms. Gilg currently serves on United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s subcommittees on Native American Issues, Civil Rights Issues, Cyber/Intellectual Property Issues, and Terrorism and National Security Issues.

In January, 2011, she was appointed by then Attorney General Eric Holder to chair a federal task force on Violence Against Native American Women. Ms. Gilg also serves as the chair of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Working Group and is the U.S. Attorney representative on the Fiscal Planning Committee for Midwest HIDTA.

Ms. Gilg is currently serving on Attorney General Lynch’s Advisory Committee for U.S. Attorneys (AGAC). The AGAC was created in 1973 to represent the voice of the U.S. Attorneys and to provide advice and counsel to the Attorney General on policy, management and operational issues affecting the offices of the United States Attorneys across the country.

Public service has been the guiding principle of Ms. Gilg’s career. She was the Chair of the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission and later served as an administrative law judge for the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission. Additionally, she chaired the Nebraska Jail Standards Board for 25 years, after having been appointed and re-appointed by five different State Governors.

A native Nebraskan, Ms. Gilg received her Bachelor Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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"The United States Attorney is the representative not of an ordinary party to a controversy, but of a sovereignty whose obligation to govern impartially is as compelling as its obligation to govern at all; and whose interest, therefore, in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case, but that justice be done. As such he is in a peculiar and very definite sense the servant of the law, the twofold aim of which is that guilt shall not escape or innocence suffer. He may prosecute with earnestness and vigor -- indeed he should do so. But, while he may strike hard blows, he is not at liberty to strike foul ones. It is as much his duty to refrain from improper methods calculated to produce a wrongful conviction as it is to use every legitimate means to bring about a just one."

-- Mr. Justice Sutherland in Berger v. United States, 295 U.S. 88 (1935)

Updated November 18, 2015