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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Rhode Island

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Denise M. Barton, Amy R. Romero Appointed Assistant U.S. Attorneys

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha today announced the appointment of Denise M. Barton and Amy Retsinas Romero as Assistant United States Attorneys for the District of Rhode Island.

Ms. Barton, a criminal prosecutor for more than fourteen years, including five years as a county and state prosecutor in Massachusetts, and nine years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office in San Francisco, graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts in 1991, and earned her Juris Doctor at Tulane Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 1996. Ms. Barton is a native of Medfield, MA. Ms. Barton has been assigned to the Criminal Division.

Prior to her appointment as an Assistant United States Attorney, Ms. Romero clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third District and was a former staff attorney for Rhode Island Legal Services and Community Legal Aid in Worcester, MA. Ms. Romero, a Providence, RI native, graduated from Swathmore College in 2001 and earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, graduating cum laude in 2009. Ms. Romero has been assigned to the Civil Division.

In making the announcement, United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha said, “I am enormously pleased to welcome AUSAs Barton and Romero to the Office.  Ms. Barton is a talented and experienced federal prosecutor who can ably handle any type of case, and will add great strength to our Criminal Division.  Ms. Romero has spent her career using her considerable talents as a civil litigator to help others, particularly those who, due to limited resources, would otherwise have difficulty exercising their legal rights.  That is difficult, important, and often unheralded work, and I look forward to relying on her experience in strengthening our civil rights program.”

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16-99
Updated October 11, 2016