US Attorney Beth Drake
Beth Drake was appointed as interim U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina, effective January 11, 2017. Prior to her appointment as U.S. Attorney, Ms. Drake had served for six years as First Assistant U.S. Attorney. Ms. Drake has been an Assistant United States Attorney for over 20 years.
During her tenure with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Drake has worked in both the Civil Division and the Criminal Division. While in the Criminal Division, Ms. Drake was with the General Crimes Unit, and prosecuted a range of “white collar,” fraud, drug, and gun offenses before the District Court. She also argued appeals before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and has served as the Appellate Coordinator for the United States Attorney’s Office. While First Assistant, in addition to her administrative and managerial responsibilities, Ms. Drake coordinated the office criminal civil rights docket and tried one color of law case to a conviction.
While in the Civil Division, Ms. Drake’s practice concentrated in the defense of habeas and Bivens litigation brought by prisoners. Ms. Drake also defended the Commissioner for Social Security in actions seeking benefits and worked in the Asset Forfeiture Unit. Ms. Drake has also defended the United States in medical malpractice and other actions brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act, the Federal Employees Compensation Act, and various environmental statutes. Ms. Drake served for a number of years as the USAO’s Sexual Harassment Contact.