Acting US Attorney Beth Drake
Beth Drake serves as Acting U.S. Attorney, effective June 15, 2016. Ms. Drake had served for six years as First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina. As First Assistant, she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the United States Attorney’s office.
Ms. Drake has been an Assistant United States Attorney since 1994. During this time, she 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, Ms. Drake coordinated an active 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.
Prior to becoming an AUSA, Ms. Drake was an Assistant Solicitor (state prosecutor) (1991-94). In this capacity, she prosecuted “white collar,” environmental, public corruption, fraud as well as various “street” crimes. Ms. Drake was a member of a 3-member management team the last 18 months at the Solicitor’s Office. Ms. Drake was an Assistant Regional Counsel for the EPA from 1990 to 1991, and an EPA Enforcement Attorney from 1989 to 1990. She was in private practice from 1987 to 1988. Ms. Drake graduated from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1987 where she was a Student Works Editor on the South Carolina Law Review. She later attended the George Washington School of Law to work on her masters in environmental law.