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Adair Ford Boroughs Sworn In As United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA — Adair Ford Boroughs was officially sworn in today as United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina. U.S. Attorney Boroughs was nominated by President Joseph R. Biden on June 6, 2022, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 21, 2022. United States District Judge Richard M. Gergel administered the oath of office to U.S. Attorney Boroughs in a ceremony at the federal courthouse in Charleston. An investiture ceremony will take place at a later date.

“I am incredibly excited and honored to return to the Department of Justice as the U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina,” said U.S. Attorney Boroughs. “The team at the U.S. Attorney’s Office is incredibly talented, dedicated, and committed to the mission. I look forward to digging in and doing the work alongside them, as well as alongside our law enforcement partners and our communities, to protect and serve the citizens of the District of South Carolina and to seek fairness and justice in all that we do.”

U.S. Attorney Boroughs is the chief federal law enforcement officer responsible for federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation involving the United States in the District of South Carolina. She supervises an office of approximately 61 Assistant United States Attorneys, 75 support staff, and 13 contract support staff. The office prosecutes federal crimes affecting the district, including narcotics and firearms cases, gang violence, human trafficking, white-collar crime, securities fraud, public corruption, terrorism, and civil rights violations. The office also defends the United States in civil cases and collects debts owed to the United States.

Prior to her confirmation as U.S. Attorney, Boroughs was a partner at Boroughs Bryant, LLC where she handled complex litigation and provided strategic counsel to clients. From 2017 to 2019, she served as Executive Director of Charleston Legal Access, a nonprofit, sliding-scale law firm that she helped found to address the justice gap in South Carolina. From 2013 to 2017, Boroughs clerked for Judge Gergel, where she worked on a number of high-profile cases including United States v. Dylan Roof, where the defendant was convicted of killing nine Black parishioners during a prayer meeting at the historic Charleston Emanuel AME church. Boroughs began her legal career in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. as part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program, serving from 2007 to 2013. While there, she handled complex civil ligation across the country, received awards for her trial work and mentorship of new attorneys, and served on the Assistant Attorney General’s Diversity Committee where she led the work on overhauling the Division’s hiring practices. Prior to law school, Boroughs taught high school mathematics in South Carolina’s public schools.

Boroughs received her J.D., with distinction, from Stanford Law School in 2007 and her B.S. in Mathematics, summa cum laude, from Furman University in 2002. She is a 2001 Harry S. Truman Scholar.

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Derek A. Shoemake (843) 813-0982

Updated July 26, 2022

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