Professor Bennett Capers, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney who is a renowned expert on criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence law, was quoted in The Guardian giving his impressions of Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to be the next U.S. Attorney General. Lynch is currently the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, which is headquartered nearby Brooklyn Law School, and has long had close ties with the Law School. There are two longstanding clinics with the office – one related to misdemeanor prosecution and the other in the area of immigration – and many Brooklyn Law School graduates now serve and have served as AUSAs. In addition, many AUSAs have been members of BLS’s adjunct faculty.
Professor Capers spoke of Lynch’s style as “low-key, very measured,” the type of leader in the Department of Justice who is “[n]ot pushing the envelope, not trying to overreach, but taking a level-headed approach on every case I can think of that the Eastern District has brought. Not taking cases because they will make a name for her, but because they make sense.”