Brooklyn Law School was proud to host the investiture of Loretta E. Lynch as the 40th United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Joined by family, friends, colleagues, and many of the EDNY judges, Lynch took the oath of office before a standing-room only crowd in the Law School’s Moot Court Room.
President Joan G. Wexler said, “Loretta is a dedicated, talented professional, and a perfect choice to lead the Eastern District. We are proud that the Law School was part of this moment in history.”
Chief Judge Raymond Dearie of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York presided over the ceremony. He pointed out that it was fitting to have the investiture at Brooklyn Law School because of the many close connections between the Court and the Law School. Joining him on the bench were two former Law School Deans, Senior Judges I. Leo Glasser ’48 and David G. Trager, as well as Senior Judge Edward R. Korman ’66. Robert C. Heinemann ’76, the Clerk of the Court, read the Presidential Commission.
President Barack Obama appointed Lynch this past May. With this appointment, she returns to the position she held at the end of the Clinton Administration, from 1999-2001. As the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District, she is the primary law enforcer for Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, responsible for supervising 170 U.S. attorneys and 150 support personnel.
In his remarks, Attorney General Eric Holder, who grew up in Queens, said, “It’s a great comfort to know my hometown is in capable hands.”
Until her appointment in May, Lynch was a partner at Hogan Lovells. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School.
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