The Honorable

Eric H. Holder

Covington & Burling, LLP
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Holder served as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States from 2009 to 2015, the first African American to hold this office. He was a partner at Covington from 2001 to 2009, and rejoined the firm in 2015. Holder previously served as a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia (1988-93, nominated by President Reagan) and as United States Attorney for the District of Columbia (1993-97). While U.S. Attorney, he prosecuted Congressman Dan Rostenkowski for corruption charges related to his role in the Congressional Post Office scandal. Later, he was Deputy Attorney General of the United States during the Clinton administration (1997-2001). He was senior legal advisor to Barack Obama during Obama's presidential campaign and one of three members of Obama's vice-presidential selection committee. As Attorney General, Holder was a leading advocate for voting rights, instituted civilian, rather than military, trials for terrorism suspects, and investigated police misconduct and placed departments under federal oversight.
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