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New York, April 22, 2009 — Columbia Law School alumnus Lanny A. Breuer '85 has been confirmed as Assistant Attorney General for the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice in the Obama administration. Breuer’s confirmation by the U.S. Senate was announced yesterday by Attorney General Eric Holder ’76. Breuer replaces Rita M. Glavin, who was serving as the acting assistant attorney general.
In welcoming Breuer and two other assistant attorneys general, Attorney General Eric Holder said, "These exceptional individuals will help lead the Department with dedication, sound judgment and integrity, whether it's aggressively enforcing the antitrust laws, overseeing civil enforcement in the Department's largest litigation division, or combating traditional crimes such as financial fraud or drug trafficking." Holder continued, "I look forward to working with them to advance the interests of justice on behalf of the American people."
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