-André Birotte Jr. would be first African-American U.S. attorney in the Central District of California -
Dec 24 2009
Washington, D.C. – Today President Obama nominated André Birotte Jr. to be U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California.
“André Birotte Jr. is an outstanding candidate with strong support in the local community. He is highly qualified and I believe would bring significant experience to the office of the U.S. Attorney in the Central District. I was pleased to recommend him to the President,” said Senator Feinstein (D-Calif.)
As Inspector General of the Los Angeles Police Commission, André has managed to earn the enthusiastic support of both the police officers he is charged with investigating, and the community organizations that often raise concerns regarding police behavior. This ability to command respect from all sides bodes well for his nomination to lead federal law enforcement efforts in the communities of the Central District.”
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, André Birotte Jr. would be the first African-American U.S. Attorney for the Central District, which includes Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
André Birotte Jr. was selected by a bipartisan advisory committee established by Senator Feinstein. The committee carefully screened applications, interviewed applicants and recommended finalists to the Senator. Senator Feinstein interviewed the finalists and forwarded her recommendation to President Obama.
Biography of André Birotte Jr.
André Birotte Jr. has served at the Inspector General of the Los Angeles Police Commission since 2003. He oversees a staff of approximately 32 attorneys, auditors and former law enforcement officials overseeing LAPD’s internal investigations.
He holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and a law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. Following law school, he worked as a deputy public defender in Los Angeles, where he represented indigent clients charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses in more than 30 trials.
He joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1995 where for four years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney he investigated and prosecuted numerous violent crime, fraud and narcotics trafficking cases. He then joined the litigation firm of Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart, Oliver & Hedges, representing clients in white-collar crime and commercial litigation cases.
He is a member of the Langston Bar Association, serving on its board of directors from 1992 through 2003. He also serves as a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Judicial Appointment’s Committee and Criminal Justice Executive Committee. He has taught legal writing and advocacy at the University of Southern California Law School.