- Jan. 26, 2015
-- In a letter written by the President of the National Black Prosecutors Association, addressed to to Senators Grassly and Leahy, Melba Pearson urged Congress to confirm Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. The NBPA is a national organization comprised of local, state, and federal prosecutors, dedicated to the advancement of African Americans as prosecutors and committed to identifying and supporting the most qualified leaders in the profession.
The letter cites the fact that Lynch's life has been dedicated to public service and an exemplary career, which includes two confirmed presidential-
appointments as a United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Ms. Lynch received her A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College in 1981. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1984. As a federal prosecutor, Ms. Lynch served with distinction, first on the front lines, and worked her way up from being line prosecutor, to running a branch office, to her two terms as United States Attorney. As the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Ms. Lynch has run one of the nation’s premier litigation offices, representing the United States in three of the five boroughs of New York City – Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island – and both suburban counties on Long Island – Nassau and Suffolk. Her District encompasses approximately eight million people of diverse socio-economic backgrounds. As New York’s top law enforcement officer, she oversees all federal criminal and civil investigations. Her office has successfully prosecuted virtually every type of federal crime, while her Civil Division includes both affirmative and defensive litigation of virtually every variety, and defends the federal government and its officials from constitutional and procedural challenges and from civil actions alleging claims in a broad spectrum of practice areas. She has been on the forefront of national cyber security, and has also made community outreach a priority. Ms. Lynch is the Immediate Past Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and sits on the Department of Justice’s Diversity Council.
The NBPA letter called Lynch a "consensus builder" and a “lawyer’s lawyer,” who has earned the respect and admiration of a broad range of colleagues, lawyers, and leaderswhile not allowing politics or racial tensions to inform her prosecution. The NBPA applauds this character and commitment to the very principles on which the Department of Justice stands, which distinguishes Lynch from her peers and makes her the best person to serve as the next US Attorney General.
Additionally, Lynch has a reputation of being an outstanding prosecutor and remarkable person, with great integrity and work ethic. Lynch will use the very principles that she has built her career upon and lives her life by to serve this nation as a non-partisan, chief law enforcement officer and presidential advisor, whose decisions are driven not by partisan politics, but by the law.
Urging the Senate Judiciary to set aside any partisan differences, and confirm her nomination the NBPA letter states the US needs Loretta Lynch as Attorney General to ensure that America fulfills the promise engraved the United States Supreme Court’s front door, “Equal Justice Under Law.