Andre Birotte Jr. has been nominated to be the next U.S. attorney for the Central District, a region that encompasses San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Birotte, a former assistant U.S. attorney who is inspector general for the Los Angeles Police Commission, would be the district’s first African-American U.S. attorney.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who recommended that President Barack Obama nominate Birotte, called Birotte “an outstanding candidate with strong support in the local community.”
Feinstein praised him for earning respect from police officers whom he investigates and the community organizations that raise concerns about 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,” she wrote.
As inspector general, Birotte oversees 32 attorneys, auditors and former law enforcement officials.
He holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and a law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law.
He worked as deputy public defender in Los Angeles, where he represented indigent clients charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses.
Birotte joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1995, investigating and prosecuting violent crime, fraud and narcotics trafficking cases. He also has worked in the private sector, with an emphasis in white collar crime.
Birotte is a member of the Langston Bar Association, serves as a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court, is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Judicial Appointments Committee and Criminal Justice Executive Committee, and has taught legal writing and advocacy at the University of Southern California Law School.
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