1st African American woman to lead U.S. Attorney's Office for Western District

Mar 23, 2021

President Joe Biden intends to nominate three new prosecutors to run the U.S. attorney's offices in New York.

That's according to a person familiar with the matter, who spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday. The trio were recommended by New York U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, who said this would be the first time three African Americans would head these offices.

“In recommending each of these experienced and talented leaders for such important positions, I am confident that the lives of all New Yorkers will be made better and that these prosecutors will work hard to confront wrongdoing in all its forms in a fair and focused manner," Schumer said in a statement Tuesday. "Each of these exemplary public servants embodies the phrase ‘equal justice for all’ and holds a deep understanding that the work ahead will require solid, steady and unwavering leadership to ensure this state—and this country—deliver a fairer, more inclusive and just future for each and every one of us.”

Biden will nominate Buffalo native Trini Ross to run the office in the Western District, based downtown. She is a 1992 alumna of the University at Buffalo Law School and currently serves at the National Science Foundation, but has held top positions with the Justice Department locally and in Washington, DC. Trini would replace James Kennedy, who has been U.S. attorney since 2017.

The president is also expected to name Damian Williams as the U.S. attorney in the Southern District, which is based in Manhattan and handles some of the Justice Department's most significant and sensitive cases. He currently serves as Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force for the office, where he has worked since 2012.

Biden also intends to nominate Breon Peace as the U.S. attorney in the Eastern District, based in Brooklyn. Peace is currently a partner and Executive Committee member at Cleary Gottlieb, LLP, where he has been since 2007. He is also a former assistant U.S. attorney in the criminal division for the Eastern District.