Groups Want Top BigLaw Attys Kept Out Of DOJ Leader Roles

Law360 (February 22, 2021, 3:59 PM EST) -- A coalition of 37 progressive groups on Monday urged prospective Attorney General Merrick Garland to keep top BigLaw attorneys out of leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Justice, saying such appointments should be reserved for individuals with a track record of putting the public before business interests.

The request came in an open letter addressed to Garland, a jurist in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, on the first day of his U.S. Senate confirmation hearings. Expressing concerns with attorneys who have represented major corporations being tasked with strengthening enforcement in areas including white collar...

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