THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NOMINATES LAURIE O. ROBINSON AS THE ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR THE OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS
The President today announced his intent to nominate Laurie O. Robinson as the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs at the Department of Justice.
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides federal leadership, coordination and assistance to help state and local jurisdictions fight crime and improve the justice system. Supporting both enforcement and OJP, its five program bureaus are responsible for collecting statistical data and conducting analyses, identifying emerging criminal justice issues, developing new ideas and testing promising approaches to address these issues and to assist crime victims. They also evaluate program results and disseminate these findings and other information both nationally and internationally.
Ms. Robinson joined the U.S. Department of Justice in August, 1993 as an Associate Deputy Attorney General. She also serves as Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs.
Prior to joining the Clinton Administration, Ms. Robinson served as Director of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Criminal Justice Section from 1979. From 1986 to 1993, she headed the ABA's Professional Services Division in Washington, D.C.. From 1972 to 1979, she was the Assistant Staff Director of the ABA Criminal Justice Section. She has also worked as a reporter and desk editor for a New York City Ford Foundation-funded effort to provide better news coverage for the city's Black and Puerto Rican communities.
She is a 1968 magna cum laude graduate of Pembroke College in Brown University, with a degree in Political Science.