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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release November 9, 1995


President Clinton announced today his intent to nominate Robert S. Litt to be Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice.

Robert S. Litt of Maryland has served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division since 1994, where he served as the principal advisor to former Assistant Attorney General Harris on an array of legal matters and policy questions. He has direct supervisory authority over the Criminal Division's legislative, fraud, and appellate sections. From April 1993 to June 1994, Mr. Litt served as the Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs. In that capacity, he advised the Assistant Secretary on matters of policy, public diplomacy, and legislative relations. Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Litt was a partner in the law firm of Williams & Connolly, where he specialized in civil and criminal litigation. From 1978 to 1984, Mr. Litt served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York where he prosecuted criminal cases at the trial and appellate phases. He has served as an adjunct professor on various criminal issues at both Georgetown University Law Center and the Washington College of Law at American University. He served as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York for then-Judge Edward Weinfeld, and as a law clerk to Justice Potter Stewart of the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Litt served as co-chair of the American Bar Association's Subcommittee on Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure of the White Collar Crime Committee of the Section on Criminal Justice. Mr. Litt received both his M.A. and J.D. degrees from Yale University in 1973 and 1976 respectively and his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1971.

The principal mission of the Criminal Division is to serve the public through the development and enforcement of criminal statutes in a vigorous, fair and effective manner. The Division exercises general supervision over the enforcement of all federal criminal laws, with the exception of those statutes specifically assigned to the Antitrust, Civil Rights, Civil, Environment and Natural Resources, and Tax Divisions. The Division also is responsible for conducting criminal investigations, including grand jury proceedings, and litigating major cases arising from criminal offenses. Mediating the interaction of the various executive branch agencies with respect to criminal matters and supervising the application of sensitive law enforcement techniques are among the responsibilities of the Criminal Division.