By Jody Coultas, J.D.
The Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominee, Rachel Brand, as associate attorney general. Brand will be the third ranking official in the Department and is the first woman to hold the position. The associate attorney general has supervision over a number of key divisions, including the Antitrust Division, Civil Division, Civil Rights Division, and others.
The vote was 52-46 to support the nomination, largely along party lines.
Brand most recently served on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which is an independent, bipartisan agency within the executive branch vested with analyzing actions the executive branch takes to protect the Nation from terrorism, and to ensure that liberty concerns are appropriately considered in the development and implementation of laws, regulations, and policies related to efforts to protect the Nation against terrorism. This is Brand’s second time with the Justice Department, having previously served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy under President George W. Bush.
"I am pleased that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Rachel Brand to serve as Associate Attorney General, the third-ranking position in the Department of Justice," said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "I know the entire Department of Justice joins me in congratulating her, and we look forward to her assuming her critical role in the Department."
After graduating from Harvard Law School, Brand clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy and Justice Charles Fried of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Brand was the Vice President and Chief Counsel for Regulatory Litigation at the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center and practiced law with two firms in Washington, D.C. She also has taught as an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School.
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