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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Tenth Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20530

Phone, 202-514-2000

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL Janet Reno

Chief of Staff John M. Hogan

Confidential Assistant to the Bessie L. Meadows

Attorney General

Counselor to the Attorney General Kent R. Markus

for Youth Violence

Assistants to the Attorney General Sidney Espinosa, Wilfredo A. Ferrer, David Jones, Cheryl L. Montgomery

Deputy Attorney General Jamie S. Gorelick

Confidential Assistant Ginger Trapanotto

Principal Associate Deputy Attorney Merrick B. Garland

General

Executive Assistant and Counsel Dennis M. Corrigan

Associate Deputy Attorneys General Paul J. Fishman, David Margolis, Roslyn A. Mazer, David W. Ogden, Catherine M. Russell

Special Counsel to the Deputy Debra Cohn

Attorney General

Counsels to the Deputy Attorney Roger C. Adams, Gerri General L. Ratliff, Jonathan D. Schwartz, Charles J. Sgro

Director, Executive Office for Frederick D. Baron

National Security

Deputy Director, Executive Michael A. Vatis

Office for National Security

Counsel for International Programs Regina Hart Nassen

Associate Attorney General John C. Dwyer, Acting

Confidential Assistant Jayne Schreiber

Deputy Associate Attorneys General Francis M. Allegra, Reginald Robinson, Lewis Anthony Satin, Michael Small

Senior Counsel, Office of Peter R. Steenland, Alternative Dispute Jr.

Resolution

Director, Office of Violence Against Bonnie Campbell

Women

Solicitor General Walter E. Dellinger

Inspector General Michael Bromwich

Assistant Attorney General, Office Dawn Johnsen, Acting

of Legal Counsel

Assistant Attorney General, Office Andrew Fois

of Legislative Affairs

Assistant Attorney General, Office Eleanor D. Acheson

of Policy Development

Assistant Attorney General for Stephen R. Colgate

Administration

Assistant Attorney General, Joel I. Klein, Acting

Antitrust Division

Assistant Attorney General, Civil Frank W. Hunger

Division

Assistant Attorney General, Civil Isabelle K. Pinzler, Rights Division Acting

Assistant Attorney General, Criminal John C. Keeney, Acting

Division

Assistant Attorney General, Lois J. Schiffer

Environment and Natural Resources Division

Assistant Attorney General, Tax Loretta C. Argrett

Division

Assistant Attorney General, Office Laurie Robinson

of Justice Programs

Director, Office of Public Affairs Bert Brandenburg, Acting

Directors, Office of Information and Privacy Richard L. Huff, Daniel J. Metcalfe

Director, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys Carol DiBattiste

Director, Bureau of Prisons Kathleen M. Hawk

Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation Louis J. Freeh

Director, United States Marshals Service Eduardo Gonzalez

Director, Executive Office for Immigration Anthony C. Moscato

Review

Director, Executive Office for United States Joseph Patchan

Trustees

Director, Community Relations Service Rose Ochi, Acting

Director, Community Orienting Policing Services Joseph Brann

Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration Thomas A. Constantine

Commissioner, Immigration and Naturalization Doris Meissner

Service

Chairman, United States Parole Commission Michael Gaines

Chairman, Foreign Claims Settlement Commission Delissa A. Ridgway

Chief, INTERPOL-U.S. National Central Bureau James Christensen, Acting

Counsel, Office of Intelligence Policy and James McAdams

Review

Counsel, Office of Professional Responsibility Michael E. Shaheen, Jr.

Pardon Attorney Margaret C. Love

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As the largest law firm in the Nation, the Department of Justice serves as counsel for its citizens. It represents them in enforcing the law in the public interest. Through its thousands of lawyers, investigators, and agents, the Department plays the key role in protection against criminals and subversion, in ensuring healthy competition of business in our free enterprise system, in safeguarding the consumer, and in enforcing drug, immigration, and naturalization laws. The Department also plays a significant role in protecting citizens through its efforts for effective law enforcement, crime prevention, crime detection, and prosecution and rehabilitation of offenders.

Moreover, the Department conducts all suits in the Supreme Court in which the United States is concerned. It represents the Government in legal matters generally, rendering legal advice and opinions, upon request, to the President and to the heads of the executive departments. The Attorney General supervises and directs these activities, as well as those of the U.S. attorneys and U.S. marshals in the various judicial districts around the country.

The Department of Justice was established by act of June 22, 1870, as amended (28 U.S.C. 501, 503, 509 note), with the Attorney General as its head. Prior to 1870 the Attorney General was a member of the President's Cabinet, but not the head of a department, the office having been created under authority of act of September 24, 1789, as amended (28 U.S.C. 503).

The affairs and activities of the Department of Justice are generally directed by the Attorney General. The offices, divisions, bureaus, and boards of the Department follow.

Offices

Attorney General The Attorney General, as head of the Department of Justice and chief law enforcement officer of the Federal Government, represents the United States in legal matters generally and gives advice and opinions to the President and to the heads of the executive departments of the Government when so requested. The Attorney General appears in person to represent the Government before the U.S. Supreme Court in cases of exceptional gravity or importance. The Office of the Attorney General oversees the Offices of Deputy Attorney General, Associate Attorneys General, Legal Counsel, and Inspector General, as well as the following offices whose public purposes are widely applied.

Solicitor General The Solicitor General represents the U.S. Government in cases before the Supreme Court. He decides what cases the Government should ask the Supreme Court to review and what position the Government should take in cases before the Court. Also, he supervises the preparation of the Government's Supreme Court briefs and other legal documents and the conduct of the oral arguments in the Court. He or his staff argue most of the Government's cases in the Supreme Court. The Solicitor General's duties also include deciding whether the United States should appeal in all cases it loses before the lower courts.

Legal Counsel The Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel assists the Attorney General in fulfilling the Attorney General's function as legal adviser to the President and all the executive branch agencies. The Office drafts legal opinions of the Attorney General rendered in response to requests from the President and heads of the executive departments. It also provides its own written opinions and informal advice in response to requests from the various agencies of the Government, as well as offices within the Department and from Presidential staff and advisers, typically dealing with legal issues involving agency disagreements or with pending legislation. The Office also is responsible for providing legal advice to the executive branch on all constitutional questions.

All Executive orders and proclamations proposed to be issued by the President are reviewed by the Office of Legal Counsel for form and legality, as are various other matters that require the President's formal approval. In addition, the Office of Legal Counsel functions as general counsel for the Department. It reviews all proposed orders of the Attorney General and all regulations requiring the Attorney General's approval.

The Office coordinates the work of the Department with respect to treaties, executive agreements, and international organizations. It performs a variety of special assignments referred by the Attorney General or the Deputy Attorney General. However, it is not authorized to give legal advice to private persons.

Information and Privacy The Office of Information and Privacy (OIP) operates under the supervision of a Director, who manages the Department's responsibilities related to the Freedom of Information Act

(FOIA) and the Privacy

Act. These responsibilities include coordinating policy development and compliance Governmentwide for FOIA, and by the Department for the Privacy Act; and adjudicating all appeals from denials by any Department component of access to information under those acts. OIP also processes all initial requests under those acts for access to the records of the Offices of the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, Associate Attorney General, and other senior management offices of the Department.

Pardon Attorney The Office of the Pardon Attorney, in consultation with the Attorney General or the Attorney General's designee, assists the President in the exercise of his pardon power under Article II, section

2, of the Constitution. Generally, all requests for pardon or other forms of executive clemency, including commutation of sentence, are directed to the Pardon Attorney for investigation and review. The Pardon Attorney prepares the Department's recommendation to the President for final disposition of each application.

Community Relations Service The Service was created by title X of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000g et seq.). The Community Relations Service is under the general authority of the Attorney General and is headed by a Director, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.

The mission of the Service is to prevent and resolve community conflicts and reduce community tensions arising from actions, policies, and practices perceived to be discriminatory on the basis of race, color, or national origin. The Service offers assistance to communities in resolving disputes relating to race, color, or national origin and facilitates the development of viable agreements as alternatives to coercion, violence, or litigation. It also assists and supports communities in developing local mechanisms as...

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