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Mason Law Alumnus Mercer Nominated to No. 3 Job at DOJ

Mason Law alumnus Bill Mercer ('93) has been nominated by President Bush to serve as associate attorney general, the third-highest ranking position at the Department of Justice.

As the associate AG, Mercer would be a principal member of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' senior management team, advising the attorney general and deputy attorney general on DOJ programs and policies. The Civil, Civil Rights, Antitrust, Tax, and Environmental and Natural Resources divisions of the department would fall under his purview. Other duties would include oversight of the offices of Justice Programs, Community Oriented Policing Services, Tribal Justice, Dispute Resolution, Information and Privacy, Community Relations Service, and Violence Against Women.

Mercer is currently serving as the U.S. attorney for Montana and the principal deputy attorney general at DOJ in Washington. He was an assistant AG for Montana from 1994-2001 and previously served as a policy analyst in the Justice Department.

In addition to his Mason Law degree, Mercer holds degrees from the University of Montana and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.