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Attorney General Eric Holder Visits Mason Law September 30

Attorney General Eric Holder in the classroomThe Mason Law community welcomed United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to the law school on Wednesday, September 30, for what proved to be an informative presentation.

At 1:15 p.m. in Room 225 of Hazel Hall, Holder presented a speech to Mason Law students, followed by a question-and-answer session in a unique opportunity for a meaningful exchange with the nation's attorney general.

Holder was sworn in as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States on February 3, 2009. Prior to becoming Attorney General, Holder was a litigation partner at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington.

Holder served as Deputy Attorney General following his appointment to that position by President Clinton in 1997. Prior to that he served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and also was nominated by President Reagan to become an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1988.

Holder, a native of New York City, attended Columbia College, where he majored in American History, graduating in 1973. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1976.

While in law school, he clerked at the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund and the Department of Justice's Criminal Division. After his law school graduation, Holder joined the Department of Justice as part of the Attorney General's Honors Program and worked in the Public Integrity Section investigating and prosecuting official corruption on the local, state and federal levels.