Laurie O. Robinson Sworn In
At a December 11 ceremony attended by Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. and other Department heads, Laurie O. Robinson was installed as the Assistant Attorney General of OJP. Ms. Robinson served as Acting Assistant Attorney General of OJP from January 2009 until her nomination by President Obama in September. She also was OJP’s Assistant Attorney General from 1993 to 2000. Since returning to the Department of Justice, she has overseen the implementation of the $2.7 billion in OJP programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; launched a new agency-wide Evidence Integration Initiative to help ensure science-based approaches in OJP-funded programs; and held a series of "listening sessions" with state and local constituents to learn what OJP can do to better serve the field.
“Laurie Robinson’s commitment, leadership, experience, and knowledge of criminal justice issues will ensure that the Department of Justice works in partnership with the justice community to develop innovative, evidence-based strategies to prevent and reduce crime,” Attorney General Eric Holder said. “I look forward to once again working with Laurie.”
In her remarks at the ceremony, Ms. Robinson said she was excited to return to a Department committed to working with its state, local, and tribal partners and to restoring respect for science. “I am excited to be working once again with Attorney General Eric Holder, criminal justice practitioners, state and local jurisdictions, and the American people to help make our justice system responsive and fair to all,” she said.
During the ceremony, Ronald A. Weich also was installed as Assistant Attorney General of the Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs.