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Sally Q. Yates

Distinguished Lecturer from Government

B.A., University of Georgia; J.D., University of Georgia School of Law

Sally Q. Yates served as Deputy Attorney General in the Obama administration from January 2015 through January 2017, and then briefly served as Acting Attorney...

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Sally Q. Yates served as Deputy Attorney General in the Obama administration from January 2015 through January 2017, and then briefly served as Acting Attorney General.

As Deputy Attorney General, she was responsible for overseeing all facets of the Department's work, including its four law enforcement agencies (FBI, DEA, ATF and Marshals Service), its prosecutorial, litigating and national security components, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In addition to managing the day-to-day operation of the Department, during her tenure, Yates spearheaded changes at DOJ focused on criminal justice reform, including prison reform; ensuring individual accountability or corporate wrongdoing; and utilizing prosecutorial resources in a focused manner to build safer communities.

Prior to her time as Deputy Attorney General, she served as United States Attorney in Atlanta, where she had previously been an Assistant United States Attorney. During her time in Atlanta, she prosecuted a wide variety of white collar and public corruption matters and was the lead prosecutor in the case against Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph.

Prior to her service in the U. S. Attorney's office, she practiced commercial litigation at King & Spalding.

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