Central District Attorney Named to Committee to Advise US Attorney General | Courts-police-firefighters

WASHINGTON — Gregory K. Harris, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois since December, has been named one of 12 federal prosecutors to serve on an advisory panel to Attorney General Merrick B. Garland.

Garland announced the appointees to his attorney general’s advisory committee on Wednesday. The purpose of the committee is to advise Garland on policies, procedures and management affecting their offices.

A familiar face among prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Harris began his career as an attorney for the State Appellate Defender’s Office in 1976, representing indigent defendants.

From 1979 to 1980, he served as legal counsel for the Illinois Governor’s Office of Manpower and Human Development and later served as an attorney for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Development.

From 1980 to 1988, he worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District, then for the Springfield law firm of Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes until 2001.

He joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District in 2001 and served as Chief of the Criminal Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Born in Washington, DC, Harris received his bachelor’s degree from Howard University in 1971 and his law degree from the University of Illinois School of Law at Chicago in 1976.

The advisory committee will hold its first meeting later this spring.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams of the Southern District of New York will serve as chair and U.S. Attorney Cindy Chung of the Western District of Pennsylvania will serve as vice-chair.

“These United States prosecutors will represent the views of dedicated federal prosecutors across the country and provide advice and insight on critical issues facing the Department,” Garland said. “I look forward to working alongside them in achieving the Department’s core priorities of upholding the rule of law, keeping our country safe, and protecting civil rights.”

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