US lawyer appointed by Biden is sworn in for the Central District

Gregory K. Harris, who spent a quarter of a century as an assistant lawyer in the United States, was sworn in as chief federal attorney for the central district of Illinois.

Harris, who was appointed to the post by President Joe Biden in October and confirmed by the Senate this month, was sworn in last week before United States Chief Justice Sara Darrow.

Harris’ history with the office dates back 40 years. He served as Assistant United States Attorney from 1980 to 1988 and diverted 13 years to private practice before returning to Assistant United States Attorney in 2001.

Harris described the promotion as an honor and vowed to continue to work with law enforcement and “pursue equal justice under the law.”

“This office has a long history of excellence and integrity and has demonstrated its strong commitment to community safety,” Harris said in a statement. “I can’t wait to get to work.

During his tenure in the United States Attorney’s Office, Harris held a number of senior positions, including that of Head of the Criminal Division. His private practice experience came as a partner at Springfield-based law firm Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes. Prior to that, he served as legal counsel in state government agencies and held a position as an assistant appeal advocate in the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender.

Harris received a law degree from what is now the University of Illinois Chicago Law School. He received a BA from Howard University in 1971.

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