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President Joe Biden yesterday announced on the nomination of Jamaican-American Damian Williams as the first Black federal prosecutor for Manhattan.
Upon confirmation by the Senate, Williams will lead the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
This office focuses on Wall Street bankers, including fraud, securities, and going all the way up to terrorism. Currently, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who served as attorney and spokesman for former President Donald Trump is being examined.
Williams has a strong track record for prosecuting criminal and civil trials, most notably that of former Representative Christopher Collins, who was found guilty of insider trading and lying to the FBI.
Born in Brooklyn, he is the child of immigrants from Jamaica. He graduated in 2002 from Harvard University, where he majored in economics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned an MPhil in international relations at Cambridge University and also holds a JD from Yale Law School.
Williams excelled at Harvard, winning the Detur Book Award, the John Harvard Scholarship, the Ron Brown Scholarship, the Harris Prize. He was named the Lionel de Jersey Harvard Scholar for 2002, under which he studied at Cambridge. At Yale, he was an editor of The Yale Law Journal.
Damian has served on the Board of Directors of Human Rights First, the Council on African American Affairs, and Boys Speak Out. After law school, Damian clerked for Judge Merrick B. Garland on the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, and for Justice John Paul Stevens on the US Supreme Court.