Mary Lou Leary is New Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs

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Mary Lou Leary
On March 1, Ms. Mary Lou Leary became Acting Assistant Attorney General (AAG) of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Ms. Leary joined OJP in May 2009 and has served as principal deputy AAG since September 2009. She takes over leadership of OJP from Ms. Laurie Robinson, who earlier this year announced her intention to retire at the end of February 2012.

Ms. Leary previously worked at the DOJ from 1999–2001. During that time, she served as acting AAG of OJP during the Clinton Administration. She also served in the office of the Associate Attorney General and as acting director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Prior to returning to DOJ in 2009, she was executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, a nonprofit resource and advocacy organization. She has also served as U.S. Attorney, Principal Assistant, and Senior Counsel to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, and Chief of its Superior Court Division. She has extensive trial and grand jury experience as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia and Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.