Eric Holder: No Apologies for Return to Big Law


Tony Mauro | The National Law Journal | April 29, 2016

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said Friday “I am not ashamed” to have returned to private practice after resigning last year, asserting he will continue to advance the justice reform issues he espoused in office as a private attorney.

“You can be a public interest lawyer wherever you are,” Holder told students at Georgetown University Law Center at a public discussion with National Public Radio’s Michel Martin. “I hope you will be a public interest lawyer wherever you are.”

After leaving the Justice Department in 2015, Holder returned to Covington & Burling, where he had worked for eight years before becoming the nation’s first African-American attorney general. Martin asked Holder, “What do you feel you owe to the struggle at this point in your life,” referring to civil rights advocacy and justice reform.

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