Melinda Haag

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Melinda Haag
Melinda Haag US Attorney.jpg
United States Attorney for the Northern District of California
Assumed office
2010
Preceded by Joseph Russoniello[1]
Constituency Northern District of California
Personal details
Born 1961 (age 54–55)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of California, San Diego
UC Berkeley School of Law

Melinda L. Haag[2] (born 1961) is a San Francisco-based litigator and former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

In 1983, Ms. Haag graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. In 1987, she received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.[4]

Career[edit]

Melinda Haag spent 14 years in private law practice and nine years as a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles and San Francisco prior to her appointment as U.S. Attorney in 2010. From 1989-1993, she served in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles and then went into private practice at the San Francisco firm Landels Ripley & Diamond. She joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco in 1999 before joining the San Francisco office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.[5]

In August 2010, Ms. Haag was appointed to the Northern District of California U.S. Attorney's Office by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed without debate by the United States Senate.[1] Her appointment marked the first time in 90 years that a female U.S. Attorney represented the district.[6] She served in that position for five years, stepping down in September 2015.[7]

As U.S. Attorney, Ms. Haag oversaw the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought and defended on behalf of the United States in the Northern District of California, which encompasses San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, Del Norte, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties. She supervises an office of more than 130 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, in handling a high volume of matters that involved international corruption, digital currency issues, securities fraud, economic crimes, organized crime, public integrity and civil rights violations, computer intrusions and intellectual property theft, export enforcement, and national security.[8]

Ms. Haag served as Co-Chair of the White Collar Crime Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee[9] and was a member of the Cybersecurity and Health Care Fraud Subcommittees, where she collaborated with U.S. Attorneys nationwide on the development and implementation of national policies and practices regarding the government's approach to economic crimes and cybersecurity.

On January 13, 2016, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe announced that Melinda Haag would be rejoining the firm as head of its Global Litigation Practice beginning on March 1, 2016.[10] [11]

Closures of medical marijuana dispensaries[edit]

A controversial issue during Ms. Haag's term involved federal actions against medical marijuana suppliers when she authorized her office to file complaints against several landlords that allowed their properties to be used for the distribution of marijuana by medical marijuana dispensaries. Marijuana advocates claimed the complaints were part of a campaign Ms. Haag waged against medical marijuana operations in California, despite assurances from President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder that distribution operations operating in compliance with state law would not be targeted by the Department of Justice.[1]

In an interview with KQED's Michael Montgomery, Ms. Haag cited concerns from constituents about the negative impact the marijuana industry was having in their communities. "Marijuana is illegal under federal law and I felt like I had to do something to respond to those members of my community that don't support it and don't support the impact they believe it's having," said Haag.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Melinda Haag Confirmed As U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California". August 5, 2010. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Meet Melinda L. Haag". April 12, 2010. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ "HON. Melinda Haag". Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Meet the U.S. Attorney". US Attorney for the Northern District of California. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Senate Confirms Melinda Haag ’87 as New U.S. Attorney in California". University of California Berkeley Law. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Senate Confirms Melinda Haag ’87 as New U.S. Attorney in California". University of California Berkeley Law. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Melinda Haag, top federal prosecutor in S.F., is stepping down". July 29, 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "About the District". The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California. Department of Justice. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Appoints U.S. Attorney Wagner to Co-chair White Collar/Fraud Subcommittee". The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California. Department of Justice. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Former U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag to Return to Orrick to Lead Global Litigation Practice". Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  11. ^ Sullivan, Casey (21 January 2016). "Melinda Haag on Living in the Present and Being a Mother in Big Law". Bloomberg. Retrieved 22 January 2016. 
  12. ^ Brooks, Jon (March 15, 2012). "Interview w/ US Attorney Haag on Pot Operations: ‘If it’s close to children, that’s a line we’re going to draw’". KQED News. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 

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