GW Alumnus Confirmed as U.S. Attorney General

Former GW Law student William Barr was sworn-in as the head of the U.S. Department of Justice.

William Barr
President Donald Trump congratulates William P. Barr after Mr. Barr was sworn-in as the U.S. attorney general. (Photo by: Tia Dufour/White House)
February 19, 2019

William P. Barr, J.D. ’77, was confirmed Thursday by the U.S. Senate as the attorney general for the United States.

Mr. Barr, a GW Law alumnus, was the president’s “first choice from day one,” Donald Trump told reporters, adding he believes that Mr. Barr will “serve with great distinction.”

Mr. Barr served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 during President George H.W. Bush’s administration and was most recently a lawyer at international law firm Kirkland & Ellis.

Mr. Barr will again lead the Justice Department, which acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has overseen since former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ departure from the position.

“Throughout his illustrious career, he has remained deeply involved with GW Law, recently teaming up with Greg Maggs to co-teach a semester-long seminar on the original meaning of the Constitution,” said GW Law Dean Blake D. Morant. “Mr. Barr is a man of great accomplishment and integrity, and our justice system and nation will benefit immeasurably from his service."

Mr. Barr is the father of GW Law graduates Patricia A. Barr, J.D. '07, and Margaret E. Barr, J.D. '10.

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