James M. Cole (University of Colorado; University of California Hastings College of Law) is nominated to be Deputy Attorney General. He would replace acting Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler, who has held the post since David Ogden stepped down in February.
- Born in Evanston, Ill., in 1952.
- Attended but did not earn a degree from Mundelein College.
- Has been a partner at Bryan Cave LLP since 1995.
- From December 1995 to January 1997, served as special counsel to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.
- From 1992 to 1995, worked as counsel at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP.
- Worked at the U.S. Department of Justice from 1979 to 1992. He joined the DOJ in 1979 through the Criminal Division’s Honors Program. In 1980, he became Special Assistant to the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney. Later that year, he returned to the Criminal Division as a trial attorney. In 1989, he became Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Section, a post he held until 1992 when he became Chief of Staff to the Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney.
- From 1989 to 2003, served as adjunct faculty at Georgetown University School of Law in Washington, D.C., teaching courses on ethics and public corruption.
- From 1978 to 1979, served as a law clerk to the Federal Trade Commission in San Francisco, Calif.
- In the summer of 1978, worked as a legal intern to Colorado Supreme Court Justice William Erickson.
- From 1975 to 1976, served as a paralegal and investigator at the Metropolitan Denver District Attorney’s Consumer Office.
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