Central District of California U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte was formally sworn in to his position at a ceremony Friday.
About 700 friends, family and law enforcement officials attended the ceremonial investiture in Los Angeles, which was presided over by U.S. District Chief Judge Audrey B. Collins.
Birotte, the former inspector general of the Los Angeles Police Department, was confirmed by the Senate in late February and took office in early March. But U.S. Attorneys often have a ceremonial investiture later on, with local, state and federal leaders in attendance.
U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter, Jr. administered the oath of office to Birotte, and California Court of Appeal Justice Nora M. Manella, a former U.S. Attorney who hired Birotte as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1995, spoke at the event.
In remarks after the swearing-in, Birotte said becoming U.S. Attorney was the “opportunity of a lifetime….an incredible gift that comes with awesome responsibility.”
Birotte highlighted several priorities for the office — including white-collar crime, public corruption, cybercrime, violent crime and terrorism — but said above all the office must focused on being “justice-driven.”
“Justice-driven means that we must maintain the highest standards of integrity, fairness and excellence that comes with working for the Department of Justice,” Birotte said. “Justice-driven means having an impeccable reputation for integrity and fairness That means making sure our AUSAs continue to receive the best training possible to make them the best litigators on behalf of the United States. It means that our charging decisions and negotiations are always principled and in good faith. It also means learning from our mistakes taking swift steps to avoid repeating them.”
“We are representatives of the Department of Justice and we come into the job with a reservoir of trust – a reservoir that we draw strength from, but also a reservoir that at all times we must preserve,” he added.
Several former U.S. Attorneys for the district attended including Thomas P. O’Brien, now with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP; Debra W. Yang of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Robert C. Bonner, a senior principal with strategic consulting firm The Sentinel HS Group LLC; and Los Angeles County Counsel Andrea Sheridan Ordin.