The newly appointed U.S. Attorney for Western Michigan says he has landed his dream job.
President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the U.S. Attorney slot in Michigan’s Western District Patrick A. Miles, Jr., was sworn in to office on Monday. Miles, an acquaintance of the President’s from Harvard Law School, is the first black man to fill the position. As a presidential nominee, his tenure at the office hinges on November’s upcoming presidential elections.
“For a lawyer, what can be better than serving the cause of justice and serving the people at the same time?” he told the Grand Rapids Press.
Miles plans to further the office’s efforts to pursue criminal prosecutions, “particularly in the areas of drug enforcement and illegal firearms,” he said in the report.
But Miles also wants to engage with Michigan communities and protect civil rights.
“I want to make sure people have trust in government,” he said. “I want to get a lot of feedback.”
In 2010 Miles ran unsuccessfully for Congress in Michigan’s 3rd district for a seat vacated by retired lawmaker Vern Ehlers. Miles narrowly lost the race to Republican Justin Amash. Currently he is the president of the Grand Rapids Black Chamber of Commerce and involved in a host of civic activities.
Miles has been a partner with Dickinson Wright PLLC since 2006. Previously he worked at Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett LLP from 1991 to 2006. He earned his undergraduate degree from Aquinas College in 1988 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1991.