Attorney General Eric Holder named Robin C. Ashton on Thursday to serve as head of the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).
OPR’s mission is to investigate attorneys employed by the Justice Department who have been accused of misconduct or crimes in their professional functions.
Ashton has worked in the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia since 1991. She currently serves as the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for Management. From 2001 to 2005, she served as Deputy Director in the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA). She began her DOJ career in the litigation section of the Antitrust Division.
This year, Ashton received the United States Attorney’s Award for Meritorious Service 2010 Award Recipients. In 2004, she was given the EOUSA’s Director’s Award for Executive Achievement.
“As a veteran career prosecutor, Robin is uniquely qualified to serve as Counsel for Professional Responsibility, and I am confident she will lead the office with the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and dedication,” Holder said in a prepared statement.