Loretta Lynch, the 83rd Attorney General of the United States will speak at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6.
The free, public event will be held in the J.M. Ross theatre of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Building.
“The first female African American Attorney General of the United States, Lynch was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2015,” according to a news release. She served as attorney general until 2017.
She also served as the head of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York twice, under President Clinton and President Obama.
“Described by President Obama as ‘the only lawyer in America who battles mobsters, drug lords and terrorists, and still has the reputation for being a charming ‘people person,’ she has been instrumental in shaping the direction of the nation on a number of tough issues. She improved the relationship between local law enforcement and the communities they serve, and she has taken bold stances on criminal justice reform,” according to the release.
“While leading the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Lynch became known for the high-profile civil rights conviction of two Brooklyn police officers who brutally assaulted Haitian immigrant Abner Louima. While in private practice, Lynch served as a volunteer legal advisor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, an organization she established to prosecute those responsible for human rights violations in the 1994 genocide in that nation,” according to the release.
Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the daughter of a school librarian and fourth generation Baptist minister, Lynch was also inspired by stories about her grandfather, a sharecropper in the 1930s, who helped members of his community who had no recourse under the Jim Crow system.