Biden announces he will nominate Lisa Monaco and Vanita Gupta ’01 for top Justice Department posts

Lisa Monaco
Lisa Monaco
Vanita Gupta '01
Vanita Gupta ’01

President-elect Joseph Biden announced on January 7 that he will nominate two members of the NYU Law community to senior leadership positions in the US Department of Justice. For deputy attorney general, he will nominate Lisa Monaco, a distinguished senior fellow with the Reiss Center on Law and Security and adjunct professor of law; for associate attorney general, he will nominate Vanita Gupta ’01, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Gupta has co-taught the Law School’s Racial Justice Clinic, and she became a member of the NYU Law board of trustees in the fall. 

Monaco joined the Law School in February 2017 as a distinguished senior fellow affiliated with the Center on Law and Security and the Center for Cybersecurity. Prior to that, she served in the Obama White House as assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. Monaco also spent 15 years at the Department of Justice, the majority of that time serving as a career federal prosecutor and in senior management positions in the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Gupta served in the Obama administration as acting assistant attorney general and head of the civil rights division in the Department of Justice. Before joining the Justice Department, she was deputy legal director and the director of the Center for Justice at the American Civil Liberties Union. Gupta began her legal career as an attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund.

Posted January 7, 2021