B.A., 1991, Yale University; J.D. 1995, University of Chicago
Roy L. Austin, Jr. returned to the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in January 2010. As DAAG, Austin supervises the Criminal Section, the Special Litigation Section’s law enforcement (police departments, prisons and juvenile justice), Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person Act (RLUIPA), and Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act portfolios, and the Professional Development Office. Among numerous other matters, Austin works on the cases involving the New Orleans Police Department, Orleans Parish Prison and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
He began his career as an Honors Trial Attorney with the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division investigating and prosecuting hate crime and police brutality cases. After approximately five years, he joined Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco, where he worked on complex civil and white-collar criminal cases, including a successful pro-bono civil lawsuit aimed at preventing racial profiling by the California Highway Patrol. In 2002, he joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia where he prosecuted domestic violence, adult and child sexual assault, human trafficking, homicide and fraud and public corruption cases. For approximately two years, he was a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery working primarily on white collar criminal cases. Just prior to his current appointment, Austin served as a Senior Assistant United States Attorney and Coordinator of the D.C. Human Trafficking Task Force in the Federal Major Crimes Section in the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Over his career, Austin has tried thirty jury trials to verdict. He has been an adjunct trial advocacy professor at George Washington University Law School since 2006. Austin received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from The University of Chicago.