PHILADELPHIA – Jacqueline C. Romero, who has served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for more than 16 years, was sworn in today as United States Attorney for the District.
The Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Juan R. Sanchez, administered the oath of office to Ms. Romero, who was nominated by President Biden to serve as United States Attorney on April 21, 2022 and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on June 13, 2022. A public inauguration ceremony will be held on a date to be announced in the coming weeks.
“I am deeply honored to serve as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and honored by the opportunity to lead an office that I have served for so many years,” said United States Attorney Romero. “I look forward to continuing to work with the dedicated men and women at the Department of Justice, and those in state and local law enforcement agencies, in pursuit of our shared values of protecting Americans’ civil rights, public and rule. Of law.”
Prior to her appointment as United States Attorney, Ms. Romero was an Assistant United States Attorney representing the government in affirmative and defensive civil litigation, as well as criminal proceedings and appeals. He has prosecuted cases involving firearms, drugs, fraud, environmental, civil rights, and tax matters, and defended cases including tort, employment, civil rights, and administrative law matters. For the past seven years, Ms. Romero served as the Civil Rights Coordinator for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, overseeing all civil rights investigations in the District. She was also assigned to the Affirmative Civilian Enforcement Strike Force, focusing on fraud, opioid abuse, and civil rights prosecutions. Finally, Ms. Romero also had collateral duties with the Federal Court of Reentry (STAR program), the Philadelphia Juvenile Court, and the Office Hiring Committee. In addition to her work at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Romero has taught as an adjunct professor in the Trial Advocacy Program at Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law for more than five years. , and has been a volunteer faculty member at the National Institute of Advocacy on Trial for the past four years.
Prior to joining the US Attorney’s Office, Ms. Romero previously served as Senior Counsel to the United States Mint, where she served as in-house counsel providing advice to the Mint. on manufacturing processes, the unionized workforce, and international electronic commerce; as a trial attorney in the Commercial Litigation Section of the Department of Justice; and as a litigation associate at the firm Lowenstein Sandler PC in New Jersey. She is a former fellow of the German Marshall Fund and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, served as President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania in 2018 and served on its Board, as well as the Board of the Philadelphia LGBTQ Bar Association. and the Judicial Commission of the Philadelphia Bar Association. In addition, he is a life member of the National Hispanic Bar Association and served on its Task Force on Law Enforcement Reform and Racial Justice and its Latino Commission.
As United States Attorney, Ms. Romero is the lead federal law enforcement officer responsible for all federal criminal proceedings and civil litigation involving the United States in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which is one of the most populous districts in the country with more than 5 million people residing within its nine counties (Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton and Philadelphia counties), which cover approximately 4,700 square miles. Ms. Romero oversees a staff of approximately 140 Assistant United States Attorneys and a similar number of non-attorney support staff in the Philadelphia and Allentown offices.
Jennifer Arbittier Williams, who for the past 18 months served as Acting United States Attorney and then Court Appointed United States Attorney, announced that she will remain with the Office for a period of time to help with the transition before moving on. Nelson S.T. Thayer, Jr., was appointed to serve as the office’s first Assistant United States Attorney.
Ms. Romero is the 40th United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, an office that was established in 1789. She resides in Philadelphia, PA, and is the first woman appointed by a president and confirmed by the US Senate to hold office. position. She is also the first woman of color and the first person to identify as LGBTQIA+ to lead the Office. Ms. Romero earned her B.A., magna cum laude, with a minor in English and a minor in Political Science from the University of New Jersey, and earned her J.D. from Rutgers Law School, Newark.