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Trini Ross sworn in as new U.S. Attorney

A headshot of Trini Ross, wearing a black blouse with a white flower on her lapel.
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The Western District of New York has a new United States Attorney.

Trini Ross has been sworn in and is now responsible for overseeing the prosecution of any federal criminal case across 17 counties, including the cities of Buffalo and Rochester. Her office also represents the United States in all civil matters brought within this territory.

The Buffalo native was nominated for the post on July 26 by President Biden and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Sept. 30. Biden signed her commission on Oct. 5.

She is the first African American woman to lead the office and succeeds James Kennedy, who has led the office since 2017.

Since 2018, Ross was Director of Investigations in the Legal Division with the National Science Foundation's Office of Inspector General. From 1995-2018, Ross served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the office she now heads.

She has also been an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo School of Law since 2006, where she earned her JD degree, cum laude, in 1992.