WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey today announced that Brett C. Gerry will serve as his chief of staff. In this role, Mr. Gerry will assist the Attorney General and senior Department of Justice staff in managing and implementing the Department's policy initiatives and priorities. Mr. Gerry will succeed Kevin O'Connor, who will return to the District of Connecticut where he serves as U.S. Attorney; and who the President intends to nominate as Associate Attorney General. "Brett is an outstanding lawyer with a great deal of experience, particularly in national security issues," said Attorney General Mukasey. "His experience at the highest levels of the Department will be invaluable in the coming months. I am grateful he has agreed to serve as my chief of staff." Mr. Gerry currently serves as the Department's Acting Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy, a position he will continue to hold until a successor is named. Prior to assuming that position, he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department's National Security Division, where he was responsible for building and leading the new Division's Law and Policy Office. Before joining the Department, Mr. Gerry served as an Associate Counsel to the President and, prior to that, was Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Director of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. Mr. Gerry clerked for Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He has also worked in private practice in Boston. Mr. Gerry received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as Editor on the Yale Law Journal and Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal on Regulation. He holds an M.A. in Political Science from Yale University and a B.A. from Colgate University.
SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice