UWLA is proud to have Andre Birotte speak at this year’s commencement. Birotte has faced many challenges during his legal career and has continually overcome them. He now sits in the U.S. Attorneys office as appointed by Pres. Obama. Birotte like many UWLA students has struggled throughout his process to his current appointment. However his unparalleled drive has him where he is today. We at UWLA see him as an inspiration to us all.
Birotte was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1966. Birotte graduated from Tufts University with a degree in psychology and received his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law. After graduating from law school, Birotte was a deputy public defender in Los Angeles. In 1995, he became an assistant U.S. attorney. Four years later, he joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan where he represented individuals charged with white collar crime.
Birotte was appointed to the U.S. Attorney’s office by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in February 2010. He was sworn in on March 4, 2010. Judge Terry Hatter Jr. administered the oath. Birotte is the first African-American U.S. Attorney for the Central District. He supervises an office of 275 prosecutors.
UWLA is proud to welcome Mr. Birotte and is grateful he is this years commencement speaker.