October 19, 2023

Matthew GravesThe Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (Catholic Law) hosted a presentation by Matthew Graves, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Monday, October 16. Graves’s lecture—co-sponsored by the Black Law Students’ Association (BLSA), the Criminal Law Society, the Students for Public Interest Law, and the First Generation Law Student Union—addressed the prosecutor’s role in the criminal justice system. As part of his in-depth explanation, Graves shared information about interning and pursuing a career in his office.

audienceGraves, whose legal career began two decades ago following his graduation from Yale Law School, has served in his role as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia since the Senate confirmed his appointment in fall 2021. As the office that handles both the local and the federal prosecution in the District, his duties include prosecuting local charges ranging from drug possession to murder, as well as federal charges ranging from gangs and terrorism to financial fraud and child pornography.

This was the second time that Graves has visited Catholic Law to inform students about his office and its employment opportunities, as he gave a similar presentation in October 2022. An article covering that event includes additional information about his office and is available here.