2009-08-13 / News

Neronha nominated as U.S. attorney for R.I.

The White House recently announced President Obama’s intent to nominate Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha to be the next U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island. Neronha was recommended for the job by U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse.

The U.S. attorney serves as the state’s top federal law enforcement official. Nominees must be approved by the U.S. Senate to serve a four-year term of service.

A Rhode Island native and fourth-generation resident of Jamestown, Neronha has served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the district of Rhode Island since 2002. He currently works in the criminal division, prosecuting drug, organized crime and public corruption cases.

Neronha also heads the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, which helps bolster law enforcement initiatives against gun crimes and prevents young people from turning to a life of violence.

Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Neronha served from 1996 to 2002 as the assistant attorney general of Rhode Island, where he also worked in the criminal division. He practiced law as a civil litigator at Goodwin Procter, LLP from 1989 to 1996.

Neronha graduated in the top 10 of his class from Boston College and also graduated magna cum laude from Boston College Law School.

Now that Neronha has been nominated by the president, he must be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and then confirmed by the full Senate.

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