Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General
Sally Q. Yates is the former deputy attorney general of the United States, appointed by President Obama in January 2015 and serving until January 20, 2017, then serving ten days as acting attorney general. As deputy attorney general, she focused on reforming the criminal justice system, ensuring individual accountability for corporate wrongdoers, strengthening public safety, and enhancing the US prison system. Yates served in the Justice Department for over 27 years, beginning in 1989 as an assistant US attorney in the Atlanta office and holding several supervisory positions until 2010, when President Obama appointed her to lead that office. Previously, she practiced commercial litigation with King and Spalding.