Lawyer who has gained fame for her career as both a US Attorney and US Deputy Attorney General. She later served as Acting Attorney General for ten days in January 2017, and was soon dismissed by then-president Donald Trump when she declined to defend his travel ban executive order.
She graduated with her BA degree in journalism in 1982 from the University of Georgia. She would later graduate magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law with her JD in 1986.
She became a lecturer at the Georgetown University Law Center following her stint as Acting Attorney General. She was nominated by Jackie Speier for the 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award for standing up against the travel ban executive order.
She has two children named Kelley and James with her husband J. Comer Yates.
She was appointed as the US Deputy Attorney General by Barack Obama in 2015.