President Joe Biden has nominated a diverse group of six attorneys to run for U.S. attorneys’ offices across the country, their latest picks for top law enforcement positions. The nominees announced by the White House include Vanessa Avery.
If confirmed, Avery would be the first African American woman to serve as U.S. attorney in Connecticut.
Avery is a former federal prosecutor who is now a an associate state attorney general in the Connecticut attorney general's office, to be the U.S. attorney there. Since 2021, she has served as the chief of the Division of Enforcement and Public Protection at the state attorney general's office. She was an associate state attorney general and worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Connecticut.
From 2004 to 2005, Avery served as a trial attorney at the U.S, Department of Justice in the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division, according to the White House.
She received a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999 and an undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1996.