Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman
Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi / NLJ)

Mythili Raman, the acting head of the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division, will step down in March, the department announced today.

Raman has served in the Justice Department for 18 years, starting in 1996 as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division. She spent nearly a decade in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maryland before returning to the Criminal Division in 2008.

Raman in March 2013 took over leadership of the division after Lanny Breuer, who served for nearly four years as the assistant attorney general, returned to Covington & Burling.

In a statement, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. called Raman “a tireless and talented prosecutor, and a fearless advocate for the United States.”

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partner Leslie Caldwell is nearing confirmation as assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division. Caldwell faced no outward opposition when she appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 11.

Raman will leave the department by March 21. She has yet to decide future employment plans, a department spokesman said.

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