Alvin Bragg, who was chosen to lead the New York Attorney General Office’s special investigations and prosecutions unit in 2015 that investigates cases where unarmed civilians die in interactions with law enforcement, has been appointed chief deputy attorney general by AG Eric Schneiderman, his office announced Monday.
Bragg came to the AG’s office in 2013, and was executive deputy attorney general of the Social Justice Division, where he oversaw the civil rights, charities, health care, environmental protection and labor bureaus. He’ll continue as head of the special investigations unit, and also oversee the Social Justice and Criminal Divisions. Chief Deputy Attorney General Janet Sabel, his counterpart, will oversee the Economic Justice and State Counsel Divisions, the office said.
Bragg previously was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and was an assistant attorney general in the public integrity bureau of the New York Attorney General’s Office, where he investigated and prosecuted official misconduct. Bragg also was chief of litigation and investigations at the New York City Council and was in private practice at the firm now known as Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello. Bragg was a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Robert Patterson of the Southern District of New York following law school.
The office announced also that Margaret Garnett has been appointed executive deputy attorney general for criminal justice. Garnett currently serves as chief of appeals for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York’s Criminal Division. Garnett has served as chief of appeals and chief of the violent and organized crime unit, among other roles. She tried 15 criminal cases to verdict, including the then-largest tax fraud case in U.S. history, according to the AG’s office. Garnett previously was an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and is an adjunct professor at Columbia Law and Brooklyn Law School. She clerked for Judge Gerard E. Lynch in the federal district court in Manhattan out of law school.
The Attorney General’s Office said current Chief Deputy Attorney General Jason Brown, who currently oversees all its criminal investigations and prosecutions and the State Counsel Division, has decided to return to the private sector after two years of service.
“For nearly two years, Jason Brown’s wise counsel and steady leadership has helped our office navigate some of the most difficult and complex matters we’ve ever undertaken. He has been a driving force behind some of the office’s most important work and has been an invaluable resource for everyone here in the office. I thank him for his exceptional work and I wish him the best of luck,” Schneiderman said in a statement.