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New US Attorney for District of South Carolina sworn in

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Adair Ford Boroughs was sworn in on Tuesday as United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina.

She was nominated by President Biden on June 6 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 21, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. U.S. District Richard M. Gergel administered the oath of office in a ceremony at the federal courthouse in Charleston. Her investiture ceremony will take place at a later date. 

“I am incredibly excited and honored to return to the Department of Justice as the U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina,” Boroughs said in the release. “The team at the U.S. Attorney’s Office is incredibly talented, dedicated and committed to the mission. I look forward to digging in and doing the work alongside them, as well as alongside our law enforcement partners and our communities.”

Boroughs is now the chief federal law enforcement officer responsible for federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation in the District of South Carolina. She will supervise 61 assistant U.S. attorneys, 75 support staff and 13 contract staff. 

The office prosecutes a wide variety of federal crimes including narcotics and firearms cases, human trafficking, securities fraud, terrorism and civil rights violations. 

Prior to her confirmation, Boroughs was a partner at Boroughs Bryant LLC. From 2017 to 2019, she was executive director of Charleston Legal Access, a nonprofit, sliding-scale law firm she helped to start in order to address the justice gap in South Carolina. From 2007-13, she served in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. as part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program. Prior to law school, she taught high school mathematics in South Carolina public schools. 

Boroughs holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Furman University and is a 2007 graduate of Stanford Law School.

Reach Christina Lee Knauss at 803-753-4327.

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