“The United States Senate voted 50-47 on Thursday to confirm Eric Dreiband as the new assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
Dreiband, an attorney at the law firm Jones Day, will take over the role of leading the Civil Rights Division from John Gore, also formerly from Jones Day, who has been serving as its acting head since July of last year.
‘Eric has distinguished himself as an outstanding lawyer and a committed public servant,’ Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.
Dreiband’s nomination was strongly opposed by some civil rights advocacy groups, who pointed to his legal track record of representing companies in high-profile discrimination cases and articles he wrote that were critical of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.”
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