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Law alumna nominated to NY federal bench

June 14, 2022 10:30 AM



Tulane Law alumna Orelia Merchant (L'98) has been nominated to fill an opening on the federal bench in the state's Eastern District.

Merchant currently is New York’s chief deputy attorney general for state counsel, and previously worked in the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York. In her current role, she is a member of the New York State Attorney General’s executive leadership team, overseeing seven bureaus statewide that handle litigation involving the state, including its agencies and officials. She supervises 8,000 active cases statewide, and manages 450 employees, including 250 attorneys, in both prosectution and defense of state actors and actions.

From 2002 to 2019, Merchant served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York as an Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney with direct oversight of the Office’s Civil and Administrative Divisions, providing counsel on matters before the office.

Merchant received her JD from Tulane Law, her master's from the College of William and Mary, and her bachelor's degree from Dillard University.

More on Merchant's nomination here.

More on her career can be found here.