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Former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade will join the University of Michigan Law School on May 1 as a professor, the university announced Tuesday.

McQuade, a 1991 graduate of the Ann Arbor law school, will join the faculty as a professor from practice, teaching national security, criminal law and criminal procedure, university officials said.

Mark D. West, University of Michigan Law School dean and Nippon Life professor of law, said he is thrilled to welcome McQuade home to Michigan Law as a faculty member.

“As U.S. Attorney, Barb oversaw more than 1,000 cases a year and a team of more than 100 attorneys. Her legacy includes an impressive number of important convictions, and our students will benefit tremendously from the experience and perspective she brings to the classroom,” West said.

McQuade resigned from her post Monday as part of the Trump administration’s transition into power.

In a statement issued by the university, McQuade said she is honored to return to Michigan Law School to teach the next generation of law students at a critical moment in the nation’s history.

“Michigan’s unique learning environment opened a new world of ideas for me when I was a student there, and I am thrilled to join its great faculty,” McQuade said. “Helping students to develop a deep understanding of our laws, courts and legal system has never been more important.”

McQuade, the first woman to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, was appointed by President Barack Obama, and sworn in on Jan. 4, 2010.

The Eastern District covers 34 counties and an estimated 6 million residents. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has offices in Detroit, Flint and Bay City, 115 attorneys and conducts all criminal and civil litigation in the district involving the federal government.

During her career, McQuade and her team aggressively tackled public corruption, including the conviction of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on public corruption charges. Her office also won a conviction against Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, an al-Qaida operative, for attempting to blow up an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009. He pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence.

JChambers@detroitnews.com

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