Mark Filip

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Mark Filip
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Attorney General of the United States
In office
January 20, 2009 – February 3, 2009
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Michael Mukasey
Succeeded by Eric Holder
Deputy Attorney General of the United States
In office
March 10, 2008 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Paul McNulty
Succeeded by David W. Ogden
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
In office
February 8, 2004 – March 9, 2008
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Harry D. Leinenweber
Succeeded by Sharon J. Coleman
Personal details
Born (1966-06-01) June 1, 1966 (age 55)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Alma mater University of Illinois
Christ Church, Oxford
Harvard Law School
Profession Attorney

Mark Filip (born June 1, 1966) was Deputy Attorney General of the United States, and in that capacity served as Acting Attorney General from January 20 to February 3, 2009.[1][2] He also served as a judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Chicago, Filip attended Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, the same high school attended by Hillary Clinton. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988 with degrees in economics and history, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. After college, he attended Christ Church at Oxford University in England on a Marshall Scholarship, and graduated in 1990 with a Bachelors in Law, First Class Honors. He then attended Harvard Law School,[3] where he received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1992[1] and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.[1]

After law school, Filip served as a law clerk to the Judge Stephen F. Williams of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit[1] from 1992 until 1993 and then for Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court from 1993 until 1994.[1][4]

Professional career

Filip worked in private legal practice as an associate at Kirkland & Ellis from 1994 until 1995.[5] He then worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago from 1995 to 1999.[4] In that position he prosecuted cases in the trial and appellate courts involving a variety of offenses—including violent crimes, political, judicial, and police corruption, health care fraud, and international narcotics trafficking.[1] While an AUSA, Filip received a Department of Justice Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.[1]

Following his service at the U.S. Attorney's Office, Filip was a partner in the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom from 1999 until 2004.[1][4] There, he practiced in a variety of areas of civil law and criminal law, and also had a number of pro bono cases, including several cases representing indigent defendants in connection with the Federal Defender's Office in Chicago.[1] Filip now is a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis.

Federal judicial service

On April 28, 2003, Filip was nominated by President Bush to be a United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, to a seat vacated by Harry D. Leinenweber. After being confirmed 96-0 by the Senate on February 4, 2004, and receiving his commission on February 8, 2004, Filip was sworn into that office in March 2004.[1] As a judge, he presided over numerous cases involving criminal, antitrust, securities fraud, immigration and other matters. Filip has taught for many years at the University of Chicago Law School,[3] where he served from 2004 to March 2008 as the Bustin Lecturer and taught both advanced criminal law and first-year civil procedure.[1] Filip officially resigned his judicial service on March 9, 2008.

Deputy Attorney General and Acting Attorney General

Filip was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on March 3, 2008,[1] and he was sworn in as Deputy Attorney General on March 10, 2008.[1] Filip was asked to assume the position of Acting Attorney General by then President-elect Obama.[2] Filip led the Department while President Obama's nominee, then Attorney-General Designate Eric Holder, awaited confirmation by the United States Senate.[3] Holder was confirmed on February 2, 2009,[6] and sworn in the next day[7] thus ending Filip's tenure as the Acting Attorney General.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "Acting Attorney General Mark Filip".

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 "Acting Attorney General Mark Filip." United States Department of Justice. 20 January 2009. (Archived by WebCite at
  2. 2.0 2.1 Staff reporter (2009-01-15). "Obama asks U.S. Attorneys to stay 'for the time being'". CNN Political Ticker. Retrieved 2009-01-21. In addition, Obama's transition team has asked current Deputy Attorney General Mark Filip, also a Bush appointee, to serve as Acting Attorney General replacing outgoing Attorney General Michael Mukasey. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Staff reporter (2009-01-21). "Bush Appointees Holding Down the Fort While Obama Nominees Await Confirmation". FOX News. Retrieved 2009-02-04. While Holder waits for his confirmation, Bush appointee Mark Filip is acting attorney general. A former U.S. District Court judge in Illinois, the native Chicagoan holds a law degree from Harvard and a was a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. Holder was supposed to have faced a confirmation vote on Wednesday, but scheduling conflicts necessitated a delay in the Senate. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  6. Staff reporter (2009-02-03). "Obama attorney-general confirmed". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-02-03. President Barack Obama's choice for attorney-general, Eric Holder, has been confirmed in the post by the US Senate. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Staff (n.d.). "USDOJ: Office of the Attorney General". US Department of Justice. Retrieved 2009-02-03. Eric H. Holder Jr. was sworn in as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States on February 3, 2009 by Vice-President Joe Biden. President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Mr. Holder on December 1, 2008. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
Michael Mukasey
Attorney General of the United States

Succeeded by
Eric Holder
Preceded by
Craig Morford
U.S. Deputy Attorney General
Served under: George W. Bush

Succeeded by
David W. Ogden
Preceded by
Harry D. Leinenweber
Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
February 8, 2004 – March 9, 2008
Succeeded by
Sharon J. Coleman