Roy L. Austin, Jr.
Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
Roy L. Austin, Jr. joined the D.C. law firm Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP as a partner in 2017. Mr. Austin began his career as an Honors Trial Attorney with the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division investigating and prosecuting hate crime and police brutality cases around the country. In 2002, he joined the D.C. U.S. Attor- ney’s Office where he prosecuted domestic violence, adult and child sexual assault, human trafficking, homicide and fraud and public corruption cases. In 2009, Mr. Austin returned to the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office as Co- ordinator of the D.C. Human Trafficking Task Force. In January 2010, Mr. Austin was appointed Deputy Assis- tant Attorney General (DAAG), Civil Rights Division where he supervised the Criminal Section, and the Special Litigation Section’s law enforcement (police departments, corrections and juvenile justice) portfolio. Among numerous other matters, Mr. Austin worked on cases involving the New Orleans Police Department, Missoula law enforcement and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. In March 2014, Mr. Austin joined the White House Domestic Policy Council as Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity. In this position, Mr. Austin co-authored a report on Big Data and Civil Rights, worked with the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, helped develop the Police Data Initiative, worked on expanding reentry assistance and was a member of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force. He has served as an adjunct trial advocacy professor at George Washington University Law School and the Washington College of Law. Mr. Austin received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from The University of Chicago.