Dallas Bar Association

Sarah Saldaña Appointed as U.S. Attorney

By Jessica D. Smith

The Senate has confirmed Sarah Saldaña as U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of Dallas. President Obama nominated Saldaña on June 27 and the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the nomination on September 7. The full Senate followed on September 12, and she was sworn into office on September 29 by Hon. Sidney A. Fitzwater, Chief U.S. District Judge.

“Sarah Saldana has all the tools to be an excellent United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas—intelligence, determination, experience and a keen sense of right and wrong,” said DBA President Barry Sorrels. “She is a credit to her profession and will be skillful in her new position.”

Saldaña, a career prosecutor, has served as Assistant U.S. Attorney since 2004 and most recently served as a Deputy Criminal Chief in charge of the Fraud/Public Corruption Section. As U.S. Attorney, Saldaña will oversee one of the largest offices in the country, having prosecutorial responsibility over more than 100 counties in the northern and western areas of Texas.

She received her law degree in 1984 from SMU Dedman School of Law and upon graduation, began her law career as a clerk to Hon. Barefoot Sanders in the U.S. District Court. She then went on to work at Haynes and Boone, LLP, and then at Baker Botts, LLP. She also worked for several federal agencies including the U.S. Departments of Labor, Housing and Urban Development and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission before becoming Assistant U.S. Attorney.

“I am honored by the privilege of serving as U.S. Attorney and greatly appreciative of President Obama’s appointment and the consent of the United States Senate, particularly Senators Cornyn and Hutchison,” said Saldaña.


Jessica D. Smith is the DBA’s Communications/Media Director. She can be reached at jsmith@dallasbar.org.

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