Keynote Speaker: Rachael Rollins ’97, US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts

Rachael Splaine Rollins ’97 was sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts on January 10, 2022. Nominated by President Joseph R. Biden on July 26, 2021 and confirmed by the United States Senate on December 8, 2021, Rollins is the chief federal law enforcement officer for the District of Massachusetts and the first Black woman to hold the position. 

Prior to her confirmation, Rollins served as Suffolk County District Attorney (DA) for three years. She was the first woman to ever be elected DA in Suffolk County and the first woman of color to ever hold the position of DA in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

Rollins previously served as chief legal counsel to the Massachusetts Port Authority. Prior to that she served as general counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. From 2007 to 2011, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts serving in both the Civil and Criminal Divisions. 

Earlier in her career, Rollins was an attorney at Bingham McCutchen LLP and from 1999 to 2002 she was a field attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. Rollins began her legal career as a clerk for Associate Judge Frederick L. Brown of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. 

Rollins earned her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law and Masters in Law from Georgetown University Law Center. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and African-American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

 Meet the U.S. Attorney 

Rachael S. Rollins ’97, United States Attorney 

Rachael Splaine Rollins ’97 was sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts on January 10, 2022 

Rachael S. Rollins is the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. Nominated by President Joseph R. Biden on July 26, 2021 and confirmed by the United States Senate on Dec. 8, 2021, Rollins is the chief federal law enforcement officer for the District of Massachusetts and the first Black woman to hold the position. 

Prior to her confirmation, Rollins served as Suffolk County District Attorney (DA) for three years. She was the first woman to ever be elected DA in Suffolk County and the first woman of color to ever hold the position of DA in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

Rollins previously served as Chief Legal Counsel to the Massachusetts Port Authority. Prior to that she served as General Counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. From 2007 to 2011, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts serving in both the Civil and Criminal Divisions. 

Earlier in her career, Rollins was an attorney at Bingham McCutchen LLP and from 1999 to 2002 she was a field attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. Rollins began her legal career as a clerk for Associate Judge Frederick L. Brown of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. 

Rollins earned her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law and Masters in Law from Georgetown University Law Center. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and African-American Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.