Michael Sherwin '98 J.D. is prosecuting those who attacked U.S. Capitol

Author: Notre Dame Law School


Notre Dame Law School alumnus Michael Sherwin '98 J.D. has been in the news recently.

As acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Sherwin is prosecuting the people who invaded the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The office in Washington has taken charge of more than 180 cases filed in connection with the Capitol siege. Those cases include individuals from 40 states and D.C., according to George Washington University's Program on Extremism.

Sherwin and others in Washington are working with federal offices across the nation to prosecute those who broke laws during the attack on January 6. Federal authorities have identified at least 400 suspects who may have committed crimes at the Capitol.

"The cases are all being charged here in D.C.," Sherwin told reporters in January. "And what makes this case, in particular, unprecedented and unusual and extremely complex is the fact that after the event, obviously thousands of people went back to their home districts. And that has complicated things."

The video below, recorded January 12, shows Sherwin and other officials speaking with reporters.

Sherwin is a career prosecutor who joined the U.S. Department of Justice in 2008.

From 1999 to 2004, he served on active duty service as an intelligence officer in the Navy. He was awarded multiple citations for his duties during Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan Campaign) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq Campaign).

Read Sherwin's full biography on the DOJ's website.