Solicitor General Named Acting Attorney General

ALBANY – New York State Solicitor General Barbara D. Underwood will serve as acting Attorney General in the face of Eric Schneiderman’s resignation amid sexual abuse allegations which could lead to legal charges.

The Attorney General’s Office issued a statement naming Underwood as acting Attorney General.

“This morning, I’m grateful to work with the best colleagues in the business – including Barbara Underwood, who will be acting NY AG. She’s argued 20 cases before SCOTUS, clerked for Thurgood Marshall, & much more. The work continues,” Amy Spitalnick, press secretary, said.

Underwood was appointed to her post in 2007 and, prior to that, served as Counsel and as a Chief Assistant to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. She has argued 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. She also served as law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall. She also served as a professor of law at Yale Law School.

Schneiderman announced his resignation late Monday, after allegations of sexual abuse and assault broke in a story in the New Yorker. Four women have come forward making the allegations that they were struck or choked and belittled during consensual sex.