Adjunct Professor of Law
Berit Berger serves as the Executive Assistant District Attorney for Policy and Strategic Initiatives and Chief Ethics Officer for the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. She most recently led the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity at Columbia Law School as Executive Director. In that role she also consulted for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and drafted a handbook for member states on investigating and prosecuting corruption offenses. Berit provided legal analysis for many print and media outlets and was a Legal Analyst for MSNBC and NBC News.
From 2007 to 2018, Berit served as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Offices for both the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Berit worked on a wide variety of federal criminal matters including cases involving terrorism, violent crime, trafficking and racketeering. She conducted many jury trials and briefed and argued appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She held numerous supervisory positions within the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Chief of the General Crimes Unit and Organized Crime and Gangs Unit. She was awarded the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the Department’s highest award.
Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Berit was a litigator at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and worked as a law clerk in the Southern District of New York for the Honorable James C. Francis IV. Berit is an alumna of Columbia Law School.
Columbia University School of Law, JD