Carol C. Lam was sworn in as the presidentially appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of California on Nov. 18, 2002. Prior to her appointment she was a judge of the Superior Court in San Diego, where she presided over a criminal trial calendar.
In a traditionally male-dominated public office, Lam hopes to be judged by her capabilities and not her gender. As a woman who holds a job that has always been held by men, she enjoys breaking the mold.
About half of Lam's 110 attorneys work on border cases in an area where the Border Patrol made nearly 140,000 arrests last year. Highest priority is given to the most serious cases, including suspects with long histories of violent crime and offenders who endanger others' lives.
Lam is the recipient of both the Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney, and the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service.