Judge Terrence Berg was nominated by President Obama to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on April 25, 2012 and confirmed by the United States Senate on December 6, 2012.
Before his nomination, Berg had served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan for over 20 years, first joining the U.S. Attorney's Office in 1989. As a prosecutor, Berg handled a wide variety of federal criminal prosecutions, specializing in complex fraud cases and computer, Internet and intellectual property crimes.
In 1999, Governor (then Attorney General) Jennifer M. Granholm appointed Berg as Chief of the newly created High Tech Crime Unit of the Michigan Department of Attorney General, a position he held until 2003. During that time, Berg was detailed as Computer Crime Fellow for one year with the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Berg returned to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan in 2003 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.
From 2005-2008, Berg served as First Assistant United States Attorney. In 2008, Berg became interim United States Attorney, and served in that position until January 2010. Berg was then tapped by the Department of Justice to serve on special details, first as the acting First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, in Macon, Georgia, in 2010, and then as an attorney for the Professional Misconduct Review Unit, a component of the Office of Deputy Attorney General which recommends discipline for prosecutors found to have committed professional misconduct, in 2011-2012.
Berg has taught a Computer Crime Seminar and also Trial Practice as an adjunct professor for the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law from 1994-2012. He has also taught courses at the U.S. Department of Justice's National Advocacy Center, in Columbia, South Carolina, the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and the Prosecuting Attorney's Associations of Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, and Utah. He has spoken at conferences sponsored by the National Association of Attorney's General, in Washington, D.C., the National White Collar Crime Center, in Fairmont, West Virginia, and the National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law, at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi. He has also trained prosecutors in Bangkok, Thailand, Sofia, Bulgaria, and Cebu, Philippines. His writings have appeared in law reviews, state bar publications, and national magazines.
Berg received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986, cum laude, and his undergraduate degree from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service in 1981, magna cum laude. After law school, Berg served as Law Clerk to Judge Anthony A. Alaimo, then Chief United States District Judge for the Southern District of Georgia. He also practiced law as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Debevoise and Plimpton, 1987-1989. Berg was born in Detroit in 1959. He is married and has three children.
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