FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2019
By Corliss Smithen
Public Media Officer
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Senate confirms Denise George as
ST. THOMAS, V.I. – The Senate overwhelmingly
confirmed Denise N. George as attorney general of the Virgin Islands on Tuesday,
voting unanimously to place her in charge of the Department of Justice. AG George was nominated by Gov. Albert Bryan to
head the department.
afternoon, AG Designee George appeared before the full Senate body for her
official confirmation to the top law enforcement post. Fourteen of the 15 senators of the 33rd
Legislature voted favorably; Sen. Kurt Vialet was absent from the proceedings.
her brief remarks following the roll call, AG Designee George said, “I will
commit that I will work to the very best of my ability to serve the people of
the Virgin Islands with fairness, integrity and honor.”
the Senate Committee on Rules and Judiciary on Wednesday unanimously advanced
the nomination of Denise George to be Virgin Islands Attorney General.
George is a native Virgin Islander who attended the All Saints Cathedral School
and graduated from the Charlotte Amalie High School.
George received her Juris Doctor degree from Howard University Law School in
1984. After graduating from law school, she began her legal career as a
Territorial law clerk for Judge Verne A. Hodge and Judge Ive Arlington
Swan. For several years, she practiced general civil litigation and
family law in her private law firm, "Law Offices of Denise
George served as an Assistant Attorney General and trial attorney in the
criminal, civil, family, juvenile, White Collar and public corruption
divisions of the Virgin Islands Department of Justice for a period of over
18 years. During her tenure, she successfully prosecuted a full spectrum
of violent crimes, including murder, manslaughter, rape, domestic violence,
sexual assault, and child abuse. As a member of the Child Abuse Task
Force, she co-authored the Virgin Islands' first criminal child abuse and
neglect statute. In the Civil Division, she represented the V.I.
government in civil lawsuits filed against and on behalf of the government.
George also served for several years as the Director of the White Collar Crime
and Public Corruption Division. During that time, she managed the
division and successfully prosecuted complex white collar crimes of
embezzlement, forgery, fraud, racketeering and public corruption involving
public officials of local agencies, including the GERS, Schneider Hospital,
Bureau of Internal Revenue, Office of the Governor, and Department of
Human Services. In 2016, AG Designee George accepted a position as Senior
Staff Attorney at the Virgin Islands Port Authority, a position she
held until her nomination as attorney general.
ceremony will be scheduled shortly.