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Former U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade will give the commencement addresses to Eastern Michigan University’s Class of 2017 this weekend.

McQuade, who joined other U.S. attorneys and stepped down last month at the request of President Donald Trump, will receive an honorary doctor of public service degree from EMU during Saturday’s ceremonies.

McQuade was the first woman to serve as the U.S. attorney of the Eastern District of Michigan District, which covers 34 counties and about 6 million residents.

A Detroit native who earned her undergraduate and law degrees at University of Michigan, she was appointed by President Barack Obama in January 2010.

During her tenure as U.S. attorney, she and her colleagues handled cases involving public corruption, health care fraud, violent crimes and civil rights. Among the most high-profile cases was the conviction of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on public corruption charges, for which he was sentenced to 28 years in prison.

McQuade will be joining the law school faculty of the University of Michigan next month, teaching national security, criminal law and criminal procedure.

She will speak at both graduation ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the EMU Convocation Center.

KKozlowski@detroitnews.com

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