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David Hickton

University of Pittsburgh

David Hickton is the founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security. At Pitt, Hickton also has secondary faculty appointments as professor in the School of Law, the School of Computing and Information, and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to coming to Pitt, Hickton served as United States attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He was nominated by former President Barack Obama on May 20, 2010, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 5, 2010. Hickton was sworn in as the district's 57th U.S. attorney on Aug. 12, 2010.

Prior to becoming U.S. attorney, Hickton engaged in the private practice of law, specifically in the areas of transportation, litigation, commercial, and white-collar crime. Hickton began his legal career serving as a law clerk for the Honorable U. S. District Judge Gustave Diamond from 1981 to 1983. For more than a decade, Hickton was an adjunct professor at the Duquesne University School of Law, where he taught antitrust law.

Publications by David Hickton