March 15, 2017: Joon H. Kim has been appointed as the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Kim, 45, has worked as the office’s Chief Counsel, Criminal Division Director and Deputy U.S. Attorney. As Acting U.S. Attorney, Kim succeeds Preet Bharara, 48, who was fired from the post on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Kim, the son of a South Korean diplomat, has prosecuted organized crime and terrorism cases at the office. A graduate of the Phillips Exeter Academy, Stanford University and the Harvard Law School, Kim worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York from 2000 to 2006 before he joined the Manhattan firm Cleary Gottlieb, where he helped defend Citibank against charges of manipulating interest rates. In 2013, Bharara brought him back as his Chief Counsel.