Assistant U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Tennessee
Kara Sweet has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Tennessee since October 2018. Ms. Sweet is part of the Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) Unit of the Office, which investigates and prosecutes fraud on federal government programs, with a focus on health care, as well as civil rights violations. She serves as the Civil Rights Coordinator for the Civil Division, as well as the ADA and Environmental Justice Coordinator. In those roles, she has investigated and resolved complaints concerning hospitals that have failed to provide auxiliary aids and effective communication to the deaf and hard of hearing community. In addition, she has investigated and resolved complaints concerning a refusal to allow service animals in the judicial system. She engages in community outreach frequently and seeks to implement policy changes that result in effective communication and ensure ADA compliance that impact the citizens throughout Tennessee and those visiting Nashville.
Ms. Sweet graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Psychology in 1998. She obtained her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in 2001. Ms. Sweet previously practiced as a commercial litigator in New York City handling securities fraud, contractual disputes and valuation proceedings and at the N.Y. Attorney General’s Office defending Section 1983 claims.