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The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a confirmation hearing for 2 p.m. Feb. 25 for Indiana University Maurer School of Law - Bloomington professor Dawn Johnsen. President Barack Obama nominated her for the position of assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel.

The hearing will take place in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., and will be available as a Web cast. If the committee votes in favor of her nomination, the full Senate will vote on her confirmation.

Johnsen served on Obama's transition team and in the Clinton administration as acting assistant attorney general from 1997 to 1998, and as deputy assistant attorney general from 1993 to 1996 in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.

She has been with the law school since 1998. She teaches constitutional law, including a course on Congress, the president, and the courts; and sexuality, reproduction, and the Constitution. She has received national attention for papers she has written that are against policies of the Bush administration. Some of her research papers - and recommendation letters - are available on the Judiciary Committee's Web site.

Also scheduled for a confirmation hearing at the same time is David S. Kris, who has been nominated to be assistant attorney general, National Security Division.

Indiana Lawyer will offer future coverage of Johnsen's nomination process.

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