DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel finally gets leader

June 29, 2011
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In January 2009, Indiana University Maurer School of Law Professor Dawn Johnsen was named as President Barack Obama’s appointment for assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel. She moved her family to Washington, D.C., only to have her confirmation stall in the Senate because some objected to her political views and previous work experience, including working as legal director of NARAL Pro-Choice America from 1988 to 1993.

The Senate sent her nomination back to the White House in December 2009, and President Obama re-nominated her in January 2010. Again, her confirmation process was held up and she withdrew her name from consideration in April 2010 – nearly a year and a half after she was first nominated.

Now, after several years of not having an appointed leader of the OLC, the full Senate confirmed attorney Virginia A. Seitz by voice vote Tuesday. Seitz is a partner in Sidley Austin’s Washington, D.C., office. She was nominated by the president in January 2011.

Johnsen is back in Bloomington and at the law school, where she teaches courses on constitutional law.

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  1. Bob Stochel was opposing counsel to me in several federal cases (including a jury trial before Judge Tinder) here in SDIN. He is a very competent defense and trial lawyer who knows federal civil procedure and consumer law quite well. Bob gave us a run for our money when he appeared on a case.

  2. Awesome, Brian! Very proud of you and proud to have you as a partner!

  3. Oh, the name calling was not name calling, it was merely social commentary making this point, which is on the minds of many, as an aside to the article's focus: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100111082327AAmlmMa Or, if you prefer a local angle, I give you exhibit A in that analysis of viva la difference: http://fox59.com/2015/03/16/moed-appears-on-house-floor-says-hes-not-resigning/

  4. Too many attorneys take their position as a license to intimidate and threaten non attorneys in person and by mail. Did find it ironic that a reader moved to comment twice on this article could not complete a paragraph without resorting to insulting name calling (rethuglican) as a substitute for reasoned discussion. Some people will never get the point this action should have made.

  5. People have heard of Magna Carta, and not the Provisions of Oxford & Westminster. Not that anybody really cares. Today, it might be considered ethnic or racial bias to talk about the "Anglo Saxon common law." I don't even see the word English in the blurb above. Anyhow speaking of Edward I-- he was famously intolerant of diversity himself viz the Edict of Expulsion 1290. So all he did too like making parliament a permanent institution-- that all must be discredited. 100 years from now such commemorations will be in the dustbin of history.

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