Craig, Butts, Meltzer, DeRosa & Wolin: President Obama’s In-House Law Firm

By Caitlin Taylor

Jan 28, 2009 10:37am

President Obama rolled out 22 attorneys to join his White House counsel’s office today, including one specifically designated for first lady Michelle Obama.

The plague of barristers will serve under White House Counsel Greg Craig and Deputy Counsel Cassandra Butts.

Most of the lawyers named today are alumni of either President Clinton’s administration (as is Craig), Harvard Law School (as is Butts) or clerkships for left-leaning Supreme Court Justices.

The deputy counsels are Principal Deputy Counsel Daniel Meltzer (Harvard); Deputy Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council Mary DeRosa (Clinton); and Deputy Counsel to the President for Economic Policy and Deputy Assistant to the President Neal Wolin (Clinton).

The Obama White House has appointed Norman Eisen to serve as a Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform Norman Eisen. Eisen is an alumnus of both Harvard Law School and the liberal good government group CREW.

Associate Counsels named today include Kendall Burman; Susan Davies (Clinton, clerk for Kennedy and Breyer); Karen Dunn (Hillary Clinton’s Senate Office, Breyer); Danielle Gray (Harvard, Breyer); Michael Gottlieb (Harvard, Stevens); Roberto J. Gonzalez (Stevens) Virginia Canter (Clinton); Caroline Krass (Clinton); Jonathan Kravis (Breyer); Trevor Morrison (Ginsburg); Alison J. Nathan (Stevens); Kate Shaw (Stevens); and Christian A. Weideman.

Susan Sher, a legal eagle who worked with Michelle Obama at the University of Chicago Medical Center and has served as Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago, will serve as associate counsel to the president and counsel to the first lady.

Deputy Associate Counsels include Ian Bassin; Rashad Hussain; Blake Roberts (Harvard); and Jason G. Green.

- Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller

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