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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 23, 1993


(Washington, DC) The President announced today his intention to nominate Robert Nordhaus to be General Counsel at the Department of Energy, Robert Hunter to be Ambassador to N.A.T.O., and Bruce Lehman to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, and the appointment of Nan Hunter to be Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services.

In addition, the President also announced his intent to nominate Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros, Assistant to the President Alexis Herman, and Secretary of Agriculture Michael Espy to serve on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission, which is comprised of forty members. Also today, the President designated Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown to serve as Vice Chair of the National Women's Business Council.

Robert Nordhaus is a partner in the law firm of Van Ness, Feldman & Curtis, where he specializes in federal natural gas and utility regulation. From 1977 to 1980, he was General Counsel to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He also served as Assistant Administrator of the Federal Energy Administration and in President Carter's Energy Policy and Planning Office. He had previously worked for the House of Representatives as Counsel to the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce and in the Office of Legislative Counsel. A native of Albuquerque, NM, he graduated from Stanford University in 1960 and Yale Law School in 1963.


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Robert Hunter is Vice President for International Politics and Director of European Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he has been since 1981. Dr. Hunter served on the NSC staff from 1977-81, and was co-founder of the Center for National Policy in the early 1980s. He also served on the White House domestic policy staff in the Johnson Administration, and has been advisor to Senator Edward Kennedy, and to the presidential campaigns of Hubert Humprhey, Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, and Richard Gephardt.

Bruce Lehman is an attorney specializing in intellectual property with the firm of Swindler & Berlin, where he is a partner. He was previously Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee for nine years, including service from 1978-83 as Chief Counsel to the Subcommittee on Courts, Civil Liberties and the Administration of Justice. He previously served as a Justice Department Attorney from 1973-74, as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1971-74, and as an Attorney for the Legislature in his home state of Wisconsin. He holds a B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

Nan Hunter has been an Associate Professor at Brooklyn Law School since 1990. She previously served for a decade for the American Civil Liberties Union as Staff Counsel to the Reproductive Freedom Project, and Director of the AIDS and Civil Liberties Project and the Lesbian and Gay Rights Project. Prior to that, she was a founding partner in a community law office in Washington, D.C., and an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University School of Law. She holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.