THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES SUSAN ESSERMAN TO BE GENERAL COUNSEL AT DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
President Clinton announced the nomination of Susan G. Esserman of Washington, D.C. to be General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
As General Counsel, Ms. Esserman will serve as the chief legal officer of the Department. She has served as Assistant Secretary for Import Administration since March 1994, where she was responsible for enforcement and development of policy in connection with the antidumping and countervailing duty laws. She played a lead role on behalf of the Administration in connection with the GATT legislation relating to these issues. She was also responsible for administration of the foreign trade zone program.
Prior to joining the Commerce Department, Ms. Esserman was a partner at the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, where she specialized in international trade law. She began her career as a judicial clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Oliver Gasch. Ms. Esserman received her J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School where she was on the Editorial Board of the Law Review. She graduated from Wellesley College with honors.