THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NAMES JOHN R. PHILLIPS TO THE PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION ON WHITE HOUSE FELLOWS The President announced today that he intends to appoint John R.
Phillips to be a member of the President's Commission on White House Fellows.
John R. Phillips, of Washington, DC, founded and directed the Center for Law in the Public Interest in Los Angeles, California, in 1971. In addition to litigating environmental, civil rights, consumer protection, and corporate responsibility, the Center also runs the Visiting Public Interest Fellowship Program, which provides law school graduates an opportunity to work in public service. After leaving the Center, Mr. Phillips opened his own law firm in Los Angeles, California, where he specialized in cases under the False Claims Act, known as Oui Tam, which are filed on behalf of the government against companies that have defrauded the government. In 1993, he moved his private practice to Washington, DC.
Mr. Phillips received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California School of Law, Berkeley. He is married and has one child.
The Commission on White House Fellows was established in 1964 to provide an opportunity for young American leaders to develop a sense of personal involvement in the leadership of our society. White House Fellows serve as special assistants to Cabinet Officers, as members of the President's staff, or in the Office of the Vice President. They also participate in an extensive education program in which they meet with a diverse group of private and public sector leaders.