THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES WILMA B. LIEBMAN, PETER J. HURTGEN AND JOSEPH ROBERT BRAME AS MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD
The President today announced the nomination of Wilma B. Liebman and Peter J. Hurtgen, and his intent to nominate Joseph Robert Brame to serve as Members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Wilma B. Liebman, of the District of Columbia, has served as the Deputy Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) since 1995. In this position, she has managed the agency's daily operations and led their reinvention initiatives. She previously served as Special Assistant to the Director of the FMCS. From 1990 to 1993, Ms. Leibman was Labor Counsel to the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen. Previously, she held the position of Staff Counsel for the Teamsters from 1980 to 1989, and was an attorney with the NLRB from 1974 to 1980. A native of Philadelphia, she received an A.B. from Barnard College and a J.D. from George Washington University.
Peter J. Hurtgen, of Miami, Florida, a labor and employment lawyer, has been a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, L.L.P. since 1983. Previously, he practiced law at Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson, serving as a partner from 1972 to 1983 and an associate attorney from 1966 to 1972. Mr. Hurtgen has experience representing clients from a variety of trades, including manufacturing, newspaper publication, radio and television broadcasting, public and private educational systems, power generation, shipbuilding, transportation, telecommunications as well as city, county and state governments. He has extensive experience in arbitration, administrative agency proceedings and state and federal trial and appellate courts. Mr. Hurtgen received a B.S. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Robert Brame, of Charlottesville, Virginia, has been a labor and employment lawyer at McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe, L.L.P. since 1967, and a partner since 1972. From 1980 to 1992, he headed the firm's labor practice, and since 1992, has served as Manager of the Antitrust Group. Mr. Brame was a founding member of the Virginia Bar Association's Labor Law Committee and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and an L.L.B. from Yale Law School.
The National Labor Relations Board is an independent agency which administers the nation's principal labor law, the National Labor Relations Act. The Board is vested with the power to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions, as well as the ability to safeguard employees' rights to organize and determine whether to use unions as their bargaining representative.