THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES LEIGH A. BRADLEY AS GENERAL COUNSEL AT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS
The President today announced his intent to nominate Leigh A. Bradley as General Counsel at the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Ms. Leigh A. Bradley, of Vienna, Virginia, is an Air Force veteran who served on active duty with the Air Force Judge Advocate General's Department where her primary duties were as prosecutor and defense counsel in general and special courts-martial, and as Circuit Trial Counsel responsible for prosecuting complex felony cases. From 1987 to 1993, Ms. Bradley served as Associate Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Defense where she provided advice on civilian and military personnel policy and administration, and also served as legal advisor to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services. In October 1994, following a one year detail as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, she was appointed by the President to be Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Navy, where she helped manage the Office of General Counsel of the Navy.
Ms. Bradley graduated magna cum laude, receiving a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Alabama and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
The General Counsel serves as the chief legal officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs and is responsible for the interpretation of all laws affecting the department and for the review of all regulations implementing such laws. The General Counsel directs the legal, litigative and legislative activities of the department, provides legal advice and assistance to the Secretary of Veterans' Affairs and represents the Secretary in Congressional committee and other hearings and in interdepartmental conferences on legislative matters.