THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES CHARLES A. BLANCHARD AS GENERAL COUNSEL FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Today, President Clinton announced his intention to nominate Charles A. Blanchard to be General Counsel of the Army.
Mr. Blanchard, of Phoenix, Arizona, is currently the Director, Office of Legal Counsel, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Before his appointment in October, 1997, Mr. Blanchard was in the Arizona State Senate from 1991 to 1995. He served as Chairman of the State Judiciary Committee and Vice Chairman of the Senate Environment Committee. He was among 32 emerging state leaders chosen in 1991 from the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by the Council of State Governments. From 1988 to 1997, Mr. Blanchard was an attorney at Brown & Bain, P.A., a Phoenix-based law firm. Mr. Blanchard received his JD from Harvard Law School, where he graduated first in class. From 1986-1987, Mr. Blanchard served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Sandra O'Connor.
The General Counsel is the Chief Legal Officer of the Department of the Army and provides legal advice, counsel, and guidance to the Secretary of the Army and the other senior leadership on any issue or matter involving the Department of the Army.