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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release August 19, 1999


President Clinton announced today that Beth Nolan, currently Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice, will succeed Charles F.C. Ruff as Assistant to the President and Counsel to the President. Ms. Nolan is expected to assume the job at the beginning of September.

Ms. Nolan has served since 1996 as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel. In 1997, President Clinton nominated her to be Assistant Attorney General for that Office. Before joining the Justice Department in 1996, Ms. Nolan was a law professor at George Washington University from 1985-1997, with leaves of absence to serve from 1993-1995 as Associate Counsel to the President at the White House and for a year at the Justice Department. Ms. Nolan taught courses in constitutional law, legal ethics, government ethics, and government lawyering. In 1993, President Clinton also appointed Ms. Nolan to the National Commission on Judicial Discipline and Removal. Prior to joining the faculty of George Washington University Law School, Ms. Nolan served as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel from 1981-1985.

The President said: "I am pleased that Beth has agreed to serve as my Counsel. She has a distinguished record of public service both in the White House and at the Department of Justice. While Chuck Ruff is a tough act to follow, I know of no one better than Beth to succeed him. I look forward to having her back."