THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES LESLIE RUSSELL JIN AS STAFF DIRECTOR OF THE
UNITED STATES COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS
The President today announced his intent to appoint Leslie Russell Jin to serve as Staff Director of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Mr. Leslie Russell Jin, of Vallejo, California, currently serves as General Counsel to the United States Broadcasting Board of Governors. From 1993 to 1999, he served as General Counsel to the United States Information Agency (USIA). Prior to his service at USIA, Mr. Jin lived in Chicago, Illinois, where he served as Associate Regional Counsel to the United States Environmental Protection Agency from 1990 to 1993. He was a trial attorney for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 1986 to 1990. Mr. Jin is a former National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Civil Rights Committee Co-Chair and a recipient of their 1994 "Trailblazer" award for his professional achievements that have paved the way for other Asian Pacific American lawyers. In addition, Mr. Jin has served as a Hearings Officer for the Chicago Commission on Human Relations and is a former National General Counsel for the Organization of Chinese Americans.
Mr. Jin received a B.S. degree from the University of California, Davis, a J.D. degree from the University of Oregon, and a M.P.A. degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is admitted to the Bar in the states of Illinois and California.
The United States Commission on Civil Rights investigates allegations of discrimination because of color, race, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin. The Commission also investigates allegations of fraud concerning the right of citizens to vote and have votes counted, and serves as a national clearinghouse to collect and disseminate information to the public to discourage discrimination or denials of equal protection under Federal law. The Commission submits at least one report annually to the President and Congress that monitors Federal civil rights enforcement efforts.