THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JAMES A. DORSKIND AS GENERAL COUNSEL AT THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE President Clinton today announced the recess appointment of James
A. Dorskind to serve as General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Mr. Dorskind was nominated to the United States Senate on October 25, 2000.
Mr. Dorskind, of Oakland, California, was designated Acting General Counsel at the Department by the President on September 14, 2000. Previously, Mr. Dorskind served in the Department as the General Counsel for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and as the Departmental Executive Secretary. Mr. Dorskind came to Commerce from the White House, where he served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Correspondence. Previously, he was of counsel to the law firm of Friedman, Ross & Hersh, P.C., a principal at Friedman, Ross & Dorskind, P.C., and an associate at Friedman, Sloan, & Ross, P.C. He also was an associate at the law offices of Morrison and Foerster. In 1992, Mr. Dorskind worked with the Clinton/Gore Campaign as the Special Assistant to the Northern California Campaign Directors.
Mr. Dorskind received a B. A. with distinction in all subjects, in Psychology, with a minor concentration in law and society, from Cornell University and a J. D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.
The General Counsel serves as the Department's chief law officer and legal adviser to the Secretary of Commerce, the Under Secretaries, the Assistant Secretaries and other officers of the Department. The General Counsel is responsible for supervising and coordinating the development of the Department's legislative program, as well as; developing and articulating the views of the Department on pending legislation, and fulfilling its legislative clearance responsibilities with other government agencies. In addition, the General Counsel oversees regulatory policy within the Department and advises the Secretary of Commerce on any regulatory matters.