Nolan Named Chief White House Counsel

President Clinton yesterday appointed former deputy attorney general and White House counsel Beth Nolan to serve as chief White House counsel. Nolan is the first woman to hold the position, and replaces former Watergate special prosecutor Charles Ruff.

Attorney General Janet Reno praised Nolan’s achievement, saying that Nolan has “extensive expertise in ethics and constitutional law,” and is well-respected for her “excellent judgment, her practical and thoughtful scholarship, and her integrity.” President Clinton released a statement saying, “While Chuck Ruff is a tough act to follow, I know of no one better than Beth to succeed him.”

Nolan has been a law professor at George Washington University and worked on conflict of interest laws at the Justice Department for several years before obtaining her post as deputy attorney general.


Reuters - August 19, 1999

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