President Obama Taps Alumna for White House Counsel Position

Story posted January 28, 2009

President Barack Obama announced on January 28, 2009, more key members of the Office of the White House Counsel.

Among them is Kendall C. Burman '00, who was named Associate Counsel to the President.

Burman most recently served as Chief Staff Counsel to the Obama for America campaign. Earlier in her career, she served as an Associate at Latham & Watkins, LLP.

Burman was a government and legal studies major and an Africana studies minor at Bowdoin.

She went on to the University of Chicago Law School, where she was an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review.

In speaking of Burman and the others announced on Wednesday, Jan. 28, President Barack Obama said, "The White House Counsel's office is tasked with making sure that we are operating under the highest standard of ethics and transparency for the American people. Ensuring that we have an open and honest government is one of our top priorities, and this team brings together people of exceptional experience and dedication to public service. I trust they will serve the American people well."

Burman is the second Bowdoin graduate in a week to be appointed to a job within the Obama administration.

On January 22, Obama announced that George J. Mitchell '54 — former Senate Majority Leader, negotiator of the Northern Ireland Peace Accord and chair of the investigation into illegal steroid use in Major League Baseball — would serve as the new U.S. envoy to the Middle East. Read more about Mitchell's appointment here.

On December 19, then President-elect Obama named Karen Mills, wife of Bowdoin President Barry Mills, Administrator of the Small Business Administration. Read more about the SBA announcement here.

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