Obama names DOJ picks

dojbldgToday President-elect Barack Obama announced his picks for key Justice Department positions.

In addition to tapping Harvard Law dean Elena Kagan as solicitor general (see blog post below), Obama announced he will nominate David Ogden as deputy attorney general. Ogden is currently a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, and previously served as assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Civil Division under President Clinton.

Obama chose Tom Perrelli, Jenner & Block managing partner, as associate attorney general. Perrelli previously served as counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno.

And Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington Professor Dawn Johnsen was tapped for the post of assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel.

“These individuals bring the integrity, depth of experience and tenacity that the Department of Justice demands in these uncertain times,” Obama said in a statement this morning. “I have the fullest confidence that they will ensure that the Department of Justice once again fulfills its highest purpose: to uphold the Constitution and protect the American people.  I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

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