Attorney General Voices Strong Support For OLC Nominee

May 7, 2009
Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, reiterated his support for Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). Holder told the committee that the OLC is being run by capable lawyers, but that getting Johnsen confirmed as OLC director was "probably my top priority."

Johnsen, an Indiana University law professor and former member of the ACS Board of Directors, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in March, but her nomination has since been held up by opponents, who take issue with her criticism of some legal advice from the OLC during the Bush administration. Johnsen's nomination has garnered an array of support, including newspapers, a group of 70 legal scholars and former OLC directors.