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Public Papers - 1989

Nomination of William Pelham Barr To Be an Assistant Attorney General


The President today announced his intention to nominate William Pelham Barr to be an Assistant Attorney General (Office of Legal Counsel). He would succeed Douglas W. Kmiec.

Since 1985 Mr. Barr has been a partner with the law firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts   Trowbridge in Washington, DC, and an associate, 1983 - 1985. Prior to this he was Deputy Assistant Director for Legal Policy in the Office of Policy Development at the White House, 1982 - 1983. He was an associate with Shaw, Pittman, Potts   Trowbridge, 1978 - 1982; and a law clerk to the Honorable Malcolm Richard Wilkey, U.S. circuit judge, 1977 - 1978. From 1973 to 1977, Mr. Barr was a member of the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC.

Mr. Barr graduated from Columbia University (B.A., 1971; M.A., 1973) and George Washington University National Law Center (J.D., 1977). He was born May 23, 1950, in New York City. He is married and has three children.

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