President-elect Barack Obama has announced several more additions to his administrative team today, including David Axelrod as a senior adviser and Chris Lu as Cabinet secretary.
But at the American Constitution Society, the focus is on Obama’s choice for his staff secretary: Lisa Brown, the organization’s executive director. Brown had been on leave from the progressive think tank while co-heading Obama’s agency review team.
“I was afraid this was going to happen,” laughs ACS Chairman Paul Smith. “She’s obviously a tremendous asset for any organization. We’ll get along without her. Our loss is the nation’s gain.”
Smith, a partner at Jenner & Block, says David Lyle will continue in his role as acting executive director until a permanent hire can be made.
The announcement of Brown as staff secretary marks the second ACS board member to join the new administration. Last week, the transition team announced that Ronald Klain of O’Melveny & Myers will serve as Vice President-elect Joseph Biden’s chief of staff.
As Legal Times reports this week, the ACS also has several other board members being mentioned as short-listers for key positions when Obama assumes the presidency. Among those are Eric Holder Jr., a partner at Covinton & Burling who has reportedly spoken with Obama about taking the attorney general spot, and Teresa Wynn Roseborough, who has been mentioned as a possible choice for solicitor general.
Obama also officially confirmed that Gregory Craig will serve as his White House counsel. Check out more Legal Times coverage on Craig's role in the Obama administration here.