Barack Obama has filled another top legal job in his administration by nominating Chicago lawyer Charles Rose to become general counsel of the Department of Education.
Rose is a founding partner of the Chicago law firm Franczek, Radelet & Rose, which specializes in labor and employment law, education law, and employee benefits. According to Rose’s firm bio, he has served as the lead negotiator on collective bargaining agreements for Chicago Public Schools, the City of Chicago, the Chicago Park District, the Illinois State Board of Education, and other public employers.
Rose became a name partner last October, when the firm changed its name from Franczek Sullivan. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Rose gave Obama $2,300 during the primaries, and another $2,800 during the general election.
Prior to the formation of the firm in 1994, Rose was a partner at Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz, and had been in-house counsel at the Illinois Association of School Boards.
Rose’s predecessor at the Education Department is Kent Talbert, who was confirmed as general counsel in 2006.
An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Brian Jones was Rose's immediate predecessor. Jones was general counsel at the Education Department until 2005.