The Senate just confirmed Harold Koh to be legal adviser to the State Department.
Koh, the outgoing dean of Yale Law School, will head up the department's legal staff, advising Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on a wide variety of issues. He returns to the department after having served as an assistant secretary of state during the Clinton administration.
Senators voted 62-35, largely along party lines, to confirm him. On Wednesday, Koh overcame procedural roadblocks thrown up by Republicans who questioned his commitment to U.S. sovereignty.