For the second time in his administration, President Barack Obama is calling on a dean of Harvard Law School.
The White House said late Thursday that Obama intends to nominate Martha Minow, dean since July 1, to the board of the Legal Services Corporation. The historically cash-strapped corporation provides legal aid to the poor, and Minow — one of five nominees announced — would contribute to a higher profile for the board as it lobbies Congress for more funding.
In January, Obama chose then-dean Elena Kagan to be solicitor general. Kagan received Senate confirmation and took a leave of absence from Harvard.
Minow, who has taught at Harvard for almost 30 years, won’t need a leave of absence. She has also served on the boards of the American Bar Foundation, the W.T. Grant Foundation, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, and the International Independent Commission on Kosovo. She has frequently been named as a possible judicial nominee.
The other nominees announced for the 11-member Legal Services Corporation board are Robert Grey, a partner in the Richmond office of Hunton & Williams; John Levi, a partner in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin; Julie Reiskin, executive director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, which advocates for people with disabilities; and Gloria Valencia-Weber, a professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law. The positions require Senate confirmation.
Levi hired Obama and his future wife to work at Sidley Austin, the Chicago Sun-Times notes.