Pamela Harris, the former director of the Georgetown University Law Center's Supreme Court Institute, has joined the Justice Department as the principal deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Policy.
The move is a reunion of sorts for Harris, who starts at Justice later this week. Harris is once again working with Christopher Schroeder, who leads the Office of Legal Policy. Schroeder joined DOJ from Duke Law School. He was confirmed to the post in April.
Schroeder and Harris (at left) worked in Office of Legal Counsel under the leadership of Walter Dellinger during the Clinton administration. Schroeder was at one point the acting head of OLC. Harris, who worked in OLC between 1993 and 1996, was an attorney-adviser there.
"Pam is one of the superstars of her generation,” said Dellinger, who chairs the appellate practice at O’Melveny & Myers. “Having Chris Schroeder and Pam together at Justice will make the Office of Legal Policy a place of extraordinary talent."
Harris, who headed the Supreme Court Institute since 2009, is a former partner and then later of counsel at O’Melveny, where she focused on Supreme Court and appellate litigation. She is a frequent speaker on constitutional law. In an e-mail today, Harris declined to comment on her move.
Schroeder said today he is “delighted” to have Harris join OLP. “She is an outstanding lawyer who will be a great addition,” Schroeder said. Harris, who will remain a visiting law professor at Georgetown, replaces Rajesh De, who has taken a post at the White House as deputy staff secretary.