President Obama has appointed James Hamilton, partner at Bingham McCutchen’s Washington office, to the board of governors of the United Service Organizations.
Every President since 1941 has served as honorary chairman of the USO, although it’s not an official government agency. The nonprofit organization relies on donations from individuals, corporations and other organizations to provide morale-boosting programs for members of the military and their families stationed worldwide.
“I’m thrilled about this extraordinary opportunity,” Hamilton said. “The USO is worthwhile organization. They do many great things for troops and their families. I have the chance to assist in efforts that are extremely worthwhile. It’s a well-led board with a superior staff.”
Hamilton will continue to practice at Bingham, where he focuses on civil and criminal litigation, congressional and other investigations, trade association representation and advising clients on government and professional ethics.
Before joining Bingham, Hamilton was assistant chief counsel of the Senate Watergate Committee and served on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. He served as the Clinton-Gore transitional counsel for nominations and confirmations and President Clinton’s chief vetter for Supreme Court nominations. He also vetted vice presidential candidates for Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004.