Bush Taps HLS Grads for Administration

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Alberto Gonzales, White House general counsel, with President Bush.

A new president may occupy the White House, but Harvard Law remains well represented at the top of government.

So far, President George W. Bush has appointed former U.S. senator E. Spencer Abraham ’78 (’79) as secretary of the Department of Energy, Robert Zoellick ’81 as U.S. trade representative, and Alberto Gonzales ’82 as White House general counsel.

Gonzales has a long history working for the former Texas governor, serving as general counselor and secretary of state before Bush appointed him to the Texas Supreme Court in 1999. Zoellick served as an undersecretary of state and deputy chief of staff during George H. W. Bush’s administration.

Bush also tapped H. Christopher Bartolomucci ’92 as associate counsel to the president, Rachel Brand ’98 as assistant counsel, and Ken Mehlman ’91 as director of political affairs.

Justice Department appointees include Ralph Boyd Jr. ’84 as assistant attorney general for civil rights and Georgetown University Law Professor Viet Dinh ’93 as assistant attorney general for legal policy.

Boyd, who previously worked as an assistant U.S. attorney for six years, returns to the Justice Department from Goodwin Procter in Boston.