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White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler to be Michigan Law Senior Day Speaker

April 21, 2014

Kathryn Ruemmler, counsel to the President of the United States, will deliver the spring commencement address at Michigan Law Senior Day May 10.

Kathryn Ruemmler

Ruemmler, the longest-serving counsel of Barack Obama's presidency, will speak to graduates during the ceremony that begins at 2 p.m. at Hill Auditorium.

Having previously served as Associate Counsel to President Bill Clinton, Ruemmler joined the Obama administration in 2009 as the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. She succeeded Bob Bauer as White House counsel in 2011 and has served in that capacity since. She is expected to step down next month and return to private practice.

A former federal prosecutor, Ruemmler co-led the government's case against Enron executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling in 2006. In recognition of her work on the investigation she received the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service.

Ruemmler later joined the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins as a litigation partner.

She is a graduate of the University of Washington and Georgetown University Law Center.

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