President Obama Nominates James Cole '95 for General Counsel, Department of Education

From WhiteHouse.gov:

Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Daniel B. Baer – United States Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, with rank of Ambassador, Department of State
  • Michael G. Carroll  - Inspector General, United States Agency for International Development
  • James Cole, Jr. – General Counsel, Department of Education
  • Keith M. Harper – United States Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council, with rank of Ambassador,  Department of State
  • Catherine E. Lhamon – Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Education
  • Stephen W. Preston – General Counsel, Department of Defense

The President also announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Brigadier General Anthony C. Funkhouser, USA – Commissioner, Mississippi River Commission
  • Betsey Stevenson – Member, Council of Economic Advisers

President Obama said, “These men and women have demonstrated knowledge and dedication throughout their careers. I am grateful they have chosen to take on these important roles, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

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James Cole, Jr., Nominee for General Counsel, Department of Education
James Cole, Jr. is the Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Transportation, a position he has held  since 2011.  From 1996 to 2011, he worked at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz in New York, where he was elected as partner in the Corporate department in 2003.  From 1995 to 1996, Mr. Cole clerked for Chief Judge Stephanie K. Seymour of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  From 1990 to 1992, he was an analyst in the Financial Management Program at General Electric Capital Corporation.  He has served on the Board of Directors for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and on the Board of Trustees for Prep for Prep.  He received a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.