Ruff with President Clinton

Born:  August 1, 1939
Cleveland, Ohio

Died: November 19, 2000
Washington, D.C.

Summary by
Patricia Shakow

Interviews Conducted by
Patricia Shakow,  Esq.

Charles F. C. Ruff, Esq.

Oral History Text & Documentation

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Oral History Summary


Swarthmore College, AB., 1960; L.L.D. (Honorary), 1997
Columbia Law School, L.L.B., 1963
Georgetown University, L.L.D. (Honorary), 1996

Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C., Partner, 1999-2000
Counsel to the President, 1997-1999
Corporation Counsel for the District of Columbia, 1995- 1997
Partner. Covington & Burling, 1962-1995
United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, 1979-1982
Acting Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, 1979
Associate Deputy Attorney General, US. Department of Justice, 1978-1979
Deputy Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1977-1978
Special Prosecutor, Watergate Special Prosecution Force, 1975- 1977
Chief Inspector, Drug Enforcement Administration, 1975
Assistant Special Prosecutor, Watergate Special Prosecution Force, 1973- 1975
Associate Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, 1973- 1979
Professor, Antioch Law School, 1972- 1973
Chief Management and Labor Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1970- 1972
Trial Attorney, Organized Crime & Racketeering Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1967-1970
Instructor in Legal Method, U. of Pennsylvania Law School, 1966-1967
Research Associate, African Law Center, Columbia Law School, 1966
Instructor, Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, 1963- 1965

Bar Admissions
New York – 1963
U.S. Supreme Court – 1969
U.S. District Court For the District of Columbia – 1973
District of* Columbia Court of Appeals – 1973
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland – 1990

Professional Activities
Chair, Advisory Board on the Investigative Capability of the Department of Defense, 1994
Chair, Multinational Panel to Inquire into the Curbing of Violence in the South African Elections, 1993
District of Columbia Bar, President, 1989- 1990, President-Elect, 1988- 1989, Board of Governors, 1983-1986; 1988-1991
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
US. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, Gender Bias Task Force, 1990- 1992
District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Gender Bias Task Force, 1990- 1992
U.S. Sentencing Commission, Advisory Committee on Alternatives to Imprisonment, 1989- 1991
National College of District Attorneys Vice Chairman, Board of Regents, 1985-1991

“Welfare and Pension Plans: The Role of the Federal Prosecutor.” 12 Santa Clara Lawyer 480 (1972)
“Federal Prosecution of Local Corruption: A Case Study in the Making of Law Enforcement Policy,” 65 Georgetown Law Journal 1171 (1977)
Book Review, “(Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know About Criminal Procedure,” 83 Michigan Law Review 1 19 1 (1985)
Terrorism: Legal Aspects of Corporate Responsibility,” in B-Jenkins, Terrorism and Personal Protection ) (Butterworth 1985)
Towards Violence-Free Elections in South Africa, the Report of the Multinational Panel of Inquiry (Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, S.A., 1993)

Born: August 1, 1939, Cleveland, Ohio

Courtesy of the Ruff Family