Covington L? Burling
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
P.O. Box 7566
Washington, DC 20044
(202) 662-5438 (0)
(202) 778-5438 (Office Fax)
(202) 726-5246 (H)
PERSONAL Born: July 14, 1946 Marital Status: Married
Plainfield, NJ
Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley, Law School
Entered September 1971 and graduated June 1974
Note and Comment Editor, California Law Review
Oxford University, Oxford, England
Entered October 1968 as Rhodes Scholar and withdrew December 1969
as a doctoral candidate in Ethiopian politics
Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Entered September 1964 and graduated June 1968
B. A. degree in Social Studies – magna cum laude – Phi Beta Kappa
All Ivy Football (defensive back), All New England, All East (2nd team)
Allston Burr Prize (outstanding scholar athlete)
2/96 to present Partner, Covington & Burling (Washington, DC)
My practice principally focuses on litigation and employment-related law.
2/93 to 1/96 Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor (Washington, DC)
I was the chief legal officer for the U.S. Department of Labor, overseeing a staff of 700,
including 500 lawyers located in Washington, D.C. and 15 regional and sub-regional offices.
The Office of Solicitor is responsible for enforcing approximately 180 federal statutes relating
to wage protections, worker health and safety, pension benefits, employment discrimination
and affirmative action, labor standards, job training, union democracy, unemployment
insurance, and various other employee benefit programs. Also represented the Labor
Department as a member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment
Corporation (OPIC).
2/81 to 1/93 Partner, Covington & Burling (Washington, DC)
My practice primarily involved representing states in matters relating to various federal health
and welfare programs. My work also included advice on federal securities laws and related
corporate matters. In addition, I served as a chairman of the firm’s Public Service Committee.
(During this period, I was an Associate from 2/81 through 9/82.)
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1/78 to 1/81 Deputy Inspector General of Department of Energy (Washington, DC)
I assisted the Inspector General in overseeing and conducting investigations, audits and
inspections of Department of Energy operations and programs. Were also responsible for
submitting reports to Congress and appearing to testify upon request. As the end of my term,
I was one of several recipients of the Department of Energy’s Outstanding Service Medal.
9/74 to 10/78 Associate, Covington & Burling (Washington, DC)
My duties generally involved analyzing regulations, interpreting statutes, researching caselaw
and drafting memoranda. During my first year at Covington, I principally worked on matters
arising from FCC regulation of cable television. Subsequently, I spent eight months as a staff
attorney at a local office of the Neighborhood Legal Services Program on loan from
Covington & Burling. Following my return to the firm, I concentrated on representing state
governments on issues relating to federal health and welfare programs under the Social
Security Act. In addition, I was responsible for a variety of commercial and pro bono
litigation tasks. I
lOR0 to 6/71 Management Consultant to the Training Division of Alem Public
Relations Consultants (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
I supervised a division of a small, Ethiopian-owned company engaged in training U.S. Peace
Corps volunteers for service in Ethiopia. In addition, I provided management consultant
services to upgrade the capabilities of other supervisory staff.
COURT ADMISSIONS: United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals (10th Cir.)
United States District Court (D.C.)
United States District Court for the District of Maryland
(Northern Division)
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Supreme Court of California
Member, American Bar Association
Member, National Bar Association
Former Member, Board of Governors of the D.C. Bar
Former Co-Chair, Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Former Member, Board of Directors, D.C. Neighborhood
Under Law and Urban Affairs
Legal Services Program
OTHER AFFILIATIONS: Member, Council on Foreign Relations
Former Member, Board of Directors, Harvard Associated
Former Member, Visiting Committee for the Department
of Athletics at Harvard University
Former Member, Board of Directors, National Capital
Area American Civil Liberties Union
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