|29th White House Counsel|
September 1999 – January 20, 2001
|Preceded by||Charles Ruff|
|Succeeded by||Alberto Gonzales|
|Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the United States
Office of Legal Counsel
1996 – August 1999
|Associate Counsel to the President|
Spring 1993 – 1996
August 21, 1951 |
New York, New York
|Political party||Democratic party (United States)|
|Alma mater||Scripps College
Georgetown University Law Center
Beth Nolan (born August 21, 1951 in New York City) is a vice president and general counsel of the George Washington University. She was Bill Clinton's final White House Counsel. She served in other White House and United States Department of Justice positions, taught law, and was in private practice. 
Nolan was born in New York City, and educated at Scripps College (B.A., 1973) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., magna cum laude, 1980). She was Editor in Chief of the Georgetown Law Journal. She was admitted to the bar of the District of Columbia in 1981.
- 1980-1981 Clerk for Collins J. Seitz, Third Circuit Court of Appeals
- 1981-1985 staff attorney Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel under then Assistant Attorney General of the United States Theodore Olsen
- 1985-1993 Taught at George Washington University Law School, tenured 1992, taught constitutional law, government ethics and law, and professional responsibility and ethics
- 1993-1995 Associate White House Counsel
- 1995-1996 Taught at George Washington University Law School
- 1996-1999 Deputy Assistant Attorney General in Office of Legal Counsel
- 1997-1998 Unsuccessful nominee to be Assistant Attorney General of the United States for Office of Legal Counsel (The Senate never voted on the nomination)
- 1999-2001 White House Counsel
- 2001 Fellow, Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government
- 2002-2007 partner, at Crowell & Moring
- 2007- VP & General Counsel, GWU
She testified on March 5, 2001 before the House Government Reform Committee that Bill Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich did not advance President Clinton's financial interests, but that she had personally opposed it.
President Clinton nominated her in 1997 to be Assistant Attorney General of the United States for the Office of Legal Counsel, but the United States Senate did not confirm her. Along with Webster Hubbell and Vince Foster, she had helped Ira Magaziner prepare an affidavit explaining why he was not required to reveal who had participated in the formulation of the failed 1993 Clinton health care plan. United States District Court judge Royce Lamberth called the affidavit a lie, although an appellate court held Magaziner had acted in good faith - after her nomination had failed.
Her appointment on August 10, 1999 as White House Counsel did not require Senate confirmation, and she began in September.
During its investigations of the 1996 United States campaign finance controversy, Monica Lewinsky scandal, White House FBI files controversy, and White House travel office controversy the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform subpoenaed White House email traffic. In March 2000 White House contractors testified that the email previously produced in response to these subpoenas had omitted probably thousands of responsive emails. Technical employees had discovered in June 1998 that the automated records management system had incorrectly scanned and logged the emails, possibly since 1994. The testified further that White House staff had cautioned them against disclosing this problem to anyone, on pain of dismissal or even prosecution. White House Counsel Nolan testified (March 2000) before the committee and a skeptical chairman Dan Burton that it would take Northrop Grumman contract personal 6 months to restore the data. She also said that to the best of her knowledge she knew of no evidence that anyone in the White House had attempted to conceal this noncompliance, nor that she or her office had been told of allegations of threats.
After working in the White House, Nolan became a partner with the law firm Crowell & Moring in the firm's white collar and securities litigation group. She had a broad-based federal and international practice focuses on strategic counseling, congressional investigations, internal investigations and compliance, government and legal ethics, federal election law, constitutional and public policy issues, international claims, and other matters.
In February 2006 she published a letter to members of the United States Congress, signed jointly with several legal scholars former government officials arguing that an NSA electronic surveillance program was unlawful.
Nolan argued in March 2007 that the Bush administration's assertions of executive privilege were excessive in the matter of the Dismissal of U.S. attorneys controversy, both in a Washington Post op-ed piece and before Linda Sánchez and the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law during their Hearing on “Ensuring Executive Branch Accountability”. She said the administration might lose such a claim. At the GWU law school she had taught constitutional law.
In 2007 she represented, along with a great many others, Blackwater Worldwide a private military company. Following the Blackwater Baghdad shootings, Henry Waxman's House Oversight Committee subpoenaed its Chief Executive Officer Erik Prince to testify. The climate of opinion among politicians and the public at large jeopardized its contracts to provide security for State Department personnel in Iraq.
Memberships and recognition
- Board of Directors of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- Board of Directors of the Arthritis Foundation of the National Capital Area
- Board of Advisors of the Harvard Law & Policy Review
- National Commission on Judicial Discipline and Removal (1993)
- Best Lawyers in America 2008
- Washington Super Lawyers 2008.
- Nolan, Beth. Removing Conflicts from the Administration of Justice: Conflicts of Interest and Independent Counsels under the Ethics in Government Act, 79 GEO. L.J. 1 (1990). K7 .E645
- Nolan, Beth. The Role of Judicial Ethics in the Discipline and Removal of Federal Judges.
- Nolan, Beth (1999-02-11). "ATTORNEY'S FEES FOR LEGAL SERVICE PERFORMED PRIOR TO FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT". United States Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel. Retrieved 2008-10-24. "18 U.S.C. § 205 prohibits a Civil Division attorney from receiving attorney's fees for work in a case against the United States performed prior to federal employment when the right to payment depends on a finding of liability and award against the United States that takes place after the attorney's entry into federal employment."
- Los Angeles Times,August 20, 1999.
- New York Times,August 20, 1999.
- Washington Post, January 29, 1998; June 8, 1998.
- CNN Interactive, <http://cnn.com> (August 18, 1999).
- George Washington University website, <http://www.law.gwu.edu>.
- United States House of Representatives website, <http://www.house.gov> (January 9, 1998).
- Kelley, Nora T. (December 1993). "Truth, Justice and the American Way". GW Magazine (Law Issue) (George Washington University). Retrieved 2008-10-24. "As a White House ethics adviser, Professor Beth Nolan must decide: What's right in the '90s?"
- "Beth Nolan." Biography Resource Center Online. Gale Group, 2000. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2008. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC Document Number: K1650000722
Fee. Updated: 2000-06-01 Retrieved: 2008-10-24.
- "Clinton aide named counsel". GW Hatchet (Washington, D.C.: George Washington University). 2007-10-18. Retrieved 2008-02-24.
- 1985 to 1993 and 1995 to 1996, achieving tenure in 1992, Schario, Tracy (2007-10-16 MEDIA CONTACT:). "FORMER WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL BETH NOLAN NAMED GW VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL". George Washington University. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
- Beth Nolan at Notable Names Database NNDB
- "Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel". George Washington University. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
- "Nolan to Become 1st Female White House Counsel". Los Angeles Times. August 20, 1999. Retrieved August 2, 2009.
- Reaves, Jessica (2001-03-01). "Pardongate Play-by-Play - THE BURTON AND WAXMAN SHOW". Time.com. Time magazine. Retrieved 2008-10-24. "insist there was no quid pro quo between Marc Rich's sponsors and President Clinton — or the President's financial interests. ...[They] underscore their personal opposition to the Rich pardon, insisting they never thought the President would grant it."
- eMediaMillWorks (2001-03-01). "Text: House Hearing on Clinton's Pardons". Washhingtonpost.Com. Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-10-24. Transcript.
- Van Atta, Jr., Don (1997-12-31). "Clinton Defense of Aide May Hurt Nominee". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-01-16.
- Paulson, Amy (2000-03-30). "White House e-mail problem may be resolved by September". CNN. Retrieved 2008-10-24. "Nolan said that 'to the best of (her) knowledge' she has found 'no evidence' that anyone in the Executive Office of the President 'attempted to withhold or hide responsive e-mail records,' and that no one in either her office nor the White House Office 'was advised of allegations of threats surrounding this matter.'
The president was informed of the problem 'only in the last month,' Nolan said. His response was that he 'wanted to make sure that we had produced everything we could produce and that we were looking into what to do.'"
- "FORMER WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL BETH NOLAN NAMED GW VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL". 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
- Nolan, Beth; Curtis Bradley, David Cole, Walter Dellinger, Ronald Dworkin, Richard Epstein, Philip B. Heymann, Harold Hongju Koh, Martin Lederman, William S. Sessions, Geoffrey Stone, Kathleen Sullivan, Laurence H. Tribe, William Van Alstyne (2006-02-09). "On NSA Spying: A Letter to Congress". New York Review of Books ((Volume 53, Number 2)). Retrieved 2008-10-24.
- Weiss, Debra Cassens (2007-06-17). "Subpoena Response Poses Dilemma". ABA Journal (in Beth Nolan ... told Legal Times that the administration could lose an executive privilege claim. 'There is no blanket protection for all information about the White House'...). Retrieved 2008-10-24.
- Nolan, Beth (2007-03-29). "Statement of Beth Nolan" (PDF). United States House of Representatives. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
- Nolan, Beth (2007-03-23). "Executive Overreach: The White House Is Taking Privilege Too Far". Washington Post. p. Page A17. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
- Broder, John M.; James Risen (2007-11-01). "Blackwater Mounts a Defense With Top Talent". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
- "Individual Contributions Arranged By Type, Giver, Then Recipient". Federal Election Commission. Retrieved 2008-10-24. (You must enter Beth Nolan in the query boxes.)
- "WASHINGTON, DC Political Contributions by Individuals". City-data.com. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
Charles F.C. Ruff
|White House Counsel