William Thaddeus Coleman III

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William Thaddeus Coleman III (born 1947) is a United States lawyer who served as General Counsel of the Army during the Clinton administration.

Biography[edit]

William Thaddeus Coleman III was born in Boston on April 20, 1947, the son of William Thaddeus Coleman, Jr. and his wife Lovida.[1] He was educated at Williams College (B.A.), and Yale Law School (J.D.).[2] During his first year at law school, he was befriended by fellow law student Bill Clinton and the two were roommates during their second year of law school.[3]

Coleman was admitted to the bar of Georgia in 1974, and has practiced law since then, most recently in Philadelphia.[2] In the 1990s, when Bill Clinton became President of the United States, he appointed Coleman General Counsel of the Army.[4] Coleman was the subject of a minor scandal in 1997 when he was accused of sexual harassment.[5] An investigation into the allegations by the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Defense later concluded that, while Coleman had told some off-color jokes, he had not committed sexual harassment.[6]

Coleman married his wife, Allegra Saenz Coleman, in 2003, and together the couple have two children: William Thaddeus Coleman IV and Amadeus Alexander-Browne Coleman.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ William T. Coleman with Donald T. Bliss, Counsel for the Situation: Shaping the Law to Realize America's Promise (Brookings Institution, 2010), p. 75
  2. ^ a b Profile from Lawyers.com
  3. ^ Robert E. Levin, Bill Clinton: The Inside Story (S.P.I. Books, 1992), p. 88
  4. ^ Tamara Loomis, "Did Affirmative Action Really Hinder Clarence Thomas?", Law.com, June 2, 2008
  5. ^ Associated Press, "Latest scandals involve an Army lawyer, admiral", May 31, 1997
  6. ^ Times Wires Reports, "Army's Top Lawyer Cleared of Charges", March 28, 1998
  7. ^ Profile of Allegra Saenz Coleman as Contributing Writer of Impact Times magazine
Government offices
Preceded by
William J. Haynes, II
General Counsel of the Army
1994 – ca. 1999
Succeeded by
Charles A. Blanchard