Kathryn Ruemmler is set to take the new White House counsel position, so how did someone like her get to take over from veteran attorneys who previously occupied the role? 2

Kathryn Ruemmler is set to take the new White House counsel position, so how did someone like her get to take over from veteran attorneys who previously occupied the role?

Ruemmler is set to take over the job after rocketing through the U.S. Justice Department, private practice and Democratic legal circles in little more than a decade. . . .[T]hose who’ve watched her climb say she’s impressed nearly everyone along the way. “She’s almost in the mold of the Cutlers of the world, who have done a little bit of everything,” said Beth Wilkinson, a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and a Ruemmler friend.

That said, it’s probably a good time for Ruemmler to be taking over. Ingram notes that Ruemmler is entering the top post at a time of relative quiet. “The White House isn’t facing a major criminal investigation she needs to respond to, and there’s no immediate sign of a Supreme Court vacancy, which would consume her staff. The biggest questions for her are likely to be over executive orders, the handling of terrorism suspects at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and investigations by House Republicans. She’ll also ultimately be in charge of the judicial nominations process.”

This won’t be Ruemmler’s first dance at the White House. After a brief stint at Zuckerman Spaeder, Ruemmler joined the Clinton White House as an associate counsel. She then spent a few months of 2001 as an associate at Latham & Watkins, before moving to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

From there, she joined the Enron Task Force. In 2006, she delivered the government’s closing argument in the trial of former Enron executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, both of whom were convicted. She returned to Latham in 2007, this time as a partner, before again moving to the DOJ.

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