Virginia Seitz ’85 nominated to head Office of Legal Counsel

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — President Obama has nominated a 1985 graduate of UB Law School to head the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, a high-profile and highly sensitive position that in recent years has been a flashpoint for partisan political division.

Virginia A. Seitz, who was first in her class at UB Law and the recipient of the Max Koren Award, said that during law school, “I was prodded to not just think in a tiny box, but connect all coursework with what I was doing in other areas.”

Since 1998, she has worked in the Washington, D.C., office of the law firm Sidley Austin LLP. There she has done appellate litigation work, and she is best-known for authoring an amicus brief on behalf of retired military officers in support of affirmative action in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Grutter v. Bollinger.

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