nathanPresident Barack Obama appointed Alison J. Nathan as his associate counsel.

Nathan who is openly lesbian, was recently the Fritz Alexander Fellow at New York University School of Law and a visiting assistant professor at Fordham Law School.  Prior to academia, Nathan was an associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

She served a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Nathan was the national voter protection senior advisor to the Obama campaign and a member of the campaign’s LGBT Advisory Committee.  Nathan received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her J.D. from Cornell Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell Law Review.

Nathan was recommended for the position through GLLI’s Presidential Appointments Project.