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OGC Key Personnel Archive - 1993-2000

Former General Counsel Harriet S. Rabb

Former General Counsel Harriet S. Rabb

General Counsel HHS, 1993-2000

Columbia Law School, 1966
Barnard College, 1963

Nominated By President William J. Clinton
Served under Secretary Donna Shalala

Harriet Rabb was nominated by President Clinton to serve as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Feb. 23, 1993. She was confirmed by the Senate on May 24, 1993.

Ms. Rabb came to HHS from Columbia Law School where she was Vice Dean and George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility. She had been a faculty member at Columbia Law School since starting there as a clinical teacher in 1971. Over the years at Columbia, Ms. Rabb created and directed clinics concerned with employment discrimination, representation of New York City through its Office of the Corporation Counsel, immigration law, education law and public policy and housing discrimination. In 1984, Ms. Rabb was named Director of Clinical Education at Columbia Law School. She became a tenured member of the law faculty in 1988. In 1991, she was appointed Jaffin Professor and was named Vice Dean in 1992.

Ms. Rabb began her career practicing civil rights and then consumer law, working in public interest offices and for New York City. From 1966 to1967, she taught constitutional litigation seminars at the Rutgers Law School. Before this she was a staff attorney doing civil rights and civil liberties litigation for the Center for Constitutional Rights. She also worked for the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and was a senior staff attorney with the Stem Community Law firm.

She has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Second Circuit and District of Columbia Courts of Appeal, New York State and District of Columbia Bars.

Her writings have focused on fair employment laws, immigration law and education issues. Among the boards of directors/trustees Ms. Rabb served on before entering government service were the Ford Foundation, the Legal Aid Society, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Human Rights Watch.

Presented for archival purposes. Current as of November 25, 2002.


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