Ogden Will Lead Justice Dept. Transition
By Carrie Johnson
Clinton Administration veteran David Ogden is leading the transition team for the Justice Department, which has been battered by allegations of political interference and hiring lapses during the Bush years.
At conferences and workshops, Democrats and interest groups have been developing "to do" lists for Justice, which had deemphasized antitrust, civil rights and environmental enforcement work under President Bush.
Ogden, a partner at the WilmerHale law firm, has sterling Democratic credentials and a keen understanding of the department's inner workings. He previously led the department's civil division and served as chief of staff to then-Attorney General Janet Reno.
His deputy on the Justice transition will be Thomas J. Perrelli, who manages the D.C. office of the law firm Jenner & Block. During his tenure at the department under President Bill Clinton, Perrelli supervised the government team suing cigarette makers and oversaw the Justice unit that defends federal agencies in complex legal disputes.
Neither man has yet jumped into the Main Justice building on Pennsylvania Avenue as part of a "parachute team" but sources at the department and on Capitol Hill expect such a move within the next several days.
Dan Pfeiffer, communications director for the Obama transition, had no immediate comment.
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November 6, 2008; 11:41 AM ET
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