Insight August 1, 2023

On May 23, 2023 at the 40th anniversary CLP gala, we presented Dana Remus, former White House counsel to President Biden, with the 2023 CLP Award for Global Leadership. Ms. Remus is currently a partner at Covington & Burling.

Ms. Remus’s career exemplifies the important changes in the legal profession that the Center studies and the critical role that lawyers play in helping to solve the world’s most important problems. Since graduating law school, she has been a Supreme Court clerk, an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and a tenured professor at the University of North Carolina Law School, where she wrote one of the most influential articles on the implications of AI on the practice of law. Ms. Remus then left the academy to serve as White House Deputy Counsel on Ethics during the Obama Administration and subsequently General Counsel to the Obama Foundation and the personal office of President and Mrs. Obama. Ms. Remus then returned to government to serve as President Biden’s first White House Counsel, where among her many accomplishments, she shepherded the historic confirmation process for Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

During the gala, held at the New-York Historical Society and Museum, Ms. Remus spoke to the audience about the importance of the rule of law and the role of lawyers, in addition to answering questions from Professor David Wilkins about her practice and what’s changed in the length of her illustrious career. Watch Ms. Remus’ remarks and Q&A below.