Friday, January 23, 2009

UCLA School of Law Alumna Kirsten Gillibrand Appointed U.S. Senator

/PRNewswire/ -- UCLA School of Law alumna Kirsten Gillibrand '91 has been appointed today by New York Governor David A. Paterson to fill the United States Senate seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Prior to her appointment, Gillibrand had been serving her second term as U.S. Representative to New York's 20th congressional district, representing counties across upstate New York.

"I am delighted that one of our alumni has been selected to serve in the United States Senate," said UCLA School of Law Dean Michael H. Schill. "Senator Gillibrand is an active member of the UCLA Law family. She embodies much of what this law school is about-service to the public and the broader community."

In 2006, Gillibrand, who had never held public office, defeated a well- known four-term Republican incumbent to win her seat in Congress. She served on the House Armed Services Committee and the Agriculture Committee. In addition to her committee assignments, Gillibrand founded the Congressional High Tech Caucus, with Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX), with the goal of ensuring that the United States remains at the forefront of emerging technologies and high tech industries.

During President Clinton's administration, Gillibrand served as special counsel to former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Andrew Cuomo. She later joined the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, where in addition to her responsibilities at the firm she maintained an extensive pro- bono practice, working on behalf of abused women and children and tenants seeking safe affordable housing.

"Senator Gillibrand's UCLA School of Law family proudly wishes her well in her newest endeavor," said Schill.

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