June 17, 2009, WASHINGTON, DC -- President Obama today named John R. Phillips, a founding partner of Phillips & Cohen LLP, as chair of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.
"The men and women of this commission embody what makes the White House Fellows program so special," said President Obama. "These leaders are diverse, non-partisan, and committed to mentoring our next generation of public servants."
In announcing the appointment, the White House noted Phillips' long commitment to public service and the success of Phillips & Cohen in representing whistleblowers in qui tam lawsuits brought under the False Claims Act. Phillips served on the White House Fellowships Commission previously after he was appointed by President Clinton.
The White House Fellowship is America's most prestigious program for leadership and public service, providing young individuals with experience working at the highest levels of the federal government. Alumni of this non-partisan program include former Secretary of State General Colin Powell, retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark, and author Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Commission members include Tom Brokaw, longtime anchor of NBC Nightly News; Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corp. of New York; retired Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy (U.S. Army); artist Maya Lin, whose works include the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC; Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay; and constitutional law expert and Harvard University law professor Laurence Tribe.
For more information, see "President Obama Announces Appointments to the President's Commission on White House Fellowships."