Obama’s Nominee for General Counsel of Department of Veterans Affairs is a GW alum

Another day, another GW-connected nomination from the White House.

William Gunn, who has a Master’s of Law degree in Environmental Law from GW, is President Barack Obama’s nominee for General Counsel of Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a White House release posted on Tuesday.

Gunn, who also holds degrees from Harvard Law School and the United States Air Force Academy, currently represents military members and veterans in private practice. In 2003, Gunn was named the first Chief Defense Counsel in the Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions.

“Gunn built a defense team and supervised all defense activities for detainees selected for trial before military commissions,” according to the White House press release. “His efforts earned respect and admiration for his principled leadership and commitment to ensuring that detainees received effective representation.”

The 50-year-old career military lawyer is also a licensed minister and former CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. He has a fascinating Web site, which features some intense sound effects.

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