August 4, 2000 |
President Clinton, stymied for three years in his effort to install former Los Angeles attorney Bill Lann Lee as the nation's top civil rights officer, used a tried-and-true backdoor method Thursday to appoint Lee to the top Justice Department post. Clinton waited until Congress was not in session and used what is known as a recess appointment to make Lee the assistant attorney general for civil rights, bypassing the normal confirmation process in the Senate.
May 14, 2000 |
As a longtime lawyer for civil rights groups in Los Angeles, Bill Lann Lee built a reputation as a skilled litigator whose goal was to solve problems rather than collect scalps. Now, as the nation's acting assistant attorney general for civil rights, Lee has returned home with all the might of the federal government at his disposal as he spearheads its efforts to reform the Los Angeles Police Department.
March 14, 1999
Bill Lann Lee should be confirmed as assistant attorney general for civil rights (March 6). While we at the Anti-Defamation League differ with many of his positions on racial preferences, we respect his prior work with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, his credentials as an attorney and his qualification for this position. His responsibilities at the Justice Department extend far beyond the issue of affirmative action. He has asked for a 19% increase in the Department of Justice budget to prosecute hate-crime perpetrators as well as to pursue enforcement of other civil rights violations.
March 6, 1999 |
President Clinton on Friday again nominated Bill Lann Lee to be assistant attorney general for civil rights, a post Lee has held on an acting basis since his nomination was rejected more than a year ago. Lee met at the White House with Clinton for a private ceremony despite complaints from conservative Republicans in Congress that Lee has been too zealous in enforcing affirmative action laws.
February 17, 1999 |
The White House said Tuesday that attorney Bill Lann Lee of Los Angeles again will be nominated as the nation's top civil rights enforcer, a move sure to reignite opposition from critics of affirmative action who blocked his nomination 14 months ago. Lee is acting assistant attorney general for civil rights, a post that often has been a lightning rod for controversy. The White House said late Tuesday that President Clinton will try again to make Lee's position permanent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1998
I appreciated and largely agreed with your Sept. 21 editorial, "Race Panel's Lost Chance," about the president's commission on race. However, I think that it was unrealistic for you to expect a bold, Kerner Commission-style final report from the panel. The primary reason for this, I believe, is because voices conscious of race have been widely intimidated by the voices of resentment. Observations on today's racial disparities are often attacked out of hand by pundits and politicians as "racially divisive."