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President-elect Barack Obama today announced plans to appoint an Indiana University law school professor to a post at the U.S. Department of Justice.

A press release from Obama’s office stated, and the law school confirmed, that Obama will name Dawn Johnsen as assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel. In late 2008, she was named to the president-elect’s transition team.

Johnsen previously worked as the acting assistant attorney general heading the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel in 1997-98, and as a deputy assistant attorney general from 1993-1996 during the Clinton administration. Since 1998, she has been with IU’s Maurer School of Law on Bloomington, where she teaches and writes about issues of constitutional law. She received her law degree from Yale Law School.

Obama also said he would name David Ogden as deputy attorney general, Elena Kagan as solicitor general and Tom Perrelli as associate attorney general. They all worked in some capacity in the Clinton administration.

is now a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Washington, D.C., and serves as the Department of Justice Agency Review lead for the Obama-Biden Transition Project. Kagan is currently the 11th Dean of Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass. Perrelli is currently managing partner of Jenner & Block’s Washington, D.C., office.

“These individuals bring the integrity, depth of experience and tenacity that the Department of Justice demands in these uncertain times,” Obama said in a news release. “… I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

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