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IU professor Dawn Johnsen named a member of the Biden transition team

<p>IU law professor Dawn Johnsen smiles for a photo. Johnsen has been named to President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team.</p>

IU law professor Dawn Johnsen smiles for a photo. Johnsen has been named to President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team.

Dawn Johnsen, a professor in the Maurer School of Law, was chosen as a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s Department of Justice agency review transition team, according to the Biden-Harris transition website.

Johnsen served on the transition teams for President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama, who nominated her to return to the Office of Legal Counsel as assistant attorney general, but the U.S. Senate failed to confirm the nomination, according to an IU website.

Biden was named president-elect Saturday by the Associated Press and other organizations. Biden announced Monday the public health experts and other members of the COVID-19 Transition Advisory Board his administration will rely on to combat COVID-19.

The goal of the members of a president’s transition team is to help ensure a smooth transfer of power, according to an NBC Washington article

The source of funding for all of the members of Biden’s DOJ agency review transition team is listed as volunteer, meaning Johnsen and others are volunteering in their personal capacity, according to the Biden-Harris transition website.

Johnsen graduated from Yale University summa cum laude with a B.A. in economics and political science. She served under Clinton from 1993 to 1998 in the U.S. Department of Justice and was the acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel from 1997 to 1998.

Johnsen teaches Constitutional Law, the First Amendment, Seminars in the Separation of Powers and Sexuality and Reproduction and the Constitution.

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