Harvard Law School professor Daniel J. Meltzer is following the school's former dean to White House to become principal deputy counsel to President Obama, the law school said this afternoon.
The White House Counselšs Office advises the president on the exercise of powers, oversees executive and judicial appointments and nominations, and communicates with the Justice Department, among other duties.
Meltzer, a leading scholar in the fields of federal court jurisdiction and criminal procedure, joined the law school faculty in 1982 and served as associate dean from 1989 to 1993, the school said.
Former dean Elena Kagan is now solicitor general, Obama's voice at the Supreme Court.
Obama is a Harvard Law grad (President Barack Obama '91, as the law school likes to say).
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