Gerald L Baliles
November 11, 2006 - December 13, 1901
The Counsel's office is responsible for advising the president and the White House staff on the requirements of ethics rules. This function creates a unique challenge for the Counsel charged with the sometimes conflicting roles of protecting White House officials from violations and embarrassments and assuming responsibility for ethics enforcement. Over the past two decades, this activity appears to have monopolized much of the time and attention of the Counsel's office staff. This panel examined the responsibilities of the White House Counsel's office in ethics management and the forces that created the demand for such a role.