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Gregory Craig, JD Biography

White House Special Counsel to President Bill Clinton
Pro to the question "Was Bill Clinton a Good President?"

“I think that this president will be seen as one of the most highly qualified, most talented, most skilled political leaders that this country has ever seen. In that measuring stick, he is up there, in my view, with the Ronald Reagan capacity to communicate with the nation, with the John Kennedy capacity to inspire a generation. I think he probably had more sense of politics and policy than we’ll ever see again in a president, and more intelligence about dealing with it.

I think people will be talking about William Jefferson Clinton as a president and as a person forever because of the combination of incredible forces that are wrapped up in this man. And we know about the flaws. And we know about the lost promise. And we know about the squandered opportunities. But they also shouldn’t conceal the reality that this was a time of enormous achievement and transformation of the nation…: the diversity, the commitment to diversity, to recognizing and celebrating diversity in our country, to dealing with the post Cold War era in a way that made sense. Where the country was not afraid of exercising leadership, of projecting power and influence at the same time that it developed a very powerful economy at home.”

“The Clinton Years: Promise/Defeat,” Frontline,, Jan. 16, 2001

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom law firm
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Member, Board of Trustees, German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • White House Counsel to President Barack Obama, Jan. 2009-Jan. 2010
  • Partner, Williams & Connolly law firm, 1999-2009
  • White House Special Counsel to President Bill Clinton
  • Director of Policy Planning under Secretary of State Madeline Albright, 1997-1998
  • Senior Advisor of Defense for Senator Edward Kennedy, 1984-1988
  • Teacher, trial practice, Harvard Law School, 1981-1984
  • Teacher, trial practice, Yale Law School, 1975-1976
  • Former attorney, Williams & Connolly law firm
  • Assistant federal public defender, District of Connecticut, 1974-1976
  • Education:
  • JD, Yale Law Scool, 1972
  • BA, History, Harvard University, 1967
  • Other:
  • Defended John Hinckley Jr., who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan.
  • Successfully represented Elian Gonzalez’s father, Juan Miguel Gonzalez, in administrative and court proceedings involving Mr. Gonzalez’s effort to regain custody of his son.
  • Represented the Washington Post Company and various reporters in connection with the Watergate scandal and the grand jury investigation of Vice President Spiro Agnew.
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Was Bill Clinton a Good President?