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Arthur B. Culvahouse

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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's focus on the fallout of nuclear "spin."

Arthur B. Culvahouse, Jr. was selected February 7, 2006, by President George W. Bush to be a member of the President's Intelligence Oversight Board.

Profiles

According to his law firm profile, Culvahouse is the Chair of and has practiced law with O'Melveny & Myers from 1976 to 1984, and from 1989 to the present.

"From March 1987 through January 1989, Mr. Culvahouse served as Counsel to the President of the United States. As White House Counsel, Mr. Culvahouse advised President Ronald Reagan on matters ranging from the Iran-Contra investigations, to the Supreme Court nominations of Robert Bork and Anthony Kennedy, to the legal aspects of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty; and he chaired the inter-agency lawyers Committee on War Powers and the President's Committee on Federal Judicial Nominations. In January 1989, President Reagan awarded Mr. Culvahouse the Presidential Citizens' Medal, an award established in 1969 to 'recognize citizens who performed exemplary deeds of service for the country or their fellow citizens.'

"From June 1973 until November 1976, Mr. Culvahouse was Chief Legislative Assistant and Counsel to United States Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr.

"From 1990 through 1992, he served as a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Nuclear Failsafe and Risk Reduction, appointed by the Secretary of Defense, to evaluate and recommend improvements in the United States' Nuclear Command and Control System. In December of 1992, Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney awarded Mr. Culvahouse the Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. Mr. Culvahouse's prior service on boards and commissions includes service on the Supreme Court Fellows Commission (2002 to 2005), the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Naval Academy (1989-1991), and the Counterintelligence Advisory Panel to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (1989-1990)."

Culvahouse received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the New York University School of Law in 1973 and his B.S. from the University of Tennessee in 1970.

Professional Activities

  • Admitted, Washington, D.C.; California
  • Admitted to Practice, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member, Brookings Institution Board of Trustees
  • Chairman, Board of Directors of Regulatory DataCorp., International LLC "(an independent company formed by a group of leading financial institutions to assist clients in responding to such global security issues as money laundering, terrorist financing and organized crime, as well as complying with the USA Patriot Act)" [1]

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