Oral History Interview with Hillary Rodham Clinton, conducted by Victor Geminiani (1991-07-21)
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Oral history interview with Hillary Rodham Clinton, conducted by Victor Geminiani on July 21st, 1991, on behalf of the National Equal Justice Library Oral History Project. Oral history collection, NEJL, Georgetown Law Library.
Hillary Rodham Clinton (née Hillary Rodham) was born in Chicago, IL in 1947., received her B.A. in political science from Wellesley College in 1969, and obtained her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1973. While at Yale, she volunteered with New Haven Legal Services organization, one of the first Ford Foundation “Gray Area” model projects. After graduating from Yale, Mrs. Clinton worked for the Children’s Defense Fund, which was founded in 1973 by Marian Wright Edelman, and which originated from the Washington Research Project. She had met Ms. Wright Edelman, a fellow Yale graduate, during her time in law school. In early 1974, Hillary Rodham accepted an offer by John Doar to work on the President Nixon impeachment inquiry staff in Washington, D.C. (Bill Clinton was also asked, but had decided to return to Arkansas.) After President Nixon’s resignation in August 1974, she followed Bill Clinton to Arkansas, where he was teaching at the University of Arkansas Law School in Fayetteville. In late August of 1974, she began teaching criminal law and managing a legal aid clinic at the law school. Mrs. Clinton’s involvement with the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) started with her submission of a funding application to LSC for the University of Arkansas legal aid program. LSC eventually funded the program and it became the Ozark Legal Services. In 1975, she was appointed to the Arkansas State Advisory Committee for LSC. President Carter appointed Mrs. Clinton to the LSC Board (she and her husband worked on President Carter’s 1976 campaign) in 1977. She succeeded Roger C. Cramton as Chairperson of the LSC Board in 1978 and served in this capacity until 1981. During her tenure at the LSC, the budget increased from $96 million during the President Ford administration to over $300 million. During this period, the LSC also oversaw the Delivery Systems Study, which analyzed a variety of different systems for the delivery of legal services, and the 1007 (h) study, which was mandated by Congress to research the access problems of particular constituency groups such as Native Americans. During the late 1970s, Mrs. Clinton worked for the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock on patent infringement, intellectual property, and child advocacy cases.
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