Main Justice has broken the story of Larry Tribe’s replacement.
He is Mark Childress, who has a long bio as an expert in the getting things done in the various parts of the DC system.
Most recently, he has been Acting General Counsel at HHS, overseeing the implementation of the Health Care Affordability Act. He helped usher that bill through as a senate staffer, and was also Chief Counsel to Sen. Tom Daschle. He has served as General Counsel to the HELP Committee in the Senate (through which LSC as well as health care matters go.) He was a Senior Counsel to Bill Clinton in the White House.
In short, he knows how to get things done. After Professor Tribe so brilliantly and powerfully laid out an overall access agenda, and brought public attention to the issue, Childress now brings the political and bureaucratic knowledge to implement an access agenda.
It should be seen as a measure of the importance that the President and the administration gives to the access issue that it should now be assigned to one with so effective a history of moving forward important and highly complex initiatives that require participation of many parts of government and beyond.
Congratulations and Welcome.
Update: DOJ posts fuller bio.
Note the international perspective:
Childress took a leave of absence from law school to conduct agricultural and nutritional research in several impoverished villages in Southeastern Nigeria with funding from the Rotary Foundation. He also took a leave of absence during college to serve as an aide to the late U.N. Ambassador for special political affairs Allard Lowenstein. Childress accompanied Ambassador Lowenstein on a series of diplomatic trips to Southern Africa that were central to the success of the agreement that created Zimbabwe and transferred power peacefully from a white minority regime.