A report of the Congressional Research Service discusses the use of the recess power by prior presidents, including President Reagan, listing Bill Olson’s appointment to the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation.
On December 31, 1981, President Reagan used his recess appointment power to appoint Bill Olson as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation, as well as appointing a full slate of new directors. Shortly thereafter, Bill and the other Reagan appointees were sued by the Carter-appointed members of the Board of Directors. (The Complaint appears here.)
Bill Olson received a memorandum from President-Elect Reagan thanking him for the submission of the Final Report of the Transition Team for the Legal Service Corporation which Bill chaired.