Judge Norma Holloway Johnson’s Memorandum Opinion in Legal Services Corporation v. Dana, et al.

Michael Harless Special Category, U. S. District Court, District of Columbia

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.)

Among the plaintiffs in the case was former LSC Chairman Hillary Rodham (the name she then used), First Lady of Arkansas at the time. Ms. Rodham and her board asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to issue a temporary restraining order to enjoin Bill and the new board from acting as directors. As part of the defense of the case, Bill filed this Declaration in District Court. Read More