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Former Firm Attorney Nominated As Ambassador

10.19.2009

President Barack Obama has announced that he will nominate former Bingham McHale environmental council Anne Slaughter Andrew as the Ambassador to the Republic of Costa Rica, Department of State.

Andrew served as attorney of counsel to Indianapolis-based Bingham McHale from 2004 to 2007, where she practiced environmental/energy law. She is currently a principal attorney for New Energy Nexus, LLC and advises companies and entrepreneurs on investments and strategies to capitalize on the energy economy.

“We are thrilled with Anne’s success,” said Andy Bowman, Bingham McHale partner and chair of the firm’s environmental law department. “I spoke with her shortly after the announcement and she said she is practicing her Spanish and preparing for the move to San Jose. We wish her all the best.”

Andrew is actively engaged with conservation and environmental organizations at the state and national level, including the Sierra Club and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation. Andrew has worked with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) since 1995, serving as an Indiana Trustee, and as a member of the TNC President's National Advisory Council.

Andrew graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts and received her Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, where she served as editor in-chief of the Indiana Law Review.

President Obama also announced his intent to nominate the following for key administration posts: Clifford L. Stanley, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense; Scott Quehl, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Administration, Department of Commerce; Lynnae M. Ruttledge, Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education; and Jill Long Thompson, Member, Farm Credit Administration Board.

"I appreciate the dedication and expertise that these individuals have shown throughout their careers, and I am confident they will show the same commitment in these new roles,” said President Obama in a White House press release. “I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

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