Herrera Names Jamienne Studley
to San Francisco Ethics Commission
From the Office of City Attorney Dennis Herrera
January 17, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO -- City Attorney Dennis Herrera today named
Jamienne S. Studley, current president of Public Advocates, Inc.,
to the San Francisco Ethics Commission. Studley brings a wealth
of experience in governmental ethics issues, extraordinary qualifications
and diverse expertise to the five-member panel charged with serving
citizens, public officials and political candidates through education
and enforcement of ethics laws.
"Jamie Studley's remarkable qualifications as an attorney,
ethicist and progressive leader truly fulfill voters' vision in
creating the San Francisco Ethics Commission more than 13 years
ago," Herrera said. "Her dedication to the cause of
justice and her unique combination of expertise in government
ethics and education will be an enormous asset to the commission
and the citizens it serves."
"I am honored by this nomination and welcome the opportunity
to serve our community," said Studley. "San Francisco
aims always to be a leader and model, and the Ethics Commission
does its part by promoting the highest ethical standards and behaviors.
I see this as a way to contribute to public confidence in government."
Studley's emphasis on the importance of ethics and education
has influenced much of her professional life. Prior to leading
Public Advocates, Inc., Studley served as president of Skidmore
College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. As an Associate Dean and Lecturer
in Law at Yale Law School, she headed a first year professional
responsibility program required for all students . She has also
been scholar in residence at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement
of Teaching, executive director of the National Association for
Law Placement, and adjunct lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law/Boalt
She served as deputy general counsel for regulations and legislation
(1993-99) at the United States Department of Education in the
Clinton Administration. As acting general counsel (1997-99) Studley
was the primary legal advisor to Secretary Richard W. Riley. During
that time she oversaw the department's Ethics Division, which
trained all employees and advised current and former employees
on ethics issues and ensured the Department's knowledge of and
compliance with all ethics laws and policies. She was also a member
of the White House Regulatory Reform Working Group.
Studley was a member of the American Bar Association's Commissions
on Women in the Profession and on Loan Forgiveness and Repayment.
She serves on the boards of the Association of American Colleges
& Universities, The Urban School, the San Francisco Museum
of Craft & Design, the American Craft Council and First Book
Advisory Council. She has been chair of the Equal Justice Works
E-Guide project advisory committee and on the Harvard Law School
Visiting Committee. Studley is a graduate of Barnard College (1972
magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Law School (1975).
The San Francisco Charter specifies that City Attorney's appointment
to the Ethics Commission have a background in law as it relates
to government ethics. Created by voters with the passage of Proposition
K in November 1993, the Ethics Commission is empowered to administer
the City's campaign contribution, conflict of interest, lobbying
and whistle-blowing laws; to investigate alleged violations of
those laws and to impose penalties; and to submit directly to
voters ordinances relating to governmental ethics. Studley fills
the vacancy created by the resignation of Kimon Manolious for
the term set to expire in February 2008.