The Australian brings word that the long vacant position of US Ambassador to Australia is soon to be filled with the White House senior counsel and long time buddy of Barack Obama, Jeff Bleich, getting the nomination.
- Mr Bleich, 48, an over-achieving lawyer known for his work with more than 20 charity and community organisations, is likely to bring extraordinary energy to his new diplomatic job.
Currently on leave from his position as a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of legal firm Munger Tolles & Olson, Mr Bleich is a former president of the California State Bar and the San Francisco Bar Association.
He chairs the board of trustees at California State University and is adjunct professor at the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.
It sounds as if he’ll be an interesting addition to this community.