Bernard W. Nussbaum
Bernard W. Nussbaum CC '58 was White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton, a member of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee during the Watergate investigations, one of the original lawyers at New York firm Wachtell Lipton, and an Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He resigned from his post as White House Counsel due to complications arising out of the Whitewater investigation, but was later cleared of any wrongdoing.
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Nussbaum attended law school at Harvard rather than Columbia, at University President Grayson Kirk's insistence. Kirk thought a different graduate school would broaden Nussbaum's horizons. He later received an LLD (honorary law degree) from George Washington University and lectured at Columbia Law School.