January 25, 2013
Seth Harris named Acting Secretary of Labor

Seth HarrisSeth D. Harris has been named Acting Secretary of Labor following the resignation and departure of Hilda L. Solis from the position. Harris has been Deputy Secretary of Labor since February, 2009.

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According to a biography issued by U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), prior to joining the DOL, Harris served as a professor of law at New York Law School and as director of its Labor & Employment Law Programs. While teaching at the New York Law School, he was also a Senior Fellow at the Life Without Limits Project of the United Cerebral Palsy Association and a member of the National Advisory Commission on Workplace Flexibility.

Prior to his work at the New York Law School, Harris served for 7 years at the DOL during the Clinton Administration, spanning the tenures of Labor Secretaries Robert Reich and Alexis Herman. During this time, he served as Counselor to the Secretary of Labor and as Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy, among other policy-advising positions.

Harris is a graduate of the New York University School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Review of Law and Social Change. He also served as a law clerk to Judge William Canby of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and to Judge Gene Carter of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine.

He received his bachelor of arts degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.

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