Agency history, 1964-

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  • Huerta, John E
  • Ullberg, Alan D
  • Dierker, Robert A
  • Malaro, Marie C
  • Powers, Peter G
  • Robinson, George S
  • Douglas, James D
  • Murphy, Suzanne Dupre
  • Hamilton, L. Wardlaw 1942-1974
  • Guttenplan, Lauryn
  • Shaines, Marsha S
  • Leonard, Judith E
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of General Counsel


Agency History


  • This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
  • Guide to the Smithsonian Archives
  • Office of Public Affairs, THE TORCH, April 1999, pg. 3; December 1974, pg. 2.
  • Brown, Rachelle, Office of General Counsel, []. 31 August 1999.
  • The Office of General Counsel (OGC) protects the legal interests of the Smithsonian Institution. In so doing, the OGC: provides legal advice and counsel to the Smithsonian Board of Regents, Secretary, Provost, and other Smithsonian Institution managers; represents the Smithsonian in litigation and other adversarial proceedings to which the Institution is a party and before federal, state, and local government entities on administrative matters; issues final determinations on administrative tort and personal property claims against the Smithsonian; and monitors developments in the law for application to Smithsonian programs.
  • The Office of General Counsel was established in 1964. Prior to that time, the Smithsonian generally retained outside counsel to advise on special legal issues. Until 1977 the OGC functioned as the Institution's congressional liasion, now managed by the Office of Government Relations.
  • General Counsels have included: Peter Powers, General Counsel, 1964-1995; John E. Huerta, General Counsel, 1995-2008; Marsha S. Shaines, Acting General Counsel, 2008-2009; and Judith E. Leonard, General Counsel, 2009- . Other staff at OGC have included: James D. Douglas, Deputy General Counsel, 1986-2004; Alan D. Ullberg, Associate General Counsel, 1970-1995; George S. Robinson, Associate General Counsel, 1972-1995; Robert A. Dierker, L. Wardlaw Hamilton, Assistant General Counsel, 1969-1974; Associate General Counsel, 1974-1994; Suzanne D. Murphy, Assistant General Counsel, 1969-1984; Marie C. Malaro, Assistant General Counsel, 1972-1984; Associate General Counsel, 1984-1986; and Lauryn Guttenplan, Associate General Counsel, Assistant General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, 1985- .

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1964
  • 1964-


  • Law
  • Legal issues and litigation
  • Law and legislation
  • Museums
  • Legislation
  • Museums--Law and legislation


Mixed archival materials

Local number

SIA AH00025

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