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D. Jean Veta
Deputy General Counsel Postsecondary & Legislative Service

D. Jean Veta is Deputy General Counsel at the United States Department of Education. As Deputy General Counsel, Ms. Veta supervises the divisions of Postsecondary Education and Legislative Counsel. Her responsibilities include overseeing legal matters affecting postsecondary education, as well as legislative matters affecting all levels of education.

Prior to joining the Department of Education in March 1998, Ms. Veta served as a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling since 1989. She specialized in regulatory enforcement matters and served as the coordinator of the firm's Financial Services Practice Group since 1994. She also has experience in various civil rights areas. Specific areas of expertise include lending discrimination, reproductive rights, and domestic violence. From 1982-1989, Ms. Veta was an associate at the firm. She clerked for United States District Court Judge Harold H. Greene from 1981-1982.

Ms. Veta has been active in the American Bar Association Section of Litigation for a number of years and currently serves as Secretary of the ABA Litigation Section. She is a frequent speaker on litigation, banking, and enforcement issues. She also served on the editorial board and as a chapter author for the book, The Woman Advocate.

A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Ms. Veta was graduated magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Tulane Law School in 1981. She was editor-in-chief of the Tulane Law Review. She also was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship in 1977 to conduct research in England, Sweden, and Denmark regarding the use of the ombudsman. Ms. Veta was graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with honors in Political Science, from Tulane University's Newcomb College in 1977 where she served as the president of the student government.

Ms. Veta's professional memberships include the ABA Litigation Section and the Board of Advisory Editors, Tulane Law Review. She was a member of the Board of Directors of Beth El House, which provides housing for formerly homeless families, from 1992 to mid-1999.

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Last update March 31, 2003 (ge)