A report of the Congressional Research Service discusses the use of the recess power by prior presidents, including President Reagan, listing Bill Olson’s appointment to the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation.
On behalf of The Senior Citizens League, we submitted a “Petition In Support of Social Security Protection, and in Opposition to Bush Administration’s United States Mexico Totalization Agreement” to the Obama-Biden Transition Team.
We assembled some quotations from founding fathers and current political figures which present a sharp contrast as to whether Americans need be concerned about the preservation of our civil liberties.
On December 31, 1981, President Reagan used his recess appointment power to appoint Bill Olson as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation, as well as appointing a full slate of new directors. Shortly thereafter, Bill and the other Reagan appointees were sued by the Carter-appointed members of the Board of Directors. (The Complaint appears here.)
Among the plaintiffs in the case was former LSC Chairman Hillary Rodham (the name she then used), First Lady of Arkansas at the time. Ms. Rodham and her board asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to issue a temporary restraining order to enjoin Bill and the new board from acting as directors. As part of the defense of the case, Bill filed this Declaration in District Court.
Bill Olson received a memorandum from President-Elect Reagan thanking him for the submission of the Final Report of the Transition Team for the Legal Service Corporation which Bill chaired.