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CFPB Announces New General Counsel
Friday, December 18, 2015 6:45 AM

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday announced that Mary McLeod will join the Bureau as general counsel, upon the departure of current General Counsel and Acting Deputy Director Meredith Fuchs in early 2016.

Mary McLeod has headed the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State since January 2013. As the senior career attorney in the Office of the Legal Adviser, she advised the secretary and other senior officials on all aspects of the department’s legal work. 

McLeod first joined the Department of State in 1977. In prior service at the Department of State, she served as the principal deputy legal adviser, the legal adviser to the U.S. Mission at the United Nations, and assistant legal adviser for a number of offices, including those responsible for political and military affairs, Eastern Asia and Pacific affairs, human rights and refugees, and employment law. She has broad-ranging expertise and experience on international and domestic legal issues, including use of force, the U.N. Charter, international arbitration, federal court litigation, regulatory programs, administrative law, ethics, and appropriations law.

McLeod is a graduate of Yale University. She attended the University of Edinburgh as a Marshall Scholar, and then went on to New York University Law School, where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar.