July 2004 Recreation Exchange Announcement


Special Guest:

Sue Ellen Wooldridge
Solicitor, Department of the Interior

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, July 20, 2004, 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.

PLACE: Old Ebbitt Grill (Cabinet Room)
675 15th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

COST: $50 per person for non-Recreation Exchange subscribers

RSVP: By COB on Friday, July 16 (202-682-9530 or erin@funoutdoors.com )

The July 2004 Recreation Exchange will feature Sue Ellen Wooldridge, Interior’s new Solicitor. The solicitor is the general counsel for the Department of the Interior and represents the department in administrative and judicial litigation, and in meetings, negotiations and other contacts with Congress, federal agencies, states, tribes and the public. From contracts to Memorandums of Understanding, responses to law suits to preparation of Federal Register notices, appeals of land use plans and even approval of meetings between the Secretary and other key departmental officials, the Office of the Solicitor reviews, shapes and approves departmental actions.

Sue Ellen Wooldridge has been an active part of the Interior management team since late 2000, serving during the transition process and then as Deputy Chief of Staff. She has been involved in a variety of recreation issues and overall departmental management. President Bush nominated Ms. Wooldridge for the Solicitor post in January 2004 and then used a recess appointment this spring. Under the recess appointment, she immediately assumed the position of Solicitor while the U.S. Senate considers her permanent nomination.

Prior to coming to Interior, Wooldridge was in private practice in Sacramento, California (1987-1994 and 1999-2001), served as general counsel to the non-partisan California Fair Political Practices Committee (2000), and was a special assistant attorney general in the California Department of Justice (1994-1998).

Wooldridge earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis in 1983, and a J.D. from the Harvard University Law School in 1987. She is admitted to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court and in the state and federal courts in California. She is currently a resident of Virginia.

We urge you to be part of this important session, which will include discussions about the role of the Solicitor in encouraging creative new partnerships with the recreation community.

Please call us at 202-682-9530 or send an e-mail to erin@funoutdoors.com by July 16th to let us know your plans.