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U of M graduate Lily Fu Claffee is hired as Fox News' top lawyer

Claffee was named General Counsel for Fox News, and started on Monday.

A University of Minnesota Law School graduate has been hired by Fox News to be its top lawyer.

The TV network announced on Friday that Lily Fu Claffee has taken on the role at its General Counsel, and started work on Monday.

The company's previous leading lawyer Dianne Brandi took a voluntary period of leave in October. It comes after she was named in a series of lawsuits over how Fox News handled allegations of sexual harassment against its former CEO Roger Ailes.

The Daily Beast notes that Claffee will likely have her hands full thanks to the ongoing lawsuits affecting the network.

Claffee has an illustrious background in law since graduating cum laude at the U of M Law School in 1993.


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While there, she was the managing editor of the Minnesota Law Review, and upon graduating went on to clerk for Judge Michael S. Kanne at the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Paul.

An undergraduate of the University of Wisconsin, she also worked as the Deputy Associate Attorney General at the Department of Justice in 2005-06, and was the general counsel for the Department of Commerce and the Department of the Treasury, where she was awarded the Treasury medal for her service.

More recently, she worked as the general counsel for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a position she had held since 2010 before moving to Fox News.

"I look forward to embarking on this new and exciting role at an iconic network like FOX News, especially as the media landscape continues to undergo historic growth and change," she said in a press release.

"Lily has a distinguished legal career in both the private sector and in public service. We are pleased to add her extensive experience to our legal affairs team," Fox News Co-President Jack Abernethy added.

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