The President today announced that he will nominate Joan Zeldes Bernstein, of Chevy Chase, Md., to be General Counsel of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. She would replace Richard Beattie, resigned. Bernstein has been General Counsel of the Environmental Protection Agency since 1977.
She was born March 17, 1926, in Galesburg, Ill. She received a B.A. in economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1948 and an LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1951.
Bernstein was an associate attorney with the New York firm of Sherman & Sterling from 1951 to 1952 and with the Chicago firm of Dahlstream, Schiff, Waite & Hardin from 1952 to 1953. From 1968 to 1970, she was an associate attorney with the Washington firm of William B. Wolf, Jr.
Bernstein was with the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission from 1970 to 1976, serving as a trial attorney, then Assistant to the Director, Deputy Director, and finally Acting Director. From 1976 to 1977, she was a partner in the Washington firm of Baker, Hostetler, Frost & Towers.