Anne Weismann currently serves as chief counsel for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in government. CREW uses the Freedom of Information Act extensively to bring unethical conduct and information bearing on government accountability to the public’s attention.
As chief counsel, Weismann has been responsible for many precedent-setting cases on behalf of CREW, focusing particularly on transparency in government. CREW’s broad-ranging FOIA litigation includes lawsuits seeking access to White House visitor logs, the FBI notes of its interview with then-Vice President Dick Cheney as part of its leak investigation, and the missing John Yoo e-mails.
Before joining CREW, Weismann served as deputy chief of the Enforcement Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission, where she had responsibility for all of the bureau’s telecommunications matters. Before that, she worked in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice, where for many years she served as an assistant branch director with supervisory responsibility over banking litigation, housing litigation, and from 1995 through 2002, all government-information litigation.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011