Law Alum Joins the Obama Team as its New Chief of Protocol

Capricia Penavic Marshall, a 1992 alumna from Case Western Reserve University's School of Law, was named chief of protocol this spring by President Barack Obama.

Capricia Penavic Marshall, alumna of Case Western Reserve School of Law

Case Western Reserve School of Law 1992 alumna Capricia Penavic Marshall was appointed to the Obama Administration. Photo: Washington Post

In her new job, which carries the rank of ambassador, the Cleveland native is in charge of all activities involving chiefs of state and their interactions with the White House.

Marshall's already impressive career began after law school when she joined the Clintons' presidential campaign as special assistant to Hillary Clinton and then became Hillary Clinton's special assistant in the White House. Then she became a deputy assistant and social secretary to the president.

In 2006, she joined Hillary Clinton's political staff, first working on a Senate re-election campaign and then on the race for the White House. Marshall was a senior adviser in Clinton's presidential primary race, in charge of surrogate speakers and helping coordinate women's outreach.

The State Department describes her new position: "Whether rolling out the red carpet for a King visiting the President at the White House, hosting a Prime Minister at the President's guesthouse, traveling overseas with the President, credentialing a new foreign Ambassador, or planning events for the Secretary of State, the duties of the Office of the Chief of Protocol are many and varied."