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The First Inspectors General
Department of Labor
Marjorie Fine Knowles was born July 4, 1939, in Brooklyn, N.Y. She received an A.B. from Smith College in 1960 and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1965.
In 1965 and 1966, Knowles was law clerk for U.S. District Judge Edward C. McLean of the Southern District of New York. From 1966 to 1967, she was assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and from 1967 to 1970, she was assistant district attorney for New York County. From 1970 to 1972, Knowles was executive director of Joint Foundation Support, Inc., in New York City, a firm providing professional and administrative staff for a group of foundations focusing on projects to foster equal opportunity for poor people.
From 1972 to 1978, Knowles was on the faculty of the University of Alabama School of Law, as an associate professor, then a professor. In 1976-77 she was an American Council on Education fellow in academic administration, serving as a program associate in the office of the president.
Since 1978 Knowles has been Assistant General Counsel in the Inspector General Division at the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Knowles is a member of the National Women's Political Caucus Advisory Board and of the Women's Action Alliance Board of Directors. She has served as chairperson of the advisory committee to the ACLU's Women's Rights Project, and as a member of the steering committee of the National Conference on Women and the Law. She has also served on the executive committee of the Southern Regional Council. She is the author of several articles in legal journals and has served as a consultant to a number of foundations.