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Obama Names L.A. Attorney and ‘Alias’ Writer to State Department Post

Crystal Nix-Hines, a Los Angeles attorney and former writer on “Alias” and “The Practice,” is being nominated to a State Department post as a representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO.

The post, which must be confirmed by the Senate, carries to rank of ambassador. The White House announced on Tuesday that President Obama intended to nominate Nix-Hines to the post.

Nix-Hines is of counsel at the law firm of Quinn Emanuel in Los Angeles, where entertainment and intellectual property are among her specialties. She previously served at Fairbank & Vincent, and in the litigation department at O’Melveny & Myers. She was assistant to the general counsel and senior vice president at Capital Cities/ABC from 1992 to 1993.

In her pursuit of a screenwriting career, Nix-Hines also was consulting producer on “Commander-in-Chief,” and held the titles of co-producer and executive story editor on “Alias.” During the 1990s she held several positions at the State Department, including counselor to the assistant secretary for democracy, human rights and labor.

Nix-Hines was a bundler for President Obama in the most recent election cycle, raising between $200,000 and $500,000. She was a classmate of Michelle Obama’s at Princeton and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1990, a year before Barack Obama.

UNESCO was set up in 1945 to promote international cooperation through science, education and culture and communication.

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