Making of a negotiator

*Charlene Barshefsky is born in Chicago in 1950 to parents of Ukranian and Polish descent.

*Graduates from University of Wisconsin in 1972, studies political theory.

*Earns law degree from Catholic University in Washington, DC. in 1975.

*Joins Washington law firm of Steptoe and Johnson, specializes in international trade law for 18 years.

*Serves as deputy US trade representative (1993-1996) and acting USTR (1996-97).

*President Clinton calls Barshefsky a "brilliant negotiator," names her US trade representative on March 17, 1997.

*Barshefsky is married to Edward Cohen, solicitor at the Interior Department. They have two daughters.

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