National Advisory Council
Janine M. Sweeney has twenty-eight years of legal experience as an attorney in private practice and government service in the fields of nuclear nonproliferation, litigation and environmental compliance. She joined the Office of General Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy, in 1990 where she worked until retiring in 2008. Janine participated in management as Deputy Assistant General Counsel of the Environment and Acting Assistant General Counsel of Contractor Litigation. She successfully defended the Department of Energy in litigation relating to nuclear nonproliferation issues and environmental compliance. She also participated as legal counsel in joint efforts by DOE and the U.S. Department of State to negotiate agreements to secure nuclear materials from national security threats, as well as, held the DOE equivalent of a top secret security clearance (Q) clearance. In 1980 she joined the law firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, where she practiced in the areas of complex, multi-party environmental litigation, regulatory counseling of corporate clients and policy work on behalf of industry groups. Prior to practicing law, Janine taught nursing in California from 1967-1972. She was Assistant Professor of Nursing at Santa Monica College from 1968-1972 and was granted tenure in 1971. From 1967-1968 she was instructor of Nursing at College of Marin, California. She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, at American University, Washington College of Law 1980, Master of Science in Nursing, summa cum laude, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center 1967 and Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Mount St. Mary’s College 1969. She was involved in many legal professional memberships, such as, the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and was licensed to practice by the Bar of the District of Columbia.