Barack Obama named his first two appointees to the Federal Trade Commission today. Befitting a body that has the unrestricted power to regulate every U.S. company without regard to the Constitution or the laws of economics, Obama named two career lawyers in good standing with the antitrust establishment:
President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals today:
Julie Brill, Nominee for Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Julie Brill became the Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice in February 2009. A resident of North Carolina and Vermont, Brill is also a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University’s School of Law. Prior to her leadership at the North Carolina Department of Justice, Brill was an Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont for over 20 years (1988-2009). Brill has also served as a Vice-Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee of the American Bar Association Antitrust Section since 2004…
Edith Ramirez, Nominee for Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Edith Ramirez is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, LLP where she specializes in intellectual property and complex litigation matters. She has a broad range of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in copyright, trademark, antitrust, business tort, and other general business litigation cases…
For those keeping score, with Brill and Ramirez the FTC will now consist of two law firm partners specializing in antitrust, one former state assistant attorney general for antitrust, a law professor who specialized in antitrust, and a former staff lawyer for the Senate’s antitrust subcommittee. If that’s not diversity, I don’t know what is.