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December 20, 2005

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Presidential Appointee Kovacic to Serve Seven-Year Term and Share His Anti-Trust Expertise

WASHINGTON--The United States Senate confirmed GW Law Professor William E. Kovacic to serve as a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 17, 2005. The FTC, the federal agency primarily responsible for protecting consumers and maintaining fair and free competition, is headed by five commissioners, nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, each serving a seven-year term.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve with one of our country's finest public institutions," said Kovacic. "I am most grateful to the faculty, students, and professional staff of The George Washington University Law School for their indispensable encouragement and support."

A recognized expert in the fields of antitrust law and government contracts law, Kovacic currently serves as the E.K. Gubin Professor of Government Contracts Law. Before joining the GW Law faculty in 1999, he was the George Mason University Foundation Professor at the George Mason University School of Law.

"We congratulate Professor Kovacic and take pride in knowing that the American public is gaining a knowledgeable and experienced champion of consumer protection," said GW Law School Dean Frederick M. Lawrence. 

Kovacic was the FTC's general counsel from 2001 through the end of 2004. He earlier worked at the commission from 1979 to 1983, first with the Bureau of Competition's Planning Office and later as an attorney advisor to former Commissioner George W. Douglas. After leaving the FTC in 1983, Kovacic was an antitrust associate with the Washington, D.C., office of Bryan Cave, where he practiced in the firm's antitrust and government contracts departments until joining the George Mason University faculty in 1986. Earlier in his career, he spent one year on the majority staff of the Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Kovacic is co-author of Antitrust Law in Perspective: Cases, Concepts and Problems in Competition Policy (2002) and Antitrust Law and Economics in a Nutshell (5th ed. 2004). He has written numerous articles on antitrust and the FTC and has served as an adviser to numerous foreign governments about competition and consumer protection issues.

Established in 1865, The George Washington University Law School is the oldest Law School in the District of Columbia. Its government procurement law program was established in 1960 and is the only one of its kind in the United States.

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