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Julie Brill assumed her position as a Commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission today after being sworn in by FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz.  President Obama named Brill, a Democrat, to a term that expires September 25, 2016.  She was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 3, 2010. 

“I’m thrilled to have Commissioner Brill join the FTC,” said Leibowitz.  “Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a strong commitment to many of the critical issues we focus on for American consumers.  Her experience and dedication will serve the Commission – and the public – extremely well.”

Prior to becoming a Commissioner, Brill was the Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice, a position she held since February 2009.  Brill has also been a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University’s School of Law.  Prior to her move to 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 received several national awards for her work protecting consumers.  She has testified before Congress, published numerous articles, and served on many national expert panels focused on consumer protection issues such as pharmaceuticals, privacy, credit reporting, data security breaches, and tobacco.  Brill has also served as a Vice-Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee of the Antitrust Section of the American Bar Association since 2004. 

Prior to her career in law enforcement, Brill was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York (1987-1988), and she clerked for Vermont Federal District Court Judge Franklin S. Billings, Jr. (1985-1986).  Brill graduated, magna cum laude, from Princeton University (1981), and from New York University School of Law (1985), where she had a Root-Tilden Scholarship for her commitment to public service.

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