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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB030 (2009)

ARLB030 FCC Chairman Announces Enforcement Bureau Chief

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ARRL Bulletin 30  ARLB030
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  September 10, 2009
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB030 FCC Chairman Announces Enforcement Bureau Chief

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski
announced on September 9 that he has appointed P. Michele Ellison as
Chief of the Enforcement Bureau. Ellison will take the helm of the
Enforcement Bureau starting on September 28, 2009. "Protecting and
empowering consumers through effective and timely enforcement of the
Commission's rules and policies is a top priority for the FCC," said
Chairman Genachowski. "Michele is a talented leader with vast
communications experience and sound legal judgment, and I look
forward to working with her in her new capacity."

Ellison is currently Deputy General Counsel, a position she has held
for the last 12 years, and most recently served as Acting General
Counsel of the FCC through July 2009. In addition to her other
duties, she also was named Transition Counsel to Commissioner Mignon
Clyburn. Ellison joined the Office of the General Counsel in 1995.
"She has had a rich and varied practice at the agency, from her
initial years of handling complex FCC litigation before the federal
courts to her current focus on competition policy in the context of
mergers and acquisitions and on spectrum and fraud matters involving
billions in auctions and universal service funds," according to an
FCC press release.

Ellison also has provided leadership in other policy areas,
including co-chairing the Commission's Localism Task Force, leading
a Task Force on expanding communications opportunities to small
businesses and developing countries, as well as serving as senior
advisor to former Chairman William Kennard; Kennard served as
Chairman from October 1997 to January 2001. Before joining the
Commission, Ellison was a partner with the law firm of Williams and
Connolly, with a litigation practice. She began her career as a law
clerk for the Honorable Damon J. Keith in the US Court of Appeals
for the Sixth Circuit in Detroit, Michigan and for the Honorable
Paul R. Webber III in the Superior Court for the District of


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