F. Scott Kieff L’94 was confirmed by the Senate on Aug. 1 as a member of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). He had been nominated to the post by President Obama in September 2012.
The ITC is an independent, quasi-judicial federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade. Its duties include two areas that often are in the news: intellectual property enforcement at the border and issues involving imports that are sold, or “dumped,” in the United States at less than fair value.
The ITC also provides both the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch with independent analysis, information, and support on matters of tariffs, international trade, and U.S. competitiveness.
As one of six commissioners – three Republicans and three Democrats – Kieff will oversee the operation of the Commission’s large staff of economists and lawyers, including several administrative law judges.
Kieff is a Fred C. Stevenson Research professor at The George Washington University Law School and a Ray and Louis Knowles Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, where he directs the Project on Commercializing Innovation and serves on the Property Rights Task Force. He graduated from Penn Law in 1994.
From 2007 to 2010, Kieff was a member of the Patent Public Advisory Committee of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. From 2005 to 2007, he was a mediator in the appellate mediation program of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
In addition, Kieff practiced law from 1998 to 2000 at Jenner & Block in Chicago and from 1994 to 1996 at Pennie & Edmonds in New York. From 1996 to 1998, he served as a law clerk to Judge Giles S. Rich of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.