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F. Scott Kieff, L’94

Commissioner, U.S. International Trade Commission

Scott Kieff was sworn into his government post as Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission in October 2013, for a term ending in June 2020. (Update: stepped down 6/30/17)

Kieff joined the faculty at the George Washington University Law School in the summer of 2009, after serving on the faculty at Washington University in Saint Louis, where he was a Professor in the School of Law with a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine’s Department of Neurological Surgery. He was named Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor at the George Washington University Law School in the fall of 2012, and is currently on-leave until the end of his term.  

Kieff was a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution (2003-2013) where he directed Hoover’s Project on Commercializing Innovation, which studied the law, economics, and politics of innovation, including entrepreneurship, corporate governance, finance, economic development, intellectual property, antitrust, and bankruptcy. He also served on Hoover’s Property Rights Task Force.

Kieff also holds faculty status at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center at Germany’s Max Planck Institute and has been a visiting professor in the law schools at Northwestern, Chicago, and Stanford, as well as a faculty fellow in the Olin Program on Law and Economics at Harvard. Before attending law school at the University of Pennsylvania, he studied biology and economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and conducted genetics research at the Whitehead Institute.

Before entering academia, he practiced law for over six years as a trial lawyer and patent lawyer for Pennie & Edmonds in New York and Jenner & Block in Chicago and as Law Clerk to U.S. Circuit Judge Giles S. Rich. After entering academia, he regularly served as a testifying and consulting expert, mediator, and arbitrator to law firms, businesses, government agencies, and courts.  In May 2008, he was recognized as one of the nation’s “Top 50 under 45” by the magazine IP Law & Business. In December 2011, Kieff was inducted into the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.