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Monday, August 13, 2007

The American Antitrust Institute Approaches a Decade Celebration

Posted by Bert Foer

At its 2008 conference next June 18-19, the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) will celebrate its tenth anniverary. As far as I can tell, we are the first and still the only independent non-profit education, research, and advocacy organization to focus exclusively on antitrust. There are other non-profits that pay attention to antitrust and even some that share our post-Chicago, pro-enforcement attitude, but we remain unique in our mission, depth, and output. Our website, www.antitrustinstitute.org, has become a basic industry resource which is regularly visited by a high proportion of the antitrust community in the US and elsewhere. We operate as a virtual network of antitrust experts, centered on our high-powered and multi-disciplinary Advisory Board. See http://www.antitrustinstitute.org/About_Us/People/index.ashx.

One of our recent triumphs has been the production of a half-hour film, "Fair Fight in the Marketplace," and an accompanying website, www.fairfightfilm.org, that contains the educational version of the film and a high school curriculum on antitrust, based on the film. The film recently won its second national award for documentaries. It is being shown on PBS stations and will, for example, be on WETA-TV in the Washington, DC, area at 4 pm on Sunday, August 26.

For our tenth year, we are making it a major project to produce a transition report on antitrust for the next administration. We will present it at our June conference and will hand off to the presidential campaigns and eventually to the next President's transition team, our recommendations and supporting white papers, which will be researched and written over the next nine months by a dozen committees of our Advisory Board.

AAI is governed by a five member Board: Professor Robert Lande of the University of Baltimore; Attorneys Robert Skitol of Drinker Biddle & Reath and Jonathan Cuneo of Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca; economist Diana Moss, the AAI Vice President; and me, a reformed lawyer, enforcement official, and retail jeweler. AAI is not a membership organization but one can be added to our mailing list by going to the website and clicking the "e-bulletin" button.

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