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Editor: Eric C. Chaffee
Univ. of Toledo College of Law

Monday, January 21, 2013

Will Mary Jo White be the Next SEC Chair?

The "buzz" is that President Obama will nominate Mary Jo White as the next SEC Chair.  The nomination would send a message of the importance of SEC enforcement, as Ms. White would be the first prosecutor to serve as Chair.  Ms. White served as U.S. Attorney in Manhattan from 1993-2002, where she made her reputation prosecuting terrorists and Mafia figures.  Currently she represents corporate defendants as the head of the litigation department at Debevoise & Plimpton.  Here is her bio from the firm's website:

When Mary Jo White left her post as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York in January, 2002, she was acclaimed for her nearly nine years as the leader of what is widely recognized as the premier US Attorney’s office in the nation. She had supervised over 200 Assistant US Attorneys in successfully prosecuting some of the most important national and international matters, including complex white collar and international terrorism cases. Ms. White rejoined Debevoise in 2002, and became Chair of the firm's over 225 lawyer Litigation Department. She is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International College of Trial Lawyers. Ms. White is the recipient of numerous awards and is regularly ranked as a leading lawyer by directories that evaluate law firms. In addition, Ms. White has served as a Director of The Nasdaq Stock Exchange, and on its Executive, Audit and Policy Committee. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations

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