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Justice Samuel Alito

Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. 

The Honorable Samuel Alito was born in Trenton, New Jersey.  He served as a law clerk for Leonard I. Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1976–1977. He was Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey (1977–1981); Assistant to the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice (1985-1987); Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice (1985–1987); U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey (1987–1990). He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1990. President George W. Bush nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat on January 31, 2006.  In September, 2016, along with Dr. John Baker, Justice Alito was a speaker for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

Emmet T. Flood

Emmet T. Flood

Emmet Flood is a partner at Williams & Connolly in Washington DC where he represents individuals, corporations and professional services firms in complex white-collar matters, Congressional investigations, professional liability disputes, and other high-stakes litigation and crisis situations. He has argued numerous appeals in federal and state appellate courts. Mr. Flood spent two years in the White House Counsel's office during the administration of President George W. Bush. He also represented President Clinton in impeachment proceedings brought by the U.S. House of Representatives and tried before the United States Senate.  

F. Scott Kieff

Commissioner F. Scott Kieff

Scott Kieff became a Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission on October 18, 2013, after having been nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate.  Prior to becoming a Commissioner, he served as the Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC and as the Director of the Hoover Project on Commercializing Innovation at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.  

Commissioner Kieff practiced law 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. He studied law at Penn and biology and economics at MIT. He was recognized as one of the nation's "Top 50 under 45" by the magazine IP Law & Business in 2008, and was inducted as a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2012.

Holly Wade

Holly Wade 

Holly Wade is a Senior Policy Analyst for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) where she provides in-depth research and analysis on small-business policy issues. In addition, she produces the monthly Small Business Economic Trends survey along with NFIB's chief economist, Dr. William Dunkelberg, and other policy related surveys of small business owners. Ms. Wade also serves as a member of the Department of Commerce's Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business. 

Previously, Ms. Wade worked for the National Conference of State Legislatures and on a number of political campaigns in Colorado. Ms. Wade has undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Washington and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Denver.

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