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Professors Shane, Swire Named to Obama-Biden Transition Teams

November 22, 2008

Contact: Barbara Peck, (614) 292-0283

The Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Project has named two professors at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law to assist in a review of government agencies designed to provide the president’s advisors with information they will need to begin making strategic policy, budgetary, and personnel decisions.

Peter M. Shane, the Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law, and Peter Swire, C. William O'Neill Professor in Law and Judicial Administration, have both joined “agency review teams” charged with advising the incoming administration.

Professor Shane was named “team lead” for review of the International Trade Commission. Professor Shane came to Ohio State in 2003 from Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management. He is an internationally recognized scholar in administrative and constitutional law, and is the author of the book, Madison’s Nightmare, forthcoming in 2009 from the University of Chicago Press. He also is currently the director of the Project on Law and Democratic Development at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Professor Shane served as an attorney-adviser in the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel and in the Office of Management and Budget, before entering full-time teaching in 1981.

Professor Swire is serving on the Agency Review Team for the Federal Trade Commission. The Federal Trade Commission is the principal federal agency for consumer protection, including privacy and computer security. Along with the Department of Justice, it enforces federal antitrust laws.

Professor Swire is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of privacy, computer security, and the law of cyberspace. From 1999 until early 2001, he served as the Clinton Administration's chief counselor for privacy in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. In that position, he was White House coordinator for the proposed and final HIPAA medical privacy rules and chair of a White House Working Group on how to update surveillance law for the Internet age.

Professor Swire is director of the Moritz Washington, D.C., Summer Program, and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

He has taught several subjects, with recent courses including Antitrust, the Law of Cyberspace, the Law of Cybersecurity, Privacy Law, Torts, and the Ethics of Washington Lawyering. Professors Shane and Swire are also the founding co-advisors to the Moritz published journal, I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society.