The Senate has unanimously confirmed two new commissioners to the Federal Trade Commission, filling out the Commission for the first time in almost two years.
Edith Ramirez will fill the seat vacated by Deborah Majoras, who stepped down in March 2008. Ramirez, who graduated from Harvard Law School and Harvard-Radcliffe College, clerked for the Honorable Alfred T. Goodwin, a 9th Circuit judge, before joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
Ramirez, now a partner at a firm in Los Angeles, focuses on intellectual property and business litigation.
The second confirmed commissioner, Julie Brill, was most recently a Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division for the North Carolina Department of Justice. She also spent 20 years working for the Vermont Attorney General’s Consumer Protection and Antitrust Divisions.
Brill will replace Pamela Jones Harbour, whose term ended in September 2009. With the confirmation of Brill, Harbour announced her resignation effective April 6, 2010.
Ramirez’s term will last until Sept. 26, 2015, while Brill’s term will not expire until Sept. 26, 2016.
Why it matters: The new commissioners will begin work immediately following their confirmation. Having received awards in recognition for her consumer protection and privacy work, as well as testifying before Congress regarding data security breach legislation, Brill’s addition to the FTC is in line with the Commission’s recent focus on privacy issues.