On September 23, 2013, the Commission issued a News Release announcing that Judge Sandra (Dee) Lord has joined the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) as an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”).  Judge Lord will manage litigation, preside over evidentiary hearings, and make initial determinations in the agency’s investigations involving unfair practices in import trade.  These investigations most often involve allegations of patent and trademark infringement.  Judge Lord is now the sixth ALJ presiding over such investigations, replacing ALJ Robert Rogers who recently retired in June 2013.  Prior to joining the ITC, Judge Lord served as an ALJ with the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (National Hearing Center) in Falls Church, VA.  Previously, she was an ALJ in the Social Security Administration’s Raleigh Hearing Office in Raleigh, NC.  Judge Lord served as a Special Master in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims’ Office of Special Masters from 2009-2012.  From 1997 to 2008, Judge Lord was a trial attorney in the Commercial Litigation Branch/Frauds section in the Department of Justice’s Civil Division.  Judge Lord holds a juris doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, from Yale University.  She is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland