Law Professor Alan Meese Appointed Senior Advisor to Antitrust Modernization Commission

Alan J. Meese, William and Mary Ball Professor of Law, has been appointed Senior Advisor to the Antitrust Modernization Commission. Established by Congress, the bipartisan commission on antitrust law and policy is charged with examining whether the U.S. federal antitrust laws are in need of modernization. Meese will provide advice to the 12-member commission and will assist the commission and its staff in preparing a report to Congress and the President by April 2007.

"I am honored by this opportunity to assist the commission in this important endeavor," said Meese, who joined the William and Mary law faculty in 1995. "Antitrust provides a unique opportunity for the integration of economic theory and public policy, and I am happy to have this chance to take part in the study of significant questions of law and policy."

Meese has authored more than twenty articles on antitrust law and other subjects. A leading antitrust scholar, he is best known for his work examining antitrust law and policy through the lens of transaction cost economics. He is also founding editor of William and Mary's Law and Economics Working Paper Series, a member of the College's Public Policy faculty, and a fellow in the Law School's Institute of Bill of Rights Law. He received his A.B. with high honors in Ancient Greek and a second concentration in Economics in 1986 from the College of William and Mary, where he was first in his class and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago, where he was an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics and elected to Order of the Coif. After law school he clerked for Judge Frank Easterbrook of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and then Justice Antonin Scalia. He then practiced law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom before joining the faculty at William and Mary.

The twelve members of the Antitrust Modernization Commission were appointed by the President and the Senate and House leadership. The commission held its third public hearing in Washington, D.C., on January 13, 2005, at which it selected an initial slate of twenty-five issues for study.

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