Julie Brill ’85, the senior deputy attorney general and chief of consumer protection and antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice as well as a lecturer-in-law at Columbia Law School, was confirmed unanimously as a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on March 3 by the U.S. Senate.

Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he was “especially encouraged by [Brill’s] expertise on antitrust and privacy issues. Though these issues directly affect every American, they have gathered dust in the FTC’s inbox for far too long. Julie Brill will help revitalize an FTC that has languished while consumers’ interests have given way to special interests.”

Jonathan Leibowitz ’84, FTC chairman, called Brill and the other newly confirmed commissioner, Edith Ramirez, “exceptionally talented and committed,” and predicted that they “will bring a wealth of experience, knowledge, and new energy to the commission.”

Brill spent 20 years as an assistant attorney general for consumer protection and antitrust in Vermont before assuming her office in North Carolina in 2009.

Posted on March 8, 2010