WASHINGTON, D.C., June, 2006 – LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – Arnold & Porter LLP partner Claire E. Reade was appointed by U.S. Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab today to serve as Chief Counsel for China Trade Enforcement for the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the Executive Branch agency charged with developing and coordinating the United States’ international trade policy. In this role, Ms. Reade will be charged with enforcing China’s compliance with a variety of international trade agreements. She has had an extensive practice in the area of international trade and public policy in Arnold & Porter’s Washington office since 1982. She will assume her new position later this summer.
“We warmly congratulate Claire on this significant appointment,” said Arnold & Porter Chairman Michael Sohn. “She will be an outstanding steward for the enforcement of trade agreements with China. The talent, energy and drive she has demonstrated at our firm will benefit the business community and the country as a whole.”
The chief counsel position for enforcing trade agreements with China was created as part of USTR’s top-to-bottom review of U.S.-China trade relations. Ms. Reade will be responsible for coordinating USTR’s efforts to ensure China’s compliance with its international trade commitments, including its WTO obligations, important commitments made within the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), and obligations under other trade agreements with the United States. She will co-chair USTR’s newly formed China Enforcement Task Force.
“This is a wonderful opportunity,” said Ms. Reade. “I look forward to the challenge of using my international trade and litigation skills to help assure China’s compliance with its critical international trade commitments to the United States.”
Ms. Reade’s practice at Arnold & Porter includes client representations in complex international trade litigations under U.S. and international law, as well as ongoing strategic international trade advice to companies, industries and governments across the globe.
Ms. Reade is former co-chair of the American Bar Association’s International Trade Committee and served as chair of the ABA National Institute on NAFTA. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former member of the ABA Council on Asia. She also is the author of numerous articles addressing international trade questions. She has testified before Congress on the WTO and related matters.
A member of Phi Beta Kappa at Wesleyan University, Ms. Reade graduated magna cum laude. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1979, and holds a Masters degree (MALD) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. After graduating from Harvard, Ms. Reade spent 1979-1980 in Taipei, Taiwan, studying Chinese dispute resolution procedures under a Harvard Sheldon Fellowship, pursuing her studies in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese.