Washington, D.C., July 29, 2008 (LAWFUEL) – Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox today announced the appointment of William M. Schulz as Director of the agency’s Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Mr. Schulz replaces Jonathan Burks, who is leaving the SEC on Aug. 1, 2008 to pursue graduate studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
For the past three years, Mr. Schulz has served as a Counsel and Senior Advisor to the Chairman. Prior to joining the SEC, he served as Chief Counsel of the House Policy Committee and in a variety of senior legislative positions in the U.S. House of Representatives. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Schulz served as Special Master at the Court of Federal Claims, where he oversaw the management and resolution of multi-billion dollar banking litigation spawned by the collapse of the savings and loan industry and the passage of FIRREA.
“The SEC is extraordinarily fortunate to have Bill Schulz play this key role at such an important time for our nation’s investors and markets,” Chairman Cox said. “Bill’s extensive experience at the SEC and in the halls of Congress, as well as his unique background as a Special Master handling complex financial issues, will serve him well in this role. Bill will be an outstanding diplomat for the SEC in ensuring that the Commission continues to enjoy the outstanding relationship it does with the Congress and other government agencies.”
Mr. Schulz said, “I am honored that Chairman Cox has asked me to serve in this new role. Since arriving at the Commission, I have never ceased to be impressed by the quality of the staff and their dedication to the agency’s core mission to protect investors. It will be a pleasure to represent the Commission in its dealings with the Congress and other federal and state agencies.”
Mr. Schulz graduated from Duke University in 1988 and received his J.D. from William and Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law in 1995.