2011 Dean's Business Law Lecture Series with Peter Scher '87

Thursday, March 31, 2011
05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
American University Washington College of Law, Room 603
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC


Peter L. Scher is the executive vice president for Global Government Relations and Public Policy for JPMorgan Chase and serves as a member of the company's Executive Committee. In this role, he is responsible for the design and implementation of the company's advocacy with government officials on a wide range of policy issues that impact the firm. His team of 34 works with both legislative and executive branch officials at all levels of government – local, state, federal, and international – to distinguish the firm as a leader in the public debate on regulatory and other government policies affecting business, articulate the firm's position on current policy issues, and advocate for policies that support economic growth and the competitiveness of U.S. financial firms. To achieve these goals, his team works extensively with partners across the firm and within each line of business to understand how government policies might affect the company and to build effective strategies for influencing policy outcomes. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase & Co. in June of 2008, Mr. Scher served as the Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C., office of Mayer Brown LLP, where he had been a partner since 2000 and served as the chairman of the firm's Government and Global Trade Practice. Scher spent nearly a decade in government service. Nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the United States Senate, he served as the U.S. Special Trade Negotiator, with the rank of Ambassador, and was one of the lead U.S. negotiators on China's entry into the World Trade Organization. He earlier served as the chief of staff in the Office of the United States Trade Representative and in the same position at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to joining the Executive Branch, Scher served in Congress as chief of staff to U.S. Senator Max Baucus and as the majority staff director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Scher remains active in civic and international activities. In 2009 he was appointed by the White House to serve as U.S. Representative to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Advisory Council (ABAC). He was a member of the Atlantic Council of the United States Working Group on U.S.-European Union Trade and Regulatory Issues and the Asia Task Force for the Center for Strategic and International Studies addressing U.S. economic relations with China, Japan and India. Scher serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of American University and The Lab School of Washington. Scher received his BA from American University in 1983 and his JD from AU's Washington College of Law in 1987. He and his wife, Kimberly Tilley, have two children.

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