On November 15, 2012, of counsel Jodie Z. Bernstein was presented with a Federal Trade Commission Resolution, signed by Chairman Jon Leibowitz, honoring her exemplary achievements while at the Commission and in recognition of her retirement from private practice at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. The Resolution pays tribute to Ms. Bernstein's extraordinary leadership and creativity as former director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, where she led the Commission in tackling new initiatives involving the Internet, subprime lending, and privacy, and she promoted essential fraud prevention through practical plain language education. The Resolution, which was entered upon the records of the FTC, commemorates Ms. Bernstein as a captivating leader who has inspired everyone at the Commission to work even harder on behalf of American consumers.
At the retirement celebration hosted by the partners of Kelley Drye, several distinguished guests honored Ms. Bernstein with remarks, including Teresa Schwartz, professor emeritus of Public Interest Law at the George Washington University Law School and Ms. Bernstein's former deputy director at the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection; William Baer, former director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition and President Obama's nominee to be the next assistant attorney general for the Antitrust Division at the DOJ; Lee Peeler, president of the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council; and FTC Commissioner Thomas Rosch gave remarks via video. Other dignitaries in attendance included James Cole, deputy attorney general of the United States; David Vladeck, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection; Robert Pitofsky, former chairman of the FTC; Robert Adler, Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission; and Ms. Bernstein's good friend Pat Wald, former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, among others.
Full text of the FTC Resolution is below.
Resolution of the Federal Trade Commission
The Federal Trade Commission congratulates Jodie Z. Bernstein on the occasion of her retirement from the practice of law. Ms. Bernstein served the Commission with extraordinary distinction during several tours of duty at the agency, starting her remarkable Commission career as a staff attorney, and culminating with her tenure as Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection from 1995 to 2001. In recognition of her exemplary achievements, the Commission is pleased to issue this Resolution.
With intelligence, wit, charm, and moxie, Ms. Bernstein mentored, nurtured and inspired generations of consumer protection staff at the Commission and beyond. Thanks to her extraordinary leadership and creativity, the Bureau of Consumer Protection was reinvigorated and became a model for consumer protection agencies around the world. In particular, Ms. Bernstein led the Commission in tackling new initiatives involving the Internet, subprime lending, and privacy, and she promoted essential fraud prevention through practical plain language education.
Many of the nation's brightest attorneys have passed through the Commission's doors, but Ms. Bernstein is first among equals. She is a captivating leader who has inspired everyone at the Commission to work even harder on behalf of American consumers. Moreover, her accomplishments extend far beyond Pennsylvania Avenue. Whether they are consulting a care label on their clothing, shopping online with confidence, or protecting their privacy, every American – every day – owes a debt of gratitude to Ms. Bernstein.
The Commission is therefore happy to extend congratulations to Ms. Bernstein, as she ends the most recent chapter in her career with characteristic flourish, and begins the next volume. The Commission directs that this Resolution be entered upon the records of this Commission, and that copies of the Resolution be forwarded to Ms. Bernstein and her family.
By direction of the Commission.
Donald S. Clark
Issued: November 14, 2012