Eric L. Hirschhorn served as the under secretary of commerce for industry and security until 2017, heading the Bureau of Industry and Security under President Barack Obama. Mr. Hirschhorn oversaw the Commerce agency that advances U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and by promoting U.S. strategic technology leadership. From 1980 to 1981, Mr. Hirschhorn served as deputy assistant secretary for export administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce and oversaw U.S. export controls for items having commercial and military applications, antiboycott compliance, restraints on imports for national security reasons, and the department's participation in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Earlier, while a member of President Jimmy Carter's staff (1977-1980), he worked on reorganizing the government's international trade, public diplomacy, and foreign assistance mechanisms. Before working in the executive branch, Mr. Hirschhorn held several congressional staff positions, was in private law practice in New York City, and was a legal services lawyer. He is a member of the New York and District of Columbia bars, as well as the New York City Bar Association. He has served as member, vice chair, and chair of the D.C. Bar's Legal Ethics Committee and Rules of Professional Responsibility Review Committee. Mr. Hirschhorn received his B.A. degree from the University of Chicago and a J.D. degree from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
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