Class of 1968 Reunion Class Notes
Eric L. Hirschhorn ’68
President Obama's reelection renewed my "lease on life" as Under Secretary for Industry and Security at the U.S. Department of Commerce. As my wife put it the morning after the election, "Now you have four more years to decide what you're going to do when you grow up." The Bureau of Industry and Security is engaged in a host of activities; notable among them are export controls, examining proposed foreign investments in the United States, and domestic enforcement of the Chemical Weapons Convention (for details see www.bis.doc.gov ). In addition to managing an organization comprising nearly 400 people, I spend much of my time working on the President's export control reform initiative, a project that's streamlining an arteriosclerotic system that hasn't changed significantly in decades, and on individual country policy issues. I enjoyed my more than 30 years as a practicing lawyer (at least the lawyering part) but this job is quite different. It involves a challenging blend of policy, regulation, and management and I'm continuing to enjoy myself as I begin my fourth year doing it.
My wife, who'll be accompanying me to the reunion, is about to retire after more than three decades as a law professor at the Catholic University of America. She will continue to administer and teach in two programs (LL.M. and American Law) that Catholic offers at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, as well as to participate in the Open Society Institute's Academic Fellows Program, a part-time endeavor that takes her to such places as Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Turkey, and Albania. We currently have one child in graduate school but will have two and possibly all three there by the fall.
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