The Council on International Relations and Congregation Beit Tikva are pleased to present Eric L. Hirschhorn, Under Secretary of the U.S. Commerce Department for the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 14 at Congregation Beit Tikva, 2230 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.
Hirschhorn’s talk is entitled, “National Security and Export Controls.” Cost is $20 for non-members; $15 for CIR members.
The discussion (with moderator John Liebman) will focus on current challenges and tools for limiting the loss of valuable U.S. intellectual property and defense technology to America’s adversaries.
Hirschhorn oversees the commerce agency that aids national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by managing an export control and treaty compliance system and by promoting U.S. technology leadership. The agency administers and enforces the U.S. regulations for the export of commercial commodities and technology as well as less sensitive military items.
President Barack Obama appointed Eric L. Hirschhorn to be the Under Secretary of the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) March 29, 2010. He was sworn in April 2, 2010.
From 1980 to 1981, Hirschhorn was 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 reorganization project staff (1977-1980), he worked on reorganizing the government’s international trade, public diplomacy, and foreign assistance mechanisms. Before working in the executive branch, Hirschhorn held several congressional staff positions, was in private law practice in New York City, and a legal services lawyer.
After returning to private law practice in 1981, Hirschhorn represented foreign and domestic clients on a wide range of commercial and regulatory matters. His practice included advising and assisting clients regarding export and embargo regulations, as well as about financing and other aspects of international transactions. He most recently was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Winston & Strawn LLP.
Hirschhorn is the former executive secretary of the Industry Coalition on Technology Transfer (ICOTT), a group whose trade association and industry participants are affected by U.S. export control and embargo rules. He is the author of The Export Control and Embargo Handbook, whose third edition was published early in 2010 by Oxford University Press, and numerous articles on export controls, embargoes and related topics. Outside the international trade area, Hirschhorn’s practice included trial and appellate litigation, along with lawyers’ professional responsibility matters.
He also is a member of the New York City Bar Association and the Thurgood Marshall American Inn of Court. 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.
Parking at Congregation Beit Tikva is somewhat limited. Visitors also may park on the street on Calle Espejo, across Old Pecos Trail from the synagogue. There will be crossing guards to help visitors cross Old Pecos Trail.