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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

November 6, 1997


CHRISTOPHER J. WRIGHT NAMED FCC GENERAL COUNSEL


Christopher J. Wright has been named General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission.

Wright has served as FCC Deputy General Counsel since February 1994. In that position, Wright has argued a number of important cases on behalf of the Commission, including the cable rate case, the en banc broadcast indecency case, the C-block auction case, and the interconnection case. Wright also has provided counsel to the Commission concerning implementation of the Children's Television Act of 1990, the Cable Act of 1992, and the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Prior to joining the FCC, Wright was Assistant to the Solicitor General for nine years and argued 27 cases in the Supreme Court on behalf of the federal government. He also was an associate at Shea & Gardner for two years and served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger of the United States Supreme Court and to Judge Joseph T. Sneed of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Chairman Kennard said: "The FCC is very fortunate to have an attorney with the intellect and dedication of Chris Wright as its General Counsel. I have enjoyed working with him in the General Counsel's office and I look forward to working with him in the future as he leads that Office."

Wright graduated from Harvard College and Stanford Law School.

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