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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


Paula Michele Ellison has been named Deputy General Counsel in the FCC's Office of General Counsel. A former partner in the Washington, DC, law firm of Williams & Connolly, she joined the Commission in 1995 as Deputy Associate General Counsel in the Litigation Division. During her tenure, Ellison represented the agency in a number of telecommunications and enforcement matters, ranging from interconnection cases to indecency actions. She negotiated the resolution of indecency actions resulting in record breaking payments totalling over $1.7 million.

"Michele is a skilled, savvy, and accomplished lawyer, who brings a wealth of legal talent and managerial experience with her to the position. I have come to rely upon her in a wide variety of matters, and I am pleased that I will be able to continue to do so," said Chairman William E. Kennard.

Before joining the Commission, Ellison was a partner with the law firm of Williams and Connolly. She became an associate at the firm in 1983 and was selected to become the first African American female partner in 1989.

She began her career as a law clerk for the Honorable Damon J. Keith in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Detroit, Michigan and for the Honorable Paul R. Webber III in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. She received a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University and a J.D. cum laude from Howard University Law School, where she served as an editor of the Howard Law Journal.

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