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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).

May 14, 1998


RICHARD K. WELCH TO BE NAMED SENIOR COUNSEL
TO THE GENERAL COUNSEL


Richard K. Welch will be appointed Senior Counsel to the General Counsel, effective June 7, 1998. He will focus on appellate litigation involving the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and other common carrier-related litigation, as well as special projects.

"Richard Welch has been one of the key policymakers at the center of the Commission's implementation of the Telecommunications Act and his talent and dedication in that role have been invaluable to the Commission and to me personally," said FCC Chairman William E. Kennard. "I know from my years as General Counsel that Richard is one of the agency's outstanding lawyers."

FCC General Counsel Christopher J. Wright added: "I'm very excited that Richard will be rejoining the Office of General Counsel. His thorough understanding of the Commission's policymaking process will be a real asset to the Office in defending the FCC's decisions before the courts."

Welch has served in the FCC's Common Carrier Bureau since the Telecommunications Act of 1996 became law in February 1996. He currently serves as Deputy Bureau Chief, and prior to that was Chief of the Bureau's Policy and Program Planning Division.

Previously, Welch served as legal adviser to FCC Commissioner Rachelle B. Chong, focusing on common carrier issues. He also has served as a staff attorney in the Administrative Law Division of the FCC's Office of General Counsel. He began his FCC career in 1988 as a staff attorney in the Common Carrier Bureau.

Welch received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1988 from Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. He received his B.S.in Business Administration in 1980 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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