June 27, 2000
CITAC Seminar, Washington D.C.
Speaker Biographies

ERIK AUTOR has been Vice President, International Trade Counsel to the National Retail Federation since May 1998. In this position, he serves as the principal advisor on international trade, customs, and supplier compliance issues to the worlds largest retail trade association and its member companies, which include the leading department, specialty, discount, mass merchandise, Internet, and independent stores.

From August 1992 to April 1998, Mr. Autor served first as International Trade Counsel and then as Senior International Trade Counsel on the Republican staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where his responsibilities covered international trade policy and legislation. While on the Finance Committee staff, he worked on such major pieces of trade legislation as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Implementation Act, The Uruguay Round Agreements Act, and the Customs Modernization Act.

From October 1990 to August 1992, Mr. Autor was an international trade associate in the Washington, DC office of the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. While at Skadden Arps, he worked on a variety of trade litigation matters involving the cement and steel industries before the federal courts and administrative agencies.

From September 1988 to August 1990, he was a law clerk to Judge Dominick DiCarlo at the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York, which has jurisdiction over appeals in international trade and customs cases.

Mr. Autor is a 1988 graduate of the Duke University School of Law, where he received a J.D. and an LL.M. degree in foreign and international law. Following his first year at Duke, he was a member of the editorial staff of the Alaska Law Review, and served as Managing Editor during his third year. He received an M.Sc. degree in European Studies from the London School of Economics in 1984. He did his undergraduate studies at UCLA, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1982 with an honors degree in European History. During his undergraduate junior year, he studied for a semester at the Universität Regensburg in Germany. Mr. Autor is admitted to practice law in California and the District of Columbia.





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