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From 1968 to 1978, Harvey Pitt served on the staff of the SEC, eventually becoming the agency's youngest-ever General Counsel in 1975 at age 30. From 2001 - 2003 he was the 26th SEC Chairman. For nearly 25 years prior to serving as SEC Chairman, Mr. Pitt was a partner in the law firm, Fried, Frank LLP. After he left the SEC, he founded the strategic consulting firm, Kalorama Partners, LLC. He was a founding trustee and first President of the SEC Historical Society.
Harvey Pitt, in this interview with Daniel Goelzer, explains how he, David Ruder and Paul Gonson worked together to establish the SEC Historical Society in 1999. Until his nomination as SEC Chairman in August 2001, he was integral to the Society's early operations, including the provision of office space for the early organization at the Fried Frank law firm where he was a partner. Once in his role as Chairman of the SEC, Pitt remained a strong supporter of the Society, including through the challenges brought about by the terrorist attacks on September 11 of that year.
In this interview, David Ruder talks with Daniel Goelzer about his role as the SEC Historical Society’s founding Chairman of the Board of Trustee. Working closely with Paul Gonson and Harvey Pitt, he describes the key challenges and successes in getting the non-profit organization off the ground, including a major issues conference which proved to be an important example of both. As it turns out, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law figured significantly in early viability of the fledgling organization.
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