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Established in 1976 by the Victor H. Kramer Foundation, and available for professional employees of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, the Victor H. Kramer Foundation Fellowship is designed to increase the opportunities available to employees of these two government agencies. The Kramer Fellowship provides mid-career training and intellectual enrichment for professional employees already established in their careers. As a result of the Fellow’s experience as a public official handling important policy and administrative matters, the Fellow will likewise enrich the intellectual community of the law school.

The Fellowship provides mid-level officials in the two agencies with a time for reflection and continued education and to immerse the Fellow in emerging research and methodologies in the antitrust, consumer protection, and related areas of law. The Fellowship provides an opportunity for the Fellow to combine her/his practical professional experiences with further research and study. Additionally, the Fellow has the opportunity to engage with professors and students who share their interests.

The specific content and structure of the program is developed by the Fellow and the faculty program director. The program will combine reading, research, and/or coursework as they pertain to the Fellow’s professional and academic interests. The appointment of the Kramer fellow is coordinated by the agencies and the Office of Academic Affairs at Harvard Law School.

The program is offered in alternating years between Harvard Law School and The University of Chicago Law School. The 2018-2019 Kramer Fellow will be in residence at Harvard Law School from September 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. The Fellowship is expected to be available at the University of Chicago Law School for the 2019-2020 year.

2018-2019 Victor H. Kramer Fellow

Matthew HammondMatthew Hammond

Matthew Hammond is the Victor H. Kramer Foundation Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year. He plans to focus his year at Harvard Law School on the study of competition issues raised by multi-sided platforms. He is an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division in the Technology & Financial Services Section. During his 20-year tenure at the Antitrust Division, Hammond has worked on numerous merger and civil conduct investigations, and related ensuing litigation, and criminal investigations and prosecutions. His focus has been on telecommunications and technology markets, but he has worked on matters involving a variety of industries from low-level radioactive waste disposal to meat and cheese packaging to canned tuna.

Hammond has played significant roles on the litigation teams in United States v. EnergySolutions/Waste Control Specialists, United States v. Anthem/Cigna, United States v. AT&T/T-MobileUnited States v. US Airways/American AirlinesUnited States v. Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield, and United States v. First Data/Concord EFS, and the investigative teams handling Expedia/Orbitz, Comcast/NBC Universal, Verizon/MCI, SBC/AT&T, Sirius Satellite Radio/XM Satellite Radio, Sprint/Nextel, AT&T/Cingular Wireless, EchoStar/DirecTV, and Worldcom/Sprint. His numerous roles have included lead investigative attorney, chief of staff, developing third-party witnesses, dealing with experts, deposing/cross-examining opposing experts, and analyzing competition, efficiencies, failing-firm, and interlocking directorate issues. In addition while at the Division, Hammond spent two years as a Special Assistant in the Division’s Office of Operations, which oversees all the litigating sections in the Division, and three years an assistant chief of the Technology & Financial Services Section, supervising multiple investigations and a successful litigation to block a transaction.

Prior to joining the Antitrust Division, Hammond clerked for the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He holds a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and a B.A. in government and history from Cornell University.

Matthew can be reached at mhammond@law.harvard.edu