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Learn about the SEC with Brent Mitchell ’98, Senior Counsel, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Enforcement Division

October 21, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Speak with Brent Mitchell ’98 about working with and applying to the summer internship program with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Brent will talk about 1L Summer opportunities at the SEC, both for students who know they want securities or financial work and for students who have broader interests. Students who want investigations or litigation experience can find it in Enforcement, the Exam Program, or the Office of the General Counsel. Students who want administrative law experience can get it in Investment Management, Trading & Markets, Corporation Finance or Economic & Risk Analysis. Students who want international experience, or students with niche interests in appellate work, Congressional relations, and even day-to-day government business like contracting or employment issues can all find jobs at the SEC. Brent will talk about how 1Ls interested in both public and private sectors can gain substantive experience working with the SEC this summer.

Brent Mitchell ’98 is a Senior Counsel in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He currently works in the Complex Financial Instruments Unit. Since 2004, Mr. Mitchell has investigated fraud and other securities violations for the SEC – identifying possible violations, conducting interviews and document review to determine what happened, then settling or litigating with defendants. With other attorneys, he has brought cases related to FCPA violations, accounting fraud, and the structuring and sale of CDO bonds. He recently brought one of the first cases alleging violations by a company offering digital tokens in an “ICO” and two of the first cases alleging violations of Dodd-Frank limitations on the sale of security-based swaps. For about eight years, Mr. Mitchell led SEC intern programs in the Washington headquarters, including hiring and training law students. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Mitchell was an associate and junior partner at Hale and Dorr LLP, primarily litigating intellectual property cases involving plant breeding, lighting, and other technologies.  Previously, he was a clerk for Judge Ronald R. Lagueux and a reporter for The Miami Herald. Mr. Mitchell graduated in 1998 from Harvard Law School and has taught a course on government investigations as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law.

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October 21, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising


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