9 June 2008 - Mayer Brown LLP partner Raj De has been asked to serve as General Counsel to the newly-established Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism. Mr. De, who previously served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (generally known as the “9/11 Commission”), brings extensive policy and legal experience to this new post.

The bipartisan Commission, which is headed by former Senator Bob Graham of Florida and former Senator Jim Talent of Missouri, was established by Congress to assess current activities, initiatives, and programs to prevent WMD proliferation and terrorism, and to provide the next Administration and Congress with a clear and comprehensive strategy with concrete recommendations. Commissioners, who were appointed by the majority and minority leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives, include former Members of Congress, senior officials, and policy experts. The Commission is required by law to issue a report with its findings and conclusions within 180 days.

Mr. De’s unique background and qualifications make him an ideal fit for General Counsel to the Commission. As counsel to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Mr. De was one of the lead drafters and negotiators for the most significant intelligence reform legislation in half a century, which established the Director of National Intelligence and the National Counterterrorism Center. During his tenure as counsel with the 9/11 Commission, Mr. De conducted scores of interviews of U.S. and foreign government officials and drafted sections of the final 9/11 Commission Report. Previously, he served as a trial attorney at the Department of Justice under the Attorney General Honors Program and clerked for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. De is a magna cum laude graduate of both Harvard Law School and Harvard College.