Former administrator in Clinton administration to deliver keynote at Commencement

A Washington, D.C.-based trade lawyer, who served as an assistant secretary in the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration during the second Clinton administration and as a senior staffer of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee will be the keynote speaker when Misericordia University holds its 88th annual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17 at 2 p.m. in the Anderson Sports and Health Center on campus. A baccalaureate Mass will precede the ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the Anderson Center.

A native of Kingston, Pa., the Honorable Patrick Mulloy, J.D., LL.M., is also a political consultant to the president emeritus of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and other nonprofit organizations that work to establish a smarter economic globalization strategy for the United States. He also serves on the adjunct faculty at the Catholic University of America Law School, Washington, D.C.
“Mr. Mulloy epitomizes the generous spirit and industriousness of northeastern Pennsylvania residents,’’ said Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., president of Misericordia University. “Our graduates are fortunate to have a commencement speaker who can outline how his own hard work in the classroom and in life has taken him around the globe, as he has worked with national and world leaders to ensure the public good.’’
During the Commencement ceremony, Misericordia University will present Mr. Mulloy with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
He served five two-year terms as a commissioner on the bipartisan U.S.-China Economic and Security Revision Commission (2001-11) that was created by Congress as a think tank for trade and economic issues. Mr. Mulloy is a member of the Asia Society and serves on the advisory boards of the Coalition for a Prosperous America and the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. He has testified several times on international trade and investment matters before committees of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.
Mr. Mulloy served as assistant secretary for market access and compliance in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration during the second Clinton administration. As assistant secretary, he directed a trade policy unit of more than 200 international trade specialists, which focused on removing foreign barriers to U.S. exports and on ensuring that foreign countries complied with trade agreements negotiated with the United States. In this capacity, the department was involved in discussions with both the World Trade Organization and with individual governments.
Before becoming assistant secretary, Mr. Mulloy held various senior positions on the staff of the U.S. Banking Committee, including chief international counsel and general counsel. In these posts, he contributed to much of the international trade and finance legislation formulated by the committee, including the Foreign Bank Supervision Enhancement Act of 1991, the Export Enhancement Act of 1992, the Defense Production Act Amendments of 1994, and titles of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act Amendments of 1988, which dealt with foreign bribery, investment, exchange rates, and export controls.
Prior to his work in the U.S. Senate, Mr. Mulloy was a senior attorney in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice where he directed a staff of lawyers and economists who supervised participation of U.S. oil companies in the Paris-based International Energy Agency. In earlier duties at the Justice Department, he represented the United States in a variety of cases that were related to federal environmental laws, including criminal and civil enforcement actions in various U.S. District Courts, several Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Mulloy began his public service career as a foreign service officer. He served in the Department of State’s Office of United Nations Political Affairs, the Office of International Environmental and Oceans Affairs, and as vice counsel in the U.S. Consulate in Montreal, Canada.
Mr. Mulloy earned his Bachelor of Arts from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; a Master of Arts from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.; a Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C., and his Master of Laws from Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Mass. He is a member of the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania Bars. Mr. Mulloy resides in Alexandria, Va., with his wife, Marjorie. The couple has three adult children and four infant grandchildren.
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