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Deputy Special Representative for Trade Negotiations Nomination of Alan W. Wolff.

May 04, 1977

The President today announced that he will nominate Alan W. Wolff, of Washington, D.C., to be Deputy Special Representative for Trade Negotiations. Wolff is now Acting Deputy Special Representative for Trade Negotiations.

He was born on June 12, 1942, in Malden, Mass. He received an A.B. from Harvard in 1963 and an. LL.B. from Columbia in 1966.

Wolff went to work for the Treasury Department in 1968, after practicing law in Boston and New York City. In the International Affairs section of Treasury's General Counsel's Office, he served as staff counsel to the Office of Trade Policy and the National Advisory Council for International Monetary and Financial Policies.

In 1972 Wolff participated in the drafting of the charter of the African Development Fund as head of the U.S. delegation. The following year he assumed responsibility for the Treasury Department's preparations for the multilateral trade negotiations.

Wolff joined the Special Trade Representative's Office as Deputy General Counsel in 1973 to manage the executive branch's drafting of the Trade Act. In 1974 he became General Counsel, participating actively in the administration's presentation of the Trade Act to the Congress.

In the period immediately following the passage of the Trade Act, Wolff served as head of the U.S. delegation to the Multilateral Trade Negotiations in Geneva. In the last few years, he has served as chief U.S. negotiator in bilateral trade talks involving steel and other key imported products, and was Acting Special Trade Representative prior to the confirmation of Ambassador Robert S. Strauss this March.

Wolff is a member of the American Society of International Law and the American Bar Association. He has published articles on United States 'trade law and participated in drafting the American Society of International Law Panel Report on Long Term International Monetary Reform.

Jimmy Carter, Deputy Special Representative for Trade Negotiations Nomination of Alan W. Wolff. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/243911