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Jenner & Block Partner William L. Scogland has been appointed vice chair of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans for 2007.
Secretary Elaine L. Chao made the announcement while appointing five new members to the council, who will serve for three years. James D. McCool, executive vice president for corporate and retirement services at Charles Schwab & Co. Inc., was named chair of the council.
Mr. Scogland was appointed as a member of the council by the Labor Secretary in 2006 to represent the employers sector of the employee welfare and pension benefit community.
The 15-member council is established pursuant to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), and its duties include advising the Secretary of Labor regarding his or her functions under ERISA.
Mr. Scogland, Chair of Jenner & Block’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice and Co-Chair of the ERISA Litigation Practice, regularly counsels clients on benefits issues in merger and acquisition transactions, the benefit implications of bankruptcies, investments by ERISA plans and ERISA fiduciary issues.