President, the Cosmos Club – Washington, D.C. (1988,
1989); Chair, the Cosmos Club Foundation (1985-1988).
Chair, Arthur C. Clarke Foundation - Washington, D.C. (2003 - 2016).
President, International Council for Computer Communication
- Washington, D.C. and Mumbai [Bombay],
Honorary Vice Chairman, International Association of Contract and Commerical Managers - an organization dedicated to professionalism in enterprise management; Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA (2005).
Honorary Academician, International Telecommunication Academy of
Russia – an arm of the Russian Academy of Science; elected
in Moscow (April, 2002).
Life Fellow - The American Bar Foundation (inducted May 29, 2002).
Secretary of the Army Public Service Medal – awarded for ten years of pro bono service as Counsel to the U.S. Military Academy Bicentennial Commission; West Point (April, 2002).
First Prize, Second Congress of the International Telecommunication
Academy of Russia – awarded by a panel of Russian judges
for remarks delivered on "The State of the Telecommunications
Industry in the United States"; Moscow (April, 2002).
Executive Council, AARP Alabama – elected by State and regional officers and lead volunteers.
National Policy Council, AARP – selected by a Nominations Committee and approved by the Board of Directors after considering a large number of candidates from throughout the country.
Meritorious Service Award – presented for early vision and four decades of leadership in bicycle and pedestrian advocacy by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycling Professionals, at the Sixteenth ProWalk/ProBike Conference; Chattanooga (September, 2010).
Highlights - Professional
...or, getting a life.
The Harvard Student Legislative Research
Bureau (forerunner of the Harvard Journal on Legislation) –
(1952-1953) Founding President. While a student,
with law school colleagues and the support of Dean Erwin Griswold.
The Payola Hearings – (1959-1960)
organized preparation and presentation of testimony by American
Broadcasting Company senior management before Congressional Oversight
Committees, with successful outcome.
American Federation of Musicians Three-Network
Contract – (1959) reorganized thirty-five years
of accumulated contract provisions into a fully collated,
signed agreement between the Union and ABC, NBC, and CBS.
The First Presidential Campaign Debates –
(1960) supervised legal aspects of Kennedy-Nixon debate conducted
at the American Broadcasting Company in New York City.
All-Channel Television Reception - while Administrative Assistant to FCC Chairman Newton N. Minow, demonstrated advantages of combined, all-channel television receivers before Congressional committees and trade press, leading to passage of authorizing legislation and consequent equality of access for all U.S. terrestrial broadcasters; with FCC staff engineers, Senator Joseph Pastore, and Senate staff leader Nicholas Zapple.
Birth of a Station" – (1961) spearheaded
FCC assignment of VHF Channel
13 (now WNET) in the New York metropolitan area to public service;
on-scene mediation among financiers, educators, Governor Robert
Meyner and other officials; drafted agreements among the parties,
organized FCC approval, gained last-minute removal of obstructive
litigation from U.S. Supreme Court docket; as Adminstrative Assistant
to FCC Chairman Newton N. Minow, with Channel 13 attorney Joseph
Iseman, New Jersey state counsel Douglas Hofe, and Communications
Law legend Henry Fischer.
Educational Television, Bogota, Columbia –
(1963-1964) negotiatied with President Guillermo Leon Valenica
and senior government ministers to create first Peace Corps project
of its kind; designed system, trained volunteers, supervised gathering
and installation of equipment; followed up with a series of Peace
Corps ETV and Radio projects in South and Central America, Africa,
and Southeast Asia; as Special Assistant to Peace Corps Director
Jack H. Vaughn.
Creation of NASDAQ – (1978) resolved
issues of antitrust and telecommunications regulation for this new
electronic trading system, integrated trading Levels into computerized
capabilities; project drafting, moving proposal to active life;
with colleague Timothy Waters, law firm of Peabody, Lambert &
Meyers; client, The Bunker-Ramo Corporation, for the National Association
of Securities Dealers.
Legalization of Communication Satellite Transponder
Sales – (1980) led teams from several law firms
to obtain FCC order reversing prior doctrine, strengthening aerospace
industry by encouraging customer financing of satellite manufacturing
and launch projects; with colleague Michael W. Faber, law firm of
Peabody, Lambert & Meyers, and Charles Jonscher of Communications
Strategies and Planning, Inc., New York and London; client, Citicorp,
N.A., pioneer purchaser of satellite transponders.
Orion Satellite System – (1986-1992)
negotiated, drafted first American commercial in-orbit-delivery
satellite manufacturing agreement leading to the first private international
satellite system authorized to compete with the treaty-based INTELSAT;
led team in vendor financing, supported client efforts to open U.K.
satellite communication competition; with colleagues (the late)
Clive Conley, Michael Faber, Tara Giunta and Timothy Logue, law
firm of Reid & Priest LLP; clients British Aerospace Space Systems,
PLC, and Kingston Communications, PLC.
The International Communications Law Committee
of the Section on Science and Technology, American Bar Association
– (1979) co-founded, co-chaired first continuous meetings
of U.S. attorneys beginning to specialize in the growing area
international communication with Anne Branscomb.
The International Telecommunications Union Legal
Forums – (1983, 1985 and following years) organized the
first legal forums sponsored by the ITU, which previously had focused
principally on engineering and economic issues; with then ITU Secretary
General Richard Butler and ABA colleagues Anne Branscomb, Herbert
Marks, Thomas Ramsey, and David Levie.
HighDefinition Television – (1985-1987) anchored legal and lobbying aspects of teams of broadcasters,
engineers, economists and government representatives in Washington,
New York, Tokyo and ITU in Geneva, dedicated to establishing a world
technical standard for HDTV production; law firm of Reid & Priest
LLP; clients CBS, Inc. (Joseph Flaherty, EVP) and SONY America,
Satellite Digital Audio Broadcasting – (1991-2000) secured the first licenses ever issued by the FCC for provision
of satellite facilities to radio broadcasters, enabling outreach
to underserved regions of the world using dialects unique to those
drafted satellite manufacturing agreements, financing documents;
briefly served on Board of Directors; satellite service initiated
to Africa, Asia, planned for South America; with colleagues Tara
Giunta and Timothy Logue, law firms of Reid & Priest LLP,
then Coudert Brothers LLP; clients, AfriSpace, Inc. and WorldSpace,
West Point Bicentennial – (1991-2002) although
not an Academy graduate, pro bono counsel to the Bicentennial Steering
Group of Academy graduates who planned and organized the four-year
observance of the 200th anniversary of West Point; conducted with
the Superintendent and Academy staff and the Department of the Army;
law firms of Reid & Priest LLP, then Coudert Brothers LLP. Chairman,
William Raiford of Thomasville, Georgia.
American Bar Association, the Standing Committee
on the Law Library of Congress – (2000-2010) Chair; (2010-Present) Special Advisor.
An effort embodying the American Bar Association’s growing
interest in the protection and enhancement of the world’s
largest law library, a focal resource for foreign, international
now formulated would combine private funding sources with continued
Congressional financing to add a broad mix of services to
the legal profession, the public, States and universities.
International Association for Contract and Commercial Management – (2005-present) Honorary Vice Chair. A highly regarded International organization providing insight to leading-edge contracting and commercial skills and procedures fundamental to managing enterprise and individual risks. Its work insight equips business professionals for implementing best ethical practices in contractual commitments and trading relationships.
Highlights - Personal
...or, getting a life.
United States Marine Corps
– (1953-1956) Company Commander. First Batallion, First
Marine Regiment, First Marine Division, Korea; command of (and
up to 320 Marines, including riflemen and communications specialists;
rank of Second Lieutenant, promoted to First Lieutenant upon Division’s
return to Camp Pendleton, California. Thereafter, Defense Counsel,
Special and General Courts Martial, and Division Legal Assistance
Democratic Party Congressional
campaigns and insurgencies – (1958-1959) Campaign Manager.
Led campaigns in New York 17th ("Silk Stocking")
district; and in Greenwich Village against Tammany Hall machine,
demise of that institution.
Stevenson for President Draft Movement
– (1960) Organizer. With now-famous political consultant
David Garth, led volunteer operations in New York City; thereafter
and directed the Stevenson headquarters at the Democratic National
Convention in Los Angeles; also with David Garth, organized record-breaking
demonstration on the Convention floor.
Taking Back the Street – (1968-1971)
as early re-integrator of Washington’s Adams-Morgan neighborhood,
organized successful multi-racial community organization to combat
crime, improve rental housing by acting as resident agents for absentee
owners; initiatives attracted coverage by local, national and foreign
press and television.
Humphrey for President Campaign – (1968) volunteered
first as "Think Tank" speech-writer with now retired Weslyan President
Douglas Bennet; thereafter seconded as on-site Director of New
York State operations on behalf of the Democratic National Committee;
reversed four-point deficit, ended with four-point victory over
Richard Nixon in New York State.
District of Columbia City Council – (1972-1975) nominated by President Nixon, confirmed by the Senate; Committees
on Government Operations (Chair), Public Safety, and Transportation;
presided over Judiciary budgets, negotiated Congressional funding
for construction of Carl Moultrie Judicial Center; sponsored successful
city-wide street lighting program, handicap parking, and corner
curb ramps; authored and won passage of first city law governing
repair of consumer goods; through extensive public hearings, secured
full revision of Police handling of rape victims; used helicopter
surveillance to block development of a superhighway planned as an
open trench down the length of The National Mall ("I -695");
blocked construction of an under-funded, misplaced Convention Center;
authored legal provisions of then strongest human rights law in
National Center for Bicycling and Walking (NCBW) – (1977-2011) co-Founder and 32-year Board Chair of national
organization serving government and non-profit professionals in
the fields of transportation and safety education; U.S. focal point
for outreach and advocacy in this sector, with assistance from Federal,
regional, state, and local governments and private foundations,
including the Federal Highway Administration and the Robert Woods
Johnson Foundation; originally
called the Bicycle Federation of America. On January 1, 2009, transferred chairmanship to Vice Chairman Peter Harkness, former Editor and Deputy Publisher of Congressional Quarterly and retiring founder and Publisher of Governing magazine. NCBW continues as a thriving program (and the Washington D.C. office) of Projects for Public Spaces, of New York City.
Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C. – (1974-present) an assembly of men and women who have performed meritorious
original work in science, literature or the arts as professionals
or exceptional amateurs, or have been recognized as distinguished
in a learned profession or public service. President (1988-1990)
during overwhelming landmark vote favoring the admission of Members
without regard to gender. Because professional duties prevented
club Vice-President, aerospace leader Frederick I. Ordway III, from
moving up, became fifth President since the Club’s 1878 founding
to be re-elected; oversaw renovation of major areas of Clubhouse,
inclusion of women Members in all aspects of Club life. Lengthy
service on the Board and other Committees; Chair (1985-1988) of
the Cosmos Club Foundation; with former US News & World Report editor Lester Tanzer
originated Cosmos Journal; with leading Washington attorney Edwin
Kahn, initiated Foundation’s McGovern Lecture Series (supported
by the late Texas philanthropist Dr. John McGovern); with Dr. Rita Caldwell, then President of
the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Joan Challinor, former Chair, the National Commission on Libraries, and geologist
Dr. Priestley Toulmin, created the “Cosmos Scholars,” an aid program in support of graduate degree research in D.C. area universities.
Arthur C. Clarke Foundation
– (1983-2016) pro bono Counsel, later Executive Director and Board Chairman of an organization devoted to advancing the scientific, literary and ethical legacies of Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the scientist and author who first
conceived (1945) of geosynchronous satellite communications; presentation
of incentive awards, lectures and related events; working with a U.S. university to create “The Arthur C. Clarke Center to investigate the reach and impact of human imagination”; serving with
the personal encouragement of Sir Arthur and with space industry
John McLucas, Joseph Pelton, Peter Marshall, Hon. Diana Dougan, Frederick I. Ordway
III, Frederick Durant, Timothy Logue and others.
Council for Computer Communication
– (1986-2002) organization of 100 scientists, academics,
government representatives and business people who recognized
1972 that computer communication would become an essential element
of modern life, created antecedent networks which in time blended
into and became the Internet; first lawyer elected as ICCC President
(2000-2002); elected Governor, 1986; ICCC conference presentations,
1982, 1984, 2002.
Marquis' Publications listings - Who's Who in America, - in the World, - in American Law, - in Finance and Industry, - in the East.
...and for the fun of it, - Councilman - brand
of pipe tobacco, sold in the Washington D.C. area exclusively by
Tobacco & Pipe;
blended with proprieter David Berkebile and named for Tedson.
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