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July 20, 2013

Two women appointed to US Product Safety Commission

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Marietta S. Robinson and Ann Marie Buerkle have been sworn in as Commissioners and have joined Chairman Inez Tenenbaum, Commissioner Nancy Nord, and Commissioner Robert Adler on the Commission. With the recent swearing-in of its two newest members, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is once again comprised of five Commissioners. Marietta S. Robinson and Ann Marie Buerkle have joined Chairman Inez Tenenbaum, Commissioner Nancy Nord, and Commissioner Robert Adler on the Commission.

“I extend a very warm welcome to Marietta Robinson and Ann Marie Buerkle to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. “Both Ms. Robinson and Ms. Buerkle have extensive legal and public policy experience and will be an asset to the Commission.  I look forward to working with them,” said Chairman Tenenbaum.

Marietta S. Robinson (l) and Ann Marie Buerkle

Marietta S. Robinson (l) and Ann Marie Buerkle

Robinson practiced as a trial attorney for 35 years, handling a wide variety of complex litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants.  She is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and served as its first female president from 2010 to 2011. In 2011,  Robinson served as independent legal counsel to the Chair of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission in Liberia.  Robinson served from 1989 to 1997 as a federally-appointed trustee of the Dalkon Shield Trust, which disbursed more than $2.4 billion to more than 300,000 claimants in over 120 countries.  She has taught as an adjunct professor at several law schools over the years and, most recently, at the Duke School of Law.

She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and Michigan Bar, and in 2000 was the Democratic nominee for the Michigan Supreme Court.  In 2009, Robinson was an appointed member of the Judicial Advisory Committee for the Eastern District of Michigan and from 1985 to 1989 she served on the Michigan State Building Authority. She also served as a member of the Michigan State Bar Representative Assembly.

Robinson earned a B.A. with High Distinction from the University of Michigan-Flint and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.

Buerkle served as the U.S. Representative of New York’s 25th Congressional District from 2011 to 2013.  During her time in Congress, Buerkle served as the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Health of the Veterans Affairs Committee; Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade of the Foreign Affairs Committee; and Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  She was also selected to serve as a United States Representative to the 66th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations from 2011 to 2012.

Previously, Buerkle served one term on the Syracuse, N.Y. Common Council and she was an Assistant Attorney General for the state of New York from 1997 to 2009. Earlier in her career, she practiced law in a private firm from 1994 to 1997. She began her career as a registered nurse at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

Buerkle received a B.S. from Le Moyne College and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.


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