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News Release: August 26, 2014


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Chairman Announces Appointment of Dawn Scholz as New Administrative Law Judge

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Cheryl LaFleur has announced the appointment of Judge Dawn E.B. Scholz as a FERC Administrative Law Judge.

Since September 2013, Judge Scholz has been an Administrative Law Judge with the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review at the Social Security Administration. Prior to that she was Deputy Associate General Counsel for General Law at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Judge Scholz had a decorated 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Colonel. She served three tours as a Staff Judge Advocate (General Counsel), culminating her military career as the Staff Judge Advocate for the Pacific Air Forces. Her assignments included serving as the Chief of the Air Force Environmental Law and Litigation Center at Headquarters Air Force and as a Senior Appellate Military Judge on the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals as well as a judge on the United States Court of Military Commission Review, the appellate court for the military commissions. Her awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

“Judge Scholz’s extensive legal background, including her nearly 11 years’ experience as a Social Security Administration administrative law judge and extensive service as an Air Force Staff Judge Advocate and Senior Appellate Military Judge, will serve the Commission and the public well,” Chairman LaFleur said. “I am very pleased that Judge Scholz has agreed to accept this position.”

Chief FERC Administrative Law Judge Curtis Wagner stated, “I am delighted to have Judge Scholz join our team. Her extensive trial experience, particularly with environmental issues, will be extremely helpful in dealing with the Commission’s complex cases.”

Judge Scholz is a 1987 graduate of the University Of Oklahoma School Of Law and received a Graduate Law Degree in Environmental Law from the George Washington University School of Law in 1994. Judge Scholz is a member of the Bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the Supreme Court of Oklahoma.

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