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Internet Commerce Association Expands Role of Interim General Counsel Zak Muscovitch

Earlier this month  I told you about the Internet Commerce Association's original General Counsel, Phil Corwin, leaving that role after 11 years on the job. Three days later we learned the opportunity Phil left for was a position as Policy Counsel for industry giant Verisign (the operator of the .com and .net registries). At that time the ICA also announced that veteran domain industry attorney and ICA Board Member Zak Muscovitch had agreed to take on Phil's duties on a temporary, volunteer basis. Today, the ICA announced the non-profit organization that fights to protect domain registrant's rights had persuaded Muscovitch to take on a larger role, serving as Interim General Counsel for six months in a paid part-time arrangement that will also allow him to continue his successful private practice. Zak will resign from his board position to take on his newly expanded duties.

Zak Muscovitch
ICA Interim General Counsel

Kamila Sekiewicz
ICA Executive Director

The reasoning behind this move was explained to ICA members in a letter sent out by Executive Director Kamila Sekiewicz today. She wrote, "With the departure of Phil Corwin, the General Counsel position is vacant for the first time in the 11-year history of the ICA. The Board intends to use the transition to a new General Counsel to determine how the position can be restructured to best support progress on ICA priorities, in particular the review of the UDRP commencing next year. The Board will use the next six-months to assess the skill set and experience required for the position going forward. The Board expects that the review of the General Counsel position will require discussion and experimentation to come up with the right balance and use of the ICA’s resources. At the conclusion of the interim term, the Board will determine how to fill this position on an indefinite and ongoing basis."

Kamila added, "Since the ICA has a full slate of pressing and time consuming matters to attend to immediately that requires the attention of a General Counsel and cannot be discharged in 

a very limited, voluntary capacity.  Zak has helped lead the ICA as a Board member and is highly experienced in the key policy matters before the ICA. The Board is grateful that he is able to step in immediately to provide a steady hand during this interim period. Please join us in welcoming Zak to his new interim role!"

(Posted November 21, 2017) 

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