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President Bush late Friday promoted R. Hewitt Pate to acting assistant attorney general for antitrust, replacing Charles James who leaves within a week to become general counsel at ChevronTexaco Corp. Pate has been a deputy assistant attorney general for antitrust at the Department of Justice. A former partner at Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Va., he has handled most of the antitrust division’s merger challenges, including the suit seeking to block EchoStar Communications Corp.’s acquisition of DirecTV. That litigation is pending before a federal judge in Washington. Pate also supervised the prosecution of SunGard Data Systems Inc.’s acquisition of the disaster recovery unit of Comdisco Inc., UAL Corp.’s merger with US Airways Group Inc., and The Mathworks Inc.’s licensing of a software suite from Wind River Systems Inc. He reviewed many of the controversial airline alliances and recommended that the Department of Transportation impose significant restrictions on an alliance between AMR Corp. and British Airways. Pate also has been involved in reviewing the various requests by the Baby Bells to offer long-distance service in states where they provide local service. Though he has given many speeches since taking office in July 2001, Pate has never released a text of his remarks. A 1987 graduate of the University of Virginia’s law school, Pate clerked for Supreme Court justices Anthony Kennedy and Lewis F. Powell Jr. The president must still select a permanent replacement for James, who departs Friday. Pate has strong ties to the Republican party and is considered a front-runner for the permanent appointment. He was one of two leading candidates for the acting position. The other was Deputy Assistant Attorney General Deborah Majoras, a former partner at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue who also was a top lieutenant to James. Attorney General John Ashcroft released a statement Friday evening saying that Majoras will remain at the Justice Department as the No. 2 official in the antitrust division. Copyright �2002 TDD, LLC. All rights reserved.

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