The Securities and Exchange Commission may be taking a pounding from congressional Republicans, and its reputation still bears the scars of Bernie Madoff’s long-undetected Ponzi scheme, but the agency showed Thursday that it can attract highly credentialed talent.

The SEC named as deputy general counsel Anne K. Small, whose r?sum? includes an undergraduate degree with honors from Yale, a law degree with high honors from Harvard, the presidency of the Harvard Law Review (a position once held by President Obama), and perhaps the most prestigious career-booster for young lawyers, a clerkship at the U.S. Supreme Court, where she worked for Justice Stephen G. Breyer.

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