The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and Venable LLP Continue to Strengthen Partnership

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Three Attorneys Appointed Senior Fellows, Jamie Barnett Joins Senior Advisory Board

Washington, DC - August 26, 2015 - The Potomac Institute is pleased to announce its partnership with Venable LLP, one of the nation's leading regulatory and government issues law firms and the appointment of three firm attorneys, Lindsay Meyer, Paul Debolt, and Courtney Sullivan to be Senior Fellows of the Institute.


Ms. Meyer, Co-Managing Partner, leads Venable's International Trade Practice; Mr. Debolt, Partner, co-chairs the firm's Government Contracts Practice and Ms. Sullivan, Counsel, is a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Group. The partnership between Venable and the Potomac Institute allows for an open exchange with leaders in the legal arena of the regulatory process that possess decades of experience.

Additionally, Jamie Barnett, RDML USNR (Ret.), Potomac Institute Senior Fellow and Venable Partner, has joined the Senior Advisory Board of the Potomac Institute Regulatory Science and Engineering Center (RSEC).

The RSEC serves to study and influence the regulatory process by incorporating the best available science into its policy recommendations. The goal of the RSEC is to develop regulatory policy solutions that lead to the betterment of society.

RSEC is engaged in various in-depth studies of the rulemaking process across several federal agencies and is using the information gathered to develop a framework for understanding the "regulatory science" of how regulations are made and evaluating their efficacy.

In addition to these studies, the RSEC will provide thought leadership through future seminars on the regulatory process and look to its Venable senior advisors to provide legal perspective in these engaging discussions that will reveal details and analysis as to how the regulatory process is working. By bringing together individuals from the regulator, regulated, and legal sides of the regulatory process the RSEC will shed light on what regulatory science is and what the role of science in regulations should be.


The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit public policy research institute. The Institute identifies and aggressively shepherds discussion on key science and technology issues facing our society. From these discussions and forums, we develop meaningful science and technology policy options and ensure their implementation at the intersection of business and government.

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