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J. Scott Hommer joins the Political Science Alumni Board of Visitors

August 1, 2009

The department is pleased to announce that J. Scott Hommer has joined our Board of Visitors.

Scott Hommer is a partner with the firm Venable LLP in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.  He concentrates his practice in business counseling and litigation with an emphasis on technology companies and government contractors. He represents clients on issues including negotiating contracts, acquisitions, protecting intellectual property rights, and litigating successfully. Mr. Hommer also has significant experience in counseling clients who do business with the Federal, state and local governments and has represented clients on contract administration matters, contract claims and disputes, bid protests, contract terminations, teaming agreements, conflict of interest issues, intellectual property rights issues, government socio-economic programs, and small business matters.

Mr. Hommer is heavily involved in community service, and was nationally recognized when he received the "Distinguished Leadership Award" from the National Association for Community Leadership, and was locally recognized when he was named a "Community Champion" by Volunteer Fairfax. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award from Penn State's College of Liberal Arts and Department of Political Science, a recipient of Venable's Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award, and a 1991 graduate of the annual "Leadership Fairfax" program.  He is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), and he is serving in his fourth elected term as the General Counsel to NVTC. He is a member and participant in Leadership Fairfax, Inc. and the Metro Washington Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. Previously, Mr. Hommer was elected to be General Counsel to the Equal Footing Foundation, and he has served as a member of the NVTC's Senior Advisory Board.  He has also been the Chairman of Special Olympics of Fairfax County, a member of the board of directors of Ronald McDonald House of Northern Virginia, a member of the Advisory Board of Fairfax Futures, and President of the Volunteer Center of Fairfax County.

In 2001, Mr. Hommer was appointed to the Virginia Legislature's Advisory Committee on Virginia's Critical Infrastructure; in 2002, he was appointed to the Virginia Legislature's Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property; and in 2004 he was appointed to the Virginia Legislature's Advisory Committee on Integrated Government. In 2003, Virginia's Governor appointed Mr. Hommer to judge the Governor's Technology Awards.  Some of his other activities include the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, the Professional Services Council, and the National Contract Management Association. Through his involvement with the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Hommer was one of the first to work on developing a regional high-tech council, which is now known as the NVTC.

Prior to entering law school, Mr. Hommer served as a Legislative Assistant and Press/Media Aide to United States Congressman Bud Shuster (Pennsylvania, 9th District).

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