I could tell you exactly what I do as an enforcement attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), but then I’d have to kill you. Just kidding! Although I do get to flash a government badge like 24’s Agent Jack Bauer, I try to keep it a little more tame and friendly at the SEC’s offices in Fort Worth, Texas.
It’s really an honor for me to have this incredible opportunity this summer to work for such a prestigious organization charged with protecting the public from possible violations of the federal securities laws.
I am truly amazed by the long, accomplished history of this government entity. This Commission was created by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 in response to the Great Depression and the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Congress allows the SEC to levy civil enforcement actions against companies and individuals alleged to have committed fraud, provided false information, engaged in insider trading, or other violations of securities laws. This is a collaborative task – we also work closely with various criminal law enforcement agencies to ensure that justice is served.
So after having me reveal to you that I am privy to insider trading cases, I know what you’re wondering. Have I gotten a chance yet to meet the ravishing Martha Stewart? Unfortunately, no! But for whenever I do, I already have a couple of questions ready for her…1) How do I get this berry blue gum out of the seat of my khaki pants?…and 2) Do sour cherries REALLY make the best pie? Seriously, Martha, sour? Hmmm, perhaps it’ll be a complete culinary coup if I use turbinado sugar instead of that artificial, un-splendid Splenda nonsense…Martha, you are so clever!
Sorry y’all, thinking about Martha gets me off topic sometimes! But seriously, I wish I could tell you more about some of these cases that I’m working on. Unfortunately, my work is confidential so I can only give you some teasers. There are such exciting cases coming through our doors on a daily basis, and I feel like I have a leg up on the targets since I have both business and legal operational experience. I am especially fascinated with the cases involving Ponzi schemes and attempts to manipulate the markets with false or misleading information.
Before I came to work at the SEC, I had not thought of all the intricacies involved in navigating through this complex mandate of protecting the public while ensuring that markets are still as free as possible from overregulation. Fortunately, I have the privilege of working with some extraordinarily talented people at the SEC who can guide me in this tremendous process. I am in awe of their dedication to public service and feel inspired to learn more from them this summer.