University of Chicago Law School graduate Jeffrey Peck (J.D. ’82) was among President Joe Biden’s twelve appointees to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council (USHMC). Established by Congress in 1980, the USHMC serves as the governing board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, working to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and raise awareness of antisemitism and genocide in the United States and worldwide.
In 1987, Peck served as special counsel to the 1987 Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Biden was the chair, for the nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court. From 1988 to 1992, Peck continued to work for Biden as general counsel and staff director. Peck also served as treasurer and vice chair of the Biden Foundation and as a volunteer senior advisor to the Biden Presidential Transition. Between 2007 and 2018, he was chairman of the government relations firm the Tiber Creek Group.
In an interview with The Maroon, Peck shared that his time at the Law School helped cultivate his analytic thinking, which has served him well in his career. “The University of Chicago, with its—as a student very painful, but over your career very helpful—focus on the Socratic method, [helps you] learn to question your own thinking and to question other people’s arguments.”
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