2125 Hamilton Ave.
San Jose, CA 95125
January 4, 2000
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580
RE: Advisory Committee on Online Access and Security-Nomination,
By this letter I wish to nominate Robert C. Chesnut to the Advisory
Committee on Online Access and Security of the Federal Trade Commission.
Mr. Chesnut is currently the Associate General Counsel of eBay Inc.
Mr. Chesnut's qualifications include more than eleven years as an
Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
During his tenure as an AUSA, Mr. Chesnut handled a number of espionage
prosecutions including the prosecutions of Aldrich Ames and Harold
Nicholson. Mr. Chesnut also prosecuted a number of computer and internet
related cases including cases of telecommunication and access fraud.
At eBay, Mr. Chesnut is responsible for all issues concerning site
access and security. You will find below the text of his most recent
I believe that Mr. Chesnut would add a great deal to the
deliberations of this Advisory Committee.
Associate General Counsel
Director of Law and Public Policy
Text of Mr. Chesnut's resume:
- HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Cambridge, MA J.D., cum laude, 1984.
Board of Student Advisers, Moot Court Chairman.
- UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, Charlottesville, VA B.A., with honors,
1981. Government Honors Program, Phi Beta Kappa.
- ASSOCIATE GENERAL COUNSEL, 1999-PRESENT, EBAY INC. Responsible for
all litigation matters and interaction with all levels of law
enforcement. Additional responsibilities include management of all
customer service escalations with regard to litigation and
- ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, 1988-1999, Eastern District of
VA Chief, Major Crimes Unit, supervising 20 attorneys and support
staff in major felony prosecutions. Handled espionage prosecutions
including Aldrich Ames and Harold Nicholson. Prosecuted complex
cases involving telecommunications fraud, compliance with government
regulations, bank fraud, computer and Internet related fraud, money
laundering, trademark infringement, and violent crime. Numerous
felony jury trials, motions, and appeals. Received Justice
Departments John Marshall Award for Litigation, highest litigation
award in the Justice Department. Awarded Intelligence Community Seal
- DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TRIAL ATTORNEY, 1985-88, Washington,
DC Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch. Handled constitutional
defense of numerous federal statutes and programs. Lead trial
attorney defending challenges to President Reagan's drug testing
plan, and statutory ban on commercial telephone pornography. Special
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of California, 1988.
- JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP, 1984-85, Eastern District of VA, Alexandria
Division Federal District Judge Richard L. Williams.
- ADJUNCT FACULTY MEMBER, 1991-Present, George Washington University
Teaching courses at Graduate School of Forensic Sciences in evidence
and moot court.
- BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 1993-Present, Northern Virginia Family Service
Serving on executive board of non-profit organization with $7
million annual budget and over 100 full time employees promoting
family structure through diverse services.
- PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS, 1994-Present, Sole Proprietorship Operating
creative art and commercial photography business, with clients
including singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter and Washington
Capitals hockey team.
- RUSSIAN JURY DELEGATION, 1993-94, U.S. Department of State Two
tours of Russia with federal and state judges to help Russia develop
its jury system.