MOORE TRADE. James P. Moore, Jr., who is joining APCO Worldwide as senior counselor, broke into the world of Washington by sheer tenacity. After receiving his master's in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, he "knocked on 435 doors on the House side and 100 doors on the Senate side" before eventually landing a job with former Rep. William Ketchum, R-Calif., in the 1970s. The native of western Pennsylvania considered running for public office as a young man but gave up his political aspirations when his home state lost two congressional seats to redistricting in 1982. "My congressional district was all of a sudden out of the picture," he recalls. After working for several lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Moore served on the board of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and was eventually tapped by former Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige as deputy assistant secretary for trade information and analysis, "effectively the think tank that was responsible for the competitive position of the United States" in global trade, he said. He rose to assistant Commerce secretary and helped launch the Uruguay Round of trade talks, a precursor to the World Trade Organization. He also headed the delegation that brokered the last economic and trade agreement with the Soviet Union before its dissolution in 1991. Moore currently teaches at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. He is a respected observer of religion in America, and a series based on his work aired on public television in 2007.
MOVING TO ROME. Two former Hill staffers are moving to Blank Rome LLP after working together building the government relations practice at LeClairRyan. Weldon J. Rougeau will be "of counsel" in Blank Rome's government relations group and Singleton B. McAllister has been named a partner in the firm. Rougeau is a former counsel with Arent Fox and a former CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. A Louisiana native, Rougeau worked in the 1960s with Vernon Jordan at the Voter Education Project, an initiative launched by then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to register and mobilize black voters in the South. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Rougeau practiced law in Louisiana for a year. He moved to Washington as an aide to former Sen. J. Bennett Johnston, D-La., and later became chief of staff to former Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., a classmate at Harvard. McAllister, a former partner at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC, was previously senior counsel to the House Budget Committee and served as general counsel to the U.S. Agency for International Development during the Clinton administration.
This article appears in the June 26, 2010 edition of NJ Daily.