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RECOGNIZING JASON EVERETT FOR HIS SERVICE TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 208
(Extensions of Remarks - January 03, 2019)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E1746-E1747] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING JASON EVERETT FOR HIS SERVICE TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE _____ HON. JERROLD NADLER of new york in the house of representatives Thursday, January 3, 2019 Mr. NADLER. Mr. Speaker, today, I rise, along with Hank Johnson, Chair of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet; and Sheila Jackson Lee, Chair of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations--to thank Jason Everett for nearly a decade of service to the House Judiciary Committee. Growing up in Alexandria, Virginia, Jason attended college at Duke University and law school at William and Mary, before returning to the Washington, D.C. area. He began his career on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Aide to Senator Barbara Boxer, and he later worked for Congressman Mel Watt as a Legislative Assistant covering Judiciary Committee issues. He joined the House Judiciary Committee in 2009 as a Counsel, working on intellectual property and other issues, and he later rose to become Chief Counsel of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, as well as a Deputy Chief Counsel of the Full Committee, overseeing the Intellectual Property and Crime Subcommittees. As Chief Counsel of the Intellectual Property Subcommittee, Jason was responsible for handling highly complex patent, copyright, trademark, and courts issues, among other matters. Many Members and staff relied heavily on his ability to explain, in a clear and understandable manner, the often complicated and highly technical matters that moved through his Subcommittee. He also deftly balanced his substantive expertise with a keen appreciation of the various stakeholders' interests in each issue, and an ability to find consensus among these sometimes divergent interests. Jason's efforts were vital to enacting significant reforms to the intellectual property ecosystem that will promote innovation and protect the creative community. For example, he worked tirelessly to pass the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which helps firms keep proprietary information--which, if disclosed, could be ruinous to them--from being made public. This legislation will save the American economy many billions of dollars, and preserve many thousands of jobs. Jason was also a critical player in the Committee's lengthy review of the Copyright laws, leading to passage of the Music Modernization Act, historic bipartisan legislation to reform the music licensing system. He spent countless hours working with a vast array of stakeholders to craft legislation that will better serve music creators and digital music providers, and ultimately consumers. He was also instrumental in passing legislation to promote greater diversity among patent holders, passing legislation to ensure that visually impaired individuals have access to published works, and developing hearings to oversee the implementation of the America Invents Act. [[Page E1747]] In each of these matters, Jason not only worked with various parties to achieve consensus, but he also worked closely with his Republican counterparts to find a bipartisan solution. Jason's cooperative spirit and excellent sense of humor helped pave the way for legislation that ultimately garnered near unanimous support. In addition to Jason's work on the Intellectual Property Subcommittee, as a Deputy Chief Counsel for the Full Committee, he also worked closely with his colleagues on the Crime Subcommittee. In this role, he helped navigate many thorny issues in pursuit of criminal justice reform, and his efforts paid off with passage of the First Step Act. He has also been involved in a range of other criminal justice issues, such as the Violence Against Women Act and gun safety. Jason is universally well-liked and respected among Democrats and Republicans, Members and staff, both on the Hill and off. His positive attitude and hard work will be greatly missed by everyone who worked with him, but we wish him all the best in his future endeavors, and we thank him for his service to the Judiciary Committee, to the Congress, and to the country. ____________________