Professor Henry H. Perritt, Jr., directs Chicago-Kent's Program in Financial Services Law. He served as Chicago-Kent's dean from 1997-2002 and was the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the Tenth District of Illinois in 2002. Throughout his academic career, Perritt has made it possible for groups of law and engineering students to work together in using the Internet to build a rule of law, promote the free press, assist in economic development, and provide refugee aid in the former Yugoslavia through "Project Bosnia" and "Operation Kosovo," and in building links with educational and governmental institutions in China and Mexico.
Professor Perritt is the author of more than 70 law review articles and 15 books on international relations and law, technology and law, and employment law, including the 730-page Law and the Information Superhighway. He served on President Clinton's Transition Team, working on telecommunications issues, and drafted principles for electronic dissemination of public information, which formed the core of the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments adopted by Congress in 1996. During the Ford administration, he served on the White House staff and as deputy under secretary of labor.
Professor Perritt served on the Computer Science and Telecommunications Policy Board of the National Research Council, and on a National Research Council committee on "Global Networks and Local Values." He was a member of the interprofessional team that evaluated the FBI's Carnivore system. He is a member of the bars of Virginia, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Illinois and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and of the Economic Club, is on the board of directors of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, and has served as secretary of the Section on Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association.
Professor Perritt earned his B.S. in engineering from MIT in 1966, a master's degree in management from MIT's Sloan School in 1970, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1975.