Attorney General Fox Announces Former UM Law School Dean Ed Eck as Montana’s New Consumer Protection Chief

Attorney General Fox Announces Former UM Law School Dean Ed Eck as Montana’s New Consumer Protection Chief

Attorney General Tim Fox announced at a press conference this morning he has selected E. Edwin (Ed) Eck of Missoula to lead the Montana Department of Justice’s Office of Consumer Protection.  Mr. Eck will also serve as Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

Eck is a former dean of the University of Montana School of Law, where he was a professor for 32 years.  He taught courses concerning wills and trusts, including charitable trusts, and taxation, including the taxation of charitable gifts.  He is also a Uniform Law Commissioner and was on the drafting committee of the Uniform Trust Code, which the Montana Legislature adopted two years ago.  Eck chaired a 31-person committee of Montana trust officers and lawyers who proposed the Uniform Trust Code to the Legislature.

Eck also served in the part-time position of Trust Director of the Montana Mental Health Care Trust, and last summer, he was named as an interim trustee on the search committee for the newly created Montana Healthcare Foundation, which was formed by Attorney General Fox after the sale of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana.

Eck’s prior public service also includes a term on the IRS Oversight Board.  President George Bush nominated Eck, and, after confirmation by the U.S. Senate in 2008, Eck served until the completion of his 5-year term last year.

“Ed has accepted the challenge of leading our efforts to protect Montana’s consumers, and I am delighted to have him at the Department of Justice,” Attorney General Fox said. “His professional experience as an attorney, combined with his impeccable character and interest in serving his fellow Montanans, make Ed the ideal leader for our talented consumer protection team.”

“I’m excited to join the Montana Department of Justice, and look forward to building upon the great successes its Office of Consumer Protection has had,” Eck said.  He added, “I’m truly looking forward to this next chapter in my public service career.”

The Montana Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services recently relocated to a new centralized location at 555 Fuller Avenue.  The new location in downtown Helena is more visible and accessible to the public, and will allow the OCP team and Victim Services enough space to work in one location.

Attorney General Fox also thanked Matt Dale during this morning’s event for his work as OCP Interim Director over the past year.  Dale now returns to his previous duties as Executive Director of DOJ’s Office of Victim Services.

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