Ira Shapiro, An international trade lawyer in Washington, D.C., held senior staff positions in the U.S. Senate and served as General Counsel and Ambassador in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative during the Clinton administration. The Last Great Senate reflects his passion for the Senate going back more than 40 years. President Clinton nominated Ira, and the Senate unanimously confirmed him, for the rank of Ambassador. Ira advised the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, wrote a major article contending that cigarettes should be treated as an exception to the normal trade rules, and addressed the delegates from more 150 nations in three different sessions.
Since 2003, Ira has been practicing international trade law in Washington, focusing principally on WTO disputes and issues relating to Japan. He has written and spoken extensively on trade issues, including co-authoring chapter on trade policy which appeared in the ”Agenda for the 44th President,” prepared by the Center for American Progress in 2008. He serves on the Board of Advisers of the Brandeis International Business School.