COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.-The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced today that Rana Dershowitz has been named General Counsel and Chief of Legal and Government Affairs. She had been serving in the post on an interim basis since May 2007. Dershowitz joined the USOC in April 2007 as Deputy General Counsel, and she was named Interim General Counsel a month later. In her role, she oversees the organization's legal and government affairs, and undertakes all necessary Board of Directors functions as corporate secretary. She also serves as the USOC's Ethics Officer in this capacity, coordinating with the USOC Ethics Committee established by the Board of Directors."Since assuming the role of General Counsel, Rana has been a tremendous asset to the USOC's executive team,"said Jim Scherr, USOC Chief Executive Officer."She has provided leadership for our entire organization, and we know she will continue to make an impact through her guidance."A highly respected sports and entertainment industry attorney, Dershowitz previously served as Vice President, and prior to that, Director, Legal and Business Affairs at Madison Square Garden, L.P., handling a broad range of legal and business matters for the NBA's New York Knicks, the NHL's New York Rangers, the WNBA's New York Liberty and Madison Square Garden's regional sports networks (MSG Network and FSN New York, now known as MSG Plus). Dershowitz has also worked as an associate in the Television and Film Group of the renowned New York entertainment law firm of Grubman, Indursky , Schindler, P.C. She began her legal career as an associate in the New York office of the international law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver , Jacobson where she focused on litigation matters in the areas of antitrust, commercial law disputes, employment law and intellectual property. Additionally, she has served as an Adjunct Professor of Sports Law at New York Law School. She is a cum laude graduate of Harvard College, where she earned Phi Beta Kappa honors, was the recipient of a John Harvard Scholarship, and was a four-year member and 1989-92 captain of the Harvard Varsity Ski Team. She received her law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. For more information, contact the USOC Communications Division at (719) 866-4529.