NEW YORK, March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO today announced that it has retained the services of Zachary W. Carter, Esq., to serve as Deputy Ethical Practices Counsel (EPC) under the ILA's Code of Ethics for the 65,000-member union. Mr. Carter will assist the Honorable Judge Milton Mollen, who has served as the ILA's EPC for nearly six years.
"The International Longshoremen's Association is proud to welcome Zachary W. Carter as Deputy Ethical Practices Counsel," said Richard P. Hughes, Jr., the ILA President. "We view Mr. Carter's appointment as both a way of further strengthening our union's Code of Ethics and insuring that, should Judge Mollen ever retire from this post, a smooth transition is assured by having an accomplished individual in place to assume leadership as our Ethical Practices Counsel."
ILA President Hughes also praised Mr. Carter's distinguished career in public service. Currently a partner and head of the New York Trial Department, co-chair of the White Collar Crime and Civil Fraud practice at Dorsey & Whitney, LLP, Mr. Carter served as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from 1993 to 1999. As U.S. Attorney for one of the largest federal districts in the United States, Mr. Carter's tenure was noted for numerous prosecutions of national significance.
The ILA's Code of Ethics and the position Ethical Practices Counsel were established by the ILA "for purposes of dealing with organized crime influences, corruption and enforcing provisions of the Code." In 2005, the ILA made the Code of Ethics a permanent part of its ILA Constitution and strengthened its reform efforts by also retaining an Appellate Officer who would hear and determine any appeals brought by the EPC or a union member from decisions of the ILA's Executive Council. Retired Federal Judge George C. Pratt has been serving as Appellate Officer since Nov. 2005.
"We in the ILA are serious about our responsibility to protecting members' rights and giving them a voice," said ILA President Hughes. "We believe bringing Zachary Carter aboard, with his impeccable record of public service and his outstanding knowledge of law, demonstrates this commitment to honesty and democracy in our ILA. Judge Mollen will not only have a capable legal colleague to assist him with his duties as the ILA's EPC, but will be able to confidently pass the EPC torch on to Mr. Carter when, and if, Judge Mollen decides to retire."
SOURCE International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO