Kenneth D. Ackerman

Washington, District of Columbia
Of Counsel at Olsson, Frank and Weeda
Phone: (202) 518-6379
Fax: (202) 234-3550

Mr. Ackerman is Of Counsel at Olsson, Frank and Weeda. He was born in Albany, New York and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University in 1973 and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976. He was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1976.

Before joining Olsson, Frank and Weeda, Mr. Ackerman was Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency (RMA) and Manager of its Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC). Mr. Ackerman also served as Counsel to two U.S. Senate Committees: the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (1988-1993) under then Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, and the Committee on Governmental Affairs (1975-1981) under Senator Charles H. Percy of Illinois, and held senior legal positions at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (1981-1988). Mr. Ackerman is also a prolific writer of historical biographies.

Areas of Practice:
Agriculture Risk Management

Bar Admissions:
District of Columbia, 1976

Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1976
Juris Doctor

Brown University, 1973
Bachelor of Arts

Published Works:
Young J. Edgar: Hoover, the Red Scare, and the Assault on Civil Liberties, 2007

Boss Tweed: The Corrupt Pol who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York

Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A. Garfield

The Gold Ring: Jim Fisk, Jay Gould, and Black Friday, 1869

Classes/Seminars Taught:
"Advanced Legislative Strategy," Part 1: "Strategies and Tactics in the Legislative Arena", TheCapitol.Net, 2007

"Advanced Legislative Strategy," Part 2: "The Appropriations-Money Process: How to Get an Earmark", TheCapitol.Net, 2007

"Another J. Edgar Hoover?", Los Angeles Times, June 14, 2007

“The Federal Regulatory Process Poster", TheCapitol.Net, 2007

"Mandated Research Database would Impair Copyrights and Health" (Co-authored with Richard L. Frank), Washington Legal Foundation, January 12, 2007

"If He Wanted a Stadium There Would Be One", Article on Boss Tweed, New York Times, 2005

"Generals as Candidates: Not Always Such a Winning Combination", Roll Call, October 27, 2003

"California in Context: Recall Opens Door to New Voters", Roll Call, September 23, 2003

"War Makes Political Havoc for Presidents and Challengers Alike", Roll Call, April 7, 2003

"Gephardt Could Buck History with Longer Primary Season", Roll Call, February 7, 2003

"History Shows That This Year's Senate Flip Isn't Really Unprecedented", Roll Call, June 21, 2001

"Looking to the Future", An Update on Then-Pending Agriculture Insurance Legislation, Professional Agent, 1996

"AgriFinance Interviews: Kenneth D. Ackerman", AgriFinance, the Journal of Agriculture Professionals, 1994

"Virginia's MONROE", Shipwreck Story, Skin Diver, 1993

"Incident on the Oregon", Tale of Deep Sea Diving in the 1880s, American Heritage of Invention & Technology (Division of American Heritage Intention and Technology), 1994

"1991 Futures Legislation: The Case For a Compromise on Jurisdiction", Commodities Law Letter, 1991

"How to Help Farmers Help Themselves" (Assisted CFTC Commissioner West), Farm Futures, 1986

"CFTC Faces the World" (Assisted CFTC Commissioner West), Futures and Options World, 1986

"One Gold Corner that Failed", Story of the Gould/Fisk 1869 Panic, Futures , 1986

"Takeovers, the Old-Fashioned Way", Jay Gould battles Corneleus Vanderbilt over the 1868 Erie Railway, Legal Times, 1986

"Ten Cautionary Rules for Institutional Investors" (Assisted Andrea Corcoran, CFTC Director of Trading and Markets), Intermarket, 1986

"Federal Regulation of Futures: Responses to Changing Times" (Co-authored with CFTC Chairman Susan Phillips), Journal of Commerce, 1985

"Success in the Long Run", Advice for Marathon Runners (Assisted Dr. Sheldon Konecke), Washington Post, November 1, 1984

"An Innocent's Journey through Sports Medicine", Real Reason Why I No Longer Run Marathons, Washington Weekly, 1984

"Ten Tips for Avoiding a Commodities Scam" (Assisted CFTC Commissioner West), AMTRAK Express, 1984

"Stock Index Futures: Don't Tinker With Success", Futures/ A National Journal Issues Book, 1984

"International Links: A Regulator's View" (Assisted CFTC Chairman Phillips), The Journal of Commerce, 1983

"Viable and Safe Markets- The Role of the CFTC" (Assisted CFTC Chairman Phillips), The National Journal, 1983

"Tax on Futures Trading/YES" (Assisted CFTC Chairman Phillip Johnson), Barrons, 1982

"SEC, CFTC Set Stage for Transformation of Markets", Legal Times of Washington, 1982

"Civil Service Reform: A Test of Congress' Responsibility" (Assisted Senator Charles H. Percy), Chicago Tribune, 1978

"Advise and Consent: A Reevaluation" (Assisted Senator Percy), Southern Illinois University Law Review, 1978


Goals for the Institute

Developing Countries:
To develop sustainable agricultural risk management programs for developing countries that result in economic stability and new sources of “risk capital” for their agriculture sectors.

Developed Countries:
To provide a training, succession planning, and “analytical research capability” environment for developed country governments and private companies engaged or expanding their work in agricultural risk management.

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