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Elizabeth Garrett, a top law professor and vice-president at the University of Southern California, was today appointed to the state's Fair Political Practices Commission.

Garrett, a vice president of budget at the USC Gould School of Law becomes the third new face to join the five-member FPPC this summer. 

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Garrett was selected by Secretary of State Debra Bowen. 

The series of new FPPC appointments began in early June, when  Lynn Montgomery, a former chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, was named a commissioner 

Attorney General Jerry Brown picked Montgomery, who was a political reform consultant and one-time FPPC media director earlier in her government career.

To read our report about that appointment, click here.

The second new face came a few weeks later, when  Orange law professor Ronald D. Rotunda, a Harvard Law School graduate, was appointed to the FPPC.

Rotunda was a pick made by state Controller John Chiang.

Rotunda teaches legal ethics and constitutional law at Chapman University, where he is the Doy and Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence.

To read our report about him,  click here.

Seats on the commission are part-time jobs, which do not require Senate confirmation. The job pays $100 per day plus travel expenses.

All three appointees will serve on the five-member commission until 2013.

Read more of Garrett's bio after the jump.

Photo courtesy of USC media relations 

Garrett is a co-director of the USC Caltech Center For the Study of Law and Politics and a professor of public interest law, political science and legal ethics.

Garrett has written and co-written extensively on campaign finance laws, courts and political parties, lobbying regulations, congressional procedures, the initiative process, and California's gubernatorial recall. 

She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and earned a doctorate at the University of Virginia and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.


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