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UNA-NCA: Careers in International Law
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As the world’s economies continue to globalize, international lawyers find themselves in a constantly changing and increasingly complex field. How do international lawyers stay ahead of the curve? Where do they work? Who are their clients and what types of cases do they work on? How do people enter the field of international law? This is an opportunity to ask an expert all of your questions and to receive advice on succeeding in this field.

When: 4/20/2013
5:00 PM
Where: Announced upon registration
Capitol Hill, Washington, District of Columbia 
United States
Contact: United Nations Association of the USA - National Capital Area

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Mr. David Sullivan, European and Eurasian Affairs, US Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser

David Sullivan currently serves as Assistant Legal Adviser for European and Eurasian Affairs in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser. Mr. Sullivan has served in the Office of the Legal Adviser in various capacities, as Assistant Legal Adviser for Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, and as Attorney-Adviser in the Office of United Nations Affairs. Mr. Sullivan also served as Deputy Legal Adviser in the National Security Council, in both the Bush and Obama administrations. Outside of government, Mr. Sullivan spent three years in the Geneva headquarters of the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, establishing its foundational legal structure and grant making framework. Mr. Sullivan also worked as an international trade and investment lawyer in the Washington, D.C. offices of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer and Murphy, and has taught international law at American University. Prior to his career in law Mr. Sullivan worked as a short and long-term consultant for the World Bank, primarily structuring loans to the countries of the former Soviet Union in the housing and banking sectors. Mr. Sullivan began his career on oil rigs on land and offshore in Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, and India, working for Schlumberger, International as an engineer. He holds a JD, Masters in Public Affairs, and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, all from the University of Texas at Austin.

Renee Dopplick, Senior Public Policy Analyst, Association for Computing Machinery US Public Policy Council

Renee currently works at ACM as a senior public policy analyst on computer and technology issues. She is co-chair of the International Energy and Natural Resources Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law.

She previously worked at the World Wildlife Fund on issues related to energy, endangered marine mammals, and international law. In 2010, she assisted WWF, the Deepwater Horizon Study Group, and other nonprofits with their submissions to the Presidential Oil Spill Commission. The Deepwater Horizon Study Group is a global expert group organized by the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management at the University of California, Berkeley.

She earned her J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. in May 2008 and received the Dean's Certificate for special and outstanding service to the university. She was president of the International Law Society, founder and president of the United Nations at Georgetown, and a student adviser to the Human Rights Institute. She won first place in the International Law Section of the California State Bar Student Writing Competition. During law school, she worked at the U.S. Institute of Peace in the Rule of Law Division.

Prior to law school, Renee managed software development projects for the government, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 clients in the telecommunications, financial services, and health sectors. She worked as a consultant with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In the private sector, she worked with Avaya, Ford Motor Company, Haights-Cross Publishing, Thomson, and, among others. She also has worked and volunteered with the Meridian International Center, the Institute of International Education (IIE), and Project C.U.R.E., an international aid organization providing medical relief to more than 100 countries. She developed and implemented professional training programs on youth empowerment and justice for the International Visitor Leadership Program, administered by the U.S. Department of State. During the Abuja Peace Talks on the North/South conflict in the Sudan, she worked at the Embassy of the Sudan in Washington, D.C.

She previously worked in Burundi (Peace Corps), Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas. She has traveled to more than 50 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, Central America, South America, and the Pacific Islands.