Catholic University law students and alumni who are interested in an international legal practice had the chance to hear from experts about what it’s like, as well as to meet other like-minded people, at a reception at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland on March 27.
“An International Career Panel and Networking Reception” was sponsored by the Columbus School of Law’s Comparative and International Law Institute (CILI), the Office of Career and Professional Development, the CUA Chapter of the International Law Students Association and the Polish Embassy.
The annual evening event seeks to promote the study of international law by offering students opportunities to discuss relevant topics of international law with professors and other professionals in an informal setting.
Established in 1985, CILI has forged strong ties to the government of Poland and its embassy in Washington through its administration of the International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Cracow, in operation since 1992.
Welcome remarks were offered by Professor Marek Konarzewski, Minister Counselor, Science, Education and Technology Section, Embassy of the Republic of Poland; and Catholic University law Professor Rett Ludwikowski, director of CILI.
The international career panel was moderated by Shelby Quast, visiting professor of law at the Catholic University of America. Quast is an alumna of the CILI institute and has more than a quarter-century of experience working internationally in a broad range of activities, including: business transactions; alternative dispute resolution; gender equality and justice; and justice and security sector reform.
Panelists included Andrew Solomon, director, security and justice practice, BlueLaw International; and Samuel Witten, counsel, Arnold & Porter.
An expert in justice and security sector reform, rule of law promotion and humanitarian affairs, Solomon currently leads an effort to support the U.S. Department of State in developing technical tools for assisting criminal justice reform in partner countries on the basis of international standards and practices.
Witten has an extensive background in international law, the development and implementation of corporate compliance programs, international dispute settlement, and international law enforcement cooperation.