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Experts Showcase Careers in International Law



What is it like to live and practice law overseas, work for a multinational corporation, or focus on international legal issues? Many law students dream of such a career. A CUA Law-sponsored speaker’s panel on March 15 offered up a group of experts to discuss what such a life is really like and how to achieve it.
The international career panel and networking reception was held at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and was organized by the Columbus School of Law’s Comparative and International Law Institute, the Office of Career and Professional and Development and the CUA Chapter of the International Law Students Association.
After opening remarks from Professor Marek Konarzewski, Minister Counselor, Science, Education & Technology Section, Embassy of the Republic of Poland; CUA Law Professor Rett R. Ludwikowski, director of the law school’s Comparative and International Law Institute and 2L Karri Allen, president of ILSA, it was the panelists turn to speak. They included:

Ashley Craig, Venable LLP – Craig advises clients on a host of domestic and international legislative,  
regulatory and policy matters. He counsels both U.S. and foreign interests on transactional matters, cross-border regulatory and policy concerns and advises clients on the new and emerging importance of homeland and transportation security initiatives. Craig also represents clients before foreign governments and international organizations, such as the European Commission, UK parliament and ministries, numerous ministries and offices of the People's Republic of China, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Customs Organization and the International Air Transport Association.
Maura Jeffords, Diageo – a 2001 graduate of the Columbus School of Law, Jeffords is currently director of international trade affairs at Diageo, the largest multinational beer, wine and spirits company in the world. Jeffords has also served as an international trade compliance analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce.  
Shelby Quast - a 1997 graduate of the Columbus School of Law who now serves as executive director at Partners for Gender Justice, and as director general at International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation USA.
Michael Surgalla, Jr – international coordinator for the domestic security section, U.S. Department of Justice. At DSS he has led bilateral law enforcement working groups with Mexico and China and participated in negotiations with Cuba on migration issues. His current focus is on both border security and gross violations of human rights and humanitarian law. Surgalla also teaches international criminal law at CUA’s Columbus School of Law.
The program’s closing remarks were offered by Veryl V. Miles, dean of the Columbus School of Law. Guests and speakers took advantage of the opportunity to mingle at a reception afterward.