On the Cutting Edge - Introducing This Year's Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program




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Feb 19, 2019
by Allison Cowie
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On the Cutting Edge - Introducing This Year's Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program

Leading law students, faculty, and practitioners convene in Washington, DC, to build leadership skills and networks Students at the top of their game from 11 law schools will take part in this year’s Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program

More than 50 of the country’s top law students will gather together in Washington, DC, this weekend to discuss the current challenges and opportunities facing the international legal community.

In this seventh annual meeting of the Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program, held Feb. 21-23, the 2019 Cutler Fellows represent 11 law schools, 22 countries, and myriad interests in the international law and public service sectors.

Over the course of the weekend, Cutler Fellows will hear from leading figures in the international legal community, including Wendy Cutler, vice president of the Asia Society Policy Institute, who will kick off the program on Friday morning with an armchair discussion on “Asia and the Future of Trade: What’s at Stake?” She will be joined by Cutler Fellows program chair Mark Wu, Henry L. Stimson professor of law at Harvard Law School.

Later that day, former White House counsels Kathy Ruemmler and Ambassador C. Boyden Gray, who served in the Barack Obama and George H. W. Bush administrations, respectively, will discuss the role of the legal counsel within the executive branch. They will be joined on stage by John B. Bellinger, III, former US legal adviser and current partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, over dinner sponsored by Bellinger’s firm.

Friday’s program will open at the United States Institute of Peace. With the guidance of faculty advisors from each of the participating law schools, the Cutler Fellows will workshop research papers tackling issues such as human rights, trade and sustainable development, space law, corporate accountability and international arbitration. As in the past, Cutler Fellows come from the top 11 law schools in the country: Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Michigan, New York University, Penn, Stanford, the University of Virginia, and Yale.

On Saturday, Fellows will participate in a knowledge café with mentors from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, New Markets Lab, the US Department of State, and Coptic Orphans. Two mentors, Sara Salama and Thomas Weatherall, are Cutler Fellows from previous years; Katrin Kuhlmann, Gomiluk Otokwala, and Adejoke Babington-Ashaye are returning to the knowledge café after each serving as mentors in past Cutler Fellows programs.

The Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program is the flagship program of the Cutler Center for the Rule of Law, named for Lloyd N. Cutler, a Washington super-lawyer and counselor to two US presidents. Cutler, who also served as Chairman of the Board of Salzburg Global Seminar, firmly believed in mentoring young leaders to use the rule of law as a tool to make the world a better place. Cutler’s daughter, Judge Beverly Cutler of the Alaska Superior Court, will attend a portion of this year’s program.

The Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program is held under the auspices of the Lloyd N. Cutler Center for the Rule of Law. The annual program collaborates with eleven of the leading U.S. law schools. This year's program is being sponsored by Arnold & Porter LLP, and NYU Washington, DC, and contributors to the Lloyd N. Cutler Center for the Rule of Law.