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Feb 20, 2015
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Salzburg Cutler Law Fellows Program

Two-day session in Washington DC looks at the role of law and public service Salzburg Global President Stephen Salyer opens the 2013 Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program

Over 40 of the USA’s top law students will convene on this weekend for the third seminar of the Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program being held in Washington, DC.

The two-day session, looking at the future of public and private international law, is being attended by students from ten of the top US law schools and will take place at the United States Institute of Peace and NYU Washington DC, with networking events at the Georgetown University Law Center and the Metropolitan Club.

The two-day seminar is designed to illuminate career options, allow participants to present and critique ideas, and build networks to assist in making career choices. The Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program annually convenes students nominated by their law schools along with prominent judges, practitioners, and professors for a highly interactive exploration of leading edge issues in international law.

The program, now it in its third year, is named after Lloyd N. Cutler, a Washington “Super Lawyer” as well as long-time Chairman of Salzburg Global Seminar. Lloyd Cutler (1917–2005) had a brilliant legal career. Founder of the Washington, D.C. law firm Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, and White House Counsel to two U.S. presidents, he fulfilled the calling of a public servant over his lifetime as he repeatedly accepted appointments in Democratic and Republican administrations and gave service to a vast array of charitable, educational, and legal organizations that he led and supported.

Cutler was also a long-time champion of Salzburg Global Seminar, serving as chair of its Board of Directors for a decade. Believing passionately in the role that law plays in nation building, and in the ability of the law and legal experts to contribute solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges, Cutler was able to bring to Salzburg high court judges from around the world. In addition, he was personally committed to ensuring that promising young international lawyers, academics, and jurists had access at Salzburg Global Seminar to a rich variety of judicial traditions, international legal institutions, and the international legal community at large. It is in this spirit that Salzburg Global developed the Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program.

This year’s session will again be chaired by Salzburg Global Fellow William Burke-White, Inaugural Director of the Perry World House, Deputy Dean and Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School.

The program will include lectures on “the right to be forgotten,” international investment and trade negotiations, and the role of the lawyer in public service.

John B. Bellinger III, Salzburg Global Fellow, former legal advisor to the US Department of State and National Security Council and now partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, will give the opening address, with a lecture also to be delivered by Salzburg Global board member and internationally renowned jurist Richard Goldstone, former chief Prosecutor of the UN International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

The Salzburg Cutler Fellows will also have opportunity to discuss their own research and opportunities for publication, as well as explore their personal goals and diverse avenues for law and public service with Michael Bahar, Staff Director and General Counsel to the Minority Staff of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and Navy JAG; former Deputy Legal Advisor to the White House; Alka Pradhan, Counterterrorism Counsel at Reprieve, US; Douglas Rutzen, President and CEO of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law; and Tom Wyler, Senior Advisor for Trade and Investment, Office of the Secretary at U.S. Department of Commerce.

Participating law schools at this year’s program are: New York University School of Law, Columbia Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Harvard Law School, Duke University School of Law, Stanford Law School, University of Chicago Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School; University of Virginia School of Law, and Yale Law School.