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Cutler Fellows Program Speakers Develop the Next Generation of "Superlawyers"
Two speakers of the eighth annual Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program, Judge Diane Wood and Luis AlmagroTwo speakers of the eighth annual Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program, Judge Diane Wood and Luis Almagro
Cutler Fellows Program Speakers Develop the Next Generation of "Superlawyers"
By: Soila Kenya 

The Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program is bridging the gap in mentorship between law students and industry professionals.

To Lloyd N. Cutler, mentorship was a matter of course. Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, said of Cutler, "Lloyd had an unusual ability to see potential in others and to help them develop talents they might not even know they had."

Often referred to as the last "superlawyer," Cutler was a co-founder of the Washington, DC law firm, Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, and White House Counsel to two US presidents. He was dedicated to the mission of ensuring promising young international lawyers, academics, and jurists were nurtured in their fields to make a positive impact in their communities.

Carrying on this legacy, the Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program continues to attract talented and experienced judges, lawyers, and members of the legal fraternity to provide insights and guidance to a yearly cohort of Cutler Fellows.

This year, from February 20 to 22, 56 law students from 14 top US law schools convened in Washington to discuss the utility of international law in finding solutions to the world's most urgent challenges.

Among the speakers was Judge Diane Wood, Chief United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for The Seventh Circuit. She gave a keynote address where she spoke, among other things, about Nadia Murad, a young Yazidi woman who was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018.

In 2014, Murad was captured by the Islamic State (ISIS). After escaping, she fled to Germany and founded an organization, Nadia’s Initiative, dedicated to "helping women and children victimized by genocide, mass atrocities, and human trafficking to heal and rebuild their lives and communities."

Judge Wood used the story of Murad to show international law transcends individual nations. "Law does not stop at the border of a nation…there are norms that bind all countries no matter what their political system, no matter what their internal policy preferences," she said.

Judge Wood has served on the Seventh Circuit since 1995 when she became only the second woman to serve on that court. She has taught at Georgetown University Law School, Cornell Law School, University of Chicago Law School, and has worked at the US State Department. She has also served in the private sector, practicing general antitrust and commercial litigation. In an interview with Salzburg Global, she revealed being a woman, and especially a mother in her profession has meant she has faced an uphill battle throughout her career.

"When I moved to the University of Chicago, which was in the middle of 1981, I was the first and only person on the law faculty ever to be someone's mother. When I started teaching, I had a 19-month old daughter and a two-week-old son, and [it was] very hard trying to get all of that balanced and keep up professionally the way I thought I should and have eventually a third child. So I had three children, the oldest of whom was four. It was pretty wild," she said.

Another speaker at this year's program was Luis Almagro, Secretary-General, Organization of American States (OAS). His speech to the Fellows centered around his vision of a true realization of human rights in the Americas.

His advice for young lawyers was simple, "My first advice always is to be good. That sounds maybe too elementary. But in fact, it makes a substantial difference of what you end up doing in life and how you deal with your profession and how you deal with the use of justice… And then, of course, to keep studying and keep learning. Knowledge is permanently evolving. And what you know today may not be like that tomorrow. And so you have to keep learning," he said.

He revealed his biggest inspiration is boxing legend Muhammad Ali. "He was a pacifist… He was stripped from his title because of his principles and values, and maybe he was not always a perfect person, but that is how persons are," he said.

John Bellinger III of Arnold & Porter and former U.S. Legal Adviser also spoke at this year’s Cutler Fellows Program and has been a long time speaker at the program. He spoke in conversation with Stephen Hadley, former U.S. National Security Advisor. Other prominent speakers to be featured in the program include Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer, World Bank; Mary DeRosa, former Deputy Assistant and Deputy Counsel to the President and Justice Richard Goldstone a former South African judge.

In his decade-long tenure as Chair of the Board of Directors at Salzburg Global, Cutler always ensured capable lawyers just starting had access at Salzburg Global to knowledge from a wide variety of judicial traditions, international legal institutions, and the international legal community at large. The Cutler Fellows program, which started in 2012, looks set to continue his mission in the years to come.


The Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program is held under the auspices of the Lloyd N. Cutler Center for the Rule of Law. The program is held in collaboration with fourteen of the leading US law schools. This year's program is being sponsored by Arnold & Porter LLP, B. Thomas Mansbach, a board member and the chair of the Cutler Center Advisory Board and NYU Washington, DC, and contributors to the Lloyd N. Cutler Center for the Rule of Law.

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Future Lawyers and Mentors Explore International Legal Challenges in Washington
Eighth cohort of Cutler Fellows and faculty representatives meet in Washington, DC.
Future Lawyers and Mentors Explore International Legal Challenges in Washington
By: Carla Zahra 

Salzburg Cutler Fellows discuss how international law and legal systems can tackle challenges ranging from human rights to climate change and global economic issues

WASHINGTON, DC – Students from 14 top law schools across the United States met in Washington, DC to explore the future of public and private international law at the eighth annual Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program

The two-day program (February 20-22, 2020) saw top law students engage with prominent legal professionals, public servants, and leaders in the fields of international law and public service. 

Speakers this year included Judge Diane P. Wood, Chief United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for The Seventh Circuit; Luis Almagro, Secretary General, Organization of American States (OAS); John B. Bellinger, III, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP and former Legal Adviser to the US Department of State and National Security Council; and Stephen J. Hadley, Principal of RiceHadleyGates LLC, former United States National Security Advisor. 

While all studying in the US, the 56 students of the eighth cohort of Cutler Fellows represented 13 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Kenya, Nepal, and the Republic of Korea, as well as the USA. 

Of the 14 law schools taking part in the program, Cornell, Northwestern, and UC Berkeley were welcomed to the program for the first time. These schools joined the law schools of Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Michigan, New York University, Penn, Stanford, the University of Virginia, and Yale, which had taken part in previous iterations of the program since 2012.

During this year’s program opening at the United States Institute of Peace, Judge Wood spoke about the importance of international legal institutions, drawing on her experiences presiding over cases with international ramifications as a U.S. Appellate Chief Judge. “As Voltaire said, ‘If God didn’t exist, we would have to invent him.’ I would say if international law didn’t exist, we would be inventing it right now,” Judge Wood said.

On Friday evening, Bellinger discussed war powers with Hadley, reflecting on the evolution of Congress’ war-making authority since the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, as well as the current War Powers Resolution in the US Senate following the recent strike on Iranian General Qassem Suleimani. The next morning, at New York University’s Washington campus, Almagro spoke about the conventions underpinning international human rights laws and the role of the OAS in upholding them. 

In addition, Fellows received individual critique on their student papers from faculty of the participating law schools, as well as further advice on how to seek publication in journals. This year’s papers covered diverse topics, ranging from domestic violence, to LGBTQ rights activism, to international environment criminal law and investment and sovereign lending in Africa.

In the program’s Knowledge Café, students discussed personal ambitions and potential career routes in international law with mentors from Third Way, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies,New Markets Lab, the International Monetary Fund and Covington & Burling

Speaking to this year’s participants, Stephen L. Salyer, President and CEO of Salzburg Global Seminar, said, “It has been a pleasure to see the hard work you have put in and the fast friendships you have made here, and we look forward to continuing these connections through our Cutler and Salzburg Global Fellowship.”


The Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program is held under the auspices of the Lloyd N. Cutler Center for the Rule of Law. The program is held in collaboration with fourteen of the leading US law schools. This year’s program was sponsored by Arnold & Porter LLP, B; Thomas Mansbach, a board member and the chair of the Cutler Center Advisory Board; and NYU Washington, DC, and contributors to the Lloyd N. Cutler Center for the Rule of Law.
 

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Lawyers for a Just Society – Top Law Students Meet for Annual Cutler Fellows Program
Lady Justice. Image: Pixabay/Sang Hyun ChoLady Justice. Image: Pixabay/Sang Hyun Cho
Lawyers for a Just Society – Top Law Students Meet for Annual Cutler Fellows Program
By: Soila Kenya 

Law students from 14 US Law Schools meet in Washington, DC, for three days to discuss the future of public and private international law.

Students from top US law schools will convene in Washington, DC this weekend to discuss the ways in which international law and legal systems can shape a more just society across borders.
These 56 participants will be the eighth cohort of the
Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program. Along with their accompanying professors, they will take part in a mixture of keynote talks, workshops and mentoring discussions.

Over the course of two days (February 20 to 22), the Cutler Fellows will be addressed by a high-level line-up of speakers from the legal community. These include Judge Diane P. Wood, Chief United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for The Seventh Circuit; Luis Almagro, Secretary General, Organization of American States (OAS); John B. Bellinger, III, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP and former Legal Adviser to the US Department of State and National Security Council; and Stephen J. Hadley, Principal of RiceHadleyGates LLC, former United States National Security Advisor.

They will also explore their personal goals and diverse avenues for law and public service with the help of mentors from the International Monetary Fund, New Markets Lab, Third Way, Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Covington & Burling.

Opening the program on the Friday evening, Bellinger and Hadley will discuss “War Powers.” The timely discussion will focus not only on the evolution of the war making authority of Congress and the Executive branch in the years since the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, but also on the recent strike on General Qassem Suleimani, and the current War Powers resolution in the US Senate.

This year’s program, which has 12 countries represented among the cohort, is the first to welcome Cornell Law, Northwestern Law and UC Berkeley Law to the Cutler Fellows Program. Other law schools represented among the cohort include: Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Michigan, New York University, Penn, Stanford, the University of Virginia, and Yale.

Mark Wu, Henry L. Stimson professor of law at Harvard Law School will be reprising his role as Program Chair, along with fellow Program Directors William Burke-White, professor of law at Penn Law School and Stephen L. Salyer, president and CEO of Salzburg Global Seminar.

The Fellows stand to gain a wide range of benefits from the program; they will receive perspectives on their research papers from renowned law faculty and peers, advice on how to successfully publish their research papers in international journals, career-shaping insights in both traditional and non-traditional pathways to international law as well as public service, and access to an expanding network of former and future Salzburg Cutler Fellows from around the world.

Lloyd N. Cutler, for whom the program is named, deeply believed 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. Having served as White House Counsel for two presidents and as Chairman of the Board of Salzburg Global Seminar, he also championed for the early identification and mentoring of young leaders with a yearning to make the world a better place through law and the rule of law.


The Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program is held under the auspices of the Lloyd N. Cutler Center for the Rule of Law. The program is held in collaboration with fourteen of the leading US law schools. This year’s program is being sponsored by Arnold & Porter LLP, B. Thomas Mansbach, a board member and the chair of the Cutler Center Advisory Board and NYU Washington, DC, and contributors to the Lloyd N. Cutler Center for the Rule of Law.

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From the Archives - Justice Stephen Breyer Reflects on the "Modern Great American" Lloyd Cutler
Lloyd N. Cutler (1917–2005), considered by some as the last “superlawyer,” was a long-time champion of Salzburg Global SeminarLloyd N. Cutler (1917–2005), considered by some as the last “superlawyer,” was a long-time champion of Salzburg Global Seminar
From the Archives - Justice Stephen Breyer Reflects on the "Modern Great American" Lloyd Cutler
By: Stephen Breyer 

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States pays tribute to Cutler

Lloyd N. Cutler (1917–2005), considered by some as the last “superlawyer,” was 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, Lloyd Cutler was able to attract to Salzburg Global 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 to a rich variety of judicial traditions, international legal institutions and the international legal community at large.

Today, Salzburg Global remembers him not only for his intellectual brilliance, but for his commitment to advancing respect for the law as a tool for resolving the tough issues of our times.

Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, gave an address at the Memorial Service for Lloyd Cutler. We have published this address below.

I once said to Lloyd Cutler that he was not Herschel Bernardi. But who is Herschel Bernardi? That’s the point. Herschel Bernardi was a comedian who said that a career has four stages. Stage One: Who is Herschel Bernardi? Stage Two: Get me Herschel Bernardi. Stage Three: Get me someone like Herschel Bernardi. Stage Four: Who is Herschel Bernardi?

Lloyd’s Stage One ended, and Stage Two began, during World War II, when an intelligence expert, a friend of Lloyd’s, announced, “We need Cutler.” And off went Cutler to become a top code-breaker.

Lloyd’s brush with Stage Three was brief. President Clinton, after beginning to say, “Get me someone like Lloyd Cutler,” caught himself, said, “Get me Lloyd Cutler,” and persuaded Lloyd to become the only lawyer to undertake two separate tours of duty, serving President Carter and President Clinton, as White House Counsel.

As for Stage Four, it never happened.

Lloyd, my friend, my guide, my mentor… so many of us have silently spoken those words. Lloyd had an unusual ability to see potential in others and to help them develop talents they might not even know they had. Forty years ago I first heard about Lloyd Cutler from Don Turner, law professor, economist, Justice Department official. Lloyd had realized that Don, were he chief of the anti-trust division, could help reform anti-trust law, help it make economic sense. So Lloyd set to work; he encouraged Don; he talked to people; and, how typical, the appointment happened, and the law was reformed.

I recall Lloyd talking to young foreign civil rights leaders at Salzburg. The castle, the lake, the mountains, the restaurants, the music festival, all served as backdrop, not to the Sound of Music, but to hard work, teaching classes and the kind of exchanges that would eventually mean new constitutions, better law, in Eastern Europe and elsewhere. Whose fine hand did we see organizing those meetings, guiding and encouraging the participants? The hand of our modern Max Reinhardt, or as he was then known in Austria, Herr Graf Cutler.

Commitment to improving institutions was another Cutler trademark. Lloyd, an inveterate problem solver, would persuade each side to understand the other and would devise reasonable, often imaginative, solutions. The list includes Presidential rule-making, a better Special Prosecutor, Government continuity in times of terrorism. And it goes on and on.

Lloyd was a legal builder. With John Pickering, he created from scratch one of the country’s greatest law firms. More than that. Lloyd understood that government had to work well in a democracy. And he did something about it. Commissions, boards, Presidents (several) were all the beneficiaries of Lloyd’s creative energies and his sound judgment. Lloyd was practical; he was wise; he was effective; he was everywhere.

Lloyd loved to organize: a brief, legal arguments, government institutions, social events, and, I must admit, sometimes other people too. He wanted it (whatever “it” might be) to work and to work well. As for people, he was deeply devoted to his family, Louise, his children of whom he was so proud, and Polly whom he adored and who gave him so much support. He loved watching basketball, baseball, football, movies, with his friends. He wanted his friends to be friends. He created a network, committed, as Cutler was, to using their own abilities to help others.

Cicero tells us that “it is our duty to honor and revere those whose lives are conspicuous for conduct in keeping with their high ethical standards and who, as true patriots, have rendered… efficient service to their country.” That, Lloyd, is our duty to you.

We who love our country and work in its service will miss our friend, our mentor, our guide, our inspiration. We will miss him, but we have not lost him. He remains with us, giving us advice, reminding us to take others’ views into account, helping us to exercise sound judgment, inspiring us to look for ways to make a practical difference, showing us that Homes did not express a vain hope when he said, “I wanted to prove to my father that a lawyer can be a great man.”

To the new generation of young men and women, of lawyers, of those who revere our institutions, we say, draw near. Reflect upon a life that, in this 216th Year of the Republic, provides convincing evidence that a man can have family, success, the highest of standards, all the while making a difference for the better, in public life.

Look upon a life characterized by that spirit of public service that distinguished the law at its best. Contemplate our friend Lloyd Cutler, the lawyer-statesman, the good citizen, the ancient Roman republican, the modern great American.

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Wendy Cutler – Career Negotiator Analyzes the New Order in International Trade
Wendy Cutler and Mark Wu open the seventh Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program in Washington, D.C.Wendy Cutler and Mark Wu open the seventh Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program in Washington, D.C.
Wendy Cutler – Career Negotiator Analyzes the New Order in International Trade
By: Dani Karnoff 

Vice president of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former US trade representative speaks at the seventh annual Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program

Speaking to 53 law students at the Salzburg Cutler* Fellows Program at the United States Institute of Peace last month, Wendy Cutler, vice president of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former acting deputy United States trade representative, provided insight into current challenges facing international trade negotiations.

As a trade negotiator through the Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr. and Obama administrations, the former career diplomat emphasized how the role of the US in the global trade arena has changed dramatically since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Toward the end of her three-decade-long government service, she had helped lead negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But following the US’ shift to an “America First” international trade policy, Cutler told participants that countries around the world have since had to learn to work together – without the US – to successfully implement such wide-ranging multilateral trade deals.

While international legal frameworks put in place since World War II have fostered the flow of ideas, goods and services around the world, those times are now behind us, she lamented. “The international rules-based trade system set up by the World Trade Organization worked for a long time,” Cutler said, “yet the idea that the United States hadn’t been benefitting from these international trade agreements is an issue that has been building up for many years.”

Cutler posited that on the domestic side, trade agreements serve as a scapegoat for economic anxiety in the United States. Though approximately
80% of job loss in the manufacturing sector can be attributed to technological innovation, she said, trade deals are nonetheless the primary target.

Cutler’s remarks, alongside those of program chair Mark Wu of Harvard University, opened the seventh annual Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program, which gathered students representing 22 countries – including Australia, China, Germany, Haiti, India, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, among others – in Washington, DC to discuss the future of public and private international law.

Since its founding in 2012, the Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program has carried forward Washington “super lawyer” Lloyd N. Cutler’s legacy and continues to empower rising legal professionals from around the world. Lloyd Cutler was a long-time champion and former chairman of Salzburg Global Seminar. He believed passionately in the role 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.

Wendy Cutler offered first-hand insight into the role of legal professionals at the Office of the US Trade Representative, as well as key advice for young lawyers as they enter into the next phase of their careers. She stressed the shifting global landscape is unknown territory for trade negotiators and lawyers in the Office of the US Trade Representative under the Trump administration, yet as career professionals, these individuals continue to be well respected, regardless of diverging domestic and international opinions on the current government’s trade policy.

Cutler’s candid reflections paved the way for another successful Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program. In addition to Cutler and Wu, the Cutler Fellows engaged with other prominent public servants and legal professionals over the two-day program, broadening their professional networks and exploring new ways to forge careers in international law – whatever the future may hold.


*Wendy Cutler bears no relation to Lloyd N. Cutler, for whom the Cutler Fellows Program is named.

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 11 of the leading US law schools. This year’s program was sponsored by NYU Washington and Arnold & Porter. More information on the session is available here.

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Promising Lawyers Inspired to Unlock Their Potential
Participants and faculty of the seventh annual Salzburg Cutler Law Fellows ProgramParticipants and faculty of the seventh annual Salzburg Cutler Law Fellows Program
Promising Lawyers Inspired to Unlock Their Potential
By: Allison Cowie 

Cutler Fellows leave Washington encouraged to leverage the law to strengthen communities around the world

When Wendy Cutler would sit across the table the world’s top trade delegations, the former diplomat and negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative would rely on three critical traits to successfully broker deals and carry out the American trade agenda: her listening skills, her patience, and her resilience.

Addressing a room full of the country’s top international law students and faculty at the United States Institute of Peace on Friday, February 22, Cutler charged her audience with developing these skills to help them become more effective lawyers and negotiators.

“Listening is key,” Cutler said. “By listening, you can really deal through a drafting change and put your proposal forward. You also have to be patient - negotiating can take a long time,” she said, recalling late nights with little progress across the negotiating table from foreign trade delegations.

It was in times like these where she needed to balance standing firm and finding compromises. “You need to be resilient and figure out how to turn an impasse around. It’s like dating,” Cutler said, to chuckles in the audience. “It’s important to have a problem solver that is able to bring everyone back together, despite disagreements in trade negotiations.”

Cutler’s remarks opened the seventh annual Salzburg Cutler Law Fellows Program, which gathered students from 11 law schools and 22 countries in Washington, DC to discuss the future of international law and public service. Wendy Cutler bears no relation to Lloyd N. Cutler, for whom the Cutler Fellows Program is named.

Over two days, February 22-23, Cutler Fellows met with top lawyers, negotiators, and public servants. Speakers included Cutler, who now serves as vice president at the Asia Society Policy Institute; Ambassador C. Boyden Gray, White House counsel to George H. W. Bush; Kathy Ruemmler, White House counsel to Barack Obama; and John Bellinger, former U.S. legal adviser to the Department of State and the National Security Council.

In anticipation of the program, Fellows prepared substantial working papers on emerging questions in international law. Faculty advisors from each of the participating law schools - the University of Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Michigan, New York University, Penn, Stanford, the University of Virginia, and Yale - led Fellows through workshops to improve their papers for eventual publication in academic journals and SalzburgGlobal.org.

On Friday evening, Gray, Ruemmler, and Bellinger shared their perspectives on the role of the President’s legal counsel. Their conversation gave Fellows and guests an inside look at how the White House considers international law when making foreign and domestic decisions. Judge William Webster, the former FBI and CIA director, attended the Friday evening program and joined Bellinger and Fellows for dinner at the Army and Navy Club sponsored by Arnold & Porter LLP.

Fellows gathered on Saturday at NYU Washington, DC, where program chair Mark Wu and Cutler Fellows co-founder Bill Burke-White led a panel discussion on the intersection of international law and development work.

Katrin Kuhlmann, president and founder of New Markets Lab, lent the panel her legal expertise in trade and development. Kuhlmann emphasized the law’s power to operationalize trade as a tool for improving livelihoods and living standards in developing countries.

Adejoké Babington-Ashaye of the World Bank shared her stories of prioritizing human rights in development work. In working with truth and reconciliation committees after the Lord’s Resistance Army’s takeover of northern Uganda, she would meet with witnesses and victims, many of whom were telling their stories for the first time. As an investigator, she “gave people a chance to tell their stories of what happened to them.”

“The future of international criminal law is actually national,” said Babington-Ashaye. She added: “International development work is not going in and telling people what to do; there are rule of law issues everywhere, not only in developing countries. Rather, it’s working together in a manner that is respectful of national expertise.”

Later that day, students met in small groups with Kuhlmann, Babington-Ashaye, and three other mentors for candid career conversations. Two mentors, Thomas Weatherall from the U.S. Department of State and Sara Salama from Coptic Orphans, were former Cutler Fellows; they were joined by Gomiluk Otokwala of the International Monetary Fund as well as Babington-Ashaye and Kuhlmann.

Fellows came away from the program with a keen sense of this calling. “Being able to connect with so many people also interested in international law, as well as scholars and professionals, made me feel very inspired to keep at it,” one Fellow said.

“It has re-energized my interest in public service and international affairs,” another added. “My whole perspective changed on what it means to be an international lawyer.”

Established in 2012, the Salzburg Cutler Law Fellows Program honors the legacy of Lloyd N. Cutler, the Washington “superlawyer” and counsel to U.S. Presidents Carter and Clinton. 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.


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.

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On the Cutting Edge - Introducing This Year's Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program
Students at the top of their game from 11 law schools will take part in this year’s Salzburg Cutler Fellows ProgramStudents at the top of their game from 11 law schools will take part in this year’s Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program
On the Cutting Edge - Introducing This Year's Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program
By: Allison Cowie 

Leading law students, faculty, and practitioners convene in Washington, DC, to build leadership skills and networks

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.

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