8:30am - 10:00am
This breakfast features accomplished professionals in law practice and academia, who will discuss their career paths and offer professional advice and insights for women interested in pursuing careers in international law. The panel presentations will be followed by small-group discussions and networking opportunities among the panelists and participants.
- Laura Black is currently an attorney in the Office of the Assistant General Counsel for International Affairs at the Department of the Treasury, where she works on a variety of international matters, including foreign investment and sovereign immunity issues. She previously served as Senior Advisor to the General Counsel of the Treaury Department, where she assisted the General Counsel in managing the work of the Department's lawyers and advised senior officials, particularly in matters relating to international affairs. She also was an attorney in Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, the office that administers economic sanctions, where she worked on the terrorism, Sudan, and North Korea sanctions programs. Prior to joining the Treasury Department, she was an attorney in the Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium ofices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she specialized in cross-border corporate and financial transactions. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Bucknell University.
- Kristine A. Huskey is a clinical professor of law and a Co-Director of the National Security Clinic, which she established in 2007 and served as the Director for two years, at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. She is also a fellow at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. She spent eight years as an attorney practicing international litigation and arbitration at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling in Washington, D.C. She has also taught international law at a number of local law schools: the International Human Rights Law Clinic at Washington College of Law, American University, Howard University School of Law, the International Human Rights Clinic at George Washington University School of Law, and Victoria University Law School in Wellington, New Zealand. As the former Director and current Co-Director of the National Security Clinic, she has worked and supervised students on national security and human rights cases and projects involving Guantanamo, the military commissions, Muslim charities, the right to privacy, the Patriot Act, illegal rendition, and the use of private security companies, such as Blackwater, in areas of international armed conflict.
Professor Huskey was featured as a “Woman to Watch” in Marie Claire magazine in December 2006 and was the subject of “Working Women” on ABC News. She has published several articles and is a contributing author to One of the Guys: Women as Aggressors and Torturers. Professor Huskey is also the author of the recently-published, Justice at Guantanamo: One Woman’s Odyssey and Her Crusade for Human Rights, a memoir about her journey from being a model in New York to representing suspected terrorists. She is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and Columbia University.
- Andrea Menaker is a partner in White & Case’s International Arbitration Group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where she specializes in investor-State and other international arbitration matters. Before joining White & Case, Ms. Menaker was Chief of the NAFTA Arbitration Division for the U.S. State Department where she was lead counsel for the United States in investor-State arbitrations arising under the investment chapter of the NAFTA. In her role, she also represented the United States in NAFTA investor-State arbitrations against Canada and Mexico, and participated in the drafting of investment and dispute resolution provisions in U.S. bilateral investment treaties and investment chapters of free trade agreements. Ms. Menaker served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where she taught international commercial arbitration, for several years. Prior to joining the State Department, Ms. Menaker was a law clerk for Judge Stein of the federal district court for the Southern District of New York, and an associate at Shearman & Sterling, LLP in New York. Ms. Menaker is a frequent speaker and publisher on international arbitration topics, and is co-chair of ASIL’s dispute resolution interest group, an advisory board member for the International Law Institute, a consultative forum member for the British Institute of International & Comparative Law, and a member of the Investment Experts Group for UNCTAD.
- Andrea J. Prasow is an attorney in the Office of the Chief Defense Counsel, Office of Military Commissions, United States Department of Defense. She served as Assistant Defense Counsel in United States v. Hamdan, the only contested trial by military commission under the Military Commissions Act. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Hon. B.A. 1999) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 2003). From 2003 to 2005 she was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York where she practiced general civil litigation and was involved in a variety of pro bono matters, including the representation of ten Saudi detainees at Guantanamo Bay in their habeas corpus proceedings in federal court. From 1999 to 2000 she was a Workplace Diversity Analyst for the University Health Network in Toronto during which time she investigated workplace harassment complaints and conducted training programs to educate employees about diversity as a business value. Ms. Prasow is a member of the bars of the State of New York and the District of Columbia and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Ms. Prasow lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.
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