Attorney Consultant Resume

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Attorney Consultant Resume Sample

Attorney Consultant Resume Sample

SAMANTHA J. RILEY

20 Fairhill Road

Shaker Heights, OH 44118-4030

(216) 888-8888 (w)

(479) 777-7777 (h)

samantha_j_riley@hotmail.com

 

EDUCATION

 

YALE LAW SCHOOL, J.D., 1998

Charles G. Albom Prize for excellence in appellate advocacy

Yale Law Journal, Yale Journal of International Law

Teaching Assistant, Professors Daniel C. Esty and Harold Koh

 

BROWN UNIVERSITY, B.A., magna cum laude, 1994

Distinction in the History Major, National Merit Finalist

 

EXPERIENCE

 

SOROS FOUNDATION OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE 2001 to Present

Consultant. Advise OSI on a variety of democracy and human rights programs worldwide, with a

particular focus on the design, development and implementation of rule of law and human rights

litigation projects. Advise OSI on development of international justice initiatives. Developed a

human rights fellowship program in South Africa for Angolan and Mozambican law graduates.

 

U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT, BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY,

HUMAN RIGHTS & LABOR 2000 – 2001

Senior Advisor. Served as Senior Advisor to Assistant Secretaries of State for Democracy,

Human Rights & Labor Harold Hongju Koh and Lorne W. Craner. Advised the Assistant

Secretary on a wide variety of democracy, human rights and labor issues, with a particular focus

on war crimes and accountability, children’s rights, indigenous rights, domestic implementation

of international human rights law, and the use of economic sanctions to advance human rights.

Advised the Assistant Secretary on international legal dimensions of foreign policy proposals.

Developed and negotiated at the inter-agency level a major policy initiative to address human and

labor rights abuses in Burma. Represented the Assistant Secretary in interagency negotiations on

the International Criminal Court and the Sierra Leone Special Court. Negotiated the text of the

OAS Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a member of the U.S. delegation to the

OAS Working Group.

 

WILLIAMS & CONNOLLY, Washington, DC 1999 – 2000

Litigation Associate. Worked on President Clinton’s legal defense team, focusing on the State of

Arkansas disbarment proceedings. Defended law firm in wrongful imprisonment case involving

allegations of legal misconduct.

 

HON. MORRIS S. ARNOLD, EIGHTH CIRCUIT, Little Rock, Arkansas 1998 – 1999

Law Clerk.

 

LOWENSTEIN HUMAN RIGHTS CLINIC, Yale Law School 1997 – 1998

Student Director. Managed (with Professor Harold Hongju Koh and Rosa Ehrenreich) a staff of twenty in the planning and implementation of various human rights law projects in the U.S.

and abroad. Directed the preparation and management of the Clinic’s federal class action suit on

behalf of Bosnian victims against Radovan Karadzic. Led a student team in preparing a

comprehensive report on genocide and crimes against humanity for use by South Africa’s Truth

and Reconciliation Committee. Served as coordinator for human rights scholars across the U.S. in

the preparation of an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in Breard v. Greene.

BAKER & McKENZIE, Washington, DC 1994 – 1995

International Trade Specialist/Litigation Paralegal.

PUBLICATIONS

Common Law Courts in an Age of Equity Procedure: Redefining Appellate Review for the Mass

Tort Era, 80 NORTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW 527 (2002)

Mediating Norms and Identity: The Role of Transgovernmental Judicial Networks in Creating

and Enforcing International Law (manuscript)

 

SKILLS AND INTERESTS

Proficient in French. Working knowledge of Spanish. Interests include travel, classical

piano, and hiking.

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