Three distinguished attorneys from the United States, spent the afternoon with JSW Law students and faculty, sharing their experiences in the practice of law, government service, and life.
Mr. Preston Scott is a Florida-based attorney with a long relationship with Bhutan. He noted that this was his fortieth visit to Bhutan; during earlier visits, he was instrumental in coordinating the 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which brought Bhutanese culture and crafts to the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Thomas Collier is the chief executive officer of The Pebble Partnership, an Alaska-based company devoted to environmentally responsible natural resource development. He previously served as a partner at the American law firm Steptoe & Johnson, and as Chief of Staff to Bruce Babbitt, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Bill Clinton.
Mr. Thomas Lankford is a partner at the U.S. law firm Lankford & Reed, concentrating in complex civil and criminal litigation. Among his most notable recent matters was a years-long representation of the U.S. diplomats and private citizens held hostage in the U.S. Embassy in Teheran during the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
The three speakers shared their observations on life in and outside of the practice of law, and enjoyed a lively exchange with students on the myriad ways dedicated lawyers can make an impact on their communities and societies.
“This was a delightful and energizing visit,” said Michael Peil, Vice Dean, who moderated the discussion. “We always remind our students that a legal education prepares you for so many different paths through life; these three distinguished gentlemen are living proof.”