Newsletter of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice
February 2012
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The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice of the New York City Bar mobilizes the global legal profession to engage in activities that promote social justice, human rights and democratic values and principles. We perform our work in partnership with private- and public-sector lawyers, members of the judiciary, law schools, and nongovernmental
organizations (NGOs) in the regions where we work.



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Alexander Papachristou Named Executive Director of Vance Center        

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We are pleased to announce that Alexander Papachristou joined the Vance Center as executive director in January 2012. He is the former President of the Near East Foundation, a nonprofit organization implementing economic and social development projects in the Middle East and Africa. Prior to that, he was Managing Director and General Counsel of NCH Capital, an investment company operating in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.   Previously, he opened and headed White & Case's Moscow office. Earlier in his career, he also served as an associate at Clifford & Warnke in Washington, DC, as a policy assistant to New York's Governor Mario Cuomo, and as a law clerk to US District Judge Myron Thompson of Alabama. A graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School and Harvard Law School, Mr. Papachristou has also served on the boards of non-profit and educational institutions.



New Committee Members


The Vance Center welcomes five new committee members who have joined the board over the past several months: Robert Cusumano of ACE Limited; Marcia Maack, of Mayer Brown; David McCraw of the New York Times Company; Lorraine McGowan of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; and Marc Rossell of Chadbourne & Parke.

Women in the Legal Profession Roundtable: Colombia, March 13  


The Vance Center, in coordination with the Colombian Chamber of Legal Commerce and leading corporate law firms in Colombia, is co-hosting a program in Bogotá to address issues of concern to female attorneys including breaking gender barriers and strengthening the role of women in the law. Colombian lawyer Paula Samper, who served on the drafting committee for the Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas, and Vance Center Director of Latin America Programs Elise Colomer are spearheading the preparations.  The program will take place on March 13, timed to coincide with the Biennial International Bar Association Latin American Regional Forum Conference that is being held in Bogotá on March 14-16.  The program will begin with lunchtime visits by foreign delegates to Colombian law firms to discuss  issues of concern to female lawyers and to promote the participation of Colombian lawyers in the afternoon roundtable. The roundtable will take place from 3:00-5:30pm at Club El Nogal and will include the release of a report based on a survey conducted at Colombian law firms about the situation of women lawyers. A reception will follow the formal program. This roundtable is a successor to similar events held in Buenos Aires, Lima, Sao Paolo and Santiago. For more information about this event, contact Elise Colomer (ecolomer@ nycbar.org).

International Pro Bono Network Roundtable: Colombia, March 15
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The Vance Center, in coordination with Fundación Pro Bono Chile, is co-hosting a roundtable to engage lawyers in a discussion about the International Pro Bono Network (the "Network"). The program will take place in Bogotá, Colombia on March 15 at 8:30am at Club El Nogal during the Biennial IBA Latin American Regional Forum Conference.   The Network aims to strengthen human rights in the Americas by promoting the participation of pro bono lawyers in the Inter-American human rights system. It builds on the successful implementation of the Pro Bono Declaration for the Americas. For more information about the Network, visit www.ipbnetwork.org. For information about the March 15 program, contact Elise Colomer (ecolomer@ nycbar.org).