Board Chair Stephen N. Zack kicked off the ABA Rule of Law Initiative’s (ABA ROLI’s) luncheon panel at the ABA Annual Meeting by recognizing the dozens of overseas visitors in the room. Lawyers, judges and bar association leaders from France, Vietnam, the Bahamas and other nations attended the event, along with scores of US attorneys. After opening remarks by ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III and ABA House of Delegates Chair Linda Klein, representatives from the private sector shared their firms’ approaches to strengthening the rule of law.
Ian McDougall, executive vice president and general counsel of LexisNexis, stressed the importance of leveraging an organization’s core skills in discussing LexisNexis South Africa’s work to consolidate and update laws in 14 countries across Africa. McDougall also spoke about LexisNexis’ focus on supporting global anti-human trafficking efforts. Among its programs, LexisNexis has launched a Human Trafficking Awareness Index, http://www.nexis.co.uk/humantrafficking.php, which measures global awareness of human trafficking.
Nancy Anderson, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Microsoft, spoke about the importance of supporting the global rule of law and emphasized her firm’s hand-on approach to tackling rule of law issues in emerging markets. In her presentation she shared Microsoft’s efforts to combat cybercrime and online child pornography, citing an ABA ROLI-Microsoft partnership to combat cyber crime in Ukraine.
Rebecca Collins, counsel with the ACE Group Limited and co-chair of the ACE Rule of Law Fund, discussed why ACE chose rule of law as its corporate social responsibility focus, and talked about how ACE lawyers and law firms have partnered to support a Mozambique conference of African chief justices and a juvenile justice law center in Pennsylvania, among other efforts.
The panelists’ remarks generated a robust question-and-answer session with internationals lawyers taking the lead in exploring the topic. Podcasts of the panelists’ remarks are available below.
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