Advocates for the Rule of Law at Home and Abroad

Vol. 15 No. 9

James R. Silkenat, a partner in the office of Sullivan & Worcester, is a director and vice president of the World Justice Project and a member of the ABA House of Delegates.

In recent years, the Rule of Law has become a very important topic for lawyers, government officials and civil society leaders of all types. The Rule of Law is at the center of numerous efforts to eradicate poverty, build economic prosperity, reduce corruption, promote peace, improve public health, and strengthen education. Given the ubiquity of the term and the priority it has with policy makers and pundits, what role can young American lawyers play in strengthening the Rule of Law in their own communities, or more broadly, in the world at large where the concept has such a pervasive effect? One important way for young lawyers to play such a role is through the World Justice Project (WJP).

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