Samuel Nugent

Country Director, Liberia

Mr. Nugent is a 1975 cum laude graduate of Temple University and a 1978 graduate of the University of Toledo, College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina. He began his professional career as an Assistant Attorney General working in the Civil Rights Section for Ohio Attorney General, William J. Brown. The remainder of his career includes 4 years as an Assistant Criminal Prosecutor; 2 years as Chief Prosecutor; and 23 years as Senior Civil Trial Attorney, all with the City of Toledo, Ohio. His municipal litigation duties involved the City’s most complex civil cases and, most often, related to the defense of public officials and employees against allegations of constitutional misconduct under Title 42 U.S.C Section 1983.

Thereafter, he functioned as General Counsel for 2 years at Lucas County’s largest agency, the Department of Job and Family Services and, subsequently, as Deputy County Attorney for Stafford County, Virginia, where he managed a significant planning and zoning caseload. 

He has practiced at all state and federal court levels including the United States Supreme Court.

More recently, he served for two and one-half years as a “Rule of Law” advisor to national and provincial government officials in Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, and Jalalabad, Afghanistan on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. Following this assignment, he served on behalf of the U.S. Department of State in Monrovia, Liberia as a Legal Advisor for government officials of the Republic of Liberia’s Ministry of Justice. In this capacity, he was instrumental in implementing plea bargaining as a component of Liberia’s criminal justice system.