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Event | May 14, 2024 | 8:30 AM – 12:15 PM | Virtual & In-Person (Washington, DC)

Speaker Information

Anti-Corruption at Home and Abroad

In Order of Appearance

Additional Speakers fourthcoming.

Scott Carlson

ABA Associate Executive Director of the Center for Global Programs

Scott’s legal career spans over 30 years and includes over 20 years in the international development and rule of law fields. He began his work in rule of law in the early 1990s, as a pro bono Rule of Law Liaison for the ABA. In the years since, he has worked in both field-based and headquarters settings. Currently, he is Associate Executive Director of the ABA's Center of Global Programs, previously the Senior Director for Programs and Strategic Initiatives at ABA ROLI. In this capacity, he oversees the design, management, and evaluation of ABA ROLI’s complex international legal assistance programs. He brings experience working with a variety of donors and international organizations, including USAID, UN, European Union, ILAC, African Union, U.S. Department of State, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, and International IDEA.


Over the course of his career, Scott has worked on both the donor and implementer sides of international development. On the donor side, he has served as Senior Rule of Law Advisor for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) and Senior Rule of Law Advisor at the Rule of Law Center for Innovation at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). As an implementer, he has worked with various companies and organizations, including the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), New-Rule LLC, ABA, and Chemonics International.


When not doing international development, Scott practiced as a lawyer in the public and private sectors. In the public sector, he worked with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in the Honors Program, drafting regulations and rulings, as well as litigation at Tax Court. He also served in the Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP); he was a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow; and he worked as an Assistant General Counsel for the United States Sentencing Commission. In the private sector, he worked for a large international law firm in their European offices. Each of these engagements in the practice of law shaped and informed his understanding of rule of law.


Before recently rejoining ABA, Scott served in ABA’s Washington Offices, as the Director for Central and Eastern Europe and Judicial Reform from 1999-2003. He designed and managed multiple international legal reform programs and supervised over 80 employees in offices across Eastern Europe. He also led the implementation of ABA ROLI’s first assessment tool, the Judicial Reform Index. Scott has published regularly on rule of law, human rights, anti-corruption, and other legal fields.


Scott holds a B.A. degree in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a J.D. from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University. He speaks Albanian and French.

Justice Stephen Breyer

ABA ROLI’s Board Chair and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S. from 1994 to 2022

Hon. Stephen Breyer was born in San Francisco, California, August 15, 1938. He married Joanna Hare in 1967, and has three children—Chloe, Nell, and Michael. He received an A.B. from Stanford University, a B.A. from Magdalen College, Oxford, and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School. He served as a law clerk to Justice Arthur Goldberg of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1964 Term; as a Special Assistant to the Assistant U.S. Attorney General for Antitrust, 1965–1967; as an Assistant Special Prosecutor of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, 1973; as Special Counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, 1974–1975; and as Chief Counsel of the committee, 1979–1980. He was an Assistant Professor, Professor of Law, and Lecturer at Harvard Law School, 1967–1994; a Professor at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, 1977–1980; and a Visiting Professor at the College of Law, Sydney, Australia and at the University of Rome. From 1980–1990, he served as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and as its Chief Judge, 1990–1994. He also served as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, 1990–1994; and of the United States Sentencing Commission, 1985–1989. President Clinton nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat August 3, 1994. He retired in 2022.

Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD | Introductions

GWU Law Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law

Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD, is the Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. A leader in public health and civil rights law who focuses on disparities in health, health care, and the social determinants of health, Dean Matthew joined GW Law in 2020. She is the author of the bestselling book Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care and the newly released Just Health: Treating Structural Racism to Heal America.


Dean Matthew previously served on the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was Co-Founder and Inaugural Director of The Equity Center, a transdisciplinary research center that seeks to build better relationships between UVA and the Charlottesville community through community engaged scholarship that tangibly redresses racial and socioeconomic inequality.

Lemarque Campbell | Moderator

Sr. Technical Advisor, Anti-Corruption, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative

Lemarque Campbell is an international lawyer and anti-corruption specialist. He has extensive experience advising governments, international organizations, private entities and civil society organizations on laws and policies that address: international anti-bribery, corruption and fraud; transparency and accountability; governance, risk, integrity and ethics; and private and public sector compliance.


Previously, Lemarque served as the Program Director for Anti-Corruption with the International Lawyers Project (ILP), where he led the organization’s global anti-bribery, corruption and media freedom efforts. He also led the accreditation process for Transparency International (TI) operations in The Bahamas. Additionally, he lived in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia for two years, where he worked as a legal analyst for TI Georgia, providing advice on various anti-corruption legislation. He also served as an anti-corruption consultant to numerous organizations, namely: the U.S. Department of State, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and TI-Secretariat.


Some of Lemarque’s notable anti-corruption publications include: Civil Society Report on the Implementation of Chapter II (Prevention) & Chapter V (Asset Recovery) of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in Cambodia; The Bahamas’s first Corruption Barometer Report, which is based on the TI Global Corruption Barometer series; a report on “People’s Experiences of Corruption: Implications for Business in South-East Asia”; and a chapter in a Commonwealth Secretariat publication on anti-corruption successes in the Commonwealth Caribbean.


Lemarque is admitted as a barrister to the Bar of England & Wales and as Counsel and Attorney to The Bahamas Bar. He holds an MA in Law from the University of Bristol, UK, and an MA in Anti-Corruption Studies from the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), Austria.

Jessica Tillipman | Moderator

Associate Dean for Government Procurement Law Studies, The George Washington University Law School

Jessica Tillipman is the Associate Dean for Government Procurement Law Studies and Government Contracts Advisory Council Distinguished Professorial Lecturer in Government Contracts Law, Practice & Policy and an internationally recognized expert in government procurement integrity and compliance issues. She teaches the law school's foundational government procurement law course, Formation of Government Contracts, and Anti-Corruption & Compliance, a course that focuses on anti-corruption, ethics, and compliance issues in government procurement.


Prior to joining GW Law, Dean Tillipman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lawrence S. Margolis of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and was an associate at Jenner & Block, where she specialized in Government Contracts and White Collar Criminal Defense.


Dean Tillipman served as Senior Editor of the “The FCPA Blog”—a leading Foreign Corrupt Practices Act resource on the internet. She has also published numerous articles that address legal and policy issues involving anti-corruption, government procurement, white-collar crime, and government ethics law.

Dean Tillipman is also a Senior Advisor to the American Bar Association, International Anti-Corruption Committee, a Faculty Advisor to the Public Contract Law Journal, and an Advisory Board member of The Government Contractor. She frequently organizes and presents at domestic and international government procurement and anti-corruption conferences and colloquia, and her legal commentary has been featured in numerous domestic and international media outlets.


Dean Tillipman is a member of the bars of the United States Court of Federal Claims, the state of Virginia, and the District of Columbia. She graduated cum laude from Miami University (Oxford, OH) in 2000 and obtained her JD, with honors, from the George Washington University Law School in 2003.

Claudia Escobar Mejía

Former Head of the Court of Appeals in Guatemala

Claudia Escobar is a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Due to threats and intimidation, the Guatemalan lawyer and former magistrate of the Court of Appeals relocated to the United States, where she works as the executive director of Be Just, an organization that promotes the rule of law by strengthening the institutions of the justice sector, supports anti-corruption initiatives, and respect for human rights.


Escobar received the Democracy Award in 2017 for her commitment to fighting impunity and corruption. In 2019, she was honored by the Harvard Women’s Law Association and Harvard Law in the exhibition “Women Inspiring Change” organized on the school’s 6th Annual International Women’s Day celebration.

Escobar is among a select group of academics in the Centennial Fellows Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. In 2015-16, while a fellow at Harvard University, she became the first Central American to be awarded a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her fellowship responsibilities at both institutions included lecturing, mentoring, and research. Likewise, she was selected by the National Endowment for Democracy to join the Reagan-Fascell Fellows Program (2016-17), where she promoted the importance of judicial independence as a tool to fight corruption.


In Guatemala, after her appointment as a Judicial Branch judge in 2007, Escobar served as Judge of the First Instance. Later she was designated as a magistrate in the Court of Appeals. When running for a second term, the head of the Guatemalan Congress conditioned her election upon an exchange for a judgment that would favor the political party and the vice president in government. For this reason, she resigned her position and denounced interference against judicial independence on the part of the legislative and executive powers. Consequently, the congressman received a 13-year prison sentence for bribery and influence peddling.


With other judges, Escobar founded the organization Judiciary Institute in 2009, and she also established the Association for the Promotion of Democratic Institutionality and Comprehensive Development for Central America (Asociación FIDDI)two organizations dedicated to promoting the rule of law in Latin America. She regularly contributes time and efforts to various civil society organizations in the defense of human rights and the promotion of the rule of law. In 2019, Escobar was elected as commissioner for the International Experts Commission against Corruption in Ecuador by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Government of Ecuador.


Escobar is an active member of the Anti-Corruption Advocacy Network (ACAN) in Washington, D.C., and the Academia Against Corruption in the Americas in Mexico. She lives in McLean, Virginia, with her husband and four of her six children.


She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Louisiana State University. She obtained her law degree at the Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala, and her PhD and master’s degrees in pluralistic law at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain.

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