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Nate Rice, Class of ‘13, serves as guest editor of the ABA’s Section of International Law – Europe Committee’s June newsletter

The Europe Committee leadership personally mentored Nathan Rice while he was a law student member of the committee. His experience allowed him to gain publishing, editing and networking opportunities that will be invaluable as he begins his legal career.

Below is the article that appeared in the June 2013 Europe Committee newsletter:

Impressions of a First Section of International Law Seasonal Meeting

by Nathan Rice

The American Bar Association’s Section of International Law Spring Meeting is an excellent opportunity to network, learn, and meet with fellow lawyers from around the world. This year’s unique setting in Washington D.C. allowed attorneys, both experienced and newly sworn in, to discuss and expand the discourse on emerging international topics in a center of international law. I found this year’s meeting particularly interesting because it was my first Spring Meeting. I am a recent graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law, and the school was gracious enough to provide financial support for me to attend the meeting.

Southern Illinois University is a quality institution, located in a relatively rural part of the state. As a result, a weeklong trip to Washington D.C. is not an easy task on a student’s budget. Without my school’s support, this experience would not have been possible. I was looking forward to the Spring Meeting for a number of reasons, but primary was meeting my fellow members of the Europe Committee. I have been involved with the Europe Committee over the past year as the individual responsible for sending out the agendas for our monthly call and also helping to edit its hot topics newsletter. Through my discussions with Patrick Del Duca, one of the committee’s co-chairs, about attending the spring meeting, I became the guest editor for this special issue of the committee’s newsletter.

The welcoming nature of the Europe Committee was greater than I could have ever expected. I will admit that I was intimidated at first. After all, I was still a student. However, the Europe Committee membership was quick to incorporate me into activities, discussions, and networking opportunities that put me at ease. The meeting provided invaluable personal and professional experiences that helped me to network with attorneys from all over the world and taught me some of the realities of law practice that you simply cannot get from a classroom.

Special thanks are in order to a number of individuals who helped make this newsletter possible. First, thank you to Patrick Del Duca and Florian Jörg for trusting me to put this project together. Second, thank you to all of the volunteer reporters for their time and efforts to create articles. Third, thank you to the administration at SIU Law, for understanding the value of an international legal education, and finally, thank you to the Europe Committee membership for making the spring meeting a truly enjoyable experience.

I believe this newsletter is an accurate reflection of the spring meeting. It offers a variety of reports on the wide range of meetings, activities, and programs that took place in Washington D.C. I hope you enjoy reading the newsletter as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

If you have any questions for Nathan Rice regarding the Europe Committee or the Spring Meeting he can be reached at nate.rice2@siu.edu.

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