Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to Visit UF Levin College of Law Wednesday, March 26

Published: March 24th, 2008

Category: Feature, News

Madeleine AlbrightUniversity of Florida law students will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright when she visits the UF Levin College of Law at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, for a special event in 355B Holland Hall. She will discuss the state of the presidency and her new book, Memo To The President Elect: How We Can Restore America’s Reputation and Leadership.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and open to all UF Law students, faculty and staff. This event is closed to the general public due to space considerations.

Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 1997, she was named the first woman Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. She is expected to discuss topics such as the qualities and skills needed for the next president, the global challenges that the next president will face, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, peace negotiations in the Middle East, and restoring America’s reputation. Following her presentation at the law school, Albright will head to main campus to speak at the grand opening of the Graham Center for Public Service. The center—spearheaded by and named for former Gov. Bob Graham—will help provide students training to become future policymakers and political leaders.

Albright is visiting the Levin College of Law upon the invitation of UF Law Professor and Dean Emeritus Jon Mills (JD 72), director of the Center for Governmental Responsibility.

“Secretary Albright’s visit is an excellent opportunity for our students to learn from the experiences of someone who has been on the world stage as a long-time, major participant in solving the challenges of a global community. It is a great honor for our law school to host her,” Mills said.

Albright is a principal of The Albright Group LLC. She is the first Michael and Virginia Mortara Endowed Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project, and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. Albright co-chairs the UNDP’s Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Trustees for the Aspen Institute and the Board of Directors of the Center for a New American Security.

UF Law alumni Carol M. Browner and Janet R. Studley were instrumental in arranging the visit. Browner (UF Law JD 79) is a principal of The Albright Group LLC , a global strategy firm, former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a member of President Bill Clinton’s cabinet for eight years. Studley (UF Law JD 76) is a partner with Holland & Knight in Washington D.C. and past chair of Holland & Knight’s Government Law Section. Studley also served as chief counsel to the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Practices and Open Government of the United States Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, chaired by the late Senator Lawton Chiles.