University of Pittsburgh

Alumni International Lecture Series

In these lectures, alumni of various CILE programs come to tell current students about their own experiences with internships, finding jobs, developing their careers over time and the particular work that they do every day.



JD AlumnA Ginny Nagy (’06)
Friday April 1, 2011  Room 113  at 1:00
Nagy works for the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.  She will talk about international and public health career opportunities and her experiences in law school that helped prepare her for an international career.  Pizza and soda will be provided. Co-sponsored by the Centers for International Legal Education and Bioethics and Health Law.




JD Alumna Elizabeth Shackleford ('07)
Friday Aug. 28, 2009  1:00

From law school to a good firm to the U.S. Agency for International Devleopment, Elizabeth Shackleford has done important and excellent work, building on her internships, moots, and each job to create a very rewarding career.


JD Alumnus Jeffrey Konscol ('03)
Friday Sep. 18, 2009  1:00

Working with the Iraqi Law Alliance, Jeff Conscol provides legal advice and transactions for companies working to provide business and financial restructuring in Iraq.  Hear him tell how he made his way from Pitt Law to one of today's most critical jobs.



JD Alumnus James Stockstill ('05)
November 17, 2008

Working as an NGO Project Coordinator, a Human Rights Officer, a Legal Rights Monitor, and a Rule of Law Observer, James Stockstill has a breadth of knowledge about the injustices abounding in today's world and the many opportunities for law school graduates to help put things right.  Hear about his own experiences, his advice for developing your career path, and the backstories you won't otherwise know about employment in international organizations.


JD Alumnus Paul Amato ('93)
September 25, 2008

Paul Amato, served as the Rule of Law Officer and later the senior advisor for the 1st Iraqi Army Division Military Transition Team within Iraq's Anbar province. While with the transition team, he assisted in the development of the province's criminal court system and trained units of the Iraqi Army. As the Plans Officer of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Baghdad and Babil Provinces, Amato led military units on a variety of combat and civil-military operations.




JD Alumnus, Dennis Unkovic,
Meyer Unkovic, and Scott - November 9, 2006
A 1973 granduate of Pitt Law, Mr. Unkovic is a highly successful and experienced lawyer with particular expertise in creating business relationships between U.S. and foreign companies, promoting and structuring international involvements for U.S. companies working in foreign countries and foreign companies working here, and handling intellectual property and technology transfer law matters. He has written numerous books including The Trade Secrets Handbook.


JD Alumnus, Max Laun ('88),
Senior Counsel, Alcoa, Inc. - March 17, 2006
Mr. Laun joined Alcoa immediately after graduating from Pitt Law, and has risen through the ranks to become predominantly responsible for Alcoa's international work, including major transactions in Iceland and Russia. Before attending law school, Mr. Laun spent two years as a Fulbright Scholar in Romania. He continues to be actively involved in Center for International Legal Education activities.


JD Alumnus, Matthew Comstock (94),
Legal Cousnel, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission - February 3, 2006
After graduating from Pitt Law, Mr. Comstock completed an LL.M. degree at Pitt's partner school in Germany, the University of Augsburg. Since joining the Securities and Exchange Commission, he has remained active in Pitt Law activities, including visiting Kosovo to teach a course in Securities Law to students at the University of Pristina as a part of Pitt Law's partnership with that school.


J.D. Alumnus,Myles Getlan('95),
Arent Fox, D.C.- January 27, 2006

Mr. Getlan's practice focuses on international trade and investment matters, including counseling clients in the agriculture, metals, and wood products sectors on a variety of trade policy issues, and litigating trade and investment disputes before U.S. and foreign administrative agencies, U.S. courts, and international tribunals convened under the NAFTA and WTO. Mr. Getlan has extensive experience representing clients in U.S. and foreign trade remedy matters, including antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguards actions.

Prior to joining Miller & Chevalier, Mr. Getlan was an attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he advised the agency of its responsibilities under U.S. trade laws, defended U.S. determinations before NAFTA and WTO tribunals, and directed U.S. implementation of WTO decisions.
Mr. Getlan remains an active Pitt Law alumnus, regularly traveling to Pittsburgh to lecture to students on the practice of international law.




J.D. Alumnus,Ed Brown ('81)
Foreign Service Officer, Office of European Regional Affairs, U.S. Department of State - Nov. 11, 2005
Mr. Brown has been a Foreign Service Officer in the Department of State since 1987. Currently works on economic and trade issues concerning the European Union. He has served in Iceland, Burundi, the United Kingdom, and at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. He has also served as the U.S. representative on the U.N. Security Council Iraq Sanctions Committee, the committee that administered sanctions against Iraq, including the Oil-for-Food program.

Mr. Brown has been instrumental in encouraging and facilitating Pitt Law School participation in various projects and missions. During his term in Burundi, he was instrumental in enabling Professors Jules Lobel and John Burkoff to travel there and provide advice on Burundi's constitution. More recently, he invited Professor Burkoff to Iceland as part of the Embassy Speakers Program.


J.D. Alumnus, Corin Stone('98),
Deputy General Counsel, Office of the Director, National Intelligence - October 21, 2005
After serving as Counsel in the Office of the Legal Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, Ms. Stone was invited to act as Ambassador John Negroponte's legal advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. She has since joined Negroponte at the newly formed U.S. Department of National Intelligence.
While in Law School at Pitt, Ms. Stone participated in an internship at the Private International Law Conference in The Hague, Netherlands.


J.D. Alumnus, Nicole Breland('01)
Office of the Secretary of Defense Policy - October 10, 2005

Ms. Breland began her career with the Office of the Secretary of Defense-Policy OSD/P in May 2004, in the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA). Her portfolio included China-Taiwan policy, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and missile nonproliferation policy, and semiconductor manufacturing equipment (SME). Ms. Breland has now joined OASD(ISP) as Assistant for Nonproliferation Policy.

Prior to joining OSD/P, Ms. Breland served as a Foreign Affairs Specialist in the Office of Export Control Policy and Cooperation at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), U.S. Department of Energy, where she specialized in nuclear export controls and nonproliferation, regional nuclear nonproliferation export control policies, and technology security. Her broad range of experience and responsibilities included review of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Department of Commerce (DOC) export licenses, nuclear technology transfer policy, international onproliferation and export control cooperation in the Former Soviet Union (FSU) and Asia, homeland security, and high-risk property management. Ms. Breland began her government service as an NRC Honor Law Graduate, serving in the Litigation and Enforcement Division of the Office of General Counsel.

While in Law School at Pitt, Ms. Breland spent a semester studying and teaching a seminar at Pitt Law's partner school in Donetsk, Ukraine.

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