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The Vance Center thanks Sarah Baer for her Amazing Work at the Center during her Summer Internship                                                                                           

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 Some of the Vance Center staff and Sarah Baer, our Summer Intern
From left: Leire Larracoechea, Karina Benzaquen, Sarah Baer, and Maria Antonia Tigre
Photo Credit: Karina Benzaquen

 

The Vance Center hosted Sarah Baer as a Summer Intern. Sarah is a rising Junior at the University of Pennsylvania and is majoring in International Relations.

During her time at the Vance Center, she did an amazing job collaborating with all of our staff members in all three programs with great enthusiasm, efficiency, and a positive attitude always willing to give 100% to any project.

We wish her the best of luck and give her many thanks for the time she spent at the Vance Center!

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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Vance Center Committee Member Timothy Wilkins featured in NYTimes Article 

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Timothy Wilkins
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Vance Center Committee Member Timothy Wilkins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was featured this past weekend in the New York Times. The title of the piece is "The Disrupters:Making New York's Cultural Boards More Diverse".

To access the article please click here .

   

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The Vance Center Publishes Report on 2015 Summit 

The Vance Center has released a report on the 2015 Legal Summit of the Americas, which took place in December of last year.  It summarizes the panels and working group sessions and includes transcripts of key speeches at the Summit.

The report recounts conclusions that participants reached at the Summit, offering the Vance Center and its partner organizations in Latin America direction for their further work. 

To learn more about the report please read our latest E-Notes here

To access the full report please click here

   

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Morrison & Foerester Welcomes Committee Member Carrie H. Cohen as Partner

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Carrie H. Cohen
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Carrie H. Cohen has joined Morrison & Foerster’s Securities Litigation, Enforcement, and White-Collar Criminal Defense (SLEW) and Commercial Litigation and Trial Groups as a partner in New York. Carrie is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and most recently was the lead prosecutor in United States v. Sheldon Silver, securing the conviction of the long-time Speaker of the New York State Assembly on corruption and money laundering charges. Carrie’s sophisticated trial and investigatory experience adds bench strength to our robust East Coast litigation presence and white-collar criminal defense team.

Carrie also formerly served in the New York State Attorney General’s Office, first as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau and then as Chief of the Public Integrity Unit in the Criminal Division. At Morrison & Foerster, Carrie will represent financial institutions, corporations, and individuals in white-collar criminal investigations; internal investigations; regulatory enforcement proceedings; bribery and enterprise corruption matters; consumer, health care, procurement and tax fraud; and complex civil litigation.

Carrie can be reached at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or at (212) 468-8049

   

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Vance Center Releases Study on Haitian Nationality Law 

 

 

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The Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic issued a judgment on September 23rd, 2013, that effectively revoked the citizenship of as many as 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent, leaving them stateless.  The Court ordered the retroactive application of the measure to 1929 threatening three generations of Dominicans of Haitian descent with statelessness.  The Court argued that those affected by its decision are not rendered stateless because they can avail themselves of Haitian nationality through the automatic application of the ius sanguinis regime established by the Haitian Constitution. Prominent Haitian lawyers disagree. In this analysis, Vance Center Pro Bono lawyer, Me Jean Vandal, a distinguished Haitian jurist, discusses the Haitian legal regime on nationality and concludes that those affected by the Dominican Court’s decision would in fact be rendered stateless because they cannot avail themselves of Haitian nationality.

Read the French report here, Spanish and English will be released soon.

   

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Vance Center Releases two new videos

Vance Center Committee Members share the Center's Work

 

 

Fostering the Development of a Pro Bono Culture in Latin America