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Sylvester to introduce Iraqi Chief Justice at Arizona bar convention


June 11, 2012

 Dean Douglas Sylvester will introduce the Hon. Medhat al-Mahmoud, Chief Justice of Iraq and President of the Iraqi Higher Judicial Council, at an event during the State Bar of Arizona’s annual convention on Friday, June 22.

The justice will speak during a panel session entitled, “Rule of Law Reform in a World of Conflict.” Daniel Rothenberg, Executive Director of the College of Law’s Center for Law and Global Affairs, will moderate the panel, which also will include Tom Monaghan, a Nebraska judge who has led legal reform projects in Kosovo.

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Sylvester was named Dean in March 2012, having served previously as Interim Dean for 10 months. He formerly was Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development, and was responsible for building an environment that fostered faculty scholarship, organizing speaker series, mentoring junior faculty, and seeking innovative ways to increase the faculty’s visibility. Sylvester has published, taught and lectured on issues of intellectual property law and commercialization, international law, emerging technologies and privacy.