Annual International Law Gala Dinner

Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 6:30pm - 10:00am
Location: Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management

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Please join the International Legal Studies Program, The Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law and the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy for the 2013 International Law Gala Dinner at which we will honor distinguished alumna Lisa Helling (JD’80, U.S. Department of State) and feature a talk by human rights litigator Mr. Robert A. Swift, recipient of the Nanda Center’s Cox Price Human Rights Award.

DJILP Alumni Excellence Recipient
Lisa Helling currently serves as Executive Director of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. Prior to assuming this position, she was Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland from 2009-2012. From 2008-2009 she held the position of Deputy Director in the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Prior to her Washington assignment she was posted at the U.S. Consulate General in São Paulo, Brazil as Public Affairs Officer. Since joining the U.S. Information Agency in 1990, her assignments have included Cultural Center Director in Warsaw, Poland, Public Affairs Officer in Vilnius, Lithuania, Country Affairs Officer for Public Diplomacy for the Caucasus and Central Asia, and Press Attaché in Prague, Czech Republic. A native of Denver, Colorado, she holds a from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (JD’80), and a B.A., summa cum laude in foreign languages and literatures, also from the University of Denver (1977). Her foreign languages include Polish, Portuguese, Czech, Lithuanian and French.

Cox Price Human Rights Award Recipient
Robert Swift pioneered human rights litigation in the United States and the world through the litigation of high profile cases. He attended Haverford College and New York University Law School. He is a senior member of the Philadelphia law firm Kohn, Swift & Graf. His groundbreaking case against the deposed President of the Philippines, Ferdinand E. Marcos, on behalf of 10,000 victims of torture, summary execution and disappearance, was the first human rights class action. A jury in Hawaii eventually awarded the class almost $2 billion, and the court of appeals affirmed. He was a principal litigator and negotiator of class actions on behalf of Holocaust victims which resulted in $7.5 billion in settlements with Switzerland, Germany and Austria that benefitted 2 million people.

Reception begins promptly at 6:30pm at the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management followed by dinner and lecture at 7:15pm. Cocktail or business attire required. The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is committed to providing facilities that are accessible to persons with and without disabilities. We encourage persons with disabilities to contact Karlyn Shorb at 303-871-6655 for further information. The University of Denver is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university. To RSVP please visit our registration page at or contact Karlyn Shorb at

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