For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law
206.685.9002

2008-11-10

Alumna Crucial to Iraq Rule of Law Strategy Speaks at UW

Karen Hanrahan Karen J. Hanrahan, a 2000 graduate of the UW School of Law who designed the U.S. government's rule of law strategy and implementation plan for Iraq, will speak at the law school Monday, November 17 at 4 p.m. in William H. Gates Hall Room 133.

Her lecture will address the critical need for legal expertise and commitment to public service in US efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan and other unstable environments through a human rights lens. Hanrahan will talk about her experiences with the U.S. Department of State, as well as a Senior Rule of Law Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, where she designed the U.S. Government Rule of Law Strategy and implementation plan for Iraq.

Hanrahan has served as a Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Minister of Human Rights and as an Advisor on Human Rights and Transitional Justice for U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Iraq. She is currently the Vice President, International Peace and Stability at L-3 Communications, MPRI Strategy Division, which company provides national security, defense, and law enforcement customers within the US and abroad with professional services, specialized products, and integrated solutions for education, training, and operations.

Hanrahan's lecture is sponsored by the law school's William H. Gates Public Service Law Program.