SJI Monday: The Life of a Washington Lawyer

Monday, April 10th, 2017 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 546
Apr 10
Monday, April 10th, 2017 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 546

Working in law in Washington, DC is different than pursuing a law career in other cities, especially as many attorneys spend time both in and out of government. Our guest speaker, Zaid A. Zaid '07 -- most recently Special Assistant to the President and Associate White House Counsel in the Obama Administration -- will talk about his career path, his experiences as a DC lawyer, and how his time at Columbia Law School prepared him for his current work.

Non-pizza lunch will be served. Hosted by SJI.

Zaid Zaid '07 Bio

Before joining the Obama Administration, Zaid was a senior associate in the investigations and criminal litigation group at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr (WilmerHale) in Washington, D.C. While at WilmerHale, he served as a grant reader for the Middle East Partnership Initiative at the U.S. Department of State, and as the Coordinator for the Columbia Law School in Washington, DC program.  Zaid joined WilmerHale after clerkships on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First and Second Circuits and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  He is member of the New York and Washington, D.C. bars.  Zaid graduated from Columbia Law School in 2007 as a Richard Paul Richman Fellow, where he was on the Editorial Board of the Columbia Law Review.  Prior to law school, he was a political officer in the Foreign Service.  He served in Baghdad, Iraq as the liaison between the Coalition Provisional Authority and the Iraqi Governing Council and at U.S. Embassy Baghdad.  He also served in New York at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, as Special Assistant to the Ambassador and as the U.S. Coordinator for the United Nations General Assembly; as Special Assistant to the Ambassador at U.S. Embassy Cairo; and he studied Arabic at the Foreign Service Institute in Tunis.  Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Zaid graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1999 and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1997, where he was a Pickering Fellow.  Zaid lives in Washington, D.C., with his husband Giles P. Herman and their sons Xavi and Rami.

A non-pizza lunch will be served. Hosted by SJI.