|"The international and comparative law courses I took at William and Mary were the best part of my law school experience. The guidance I received from my professors, both in the classroom and on a personal level as mentors, gave me an understanding of how best to marry my legal education and desire to work internationally."|
Maryann Nolan (2007)
Senior Program Manager, East-West Management Institute
I knew at the beginning of college that I would apply for the Peace Corps after graduation. I left in July of 1999 to serve in the Youth and Families at Risk Program in Chone, Ecuador for two and a half years. After returning home and before entering William & Mary School of Law in the fall of 2004, I worked in both the public and private sectors, as an Intelligence Research Specialist for the Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network investigating money laundering schemes and terrorist financing operations, and as a Critical Infrastructure Protection Analyst as part of a contract with the Department of Navy Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, assisting in the development and publication of the Department of Navy’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Manual.
William and Mary Law School provided me with the opportunity to extend my international and work experience into the justice sector. During the summer after my 1L year, I studied EU Law and Politics in Madrid, Spain as part of William & Mary Law’s Study Abroad Program. In my second year of law school, I studied legal protection and human rights in the EU and post conflict justice resolution. During my internship with the Center for Human Rights and Environment in Cordoba, Argentina after my second year of law school, I drafted an environmental debt swap program and worked on the research and development of two chapters for a publication on international legislation and legal precedent relating to paper and pulp mills. As a third year law student, I had the opportunity to study non-profit law practice, human rights and Islamic law while I continued to delve deeper into post-conflict justice issues. After graduating from law school, I completed a Post Graduate Fellowship with International Bridges to Justice in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. As an International Bridges to Justice Fellow, I had the opportunity to visit clients in prisons in Phnom Penh and around the country and provide legal support to indigent clients.
After returning to the U.S., I took a position with the International Programs Division of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) as a Program Manager, working on a USAID project, the Kosovo Justice Support Program (KJSP). Working with NCSC gave me the opportunity to work on the KJSP project, where I learned more about rule of law and access to justice programs and their practical implementation. In addition, I contributed to justice sector development projects and human rights projects in Egypt, Japan, Korea, and Lebanon. I also had the opportunity to hone my research and writing skills by aiding in the development of proposals for projects in Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Liberia, Mexico, Pakistan, and Rwanda. I worked with Ministry of Justice officials from many countries, both in Washington, D.C. and while abroad, and guided the implementation of USAID and State Department projects.
I joined East-West Management Institute as a Senior Program Manager in May 2010, focusing on the implementation of USAID's Strengthening Ecuadorian Justice Project. Working on project start-up and implementation has been a great opportunity for me to exercise practical legal skills (for example application of US and foreign employment law and property law, and USAID Acquisition Regulations and Federal Acquisition Regulations) while working in the international development field. My work allows me to balance legal skills work with research and writing on rule of law, access to justice, and human rights issues, working with U.S. and foreign officials as well as international justice sector operators.