On February 11, 2015, David Schwendiman, a 1976 graduate of the University of Utah College of Law, will discuss his work in Afghanistan in a lecture, “Establishing the Rule of Law in Afghanistan.” The 5:30 p.m. event, to be held in the Sutherland Moot Courtroom at the U of U S.J. Quinney College of Law, will be preceded by a 5:00 p.m. reception. The lecture is free and open to the public.
After four years in Afghanistan, Schwendiman is on his way to become Chief Prosecutor of the European Union’s Special Investigative Task Force on Kosovo. In Afghanistan, he was Director of Forward Operations for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) after spending three years as Justice Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
To emphasize the importance of what he has been doing (at least some of which he will be able to discuss), one can simply Google “SIGAR” and see some rather amazing developments over the past few months regarding reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, stories generated from the work of Dave’s team in the country.
SIGAR is the U.S. government’s oversight authority in reconstruction in Afghanistan. SIGAR teams are stationed at various locations throughout the country, including Kabul and Kandahar. Its teams promote economic development and other reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, and also work to deter fraud, waste and abuse related to U.S. funds allocated for reconstruction.
Previously, Mr. Schwendiman held various posts in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah, was a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Navy attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Schwendiman was also the U.S. Attorney General’s representative to three Olympic Games – Sydney in 2000; Salt Lake City in 2002; Athens in 2004 — and completed multiple assignments for the U.S. Department of Justice in Bahrain, Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In the words of Professor Wayne McCormack, “David Schwendiman takes on some of the most fascinating roles that a lawyer can play on the global stage.”
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