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International Law

Alumnus elected Chair of the Board of the International Law Students Association

May 24, 2011

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Lewis & Clark’s long time Jessup Coach, Dagmar Butte, ’91 was recently elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Law Students Association (ILSA) after serving as a member of the Board since 2001. ILSA is a non-profit association of students and lawyers who are dedicated to the promotion of international law. ILSA provides students with opportunities to study, research, and network in the international legal arena and has member Chapters in most U.S. law schools and a large number of countries throughout the world. The organization’s activities include academic conferences such as co-sponsorship, with the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) of International Law Weekend held every October in New York City. ILSA also has several publications, manages the global coordination of international law student organizations, and the administration of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Dagmar’s goal for her tenure is to further advance what she sees as the core of ILSA’s mission statement, namely to encourage communication among students and lawyers from different parts of the world in an effort to promote international understanding and cooperation in general, and the advancement of legal education in particular. “ILSA is uniquely situated as a result of its globally distributed and deeply committed volunteer base to spread the message of international cooperation and understanding among those best equipped to hear and absorb it – young future lawyers whose opinions and attitudes are not yet set in stone.”