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International Law

Attorneys from US AID Visit Lewis & Clark Law

Date: 12:00pm PDT May 3, 2019 Location: McCarty Classroom Complex, Room 5

  • Matthew Cohen
  • Jun Jin

McCarty Classroom Complex, Room 5

Attorneys Matthew Cohen and Jun Jin from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of the General Counsel will give a talk at Lewis & Clark Law School.  They will provide an overview of operational and legal challenges involved in delivering humanitarian and development assistance abroad, and will also offer their perspectives on careers in international development. 

Among the topics they will address are:

  • The legal work of USAID.
  • The U.S. foreign assistance system, outlining the role of Congress, the larger Executive branch, and USAID.
  • Structure of the Office of the General Counsel and some of the work attorneys do for USAID, including a focus on the day-to-day things such as negotiating international agreements with host governments and other donors, structuring awards with partners, living and working in difficult environments, and the unique challenges of implementing in non-permissive environments, such as Afghanistan, Syria, and Venezuela.
  • Some of the ways the Agency is being transformed, with a particular focus on the Agency’s Journey to Self Reliance.
  • Careers in international law, and how these attorneys got to where they are.

Matt Cohen joined USAID’s Foreign Service in 2009 and currently serves as the Deputy General Counsel. Before assuming this position, he served four years as a Resident Legal Officer in Peru, supporting USAID missions in Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Peru. Prior to Peru, Mr. Cohen served four years as a Resident Legal Officer in Kenya, supporting USAID missions in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Jun Jin is the Acting Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Over his 14+ year career at USAID, Jun has served in various legal and non-legal capacities, including as the Acting General Counsel, the Assistant General Counsel for Acquisition and Assistance (GC/A&A), the West Africa Regional Legal Advisor to the U.S. Government’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and to the USAID Mission to Nigeria based in Abuja, Nigeria, the USAID Senior Development Advisor to the World Bank Group in the Office of the U.S. Executive Director, and Senior Counsel in GC/A&A. Jun is the U.S. Government’s lead representative to the Methodology for Assessing Procurement Systems (MAPS) Working Group.

Lunch will be served.  All Lewis & Clark students and faculty are welcome to attend. Location: Room 5

Registration for this event is now closed.

Event Contact

Ronna Craig