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Thinking Beyond the State Department: International Work in the Federal Sector

October 4, 2022

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

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WCC; 2009 Classroom

Interested in international government work but not necessarily in serving as a Foreign Service Officer or Attorney for the State Department? Many lawyer roles at the Department of Justice, Department of Treasury, and elsewhere in the federal government involve addressing complex global issues, working closely with foreign counterparts, and of course, international travel – both short and long term. Join OPIA for a community discussion with Wasserstein Fellow Michelle Morales, who has made it a point in her career to take on several such roles. Michelle will shed light on how to identify opportunities in the federal sector with a global scope, which ones may be the best fit for your interests, and how to best position yourself to get them.

Lunch provided. RSVP below.

Michelle Morales has served the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a variety of roles, developing a special expertise in addressing systemic shortcomings in the criminal justice system, both global and domestic. As Deputy Director of the Criminal Division’s Office of Policy and Legislation, she helps lead a multi-disciplinary team that develops and evaluates policies impacting federal crime, law enforcement, sentencing, and corrections. She also provides expertise on global anti-corruption issues, serving as Head of the U.S. Delegation to the Council of Europe’s Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO). She recently represented DOJ at the UN’s Council for Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva and previously served as Ex-Officio Commissioner of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Michelle joined DOJ as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. She has also worked in a detail capacity as Senior Counsel to the Director of the Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), as Regional Director for Western Hemisphere Programs of DOJ’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development and Training, and as Counsel for the World Bank’s Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Michelle is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University School of Law.

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