CHICAGO, May 10, 2007 – The American Bar Association today announced the appointment of Rob Boone as Director, ABA Rule of Law Initiative, effective Aug. 1. In this position, Boone will oversee the ABA’s rule of law activities, currently operating in 42 countries worldwide.

“Rob Boone brings outstanding experience for this newly created ABA position,” said Henry F. White, ABA executive director and chief operating officer. “His vision of the importance of the rule of law to individuals and governments, and his proven commitment to anti-corruption work, cross-border cooperation, and individual rights are critical factors in the work he will do with the ABA.”

ABA President Karen J. Mathis said, “Rob’s global credentials make him eminently qualified to lead the association’s initiatives that focus on Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East. The Initiative strives to expand recognition that adherence to legal concepts is fundamental to peace and prosperity worldwide. His record of accomplishments provides assurance that this goal will thrive.”

“I very much look forward to this exciting challenge and am honored to have been selected by the ABA for this opportunity,” Boone said. “Promoting the rule of law benefits people in every corner of the world, not only in terms of strengthening legal systems and human rights, but also in improving sustainable economic and social development. Advancing the rule of law will improve and save lives every day.”

From 2004-2006, Boone served as Chief of the Human Security Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria, with responsibilities for the organization’s global rule of law operations, and since 2006 he has been the UNODC Chief for Treaty and Legal Affairs. Before Vienna, he was based in Pretoria, South Africa, for three and a half years, where he was the UNODC Representative for Southern Africa, leading the organization’s regional field activities, including its training and technical assistance operations.

Before joining the United Nations, Boone held several positions with the United States government, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) where he helped develop and manage the Department’s multilateral and bilateral rule of law and related foreign assistance activities. Boone also served as a Special Assistant in the Executive Office of the President (Office of National Drug Control Policy), and clerked in Los Angeles for United States District Court Judge Richard A. Gadbois Jr. From 1986 to 1992, Boone was a business litigation attorney with the California law firms of Browne & Woods and Irell & Manella.

Boone holds a master of science degree in foreign service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and he is a graduate of Harvard College (A.B. in government) and Harvard Law School (J.D.).

In his new position with the ABA, Boone will be located in Washington, D.C.

With more than 413,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assists lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law in a democratic society.


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