Widener Law welcomes former U.S. ambassador for talk on nuclear disarmament
Public Relations - Published: November 25, 2011
AmbassadorThomasGraham235Widener Law and its student-run International Law Society will welcome one of the nation’s leading diplomatic authorities on nuclear nonproliferation for a dialogue-style event about disarmament.

Former U.S. Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr. has advised every American president since Ronald Regan on issues of nuclear weapons. He will join Jonathan Granoff, Widener Law adjunct professor, for a conversation in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and will include time for audience questions.

Internationally known as a leading authority in the field of arms control agreements to combat the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, Graham has served as a senior U.S. diplomat involved in the negotiation of every major international arms control and non-proliferation agreement for the past 30 years. They have included the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT) Treaties, the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) Treaties, the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, the Intermediate Nuclear Force Treaty, the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty, and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

President Clinton appointed Graham special representative of the president for arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament, a position he held from 1994-1997. He also served 15 years as general counsel of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, an independent agency of the U.S. government, and served as chair of the nonpartisan, nongovernmental Lawyers Alliance for World Security.

Granoff will interview Graham in the conversation-style event. The professor, who teaches international law for Widener, has participated in multiple noteworthy dialogues with influential people, including former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, scientist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall, former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, actress and humanitarian Christie Brinkley, and media mogul and philanthropist Ted Turner.

“Ambassador Graham’s unique perspective of participating in all the major arms control negotiations and his understanding of the politics and economic constraints on national leaders will make a special event for the Widener Law and Delaware communities,” said international law Professor J. Patrick Kelly, vice dean of Widener Law’s Delaware campus. “All who attend will learn from his experience.”

Kelly also sits on the Board of Directors of People to People International’s Delaware chapter, which is a sponsor of the event.

Delaware and Pennsylvania attorneys who attend will be eligible for one continuing legal education credit. The registration fee is $25. Those who plan to attend for credit should register in advance with Constance Sweeney at cmsweeney@widener.edu or 302.477.2177. The program is free to the general public.