Salem State Series Presents Amal Clooney
Learn more about the Award-Winning Lawyer
Amal represents clients before international courts including the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. Alongside court work, she provides advice to governments and individuals on legal issues in her areas of expertise.
Amal is ranked in the legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as a leading barrister in international human rights law, public international law, and international criminal law. She is described as ‘a brilliant legal mind’ who ‘handles cases of real international importance’ and ‘knows her brief inside out’. She is said to be a ‘natural lead advocate’ who is ‘tactically first class’ and ‘a rare combination of intellectual depth and pragmatism’. The directories also spotlight her ‘superb advocacy’ and ‘commanding presence before courts’ and describe her as ‘a dream performer before international tribunals’. They also emphasize that she is ‘fantastically innovative’ with an ability to galvanize ‘heads of state, foreign ministers and business … in a way that is very effective’ for victims of human rights abuses. She is described as ‘unafraid to raise novel points of law’, ‘very sophisticated in pushing the boundaries’ and having a ‘passionate commitment to the law and compassion for the people it serves’.
Amal frequently represents victims of mass atrocities, including genocide and sexual violence. She has acted in many precedent-setting human rights cases in recent years including the world’s first trial against an ISIS member for genocide and the first case alleging complicity in crimes against humanity by a company that funded the terror group. She has represented Armenia in a case involving the Armenian genocide and was recently counsel to 126 victims of the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, at the International Criminal Court. In 2021 she was appointed Special Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Darfur.
Amal also represents political prisoners around the world and has helped to secure the freedom of journalists arbitrarily detained for their work across the globe. In 2020 Amal was the recipient of the Gwen Ifill Award for ‘extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom’ from the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Amal has also served as a senior advisor to Kofi Annan when he was the UN’s Envoy on Syria, as Counsel to the UN Inquiry on the use of armed drones and as a rapporteur for the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute on independence of the judiciary. She is a member of the UK’s team of experts on preventing sexual violence in conflict zones and the UK Attorney General’s panel of experts on public international law. In 2019-2021 she also served as deputy chair of an International Bar Association Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom chaired by former UK Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger.
Prior to joining the London bar, Amal worked in The Hague at the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. She is admitted to the New York Bar and practiced as a litigation attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York.
She is also a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School, where she co-teaches the Human Rights course with Professor Sarah Cleveland. And she is the co-founder of the Clooney Foundation for Justice, which aims to advance justice through accountability for human rights abuses around the world.
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The Power of Flexible Philanthropy
Ways unrestricted funds have been mobilized for good:
40th anniversary Salem State Series Committee
- Henry Dembowski '60, '62G, chair
- Cynthia McGurren ‘83, chair
- Annalisa Di Palma
- Dino Di Palma
- Dennis Drinkwater ’67, ‘12H
- Donna Katzman ’78, ‘98G
- Elliot Katzman ‘78
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The Salem State Series was founded in 1982 under the auspices of the Salem State University Foundation, Inc. as one of the first high-profile speaker series in the country. It has hosted countless world leaders, artists, athletes, and intellectuals on its suburban North Shore campus. Annually, thousands of patrons come to Salem State to hear what Series speakers have to say on a wide variety of subjects.
A self-supporting community enrichment program presented through the generous and dedicated support of corporate and individual sponsors alike, the Series is but one facet of the university’s progressive public education mission.
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2022 Series Sponsors
Kim Gassett-Schiller '83, '18H and Philip Schiller
Karen M. Morrissey '71, '93H
Annalisa and Dino Di Palma
Rich Bane '12H
Cheryl and Michael Crounse
Henry '60, '62G and Claire Dembowski
Andrea and Gary Gregory
Elliot '78 and Donna '78, '98G Katzman
Andrea Liftman '75G
Cynthia McGurren '83
Mike ’07 and Estrella ’07 Mitchell
Joanne ’68, ‘19H and Phil ‘19H Ricciardiello
Eugene and Kathleen Skrabut
C. David '88 and Debbie Surface
Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, chief strategist and co-founder, Partners In Health, moderated by Mallika Marshall, MD, health reporter, WBZ-TV Boston
Tony Kushner and Robin Young
Bobby Valentine and Peter Gammons
Ted Kennedy Jr.
Dr. Deepak Chopra
Bob and Lee Woodruff
George F. Will
Cal Ripken Jr.
President George H.W. Bush and Natalie Jacobson
Robert Redford and Joyce Kulhawik
Jack and Suzy Welch and Anne Driscoll ’76
Christopher Reeve and Dr. Robin Cook
Dr. Christiane Northrup
Jamling Norgay and Peter Hillary
Dr. Jane Goodall
Mia Hamm and Dale Arnold
The Motley Fool
Bill Russell and Mike Lynch
President William Jefferson Clinton
Sebastian Junger and Linda Greenlaw
Walter Cronkite and Natalie Jacobson
Mary Matalin and James Carville
Colin L. Powell
Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu
Mary Higgins Clark
President George H.W. Bush
C. Everett Koop
Thomas “Tip” O’Neill
Reverend Jesse Jackson
President Jimmy Carter
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Howard K. Smith
President Gerald Ford
The Power of Flexible Philanthropy
Ways unrestricted funds have been mobilized for good:
- Funded 498 Student Emergency grants
- Expanded the Center of Civic Engagement's 2021 Day of Service
- Maintained technology, including Bloomberg Terminals in the Cabot Wealth Management Lab
- Funded 118 internship scholarships for students
- Funded a graduate assistant for the Inclusive Excellence Office
- Provided meal plans for participants of the Massachusetts -Student Housing Security Pilot Program
- Funded 14 scholarship and departmental awards
Finding Meaning through Civic Engagement: Lizabeth Davis ’23
“Through Salem State’s First Year Day of Service, which gives 100 first-year students the chance to spend a day giving back to the local community made possible by unrestricted funds, I volunteered at the food pantry at Citizens Inn Haven from Hunger. After this, I applied for and became a Civic Engagement Fellow through the university’s Center for Civic Engagement. A lot of the issues students face, like accessing resources and food insecurity, shouldn’t be their problems. I’ve learned from the Center how to advocate for people without speaking for them. If I see an issue on campus that other students want to solve, I can be part of the solution by amplifying their voices and helping them push it through. It’s really empowering.”
Prioritizing the Needs of Vulnerable Students: Rachel Frank ’19G, MSW
“Students aren’t going to graduate if they’re hungry and have nowhere to sleep. Thanks to the Massachusetts Student Housing Security Pilot Program and unrestricted gifts to Salem State, we’re able to provide our most vulnerable students with the basic security, dignity and autonomy they need to succeed in college. We guarantee 12 months of campus housing and cover meal plans. When these individuals can stay enrolled and ultimately graduate, upward socioeconomic mobility becomes possible for these motivated and deserving students.”
Providing Experiential Learning Opportunities: Sanjay Kudrimonti, assistant professor of accounting and finance
“Thanks to unrestricted funds, the Cabot Wealth Management Lab can continue to provide hands-on experience outside and inside the classroom, an essential tool for my students managing the Student Investment Fund. The lab provides access to the financial information via 12 Bloomberg Terminals and elevates the abilities of student asset managers to investigate and analyze the work in the process portfolio.”
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