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Cees Flinterman has been elected to a four-year term on the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). CEDAW has 23 independent members and is mandated to supervise the implementation of the UN Women's Convention, a convention ratified by 170 states around the world.


Willis P. Whichard recently received the 2002 Christopher Crittenden Award from the North Carolina Literacy and Historical Association for his contributions to the preservation of North Carolina history. Whichard, a former state Supreme Court justice, is Dean of Campbell University's Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in Buies Creek, NC. Whichard was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1970 and the North Carolina Senate in 1974. He served on both of the state's appellate courts and as associate justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1986-1998. (For more news, see Whichard's entry in In Print.)


President Judge Emeritus Stephen J. McEwen, Jr., of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania has been elected by the Council of Chief Judges of State Courts of Appeal to serve as President-Elect of the Council for the 2003 term.


John Cornyn III was sworn in to the U.S. Senate on December 2, 2002. The former Texas Attorney General Cornyn is the first alumnus of the Law School's Graduate Program for Judges to be elected to the Senate. After completing six years as a District Court Judge in San Antonio, Cornyn served as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court from 1990 until he resigned to run for Attorney General.

Bill Vance was elected to a third six-year term on the Tenth Court of Appeals of Texas in November. The court hears both civil and criminal appeals and sits in Waco.


Juan Antonio Castro has returned to Peru to help form the new democratic system there. After graduation, Castro joined Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering's Latin American practice group. But in 2001 Peruvians witnessed the end of a 10-year dictatorship under Alberto Fujimori and a return to a democratic system. Castro was asked to return to Peru as an advisor to Minister of Economics and Finance Pedro Pablo Kuczinwski. Castro accepted "as a moral duty to my country." When he and his family returned to Peru, they found that, even though democratic presidential elections had been held, "the democratic system was still weak and the governability factor was at risk," Castro writes. To strengthen the system the main political parties organized by the Prime Minister's office began preparing a National Accord "to guide the country through a democratic path for the next 20 years." Castro joined the Prime Minister's team as chief of staff and participated actively in the process of organizing, negotiating, and executing the National Accord, which now serves as the main agreement between the political parties, civil organizations, and the government.

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