‘Day in the Life’….International Law

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Elizabeth Silbert, a third-year associate at King & Spalding, William D. Willie Wood ’84, (center)Law Center students got some insight into the world of International Law when three experienced practitioners shared their expertise in a lunchtime discussion hosted by the International Law Society. The attorneys -- Elizabeth Silbert, a third-year associate at King & Spalding, William D. “Willie” Wood ’84, (center) a partner with Fulbright & Jaworski, and Marshall Taheri, a solo practitioner with offices in Houston and Washington, D.C. – agreed that a key to success in the international field is to stay up to speed with world news. Keeping up with global politics, economics and social developments is essential to success in the international legal arena, they noted, along with a working knowledge of the culture and history of foreign countries. The trio told the students that fluency in a foreign language is not essential, but definitely a plus, especially in landing that all-important “first job.”  All agreed that Houston is the perfect place for aspiring international lawyers, and not only in the energy sector. Foreign companies of all kinds look to Houston firms for representation because the city’s legal community has earned its stripes in International Law. As an aside, Taheri said he is often asked why he has a solo practice, competing with teams of lawyers from giant international firms. “I tell them God doesn’t have a partner,” said the lawyer with a smile of unabashed confidence.    

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