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    Reception Honoring the Republic of Korea


    The Washington Foreign Law Society and the Acting Legal Adviser of the Department of State are pleased to honor the Republic of Korea based on its commitment to the rule of law and its continued common interests and partnership with the United States on a wide range of significant issues, including the maintenance of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in the Asia-Pacific region through the continued strengthening of the bilateral treaty alliance and our historic defense and security partnership, leadership at the United Nations during the Republic of Korea’s membership on the United Nations Security Council, and facilitating the international response to fight Ebola.


    Ticket Prices:
    General Admission: $45.00

    WFLS Member Price: $35.00

    Student Tickets: $30.00

    WFLS Student Member Price: $20.00


    **Please register by February 5th, 2015**

    (Deadline has been extended from February 4th)



    Mary McLeod
    Acting Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State

    As the senior career attorney in the Office of the Legal Adviser, Ms. McLeod advises the Secretary and other senior officials on all aspects of the Department of State’s international legal work, serves as the alter ego of the Legal Adviser, and manages a bureau of 300 attorneys, support staff, and contractors.

    Ms. McLeod first joined the Department of State in 1977. In prior service at the Department of State, she served as the Legal Adviser to the U.S. Mission at the United Nations and as Assistant Legal Adviser for several offices, including those responsible for political-military affairs, Eastern Asia and Pacific affairs, human rights and refugees, and employment law.


    Ambassador Ahn Bio

    His Excellency Ahn Ho-Young
    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to the United States of America

    Ahn Ho-Young was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to the United States of America by President Park Geun-hye in May 2013. He presented his credentials to President Barack Obama on July 18, 2013.

    Most recently, he served as First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade from February 2012 to May 2013. Prior to this, he served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Belgium and to the European Union. From 2008 to 2011, he was the Deputy Minister for Trade at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during which time he served as President Lee Myung-bak’s sherpa to the G-20 and G8 outreach meetings.

    Ambassador Ahn studied International Relations at Seoul National University (B.A.) and at Georgetown University (M.S.F.S). He also studied International Law at the Korea National Open University (LL.B.) and Georgetown University (LL.M.). He previously taught at Korea University as an adjunct professor of law and diplomacy. In addition, Ambassador Ahn is a recipient of the Great Cross Order of Bernardo O’Higgins, the highest civilian honor awarded to non-Chilean citizens, as well as the Order of Service Merit, which is Korea’s top award for public officials.