Thomas A. Schweich, J.D., the State Department’s coordinator for counternarcotics and Justice Reform in Afghanistan, will join the School of Law as Ambassador-in-Residence.
Schweich also serves as the principal deputy assistant secretary (PDAS) for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
As the PDAS, he helps manage an annual budget of $2.5 billion and more than 4,000 people around the world.
INL is responsible for international drug interdiction and eradication; police, judge and prosecutor training; combating cyber-crime, money laundering and international organized crime syndicates; and negotiating of international crime conventions, among other activities.
Schweich will be the law school’s third Ambassador-in-Residence. This program, administered by the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, brings foreign service professionals to the law school to share their experiences and knowledge with the law school and University community. Ambassadors-in-Residence meet with students to discuss their experiences in the U.S. foreign service. Leila Sadat, J.D., the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law, directs the Harris Center.
Schweich, who graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School, also will serve as a visiting professor. Other visiting law professors this fall include Peter Alces, J.D.; Charles Burson, J.D.; Adele Morrison, J.D.; Camille Nelson, LL.M.; Michael Siebecker, J.D.; and David Stras, J.D.
In addition to his work at the University, Schweich will be of counsel at the Bryan Cave law firm.