Hobart Grad Joins Peace Corps – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Hobart Grad Joins Peace Corps

Member of the Class of 2003 to teach English in Romania

(May 11, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.– Since graduating cum laude from Hobart last spring, William B. James has garnered much experience in the legal profession. For the next two years, however, he's going to take his life in a slightly different direction as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Next month, following predeparture training in Washington, D.C., and an additional three months of training in Bucharest, James will teach English in secondary schools in Romania.

Before his tour in the Corps, he had worked as an intern with the San Francisco District Attorney's Office in California, working closely with the Fraud Detail of the San Francisco Police Department and the D.A.'s Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Unit. In September 2003, James returned to the East Coast to work as an intern with the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office in New York City. He was assigned to the Rackets Bureau, which deals with official corruption, fraud, arson and other crimes. Since April, he has worked as an assistant at the Greenwich, Conn., law firm Bleakley, Platt & Schmidt.

Ultimately, James intends to be an international public interest lawyer. He believes the Peace Corps will be a nice transition from the work he's been doing.

“I believe that I can continue to help others,” he says. “I want to help the people of Romania learn how to help themselves, and thus improve their future. I believe that the Peace Corps will help me better understand other cultures, which would help me to be a better international attorney.”

The Peace Corps places about 4,000 people annually in two- and three-year posts around the world. The volunteers receive modest monthly stipends to cover living expenses. According to the Peace Corps and its alumni, the experience teaches invaluable life lessons.

James is a native of Greenwich, Conn.

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