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Alumnus organizes panel on NAFTA

Matt Simpson ’04, who is now pursuing a JD and an MA in International Affairs at American University in Washington, helped host a discussion of “Lessons Learned from NAFTA and the Softwood Lumber Dispute” at AU's College of Law.

The program began with a panel discussion from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, featuring Kevin M. Dempsey, a partner at Dewey Ballantine; Spencer Griffith, a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld; Randolph Moss, a partner at Wilmer Hale; and John Magnus, president of Tradewins LLC, a trade law and policy consulting firm; and moderated by Padideh Ali'I, a professor of law at AU.

Simpson is president of the WCL International Trade Law Society, which is presenting the discussion, co-sponsored by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society the International Legal Studies Program, the Latina/o Law Student Association, and AU's Center for North American Studies.

The second part of the discussion, “Trade in the Americas,” will be April 27, with panelists from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Centre for Trade Policy and Law, and AU's Center for North American Studies.

Simpson, who earned bachelor's degrees in economics and in critical social studies, with high honors in economics, was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the national honor society in economics; and the tennis team. He participated in the March for Remembrance and Hope in May 2003, and the honors program, writing “Sleeping With an Elephant: A Canadian Defense Against 21st Century U.S. Protectionism;” Chris Gunn of economics faculty was his adviser.