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Welcoming Remarks - Speaker Bios

Gregory Maggs - George Washington University Law School

Dean Gregory Maggs joined the Law School faculty in 1993 and currently serves as interim dean. He served as senior associate dean for academic affairs from 2008-2010 and as interim dean from 2010-2011. He teaches mainly in the areas of commercial law, constitutional law, contracts, and counter-terrorism law, and he has written extensively on these subjects. He received the Distinguished Faculty Service Award in 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005, and 2011 by vote of the classes graduating in these years.

Dean Maggs is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Following law school, he was a law clerk for Justices Clarence Thomas and Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court and for the late Judge Joseph T. Sneed of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also taught for two years as an assistant professor at the University of Texas School of Law. 

Dean Maggs's other past experience includes service as a special master for the U.S. Supreme Court, as a consultant to Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr in the Whitewater Investigation, and as an assistant to Robert H. Bork in private practice and research. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Heritage Foundation's Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and a member of the American Law Institute. Professor Maggs has been an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve since 1990, and is currently a reserve judge on the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals.

Evan Ryan - Bureau of Educational Cultural AffairsU.S. Department of State

On September 26, 2013, Evan Ryan assumed her position as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). In this capacity, she oversees a wide range of academic, cultural, private sector, professional, youth, and sports exchange programs to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries and promote peaceful relations.  ECA exchange programs engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and emerging leaders in more than 160 countries and in the United States.  ECA has had over one million program participants to date, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and over 350 current and former heads of state and government.

From 2009 to 2013, Ms. Ryan served in the White House as Assistant to the Vice President and Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement.  In this role she served as the Vice President’s liaison to elected officials and constituency groups. Prior to this, she served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for the Biden for President Campaign.  Previously, Ms. Ryan was a Consultant for the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict.

In 2006, Ms. Ryan was Political Director of Unite Our States, and she was Deputy Chair in Governance for the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005.  From 2003 to early 2004, she served as a Deputy Director of Communications for the John Kerry for President Campaign, and before that she was the Director of Scheduling for Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senatorial campaign.

Ms. Ryan previously served in the White House from 1994-2000, including as Deputy Director of Scheduling for First Lady Hillary Clinton and as Special Assistant to the First Lady’s Chief of Staff.  Ms. Ryan served on the Board of Directors of Peace Players International from 2003 to 2008. She was a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations from 2008 to 2013.

Assistant Secretary Ryan, a Virginia native, holds a B.A. from Boston College and an M.I.P.P. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. 

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