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									William A. Cohn – Curriculum Vitae
E-mail: bill.cohn@stanfordalumni.org

1993 Juris Doctor, University of California Hastings College of the Law,
     San Francisco, CA; Law review.

1986 BA (International Relations), Stanford University, Stanford, CA; Degree
     conferred with departmental honors and academic distinction.

Wiley Manuel Award
      Honored by The State Bar of California for client representation and advocacy.

David Snodgrass Award
       First place brief in appellate advocacy competition.

M. Jay Kramer Grant
       Kramer Foundation scholarship for contribution to public interest law.

National Endowment for the Humanities
       Recipient of NEH Fellowship for outstanding educators.

First Interstate Bank Award; Hammerton-Kelly Award; President’s Award
        Grants awarded to outstanding scholars at Stanford.

Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University Chapter.
       Recognition of graduates with academic achievement (GPA) of the highest level.

2002-2006    Professor/Lecturer, University of New York in Prague
      Developed and taught: undergraduate courses on business law, logic, media law
      and ethics, critical thinking and international organizations; graduate MBA
      (Master of Business Administration) seminars on legal and ethical decision-
      making; and, La Salle University Master of Arts in Communication and Public
      Relations course on communication ethics, with a focus on professional ethics.

2003-2006      Advisor/Consultant
      Advisor to Gleiss Lutz v.o.s., a leading international law firm in the Czech
      Republic, on transactional and litigation matters, including: counsel on law
      practice management, settlement conferences, alternative dispute resolution and
      litigation; drafting of contracts, pleadings, briefs, due diligence reports, status
      reports, demand letters and correspondence; preparation of speeches, lectures and
      seminars for the 2005 annual conference of the International Bar Association.
      Consultation with and instruction to European attorneys on substantive law and
       drafting of documents. Consultant to, among others, a leading international tax
       advisory and accounting firm, on matters of tax and business law.

1993-2002     Attorney at Law
      Represented and counseled clients in transactional, civil litigation, and appellate
      practice areas, specializing in contracts, intellectual property, licensing, housing,
      education, and labor and employment law. General Counsel to WorldWide
      Internet Solutions, Inc., Personal Touch Travel, Inc., and BAY Positives, a non-
      profit corporation. Drafted employment contracts, loan documents, personnel
      policies, sales contracts, merchandising agreements, and a range of agreements
      protecting intellectual property rights, including protection of trademarks and
      internet domain names. Won appellate victories for clients, reversing lower court
      judgments. On the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) attorney panel,
      1996-2001. BASF Barristers Club featured speaker on international law practice.
      Served as expert consultant to BASF in writing the Volunteer Legal Services
      Program Training Manual. The Law Offices of William A. Cohn, founded in
      1996, was selected as a BASF sponsor firm, 1998 through 2001.

1995          Guest Lecturer, Anglo-American College, Prague, Czech Republic
       Lectured on U.S. Constitutional law, litigation and judicial processes, and ethics.

1994-1995     Associate, Law Offices of Wanyee S. Francis, San Francisco, CA
      Prepared appeals and conducted hearings before the Office of Hearings and
      Appeals of the Social Security Administration. Prepared pleadings to United
      States Tax Court. Research and briefing on case law under the internal revenue
      code, and on international trade and investment laws.

1993          Judicial Extern, Honorable Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong, U.S. District
Court for Northern California
       Wrote orders, memoranda, and jury instructions for trials and hearings.

1992-1993    Articles Editor, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, San Francisco, CA
      Served on Editorial Board, solicited articles, reviewed manuscripts, worked with
      authors on style and content, and performed final editing for publication.

1992         Summer Law Intern, The Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division,
New York City, NY
     Trained as a public defender.

1991-1992     Law Clerk, S.F. Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation, S.F., CA
      Represented students in hearings before the S.F. Unified School District. Wrote
      legal memoranda. Worked with a coalition of public interest law firms to enact
      legislation reforming the California Education Code; Program Assistant, Public
      Interest Law Program. Wrote and edited The Public Interest Advocate.

1988-1989      Legal Assistant, Shearman & Sterling, New York City, NY
       Researched and drafted contracts on debt-equity conversions. Head Legal
       Assistant for the 1989 restructuring of Mexican Public Sector Debt, which
       resulted in the first successful debt reduction agreement under the “Brady Plan.”

1987-1988    Teacher, Louis D. Brandeis High School, New York City, NY
      Taught courses in Economics, U.S. and Global History, and developed the New
      York State global history curriculum. Graduate education work completed at the
      State University of New York and Columbia University, New York City, NY

1986-1987    Researcher, United Nations, New York City, NY
      Worked with the Centre Against Apartheid, the Centre on Transnational
      Corporations, and the U.N.D.P.; Program Assistant, African-American Institute,
      Department of Education and Training. Administered the African Graduate
      Fellowship sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

1985-1986    Course Instructor, Innovative Academic Courses, Stanford University
      Designed and taught an accredited 12-week course to students at Stanford.
      Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science, Stanford University.

        Recent publications on law and policy include: “US elections in the 21st century:
Voting rights and voting wrongs,” Information Clearinghouse website (ICW), 11-12-06;
“Nuclear Umbrella? The Peril of Missile Defense,” ICW, 10-12-06; “The growing clout
of international law,” Eurozine, 8-23-06; “The fallacy of missile defense,” The New
Presence: The Prague Journal of Central European Affairs (TNP) , Vol. 8, No. 3, Fall
2006; “The Rising Clout of International Law,” TNP, Vol. 8, No. 2, Summer 2006 (cover
story); “Definitions of Convenience,” TNP, Vol. 8, No. 1, Spring 2006; “Conspicuous in
its absence,” The Prague Post (The Post), 9-27-06; “Striking a Balance: whistleblowers
& national security,” The Post, 6-14-06; “It’s a Crime,” The Post, 3-15-06; “The Due
Process Dilemma,” The Post, 1-18-06; “Trial and Error,” The Post, 11-16-05.
        Publications on law and politics are also in TransAfrica Forum (journal of African
Affairs), Hemispheres (journal of international affairs), the Gannett Westchester
Newspapers, The Reporter Dispatch, The Greenburgh Inquirer, The Stanford Daily, The
Legal Aid Society Newsletter, and The Public Interest Advocate.

     Admitted: State Bar of California; U.S. District Court, Northern District, CA;
          Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
     Member: State Bar of California; International Bar Association; Bar Association
          of Francisco; Stanford Alumni Association; Barristers Club.
     Board of Directors, Hastings Public Interest Law Foundation.
     Founder, South African Legislative Project, Stanford University.
     Program Board, Innovative Academic Courses, Stanford University.
     Editorial Board: Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly; The Stanford Daily.

REFERENCES/PUBLICATIONS: Available upon request.

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