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Wall Street lawyer to speak at William Carey

HATTIESBURG, MS (WCU) - Lawyer Jonathan C. Hamilton, a partner in the global law firm of White & Case LLP, will speak at the Christian Leadership Lecture Monday, March 8 at 9:20 a.m. in the Smith Auditorium of William Carey University.

White & Case LLP was founded on Wall Street in New York City over a century ago and is widely recognized as a preeminent pioneer in international legal practice.  The firm has over 2000 lawyers in 36 offices in 25 countries.

Hamilton practices in international dispute resolution and cross-border investment.  His practice group has repeatedly been ranked #1 in the country by leading legal publications and he has been individually recognized as a name of the future for his leadership in international legal, economic and political trends. 

Most recently, his successful representation of the Republic of Peru in $150 million energy dispute was named Case of the Year 2009.

He is the son of the late Rev. Jackie C. Hamilton, a Baptist pastor, and Barbara Hamilton, a professor who now serves as executive assistant to the President of William Carey University.  He grew up in Meridian, Mississippi and graduated from Meridian High School, where he was a leader in student organizations and an Eagle Scout.  He was the president of his class at the Mississippi Governor's School.

Hamilton earned a Bachelor of Arts in History at Brandeis University in Boston on a full academic scholarship.  He studied abroad at Oxford University in England, focusing on politics, philosophy and economics, and earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He earned his law degree from the University of Virginia, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the "Virginia Journal of International Law", the oldest student journal of international law in the world.  Hamilton's first job in law was with his uncle's firm, the Hamilton Law Firm in Meridian.  He also was inspired by former U.S. Senator John C. Stennis of Mississippi, who shared stories of his years at the University of Virginia in the 1920s with Jonathan while he was interning with a Congressional agency.

After graduation, Hamilton spent a year as a federal law clerk with Judge William H. Barbour, Jr. in Jackson, and has since spent his entire career with White & Case, first in New York, then in Mexico City, and now in Washington, DC.  He has spoken widely at universities and institutes, including Harvard, Penn, Berkeley, Georgetown, Duke, Columbia and Virginia, as well as in Europe and across Latin America, often in Spanish. His practice has taken him from Brazil to Rome to Hong Kong and many places in between, in diverse languages, and he will share observations on those experiences and his Christian faith with attendees of the Christian Leadership Lecture.

A Question and Answer session will follow the lecture for students interested in pre-law, history, political science, economics, Spanish, and international business.

The public is invited to the lecture free of charge. Call 601-318-6524 for more information.

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