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Theodore Sorensen To Examine JFK Foreign Policy Approach vs. that of Current Administration on March 12

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Theodore C. Sorensen, former special counsel and adviser to President John F. Kennedy, will deliver a Dean’s Lecture titled “A World of Law—Then and Now” on Monday, March 12, at Yale Law School. Sorensen is currently of counsel in the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. His lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Yale Law School Faculty Lounge, 127 Wall Street.

“I am looking forward to talking to Yale and honored to be giving the ‘Dean's Lecture,’ particularly in view of my deep respect for Dean Koh,” said Sorensen. “My talk will contrast John F. Kennedy’s approach to the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, in which he strictly adhered to international law and swiftly and peacefully resolved a threat to the very survival of our country and planet, with the approach and foreign policy pursued by our current government.”

Sorensen has practiced international law for more than 36 years as a senior partner, and now of counsel, at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Former chairman of the firm’s International Practice Committee, he has represented U.S. and multinational corporations in negotiations with governments all over the world and advised and assisted a large number of foreign governments and government leaders.

He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Foreign Policy Leadership Council, a director of the Council on Foreign Relations (until 2004) and the Century Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board of the Partnership for a Secure America and an honorary co-chair of the ABA Commission on the Renaissance of Idealism in the Legal Profession. He is the author of the 1965 book Kennedy, an international best seller, and seven other books on the Presidency, politics or foreign policy. In 2002, Sorensen was a fellow at the Institute of Politics in Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Sorensen holds a B.S. from the University of Nebraska, a J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law and an LL.D. from the University of Canterbury.