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Wiley Rein's Keith S. Watson to Be Honored for Pro Bono Work By International Senior Lawyers Project

October 12, 2011

Wiley Rein attorney Keith S. Watson will be honored for his commitment to pro bono work in Africa at the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) 10th Anniversary Celebration on December 1, 2011, in New York City.

Mr. Watson will receive recognition in the category of economic development for his integral role supporting and coordinating a Commercial Law Program that provides training and mentoring to attorneys in Africa who have historically had limited experience with commercial law. As a volunteer for ISLP since 2005, Mr. Watson has helped hundreds of lawyers receive business law training in South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Botswana. In addition to his work in Africa, Mr. Watson has led a series of mock negotiation training sessions coordinated by the U.S. Commerce Department for representatives from the Iraqi Ministry of Oil and Pakistani Ministry of Trade & Industry.

Those attending the ISLP gala will include Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who won the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this month; keynote speaker George Soros, founder and chairman of Open Society Foundations; and special guest Matt Damon, co-founder of Aric Press, editor-in-chief of American Lawyer Media, will serve as master of ceremonies. Wiley Rein will also be represented at the ceremony by Thomas Brunner, former chair of the firm's Insurance Practice and Paul Khoury, chairman of the firm's Pro Bono Committee.

The ISLP is a non-profit organization that provides volunteer partner-level legal services to advance the rule of law, protect human rights and promote equitable economic development worldwide.

Mr. Watson, a member of Wiley Rein's prominent Insurance Practice, has more than 40 years of experience representing private and public entities in federal and state courts and has particular expertise in insurance and environmental matters. He retired as a partner in 2006 but continues to practice as counsel to the firm.