Sunday, May 2, 2010

Guest Blogger: CarrieLyn Donigan Guymon

It's IntLawGrrls' great pleasure to welcome CarrieLyn Donigan Guymon (left) as today's guest blogger.
CarrieLyn, who's been an adjunct Professor of Law at San Francisco's Golden Gate University Law School, served in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State from 2003 to 2008. Initially she practiced in its Office of International Claims and Investment Disputes. Eventually she moved to its Office of Nonproliferation and Verification, where she served as counsel to the Joint Compliance and Inspection Commission, established under the 1st Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, START.
A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, CarrieLyn clerked in the Western District of Virginia. From 1999 to 2003, she litigated international trade, antitrust, and class action cases in the Washington, D.C., office of O’Melveny & Myers.
CarrieLyn's scholarship focuses on nonproliferation issues as well as international arbitration and investment issues. Her guest post below treats the 1st set of issues -- extremely timely given that leaders will convene Monday at U.N. Headquarters in New York for a month-long Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. (Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's slated to lead the U.S. delegation, while President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's to lead the Iran delegation.) Specifically, CarriLyn's post evaluates the New START treaty that, as we've posted, has just been signed by the Presidents of the United States and Russia.
As her transnational foremother, CarrieLyn chooses Rachel Carson (below right), the scientist whose book on the effects of pesticides, Silent Spring (1962), was a pathbreaker in environmental awareness and regulation. (photo credit)
CarrieLyn writes:

Her writing revolutionized society. Her work not only served the greater good, but it also supported her widowed mother, and then two orphaned nieces who came to live with them, and later her niece’s orphaned son, whom she adopted. I remember selecting Rachel Carson as the subject of a school assignment at a very early age, when I was excited to find a great woman to write about.

Heartfelt welcome!

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