Sunday, August 17, 2008

Georgian President is a Columbia Law Alumnus

The President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, is an alumnus of Columbia Law School. He received an LL.M. in 1994, and then went on to an internship at a Manhattan law firm, and eventually back to Georgia. There is an interesting article in today's New York Times about Saakashvili's student years. Of course, he has been much in the news lately because of his country's dispute with Russia. While at Columbia, Saakashvili impressed his professors with his linguistic ability and his regular class participation. His supervisor at the internship, Scott Horton, said that "Mr. Saakashvili always had a way with words ... 'he had a sharp tongue ... he never had muh compunction about saying what he thought.'"

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