Schweich to Serve as Ambassador-in-Residence

Thomas Schweich

Thomas A. Schweich, the State Department’s coordinator for counternarcotics and Justice Reform in Afghanistan, will join the law school this summer as an Ambassador-in-Residence. He also serves as the government's principal deputy assistant secretary (PDAS) for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

As the PDAS, Schweich helps manage an annual budget of $2.5 billion and more than 4,000 people around the world. INL is responsible for international drug interdiction and eradication; police, judge and prosecutor training; combating cyber-crime, money laundering and international organized crime syndicates; and negotiating international crime conventions, among other activities.

Schweich will be the law school’s second Ambassador-in-Residence. The Ambassadors Program, administered by the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, brings foreign service professionals to the law school to share their experiences and knowledge with the law school and University community. The previous Ambassador-in-Residence was Ambassador Carla A. Hills, former United States Trade Representative, who also delivered the Tyrrell Williams lecture. 

 “The purpose of the program is to bring the real life experience of some of our top diplomats directly into the classroom experience of our students,” said Leila Nadya Sadat, the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law and Harris Institute Director. “Through the Harris Institute Ambassadors Program, our students are able to complement their training in international law with a practical foreign policy perspective, thereby enriching their knowledge and practice of both international law and foreign relations.” 

Schweich, who graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School, also will serve as a visiting professor. Other visiting law professors this fall include Peter Alces, Charles Burson, Adele Morrison, Camille Nelson, Michael Siebecker, and David Stras. In addition to his work at the University, Schweich will be of counsel at Bryan Cave LLP.