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Presidential Legal Advisor assures Pres. Sirleaf

Release/Benjamin S. Taingay
Presidential Legal Advisor, Seward Cooper
Presidential Legal Advisor, Seward Cooper

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Legal Advisor to the Liberian Presidency, Seward Cooper, is assuring President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf that he will be available to provide consultancy services to her.

Cllr. Cooper said: “I enjoyed working, through the years, along with a diverse cabinet to help transform Liberia in positive ways.”

The scholarly legal wit described, as being professionally satisfying, the opportunity given him to serve Liberia through government service and to work along with President Johnson-Sirleaf.

Cllr. Cooper gave the assurance Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia, when President Johnson-Sirleaf accepted his resignation as Legal Advisor to the President.

In her acceptance statement, President Johnson-Sirleaf said: “I accepted the resignation of Cllr. Seward Cooper, with deep regrets.”

“I accept Cllr. Cooper’s resignation to enable him pursue continued national service in the private sector and in international affairs,” she also said.

According to an Executive Mansion release, Cllr. Cooper assured the Liberian Leader that he will be available to provide consultancy services.

He served as Legal Advisor to the President of Liberia for over 5 years and promised to focus on corporate, commercial, and international legal matters while in private practice.

Currently, he chairs the African Legal Support Facility, an international organization closely aligned with the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Cllr. Cooper’s extensive experience, as a corporate and international lawyer, has seen him navigate the legal practice in three countries and in a number of international organizations.

The three countries include Liberia, the United States, and United Kingdom (UK), and the international organizations are the AfDB, where he served as the first Chief Counsel for Governance, and later as the first head of the AfDB’s Integrity and Anti-corruption Office.

To his credit, he has written and edited numerous articles and books on law and is a graduate of the prestigious University of Wisconsin Law School, which also produced Liberia’s first African woman President of the United Nations General Assembly, Angie Brooks Randolph.

The well-known lawyer has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Courts of Liberia and of the United States of America.



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