Kristin D. Wells

Former Clerk at Constitutional Court of South Africa

Kristin D. Wells

Kristin D. Wells

Former Clerk at Constitutional Court of South Africa

Biography

Kristin Wells uses her notable foreign policy experience and insight into international politics to help clients further their domestic and foreign business opportunities. Working closely with other members of the Firm’s public policy and international law teams, she helps a variety of businesses in their dealings with foreign governments and legal systems, as well as international markets.

Ms. Wells provides lobbying services on a range of matters within the jurisdiction of Congress’ foreign affairs and judiciary committees, leveraging her knowledge of foreign policy to advise both foreign sovereigns and business entities. She plays an integral role on the Firm’s Brazil team expanding opportunities for U.S. investment and partnership in the following sectors: tourism, infrastructure, energy, transportation, aviation, agriculture, oil and gas.

A Capitol Hill veteran, Ms. Wells previously served as Deputy Chief Counsel to Chairmen Howard Berman (D-CA) and the late Tom Lantos (D-CA) on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs. In that role she provided counsel to the Committee Chairman and other Democratic Committee members regarding legislative and foreign policy matters, with an emphasis on international refugee policy and immigration matters, as well as legislation related to Africa, Latin American, the Caribbean, international women’s issues and consular affairs matters. She also worked for the House Committee on the Judiciary as counsel to Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), where she advised and briefed Democratic Committee members on matters including immigration, homeland security, antitrust and civil liberties issues.

In her time in public service, Ms. Wells was involved in numerous pieces of historic legislation, including the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Intelligence Reform Act of 2004, the REAL ID Act of 2005, historic House and Senate resolutions declaring genocide in Darfur in 2005, Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 and the Department of State Reauthorization Act of 2009.

Ms. Wells’ experience also includes tenures as a litigation associate at a prominent international law firm, a clerk for the Constitutional Court of South Africa and time at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa. She also worked at the U.S.-Catholic Conference, TransAfrica and an Afro-Brazilian women’s organization in Brazil.

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Co-Founder at The Women's Refugee Commission

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Executive Director at The Women's Refugee Commission

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Professor at City University of New York - Graduate Center

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Former Assistant Editor at The Washington Star

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Partner at Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP

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Former Head of Service Strategy at TD Bank USA, Inc.

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Former Deputy Director, Middle East Program at The Aspen Institute, Inc.

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Former Executive Vice President, Chief Auditor at AIG

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Kristin D. Wells
Former Clerk at Constitutional Court of South Africa
Education
JD
Class of 1996

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

MA
Class of 1994

American University is a private doctoral institution situated in a residential neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C. Our total fall 2012 enrollment was 13,165, with 6,776 degree-seeking undergraduates, 3,464 degree-seeking graduate students, 1,766 law students, and 1,159 students in nondegree certificate programs, Washington Semester, or AU Abroad. We offer 61 bachelor’s degrees, 54 master’s degrees, 11 doctoral degrees, and a JD program, as well as 50 certificate programs at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Courses run on a 15-week semester basis in fall and spring, with shorter summer-term classes. In addition, we offer study-abroad programs and alternative breaks. More than 85 percent of our undergraduates and 60 percent of our master's students participate in at least one internship. Our student body is cosmopolitan and globally diverse, with all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 130 countries represented. Seven percent of undergraduates and 11 percent of graduate students are international. The university’s mission is carried out by 798 full-time faculty and 1,525 full-time staff. Ninety-four percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field. Among our 565 adjunct faculty are policy makers, diplomats, journalists, artists, writers, scientists, and business leaders

AB
Class of 1989

Brown University is located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and was founded in 1764. It is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.

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Current

The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc., based in New York City, is an independent, not-for-profit business membership organization.

Career History
Of Counsel
Prior

Patton Boggs LLP provides legal services. Its practice areas include public policy, litigation, business law, administrative and regulatory, and intellectual property, each encompassing a range of specific areas of concentration. The company was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

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Member, Board of Directors
Current

The Women's Refugee Commission was established in 1989 and is legally part of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The Women's Refugee Commission receives no direct financial support from the IRC. Through research and fact-finding field missions, the organization identifies critical problems that affect displaced women, children and young people, including gaps in lifesaving reproductive health care, lack of dignified livelihoods for refugees and, in the U.S., the treatment of asylum-seekers. The Women's Refugee Commission documents best practices and proposes solutions, and develops innovative tools to improve the way humanitarian assistance is delivered in refugee settings. On Capitol Hill, at the United Nations and with humanitarian organizations, governments and donors, the organization pushes for improvements in refugee policy and practice until measurable long-term change is realized.

Member, Public Policy Council
Tenure Unconfirmed

PROTECTING COURAGEOUS IMMIGRANT WOMEN AND GIRLS WHO REFUSE TO BE VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE.

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2011

American University is a private doctoral institution situated in a residential neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C. Our total fall 2012 enrollment was 13,165, with 6,776 degree-seeking undergraduates, 3,464 degree-seeking graduate students, 1,766 law students, and 1,159 students in nondegree certificate programs, Washington Semester, or AU Abroad. We offer 61 bachelor’s degrees, 54 master’s degrees, 11 doctoral degrees, and a JD program, as well as 50 certificate programs at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Courses run on a 15-week semester basis in fall and spring, with shorter summer-term classes. In addition, we offer study-abroad programs and alternative breaks. More than 85 percent of our undergraduates and 60 percent of our master's students participate in at least one internship. Our student body is cosmopolitan and globally diverse, with all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 130 countries represented. Seven percent of undergraduates and 11 percent of graduate students are international. The university’s mission is carried out by 798 full-time faculty and 1,525 full-time staff. Ninety-four percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field. Among our 565 adjunct faculty are policy makers, diplomats, journalists, artists, writers, scientists, and business leaders

$500 +
2010

PROTECTING COURAGEOUS IMMIGRANT WOMEN AND GIRLS WHO REFUSE TO BE VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE.

Political Donations
$200
2012

Co-Founder at Los Angeles County Young Democrats

$250
2012

Former President of United States

$500
2011

Co-Founder at Los Angeles County Young Democrats

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