Charles O. Verrill, Jr. '62 Presented With Charles S. Rhyne Award

April 27, 2007Duke Law News

Mr. Charles O. Verrill, Jr. graduated from Tufts University in 1959 and from Duke University School of Law in 1962, where he served on the Duke Law Journal and was selected as a member of the Order of the Coif. Mr. Verrill served on the Law Board of Visitors from 2000 through 2006, and was recently named an Honorary Life Member. He serves as a Law Reunion Committee member, and has been a senior lecturing fellow at Duke Law School since 1998.

Currently a partner at Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C., Mr. Verrill represents clients on all aspects of international trade law and policy, including import and export regulation, international bilateral and multilateral negotiations, international arbitration, mediation in commercial disputes and regulation of foreign investments both inside and outside the United States. Prior to joining Wiley, Rein & Fielding in 1984, he practiced at Patton, Boggs & Blow for 20 years. Mr. Verrill has been recognized by Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for International Trade Remedies & Trade Policy.

Mr. Verrill is a member of the American Bar Association, the Court of International Trade Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the American Society on International Law, and the Swiss Arbitration Association. He holds memberships in the District of Columbia Bar and the U. S. Supreme Court. Mr. Verrill serves as president of the board of trustees of the International Law Institute, is chair of the District of Columbia Cable Television Advisory Committee, and a member of the Campaign Cabinet of the Penobscot River Restoration Trust. He has been an adjunct professor of international trade law and regulations at Georgetown University Law Center for 30 years and was honored with the Charles Fahy Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award in 1993.

The Law Alumni Association’s Charles S. Rhyne award is awarded annually to an alumnus whose career as a practicing attorney exemplifies the highest standards of professional ability and personal integrity and who has made significant contributions in education, professional affairs, public service or community activities. The award is named for the late Charles S. Rhyne T’34 L’35 LLD ’58, whose many accomplishments include faculty positions in government and law at American and George Washington Universities, service on the Duke University Board of Trustees and as president of the American Bar Association, special legal counsel to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1959-60, and personal representative to the President to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
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