Ellen Accepts Legal Advisor’s Resignation

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has with deep regret accepted the resignation of her Legal Advisor, Cllr. Seward M. Cooper, to enable him to pursue continued national service in the private sector and international affairs, the Executive Mansion has said.

Cllr. Cooper, according to an Executive Mansion release, will be available for consultancy services.

He served as President Sirleaf’s legal advisor for nearly six years.

The scholarly legal wit described the opportunity to serve the country with an experienced, intellectually sound, and internationally respected leader as professionally satisfying.

“I enjoyed working through the years with a diverse Cabinet on matters that could help transform our country in positive ways,” Cllr. Cooper said in his letter of resignation.

While in private practice, the release said, Cllr. Cooper will focus on corporate, commercial, and international legal matters.

He is currently chairman of the African Legal Support Facility, an international organization closely aligned to the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Cllr. Cooper’s extensive experience as a corporate and international lawyer has seen him navigate the legal practice in Liberia, the United States, the UK and international organizations including the AfDB where he served as the first Chief Counsel for Governance and later as the first head of the AfBD’s Integrity and Anti-corruption Office.

To his credit, he has written and edited numerous articles and books on law. Cllr. Cooper is a graduate of the prestigious University of Wisconsin Law School, which also produced Liberia’s Angie Brooks Randolph, the first African woman president of the United Nations General Assembly. He has been admitted to plead before the Supreme Court of Liberia and the United States of America.

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