Mary Noel Pepys is a senior attorney with a specialization in the rule of law, specifically international legal and judicial reform, and most recently corruption within the judiciary. With years of legal experience in the judicial, legislative, diplomatic and private sectors, Ms. Pepys has lived and worked abroad within former communist countries, the Middle East, Asia, and western Europe. With her knowledge of common law and civil law principles, Ms. Pepys has successfully developed, managed, implemented and evaluated legal and judicial reform projects promoting transparent and fair justice systems in over forty countries.
She has worked with US Department of State, USAID, The World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, U.S. and foreign embassies, numerous international organizations, and diverse foreign NGOs to provide legal and technical assistance to national governments, judiciary, bar, and law faculties.
While serving as the Rule of Law Liaison with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI), formerly Central and Eurasia Law Initiative (CEELI) between 1993-1998, Ms. Pepys spoke during the American Bar Association annual meeting in 1997 at which Justice Sandra Day O'Connor introduced her. To view the speech and introduction, click here. Ms. Pepys was commended for her five-year volunteer service with the American Bar Association during its annual meeting in 2016. To view, click here.
Ms. Pepys completed a 20-month assignment in Afghanistan in 2009 as the Justice Advisor for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement of the US Department of State. A pictorial account of her life and work in Afghanistan as a civilian assistance provider can be viewed by clicking here. Ms. Pepys was also interviewed by the Legal Times in 2008 regarding her work in Afghanistan, which can be viewed by clicking here.
Ms. Pepys has extensive domestic governmental experience having worked for local, state and federal governments in the areas of diplomacy, peacekeeping, legislative drafting, judicial process, and governmental transparency.
As a result of her domestic and international legal experience, she was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the Board of Directors of UC Hastings College of the Law in 2012.
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