One of the most rewarding parts of this commitment is helping to award a scholarship to the conference based on essays by lawyers from around the world. This year’s winner — Boma Briggs, Legal Counsel at the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd, Port Harcourt, Nigeria – did an impressive job of addressing the theme of corporate governance.
While I’m pleased to have the opportunity to encourage a young lawyer from a developing country in Africa, I have to say that the scholarship committee – Mr. Sanna, James Brumm and I – made our award strictly on the merits of Ms. Briggs’ work. Her essay was the most cogent and on-point, and the best-researched, with appropriate use of non-Nigerian authority in concert with Nigerian law. I look forward to meeting her this week, and my colleague Ken Thompson and I will be blogging from the IBA conference. Watch this space.