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Mr. David Winn is the Vice President at the Center for American and International Law. He is also the Director of its Institute for Transnational Arbitration. In addition, Mr. Winn is the founding Director of CAIL’s Institute for Law and Technology (2000-2008) and is the former Director of CAIL’s Institute for Energy Law (1999-2016).

Before joining CAIL in 1999, he was a trial lawyer in Dallas, primarily focused on international affairs and international law overall.


During this time, he was involved in a variety of international leadership activities with contacts in Mexico, the Soviet Union, Europe, China and the Middle East. During the Soviet Union’s perestroika from 1987-1991, Mr. Winn led US-Soviet lawyer programs for the American Center for International Leadership, the American Young Lawyers Division, and the Texas and Dallas Bar Associations.

Ms. Dianne Carlson: After attending the University of Texas School of Law, Ms. Carlson became an Associate at Haynes and Boone, LLP, an international corporate law firm (1985-1988). After this, she went on to become an employment attorney for American Airlines, where she handled employment discrimination cases (1988-1993). Then, Ms. Carlson became an attorney for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, one of the world’s largest law firms (2005-2011). While working there, she focused mainly on cross-border employment relationships for multinational companies. 


Recently, Ms. Carlson has broken away from large law firms to establish her own PLLC. Since March 2017, Ms. Carlson has been the Principal at Carlson Legal, PLLC, where she provides legal advice and consulting assistance to companies with global operations that manage their global work forces centrally from the U.S. In addition, Ms. Carlson is very involved in International Justice Mission (an organization with  goal to release human trafficked slaves in a large number of countries), and is interested in supporting organizations with a mission of eradicating human sex slavery and forced labor.

Also as of February of 2018, Ms. Carlson has attained the role of the Director of Justice Initiatives at African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM). 

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