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Former US Ambassador John Phillips to Speak March 28

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Ambassador John Phillips
Ambassador John Phillips

John Phillips, former Ambassador of the United States to Italy, will visit the Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook on Wednesday, March 28, at 2:30 pm to talk about his experience and share his reflections on his years of diplomatic service in Italy (2014 to 2017) and San Marino (2013 to 2017). His presentation will include remarks on Italy’s challenges and opportunities after its recent general election.

The talk will be held at the Center for Italian Studies in the Melville Library, Room E4340. All are invited. Please RSVP to (631) 632-7444.

About John Phillips
John Phillips was selected by President Bill Clinton to be a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. He served from 1997 to 2001. In 2009 President Obama appointed Ambassador Phillips to be the chairman of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, where he served for four years. He was also appointed (1988) to serve on the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference.

Ambassador Phillips was nominated by President Barack Obama on June 14, 2013, to serve as the US Ambassador to the Italian Republic and the Republic of San Marino. He was confirmed by the US Senate on August 1, 2013, and sworn in on August 16, 2013.

After serving four years as the US Ambassador to Italy and the Republic of San Marino, he rejoined the private law practice he started, Phillips & Cohen LLP, which is recognized as being the most successful law firm representing whistleblowers in False Claims Act cases.

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