UW News

November 8, 1999

Ambassador and former House Speaker Thomas Foley to address UW Law School on Japan and the WTO

Thomas Foley, U.S. ambassador to Japan and former Speaker of the House, will address the University of Washington School of Law on Tuesday, Nov. 16, on ?The U.S., Japan, and the WTO New Round.?

Foley, a 1957 UW law graduate, will speak at 3:30 p.m. in Condon Hall room 109/129 as part of the Centennial Lecture series celebrating the Law School?s 100-year history.

The same evening, he will join in the Law School?s Alumni Recognition Banquet & Centennial Celebration, where he will present awards to Toni C. Rembe ?60; Philip A. Trautman ?54; Irwin L. Treiger ?57; and the Hon. Robert F. Utter ?54.

Foley has served as U.S. ambassador to Japan for two years, after representing Washington state?s fifth district in Congress for nearly three decades. After being defeated in the 1994 Republican landslide, he joined the Washington, D.C., law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld and served on the President?s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.

Foley was born in Spokane, Wash., in 1929. He was elected to his Eastern Washington congressional seat 15 times, serving as Majority Whip from 1981-87 until his election as Speaker in 1989.

Tuesday?s speech is one of several UW events and projects related to the World Trade Organization ministerial conference that is bringing delegates from more than 130 countries to Seattle from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.

For more information, contact Paula Littlewood, assistant dean of the Law School, at (206) 685-1998. Condon Hall is at 1100 N.E. Campus Parkway in Seattle.