Law Women honor State Department attorney Christina Sanford '00 (VIDEO)

Christina Sanford '00, an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State was this year’s recipient of the Law Women Alumna of the Year award.

Sanford, a Root-Tilden-Kern scholar, began working for the State Department the day before the September 11 attacks. In the years that followed, she went on to manage embassy evacuations around the globe and serve as a legal adviser to the new government in Baghdad. She’s currently responsible for international legal issues involving Eastern Africa, most notably Sudan and its recent referendum on the secession of Southern Sudan. “I encourage you to consider careers in government,” she told the audience. “You will be making small contributions that could positively impact thousands of lives.”