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Bar News - November 16, 2012

From NH to Kosovo: Section to Honor McDaniel for OSCE Work

Robert E. McDaniel
Robert McDaniel, who serves as head of legal affairs for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, has been named the 2012 Daniel Webster International Lawyer of the Year by the NH Bar Association’s International Law Section.

The award will be presented to McDaniel, a Bar member since 1982, at the Nov. 27 section meeting. McDaniel, in the US for a short visit, will speak about his work in the Republic of Kosovo, where he has been living and working since 2010.

McDaniel moved to Eastern Europe to serve as an economic and legal advisor to the Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He later joined the legal department at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The OSCE comprises 56 participating countries and serves as a forum for political negotiations and decision-making in the fields of early warning, conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation.

McDaniel provides legal and strategic advice to the OSCE’s largest diplomatic mission and to its headquarters in Vienna, advising the OSCE ambassador on issues relating to diplomatic immunity and international law. He is responsible for protecting and promoting relationships with the United Nations, the European Union, NATO, NGOs from Europe and the United States, regional governments, and the embassies of many nations.

After graduating from Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith, NH, in 1969, McDaniel attended the United States Coast Guard Academy and became a commissioned officer in 1973. He served in various domestic and overseas assignments, graduated from Catholic University Law School in 1982, and became a federal prosecutor at the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC, a year later. He became an assistant attorney general in New Hampshire in 1987. His career then took him into private legal practice with the law firm of Devine, Millimet and Branch and on to top legal positions at international corporations in the United States and Europe.

The Daniel Webster International Lawyer of the Year award was created by the section to be presented each year to a NH Bar member "whose contribution to international law demonstrates the spirit of Daniel Webster and whose good works help elevate the standing of the legal profession and serve as an inspiration to others." The section selected McDaniel for his dedication to his work in Kosovo over the last three years.

"His training and counseling of the Kosovo diplomatic corps have assisted the new country to attract foreign direct investment and forge trading relationships worldwide," section leaders said. "His mission with the OSCE has contributed to the stability and future prosperity of a complex and strategic region."

Robert McDaniel is married to Laurie McDaniel, a paralegal and director of the Music Clinic Theatre Company of Belmont.

Past winners of the Daniel Webster International Lawyer of the Year Award include Michael Gunnison, the Hon. Kathleen McGuire, Hon, John Coughlin, Maurice Geiger, Phillip Walker and Michael Johnson.

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