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University of Utah alum David Schwendiman to speak on reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan

From investigating war crimes to working to put a stop to illegal organ trafficking, University of Utah graduate David Schwendiman’s career has spanned across the globe —including his most recent post as chief prosecutor of the European Union’s Special Investigative Task Force on Kosovo.

Schwendiman, a 1976 graduate of the University of Utah College of Law, has also spent time as Director of Forward Operations for the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). He’ll discuss his recent work in Afghanistan in a lecture, “Establishing the Rule of Law in Afghanistan” at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb.11.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Sutherland Moot Court Room at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, 332 S. 1400 East.

SIGAR is the U.S. government’s oversight authority in reconstruction in Afghanistan. SIGAR teams are stationed at various locations throughout the country, including Kabul and Kandahar. The agency’s teams promote economic development and other reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, and also work to deter fraud, waste and abuse related to U.S. funds allocated for reconstruction.

Schwendiman held various posts in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah, was also a judge advocate in the U.S. Navy attaining the rank of lieutenant commander. Schwendiman was also the U.S. Attorney General’s representative to three Olympic Games – Sydney in 2000, Salt Lake City in 2002 and Athens in 2004 — and completed multiple assignments for the U.S. Department of Justice in Bahrain, Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh and Bosnia and Herzegovina.