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Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014

Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map
Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.

Ms. Terry Smith Labat


In today's global economy, trade plays as strong a role for the nation as in the days of the tall ships, but is far more complicated than sailing at high tide. To continue to grow U.S. trade in the increasingly competitive global trading environment, effective interaction among U.S. industries and local and federal governments is needed. Ms. Labat's remarks will examine the roles of each and how they might evolve to stimulate trade and economic development.

* The views that will be expressed in these remarks are those of Ms. Labat and do not necessarily represent the positions of the U.S. Department of Commerce or the International Trade Administration

Ms. Terry Smith Labat is the Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Analysis in the International Trade Administration (ITA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce. ITA works to expand U.S. trade through increased exports and inward foreign investment that will create and support U.S. jobs. Ms. Labat is also serving as the Acting Director of ITA’s Office of Intellectual Property Rights that works to promote and protect the use of intellectual property in international trade.

Prior to assuming her current responsibilities, Ms. Labat served in several Director positions in ITA covering various industries, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and telecommunications products and services. She was the Director of the Secretariat of the national Tourism Policy Council, an interagency council working to increase tourism exports and create U.S. jobs.

Ms. Labat has also served as Senior Counsel for Trade Agreements in the Office of General Counsel in the Department of Commerce and as Attorney-Advisor at the U.S. International Trade Commission. In those positions, she helped to negotiate international trade and investment agreements that opened markets for U.S. exports, including telecommunications and tourism, and provided legal advice to the ITC Commissioners in antidumping, subsidy, and unfair trade investigations.

Ms. Labat has been a member of several U.S. delegations, representing U.S. interests at the WTO, OECD, APEC, WHO, and the UNWTO. She has also been a legal consultant to UNCTAD.



Ms. Labat holds a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Georgia and received a Licence spécial en droit européen (LL.M. in European law) from the Université libre de Bruxelles. She is a member of the District of Columbia and Georgia Bars and serves on the Board of Advisors to the Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy at University of Georgia School of Law.


Sponsor of this Month’s Program - HunterMaclean

This program is being sponsored by HunterMaclean, the largest law firm in the state of Georgia outside of Atlanta. HunterMaclean represents a wide variety of companies and individuals throughout Georgia, South Carolina, the Southeast and the United States. We appreciate its support!


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