Greenberg Traurig's Ira Shapiro Invited to Speak at Carter, Clinton, Ford and Kennedy Presidential Libraries

Shapiro to speak about his new book titled The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis

Aug 17, 2012, 12:11 ET from Greenberg Traurig, LLP

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ira Shapiro, a shareholder at international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has been invited to speak at four Presidential libraries (Carter, Clinton, Ford, and Kennedy) about his new book titled The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis. The book was published in early 2012.

Shapiro, a shareholder in the firm's Global Trade & Investment Practice, began his speaking tour on July 31, 2012 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, where he spoke alongside former Senators Tom Daschle and Lincoln Chafee.

Shapiro will continue his speaking engagements at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas on Sept. 10, 2012 and at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia on Oct. 15, 2012. The date for his appearance at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum in Ann Arbor, Michigan is being finalized. Shapiro has been speaking widely around the country about the book and is also scheduled to speak at the centers or institutes named for Senators Howard Baker, Robert Dole and Robert Byrd.

"It is an honor to be invited to speak at these libraries and institutes," said Shapiro, who works out of the firm's Washington, D.C. office. "This election season and the widely-shared public interest in Capitol Hill make it an ideal time to talk about the book and the challenges facing our political system."

The Last Great Senate, which draws on Shapiro's 12 years as a Senate staffer, is a narrative history of the Senate of the 1960s and 1970s, told through the unfolding of its last years (1977 through 1980). It has been described as a "tour de force" (Washington Post review) and called a "historically and politically artistic work of great brilliance" (Richard A, Baker, Senate Historian Emeritus). The Philadelphia Inquirer review said that Shapiro's book was for this Congress "what John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage was for the post-war generation of leaders."

Shapiro served as the General Counsel to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) during the Clinton Administration, and was involved in completing the negotiations on the Uruguay Round which established the World Trade Organization global trade rules, and the North American Free Trade Agreement.  While serving as chief U.S. trade negotiator with Japan and Canada, he was nominated by President Clinton for ambassadorial rank and confirmed unanimously by the Senate. At Greenberg Traurig, Shapiro focuses his practice on WTO disputes and market access barriers around the world. 

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