invites you to join us for the Chapter’s 


  Tuesday, April 15, 2014

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Samar Ali

  “Is the Middle East in a Cold War, with Syria at the Center?”

 Baker Donelson Conference Center

First Floor, 211 Commerce Center

Nashville, Tennessee

Limited Paid Parking ($10) available under the building; limited free parking on the street

Reservations Required

By end of day, Thursday, April 10

To reserve:  call (615) 615-627-7352   or email

Cost: $15.00/$10 for students (no refunds after April 10)

Pay at the door, by check or with cash only

Buffet selection will include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices

Program only (7:00 p.m.) is free.

Samar Ali is currently an advisor to the United Nations Envoy for Syria and is working with both the Carter Center and the U.S. State Department to facilitate peace in the Middle East and a negotiated settlement of the Syrian crisis.

A member also both of Baker Donelson’s Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group and its Global Business Team, Ms. Ali concentrates her practice in international law and public policy.

Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Ms. Ali served as the Assistant Commissioner for International Affairs under Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.  .

Ms. Ali also served as a White House Fellow in President Obama’s administration and worked closely with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Nepolitano.  In this role, she focused on both foreign and domestic policy issues relating to national security in the US, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.  She also co-led the 2010 White House Fellows Delegation to China and served in an advisory position on the White House Arab-American Kitchen Cabinet to the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. Following this appointment, Ms. Ali joined President Jimmy Carter on an International Election Monitor Delegation to witness the presidential elections in Egypt.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law, Ms. Ali was a law clerk to the Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and a judicial intern and law clerk to the Honorable Edwin Cameron, now in the Constitutional Court of South Africa.