Jocelyn Steiner

Jocelyn A. Steiner is an Attorney Advisor, International in the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), in the Office of the General Counsel of the United States Department of Commerce.  Ms. Steiner is the liaison for CLDP’s portfolio in Afghanistan, and she advises on legal reform matters related to the extractives and telecommunications industries, intellectual property, alternative dispute resolution, and customs and international trade law.

Ms. Steiner comes to CLDP with over ten years of private, international legal experience.  Most recently, Ms. Steiner advised clients on matters related to copyrights, trademarks and employment law issues at an intellectual property boutique law firm based in Reston, Virginia.  She also practiced law at a private firm in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia for three years, where she performed complex international corporate transactional work, for both international and domestic clients, in the mining, banking, securities, aircraft leasing, oil & gas, and retail sales industries.  Upon graduating from law school, Ms. Steiner practiced as an associate in the Washington, DC office of Alston & Bird, where her practice focused on white-collar criminal defense, internal and government investigations, and civil litigation related to antitrust issues, export regulations, corporate compliance, anti-corruption, contracts and tort law.

Ms. Steiner received her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, where she also served as an editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Law (formerly Law & Policy in International Business).  Prior to law school, Ms. Steiner served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Uzbekistan from 1998 to 2000.  She is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the State of Georgia.

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

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