William N. Kent

William N. Kent is an Attorney Advisor with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) in the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he leads the food safety, agri-business, and sanitary and phytosanitary portfolio for the Afghanistan team. 

Prior to joining CLDP, Mr. Kent was an attorney advisor with the U.S. International Trade Commission working on Title VII antidumping and countervailing duties issues.  He also served with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service in the Office of Country and Regional Affairs, first as a desk officer covering Canada, Cuba, and the Caribbean, and then as lead desk for North Asia covering Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.  Upon graduating from law school in 2014, Mr. Kent practiced as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of General Counsel’s Energy Efficiency Enforcement Division, and on the Congressional Oversight Team. 

Mr. Kent also served as an officer in the U.S. Army where he led a 65-soldier platoon through a 15-month deployment to Iraq.

Mr. Kent received his Juris Doctorate degree, Master of Law in International Business Transactions, and Certificate of International Law from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, during which time he served as the Managing Editor of the Denver Journal of International Law & Policy.  He also holds a Master of Arts in Middle East Studies from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  He is an intermediate French and Arabic speaker.  Mr. Kent is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.

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.

Read More about Sri Lanka: FIDIC Contracts Workshop