James N. Verdier, Jr (BA, LLB, LLM)
Counselor Verdier is a seasoned human rights activist and lawyer. Before joining the LACC as its second Executive Chairperson, he served as Rule of Law Programme Manager and later as Justice and Security/National Officer with the Justice and Security Programme of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Liberia.
As a career lawyer, he has devoted much of his time providing legal services and counseling for indigent clients and pro-democracy groups, particularly in criminal, family, domestic relations, constitutional, human/civil rights, property and corporate matters. He was Managing Partner of Verdier & Associates law office.
Cllr. Verdier also served as National Director of the Catholic Justice & Peace Commission (JPC), Consultant for the Foundation for International Dignity (FIND), and Legal Assistant, Justice for our Neighbors, Baltimore – Washington DC Areas of the Global Ministry of the United Methodist Church, USA; Research Fellow, International Human Rights Law Group (now Global Rights), Washington, DC; and Research Scholar at the Carter Center, Atlanta, GA, USA.
He holds a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Liberia, LLB in Law from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, and LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the University of Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, IN, USA. Cllr. Verdier is presently an Assistant Professor of Law at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia and National Vice President of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA).