The legal advisor to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Cllr. Seward M. Cooper has resigned. It is not cleared when he actually tendered in his letter of resignation bidding president Sirleaf goodbye for private and international service, while making himself available for consultancy services.
But an Executive Mansion release issued Wednesday October 5, said President Sirleaf accepted his resignation with deep regrets. Cllr. Cooper served in that capacity for 5 years and 9 months as Legal Advisor to the President of the Republic of Liberia.
The Legal scholar is quoted as describing his service to the country through Government service as being professionally satisfying. “I enjoyed working through the years with a diverse cabinet on matters that could help transform our country in positive ways”, he was quoted to have said in his letter.
While in private practice, Cllr. Cooper will focus on corporate, commercial, and international legal matters. The erudite lawyer is currently Chairman of the African Legal Support Facility, an international organization closely aligned to the African Development Bank (AfDB).
Cllr. Seward Cooper’s extensive experience as a corporate and international lawyer has seen him navigate the legal practice in Liberia, the United States, the UK and international organizations including the AfDB where he served as the first Chief Counsel for Governance and later as the first head of the AfBD’s Integrity and Anti-corruption Office.
To his credit, he has written and edited numerous articles and books on law and is a graduate of the prestigious University of Wisconsin Law School, which also produced Liberia’s Mrs. Angie Brooks Randolph, the first African woman president of the United Nations General Assembly. He has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Liberia and that of the United States of America.