The Catholic University of America

June 9, 2008

CUA Law Student Receives Fulbright for Research in Colombia

Jordan Dansby

Jordan Dansby, a rising second-year student at the Columbus School of Law, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to research and work in Colombia during the 2008-2009 academic year.

Dansby, originally from Keezletown, Va., plans to spend the year researching international trade issues.

"I want to be a part of shaping a fresh look at the United States that every American has a duty to provide," he says.

Dansby has been interested in the Andean region since spending a semester studying and traveling in Ecuador in college. After graduating from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a bachelor's degree in business in 2004, he furthered his interest by consulting for a year on international rule of law issues for the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, a think tank in Lima, Peru.

The experience heightened his interest in the legal interplay between nations, leading him to law school at Catholic University. While at CUA, Dansby conceived of a Fulbright project to explore the connections between commerce and the law.

"The goal of my project is to document the procedural and systemic barriers faced by small- and medium-sized businesses wishing to export to the United States," he says. "I will then look for solutions to those issues identified in the study."

For the project, Dansby will work principally for ProExport Colombia, an organization dedicated to promoting tourism to, and exports from, Colombia. His duties will include assisting small business owners by translating documents, interpreting, and researching and explaining legal issues. He also hopes to foster goodwill for Americans.

"The [Fulbright] program is one of the best, immediately deployable tools our government has for reversing the unsettling rise of anti-Americanism that seems to be in vogue these days," Dansby says. "I want to work to change that trend."

MEDIA: For more information, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy at 202-319-5600.

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