Theodore V. Wells Jr., one of the country’s most influential lawyers, came to MEC on Monday and called for resilience and historical perspective during a time of shifts in the social and political paradigm.
“I still have the belief that we are going to make progress,” Wells said.
“The problems can be so complex that we can become paralyzed,” said Wells, who answered a series of questions posed by MEC President Rudolph F. Crew as part of the College’s Global Lecture Series.
Not being paralyzed, though, can mean voting, reaching out to younger siblings, or working hard in school, Wells told the audience. “Everyone has the potential to make a difference,” he said.
The Global Lecture Series stresses the importance of international studies in the global marketplace and prepares students to become global citizens. Wells is a partner and co-chair of the Litigation Department at Paul Weiss. His extensive experience includes white collar defense and complex civil and corporate litigation. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Wells is also chairman emeritus of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Board of Directors.