W&L Alumnus Wins Honor in China

Charles McElwee II, a 1978 W&L graduate who practices and teaches environmental law in China, has been given Shanghai’s the Magnolia Award, named for the city’s official blossom. It is the highest honor bestowed by the Shanghai on foreigners who have “contributed significantly to Shanghai’s economic performance, international relations, business environment, management standards and community development.”

McElwee works with the international law firm of Squire, Sanders and Dorsey. He was in Cleveland and San Francisco before moving to Shanghai where he has clearly made a mark. In addition to practicing law there, he teaches environmental and energy law at Shanghai Jiaotong University. He is widely considered China’s foremost specialist in the field and, according to the China Speakers Bureau, is one of the top speakers on the subject. Below are is a presentation in two parts in which discusses environmental law in China.




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