Before commencing his academic career in 2007, Prof. David Pimentel headed the Rule
of Law efforts in South Sudan for the United Nations Mission in Sudan, and has led court
reform projects in Bosnia and Romania as well. He spent four years as the Chief of Court
Management at the United Nations' International Criminal Tribunal for the former
Yugoslavia in the Netherlands. He has done research and consulting on issues of judicial
structure and legal pluralism in Nepal, South Sudan, Mozambique, Iraq, and Turkey. He has
considerable experience in the federal court system, particularly in the Circuit
Executive's Offices in the 9th and 5th circuits, and the Administrative Office of
the U.S. Courts; he spent the 1997-98 year in Washington as a Supreme Court Fellow. He
commenced his career in the judiciary clerking for Senior District Judge Martin Pence, of
the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, in Honolulu, after two years of
practice with the law firm Perkins Coie in Seattle. 

Prof. Pimentel Directed the Center for Democratic Governance and Rule of Law, as well as
the Rule-of-Law-themed LL.M. program, when he was at Ohio Northern University. He spent
the 2010-11 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar at University of Sarajevo, researching
the impact of post-war judicial reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Prof. Pimentel studied law at Berkeley and Harvard, earning his J.D. and M.A. (economics)
from the University of California, Berkeley. His B.A., summa cum laude, is from Brigham
Young University. 



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