The World Engagement Institute (WEInstitute) is deeply grateful for the memories, services and leadership provided by our friends that have passed away. We honor them with their own bios recognizing them for the many accomplishments during their lives and showing how they have contributed to make the world a better place. Your seeds of peace, justice and integrity are with us here in this world.
Dr. Philip R. O'Connor, Ph.D.
Prof. Frank Ramaizel, M.B.A., J.D., L.L.M.
Prof. Ronald Rotunda, J.D.
Prof. Ronald D. Rotunda (Deceased) served as a WEInstitute Distinguished Research Fellow from 2013 until 2018. He simultaneously served as the Doy & Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, at Chapman University. He joined Chapman's faculty in 2008. Before that, he was University Professor and Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law. From 2002 to 2006, he was the George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law. Earlier, he served as the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Professor of Law, at the University of Illinois. He was a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was a member of Harvard Law Review. He joined the University of Illinois faculty in 1974 after clerking for Judge Walter R. Mansfield of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, practicing law in Washington, D.C., and serving as assistant majority counsel for the Watergate Committee. He co-authored the most widely used course book on legal ethics, "Problems and Materials on Professional Responsibility" (Foundation Press, 10th ed. 2008), and was the author of a leading course book on constitutional law, "Modern Constitutional Law" (West Publishing Co., 9th ed. 2009). He was also the coauthor of, "Legal Ethics: The Lawyer's Deskbook on Professional Responsibility" (ABA-West Group, St. Paul, Minnesota, 7th ed., 2009) (jointly published by the ABA and West Group, a division of Thompson Publishing) (with John Dzienkowski), as well as the author of several other books and more than 300 articles in various law reviews, journals, newspapers, and books in this country and in Europe. In 1993 he served as the Constitutional Law Adviser to the Supreme National Council of Cambodia and assisted that country in writing its first democratic constitution. He also consulted with various new democracies in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, including Moldova, Romania, and Ukraine, on their proposed constitutions and judicial codes. He chaired the subcommittee that drafted the American Bar Association's Model Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement; was a member of the Publications Board of the A.B.A. Center for Professional Responsibility since 1994; was a member of the A.B.A. Standing Committee on Professional Discipline (1991-1997); and was Liaison to the A.B.A. Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility (1994-1997).
Mr. Mohammad Adil “Mak” Khan-Qasmi
Mohammad Adil “Mak” Khan - Qasmi (Deceased) served as a WEInstitute Senior International Fellow from 2013 until his death in 2017. He was an expert on Pakistani Human Security matters, an international banker by trade, and the Founder of the Pakistan Strategy Forum. In addition to his other positions, Mak also served as the Founder of Crown Consultants, Inc. and the US Halal Association, Inc.. Additionally, he was a Board Member and Executive Director of International Relations at the Aziz Group Holding, Madinah Al Munewerah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as the Director of International Relations at SOLEX College, Illinois. Additionally, he served as the Illinois Director and Board Member of the House of Charity, Houston Texas. Mak was a long-standing member of many prestigious organizations, including: the National Strategy Forum Chicago, Illinois; the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America; and the Halal Food Council of Europe, Belgium. He was an advisor to a number of Pakistani governmental and civil-society organizations, as well as a developer of Non-Governmental Organizations through which he not only helped formulate policy guidance, but also assisted in the development of sustainable institutional governance capacity-building projects. He was a gifted writer, speaker and analyst; appeared in numerous international media events; and served as a mediator for various inter-political, inter-faith and inter-ethnic engagements.