President Barack Obama this week nominated Miami lawyer Stephen N. Zack to be an alternate U.S. representative for the United Nations’ 68th General Assembly, which begins Tuesday.
"I am very fortunate and grateful for the many opportunities that have allowed me to dedicate much of my career to international law and public service," said Zack, an administrative partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner. "Living and working in the multicultural city of Miami, which will always be home, has prepared me for my new and challenging role at the United Nations."
Zack, 65, who grew up in Cuba and Miami Beach, earned his bachelor and law degrees from the University of Florida, which named a building in Zack’s honor after he donated $800,000 in 2011. He was the first Hispanic-American president of the American Bar Association and the youngest president of the Florida Bar.
Zack helped lead former Vice President Al Gore’s legal team in the 2000 Bush v. Gore case, working with New York lawyer David Boies, whose Boies, Schiller & Flexner merged with Zack’s former firm in 2002.
"We’re glad Steve will be representing our country during these interesting times at the United Nations, and we look forward to having more time to visit with him in New York," Boies wrote in a staff email on Wednesday.
If Zack is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he would be one of the country’s five alternates along with five representatives chosen to be part of the discussions, debates and policy-making at the upcoming General Assembly. Each of the United Nations’ 193 member countries send 10 delegates to the annual meetings, which will take place regularly through December and into 2014 as needed.
Obama’s other alternate nominees for this General Assembly include former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and State Department Special Adviser Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, a former ambassador to Portugal. In July, Obama tapped another Miami lawyer, Kirk Wagar, to be the U.S. ambassador to Singapore.
A 2012 profile of Zack in Florida Super Lawyers describes his gregarious manner, hugging friends on the street, handing out his personal-brand "Zack Attack" cigars on the steps of the Miami-Dade Courthouse and sharing wine from his private locker at Capital Grille in Brickell.