Russ Pope recently retired from a large international law firm where he represented financial institutions in commercial, corporate, and class action litigation around the country. He previously served on the Board of Directors for both JVI and Norlink International, Inc., a non-profit community development and relief organization that sponsored projects in third world countries, including the reconstruction of hundreds of homes in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in Sumatra and microenterprise incubation in Kyrgyzstan. Russ is a Navy veteran, having served on submarines in the Western Pacific before attending law school. He received a B.S. in oceanography/physics from the U.S. Naval Academy and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.