Russ Pope is a partner at the law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, where he represents financial institutions in commercial, corporate, and class action litigation around the country. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Norlink International, Inc., a non-profit community development and relief organization that sponsors 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.