Tuesday, June 19, 2007
The third Global Legal Skills Conference will be held February 29 and March 1, 2008, in Monterrey Mexico, hosted by the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey. Proposals for possible presentations at the conference will be accepted until October 10, 2007.
The Global Legal Skills Conference - held the first two times at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago - focuses on international legal education and specifically the needs of lawyers and law students who speak English as a second language. Additional topics covered at the conference include advocacy skills, legal research, creating appropriate materials and assignments, cross-cultural and intercultural issues, classroom teaching, clinical legal education, academic support, international legal exchanges, and alternative dispute resolution. The 2007 Chicago conference included a special session for court translators, sessions on Legal Spanish and Legal French, and roundtable discussions on teaching in China, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, and Latin America. The 2007 conference in Chicago drew attendees and presenters from all across the United States and from countries as widespread as Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, and Spain.
In addition to attendees expected from the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe, the 2008 Global Legal Skills Conference in Mexico is expected to include many attendees from law schools in Mexico and Central America. The conference presents excellent networking opportunities for those who are interested in teaching abroad, for those who are interested in international legal education, and for those who want to learn how international and foreign teaching methods can improve teaching in the domestic classroom. Proposals on comparative and international law topics are also invited. The conference is expected to be well attended and a wide variety of proposals are invited.
Proposals for possible panel or individual presentations may be submitted until October 10, 2007. There is no particular format required for proposals. Send proposals to the conference co-chair, Prof. Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604 USA, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.