Saturday, March 8, 2008
Here are some photos from the Global Legal Skills Conference held Febraury 28 to March 1, 2008 in Mexico at the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey.
More than 180 people from 11 countries attended the conference. This photo here isn't of everyone who came to the conference, but you may be able to recognize many familiar faces from the legal writing community. This photo was taken during one of the breaks between sessions.
The Honorable Bruce Williamson, Consul General of the United States in Monterrey (and, incidentally, also a lawyer) was one of the speakers during the opening plenary session. Also attending the opening session was the President of the Supreme Court of Nuevo Leon (Gustavo Adolfo Guerrero-Gutiérrez, Magistrado Presidente del Tribunal Superior de Justicia del Estado de Nuevo León, México), a representative of the governor of Nuevo Leon (Humberto R. Medina-Ainslie, Representante del Gobernador del Estado de Nuevo León, México), and José Roble Flores-Fernández, Dean of the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey.
I was also one of the speakers during the plenary session (I'm the tall guy on the left.) Standing next to me is Judge Guerrero-Gutiérrez, and next to him is Mr. Medina-Ainslie. Standing in the center is Professor Molly Lien, Director of the Lawyering Skills Program at The John Marshall Law School, who was one of the GLS Conference Co-Chairs. Next to her is Consul General Williamson. And on the right side of the photo are Dean Jose Roble and the Academic Vice Dean, Fernando Villareal Gonda. The deans and the staff at FLDM put in a tremendous amount of work to make the conference a success.
Speakers included representatives from more than 60 institutions from around the world (including 40 law schools from the United States).
Pictured here (from left to right) are: Dr. Peter Cramer of the Georgetown University Law Center for Global Legal English in Washington D.C.; Professor Victoria Hadfield from the University of Illinois College of Law; Professor Robert Volk from Boston University School of Law; and Professor Gerardo Puertas-Gomez, President of the Board of the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey.
In an informal photo, here are Professors Katerina Lewinbuk of the South Texas College of Law, Gerardo Puertas-Gomez from the Facultad Libre de Derecho, and Julie Spanbauer from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
The conference website has a few more photos, the full program (including all of the last-minute changes that were made), and links to some of the program materials. The next Global Legal Skills Conference will take place in June 2009 at Georgetown University.
Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School-Chicago