Sunday, March 2, 2008
More than 180 persons from 11 countries participated in the third Global Legal Skills Conference last week in Monterrey Mexico.
The conference was hosted by the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey (FLDM), one of the leading and most prestigious law schools in Mexico.
The conference began on Wednesday evening at a magnificent banquet, with remarks from Pilar Frech of the FLDM, and Professor Molly Lien, one of the conference co-chairs and director of the Lawyering Skills Program at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. It was great to see so many people arriving at the conference from all over the United States and the world (some traveling from Japan, for example) just to attend this conference.
The sessions were great throughout the conference, as was the hospitality of our hosts. A fantastic law firm reception, and a Friday night fiesta complete with a wonderful mariachi band to liven up the mood. The school is located in the beautiful Huasteca mountains, which added much to everyone's enjoyment as well.
I spoke during the plenary session, which was attended by the Consul General of the United States, the Honorary Consul of Ecuador, the President of the state supreme court, a representative of the Governor of Nuevo Leon, and the dean of the law school in Mexico.
I'll have a lot more to say about the conference, including substantive discussions and links for some of the program materials. And in the spirit of a blog, I'll also share my personal thoughts on the conference and on future conferences. I'll also try to get some personal reactions from persons who attended the conference. (If you attended and would like to share your thoughts here on the Legal Writing Prof Blog, email me or simply post a comment). We'll try to get some photos posted here too.
Many thanks to everyone who attended the conference, and to the great team at the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey.
Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School-Chicago