Sunday, November 2, 2008

U.S. to Sign Hague Conference Choice of Courts Convention

We have just learned that the U.S. Secretary of State has authorized the signature of the United States to the Hague Conference on Private International Law Choice of Courts Convention. Click here to see the text of the convention. To date, Mexico is the only nation to have become a party to the Choice of Courts Convention. 

And with a small delay (but still highly interesting and relevant), click here for the Commission of the European Union's decision to recommend that the European Union join the Choice of Courts Convention as well.  Download Commission_Decision_on_Choice_of_Court.pdf

Momentum is clearly building for this treaty.

Hat tips to Houston Putnam Lowry of Brown & Welsh, P.C., in New York and Professor Louise Ellen Teitz in Rhode Island.

(mew)

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Are You Going to Hire a Faculty Research Assistant This Year?

If you have a faculty research assistant (or are planning to hire one), I would suggest sending them this link to an article on "Should You Be a Faculty Research Assistant?"  The original article appeared in the ABA Student Lawyer Magazine, the magazine sent to all student members of the American Bar Association.

(Don't give them the article -- give them this link instead so that they can learn how to use SSRN for your own research projects.   They may need to register their email addresses if they haven't used SSRN before, but once they do they will know about an important and cost-effective research tool, which will be particularly helpful in locating scholarship not yet published in print.)

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1265844
Click on the link, and click on "download this document."
The article discusses (1) why students should want to be faculty research assistants, (2) how to go about getting hired as a faculty research assistant, and (3) how to be a good faculty research assistant once hired.

If you are going to hire a research assistant, ask those who apply for the job to read the article and ask them for their thoughts on part 3 (how they can be a good research assistant).  You'll be able to separate those who want the job just for a line on their resume from those who will actually help you out on your research projects.

Mark Wojcik

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