Monday, May 26, 2014

Successful Global Legal Skills Conference Comes to a Close

GLS closingThe 9th annual Global Legal Skills (GLS) Conference held in for the first time in Verona, Italy has come to a close. It was the largest GLS conference to date with more than 180 participants from over 20 countries.  

Verona Photo 1GLS-9 was held on May 21-23, 2014 at the University of Verona Faculty of Law, with an additional day (May 24) as an excursion to Vicenza, Italy, where participants heard presentations from a member of the City Council of Vicenza, the President of the Bar Association of Vicenza, and from three Italian lawyers who described various aspects of the Italian legal system and Italian legal education. Professor David Austin of California Western School of Law in San Diego, California was an additional commentator and translator for some of those presentations. 

The conference opened on the evening of Wednesday, May 21, with a reception across from the Roman Arena in Verona, a complex built in the 1st Century A.D.  Family members and friends joined the conference participants that evening for an enjoyable and memorable evening.

The opening plenary session included the Conference Founder and Co-Chair, Professor Mark Wojcik of The John Marshall Law School (a co-editor of this blog, pictured below left with Professor Cindy Buys of Southern Illinois University School of Law, who is also a co-editor of this blog). Also speaking on the opening Plenary were other Conference Co-Chairs Professor Stefano Troiano of the University of Verona Faculty of Law, Professor Kimberly Holst (Chair-Elect of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research), Professor William B.T. Mock, Jr. (Secretary of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, one of the co-sponsoring organizations), Mr. Leonard Amari (President of the Board of Trustees of The John Marshall Law School), Gerardo Puertas Gomez (Presidente del Consejo, Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, Mexico, the institution that hosted GLS-3 and GLS-5), and the other GLS-9 Conference Co-Chairs Professor David Austin (California Western School of Law), Lurene Contento (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago), and Paolo Butturini (University of Verona). 

GLS Mark and Cindy

Professors Contento, Butturini, and Wojcik presided over the GLS "Parade of Nations," which introduced national delegations from the following countries participating in GLS-9: 

  • Australia
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Republic of Georgia
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Delegates expected from other countries including Japan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and the Islamic Republic of Iran were unable to attend.

Many great presentations and ideas for improving teaching students from around the globe were shared, including one session of international law professors from around the world who exchanged information on teaching opportunities and on cutting-edge issues in international law. As many as six concurrent panels were held in nine different session time slots over the two days that the conference presentations were made at the University of Verona Faculty of Law.  

Mark Wojcik deserves a huge amount of praise for the great work he and his planning team did to make the conference such a great success.  And many thanks for the University of Verona Law School for hosting!


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This was a truly great conference. The schedule was packed with fascinating presentations. Between sessions, the opportunities to meet law professors teaching around the globe in different settings - to lawyers and law professors as well as to law students - was inspiring. I look forward to pursuing contacts made at the conference and to attending the 10th Global Legal Skills Conference in Chicago in 2015. Thank you to the conference organizers!

Posted by: Sarah Ricks | May 26, 2014 2:56:21 AM

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