Thursday, November 8, 2018

Short Survey for Arctic Experts

The Arctic Environmental Governance Project at the University of California Irvine continues its program on governance with a study of the need for additional instruments for the environmental future of the Arctic. The project welcomes participation in a short survey. There are many different views on the need for more and different instruments and initiatives. Because this question is one of centrality to policymakers, the Project is soliciting expert thoughts.  

The survey should take about ten minutes.  Click here to take the short survey of your views on the Arctic.

Hat tip to Dr. Joseph F.C. DiMento, Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California Irvine



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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Globe Editor Recognized for 20 Years of Service

Lewis F. Matuszewich was recognized by the Illinois State Bar Association for twenty years of service as editor of The Globe, the newsletter of the ISBA Section on International and Immigration Law. Lewis is a partner at Matuszewich & Kelly LLP, a law firm located in Crystal Lake, Illinois.


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UN in Zimbabwe Reaffirms Antiretroviral Therapy to Manage HIV

The United Nations in Zimbabwe is reaffirming that people living with HIV and AIDS need to continue with antiretroviral (ARV) therapy to manage their infections, after a local preacher reportedly claimed that he had received divine revelation of an herbal cure.

In a statement released last week by the UN in Zimbabwe, Dr. Alex Gasaira, World Health Organization (WHO) representative in the country, explicitly stated that “there is no cure for HIV infection.”

According to media reports, the Zimbabwean minister notified his congregation in the capital Harare on Sunday of the “cure” for HIV and AIDS. He claimed that a healing plant had been revealed to him by God, sparking a media outcry.

The nation’s largest newspaper, the Harare Herald, reported that his claims were scientifically baseless, and that the Zimbabwean Government was actively discouraging the purchase of unapproved medicines.

Zimbabwe saw some 30,000 AIDS-related deaths in 2016, with well over one million people living with HIV accounted for in the same year, according to statistics from UNAIDS; the agency working towards ending the global pandemic as a public health threat, by 2030.

Those desperate for a cure should not abandon their ARV therapy, the UN advised. Any researchers working in the field, the statement said, are urged to subject their treatments to the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health for proper clinical trials and procedures.

Until a cure is verified, effective ARV drugs can control HIV infections and help prevent transmission, “so that people with HIV, and those at substantial risk, can enjoy health, long and productive lives,” Dr. Gasasira added.

As of the end of last year, 87 percent of Zimbabweans living with HIV were aware of their status, and 74 percent of them were receiving treatment, the report states.

The United Nations is supporting Zimbabwe in its fight to eradicate HIV and AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, starting with informing citizens of their status and working to suppress infection through treatment.

Adapted from a U.N. Press Release


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U.S. State Department Report to Congress on U.S. Government Contributions to International Organizations

The U.S. State Department has filed its 2017 Report to Congress on U.S. Contributions to International Organizations.

The United Nations Participation Act requires the U.S. Secretary of State to submit an annual report to Congress on the extent and disposition of all financial contributions made by the United States during the preceding year to international organizations in which the United States participates as a member.

This report describes U.S. Government contributions and other support to international organizations for fiscal year 2017. The report includes funding in support of certain multilateral entities that are not generally considered international organizations.

Click here to see a copy of the report.


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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

U.N. Security Council Extends Mission in Western Sahara for Another Year

The United Nations Security Council has extended the mandate of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), until 30 April next year.

Adopting resolution 2240 (2018), by a recorded vote of 12 in favor and 3 abstentions, the Security Council underscored the need for a “realistic, practicable and enduring political solution” to the question of Western Sahara.

In that context, the 15-member Council expressed “full support” for the Secretary-General’s plan to initiate renewed negotiations before the end of 2018 and urged all parties to resume dialogue, in good faith, towards a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution, “which will provide for the self determination of the people of Western Sahara.”

Originally established in 1991, in accordance with settlement proposals accepted in 1988 by Morocco and the Frente Polisario movement, MINURSO was tasked with the monitoring of the ceasefire; overseeing the exchange of prisoners of war; repatriation of refugees; and the eventual organization of a free and fair referendum in which the people of Western Sahara would choose between independence and integration with Morocco.

While the organization of the referendum has not been possible to date, other requirements of the mandate have been pursued successfully and the peacekeeping mission continues to monitor the ceasefire, conduct mine clearance operations, and supports confidence building measures.

MINURSO has also been providing assistance to irregular migrants as well as humanitarian assistance in case of natural disasters.

(Adapted from a UN Press Release)

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New U.N. Special Envoy for Syria

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Norwegian diplomat Geir O. Pedersen as his next Special Envoy for Syria.


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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The John Marshall Law School in Chicago Seeks Podium Visitors

Spring 2019 Full-Time Faculty Podium Visitors

Here's a reminder that the John Marshall Law School in Chicago is looking for one or two full-time visiting faculty members for the Spring 2019 semester. The school needs coverage in the areas of Civil Procedure (evening course), Secured Transactions, and Estates & Trusts. The appointment is for one semester, but it will be seeking visitors for the 2019–2020 academic year in these areas plus some combination of Evidence, Criminal Law, and Property.

Candidates should have taught full-time at an ABA-approved law school.

To Apply:

Submit a current CV, cover letter, and three professional references to Associate Dean David Sorkin at The review will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until one or both positions are filled. The school may request a Skype or in-person interview and submission of prior teaching evaluations.

The John Marshall Law School, finding any invidious discrimination inconsistent with the mission of free academic inquiry, does not discriminate in admission, services, or employment on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic characteristics, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Loyola Chicago Launches Institute for International Law and Practice

Loyola University Chicago School of Law has launched an Institute to International Law and Practice. It celebrated the event yesterday at its 2018 Wing-Tat Lee Lecture in International Law, delivered by Professor Harold H. Koh of Yale Law School.


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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Journal "Trade, Law, and Development" Seeks Submissions on Trade Facilitation

Trade, Law and Development


Special Issue on Trade Facilitation

Founded in 2009, the philosophy of Trade, Law and Development has been to generate and sustain a constructive and democratic debate on emergent issues in international economic law and to serve as a forum for the discussion and distribution of ideas. In keeping with these ideals, the Board of Editors is pleased to announce Trade Facilitation as the theme for its next Special Issue (Vol. XI, No. 1).

Trade facilitation is the simplification, modernisation, and harmonisation of international trade procedures. It helps simplify customs procedures by reducing costs and improving their speed and efficiency through a multilateral understanding. The Trade Facilitation Agreement (‘TFA’) entered into force on February 22, 2017 and is one of the first major new agreements reached by the member countries of the WTO since its establishment in 1995. It contains provisions for expediting the movement, release and clearance of goods, sets out measures for effective cooperation between customs and other appropriate authorities on trade facilitation, and contains provisions for technical assistance and capacity building in this area.

There is extensive empirical data to suggest that trade facilitation can significantly boost trade. However, several concerns exist regarding the projected benefits of the TFA, its implementation, and its enforcement in an increasingly protectionist trade environment. There is also uncertainty as to how the TFA will bring uniformity and consistency in the border management of developing and least-developed countries and the role of the Committee on Trade Facilitation in this respect. Moreover, most regional and bilateral preferential trade agreements negotiated in the recent past have incorporated varying provisions related to trade facilitation. It is unclear whether the TFA has been successfully able to achieve broad application of these commitments. These subjects have not received sufficient attention from mainstream academia yet. Consequently, existing literature is inadequate to effectively equip policymakers to deal with such issues.

Alongside this, India has been championing trade facilitation in services at the WTO. Trade in services too faces various barriers at and behind the border, which poses difficulties for service providers from developing countries like India in accessing key markets. India’s proposal focussed on making existing market access meaningful through reduction in transaction costs arising from unnecessary regulation. The proposal received a mixed response. Some Members like China even supported the proposed agreement going beyond the scope of domestic regulation under GATS, while others expressed concerns regarding the need for a separate legal text for trade facilitation in services and the nature and scope of the obligations put forth therein.

This Special Issue, currently scheduled for publication in July 2019, will provide an ideal platform to deliberate on trade facilitation initiatives at the WTO and how they relate to more regional initiatives. Accordingly, the Board of Editors is pleased to invite original and unpublished submissions for the Special Issue on Trade Facilitation for publication as ‘Articles’, ‘Notes’, ‘Comments’ and ‘Book Reviews’.

Manuscripts may be submitted via e-mail, ExpressO, or through the TL&D website. For further information about the journal and submission guidelines, please visit

In case of any queries, please contact the editors at: editors[at]tradelawdevelopment[dot]com.


Hat tip to Radhika Parthasarathy, a student at National Law University, Jodhpur, India and Managing Editor, Trade, Law & Development.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

The John Marshall Law School in Chicago Seeks Spring 2019 Full-Time Faculty Podium Visitors

The John Marshall Law School in Chicago seeks one or two full-time visiting faculty members for the Spring 2019 semester. The school needs coverage in the areas of Civil Procedure (evening course), Secured Transactions, and Estates & Trusts. The appointment is for one semester, but the school will be seeking visitors for the 2019–2020 academic year in these areas plus some combination of Evidence, Criminal Law, and Property.

Candidates should have taught full-time at an ABA-approved law school.

To Apply:

Submit a current CV, cover letter, and three professional references to Associate Dean David Sorkin at The review will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until one or both positions are filled. The school may request a Skype or in-person interview and submission of prior teaching evaluations.

The John Marshall Law School, finding any invidious discrimination inconsistent with the mission of free academic inquiry, does not discriminate in admission, services, or employment on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic characteristics, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


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Nominations for the 2018 Global Legal Skills Awards

The 2018 Global Legal Skills Conference in Melbourne, Australia will include award presentations to individuals, institutions, law schools, law firms, publishers, and other organizations that have advanced global legal skills education around the world. The awards continue the award presentations made in Costa Rica, Italy, Mexico, and the United States.

A full list of prior recipients is available at

There is no particular nomination form – a simple email is enough to nominate a person or an institution for a GLS Award. The awards will be presented at Melbourne Law School during the GLS-13 conference, which takes place from December 9-12, 2018. Winners need not be present, but it's always nicer for everyone if they are there.

There ere four award categories:

  • Individual Winners; This category recognizes individuals around the world who have made significant contributions to the promotion and improvement of global legal skills.
  • Scholarship and Book Awards: This category recognizes exceptional books and articles that advance the teaching of global legal skills, including new casebooks and texts for lawyers and law students.
  • Law Firms and Other Institutional Winners: This category recognizes companies, professional associations, law firms, and other organizations around the world that give special support for global legal skills. The names of persons accepting these law firm and institutional awards are in parentheses.
  • Law School Winners: This category recognizes law schools around the world that give special attention to and support for global legal skills.

Please send your nominations for one or more of the categories to by November 15, 2018. Include a paragraph about why the person, institution, law firm, law school, publisher, or other organization is worthy of an award. We will contact you if we need additional information. Nominations not selected in a particular year will be carried forward to the following year.


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Friday, October 12, 2018

Amendments to Rules of the U.S. Court of International Trade

The U.S. Court of International Trade approved amendments to the following Rules that will become effective on October 15, 2018:

Rule 3. Commencing an Action
Rule 24. Intervention
Rule 56.2. Judgment on an Agency Record for an Action Other Than That Described in 28 U.S.C. § 1581(c)
Rule 73.2. Documents in an Action Described in 28 U.S.C. § (c) or (f)
Rule 73.3. Documents in All Other Actions Based on the Agency Record
Form 3 Summons in 28 U.S.C. § 1581(b), Rule 3(a)(2)
Form 5 Information Statement, Rule 3(d)
Specific Instructions for Form 3 Summons in 28 U.S.C. § 1581(b)
Specific Instructions for Form 17 Business Proprietary Information Certification
Specific Instructions for Form 18A Notification of Termination of Government Attorney Access to Business Proprietary Information Pursuant to Rule 73.2(c)
Administrative Order 02-01: Electronic Filing Procedures and Submission of Confidential Information
Schedule of Fees

A copy of the amendments is available for review on the Court’s website:


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Friday, October 5, 2018

Judge Evan Wallach Delivers the 17th DiCarlo International Trade Lecture

Judge Evan J. Wallach of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit delivered the 17th Dominick L. DiCarlo U.S. Court of International Trade Lecture on October 5, 2018 at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Judge Wallach was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Barack Obama in 2011. Before his appointment to the Federal Circuit, Judge Wallach served for 16 years on the U.S. Court of International Trade, having been appointed to that court by President William J. Clinton in 1995. Judge Wallach is a U.S. Army veteran and a recognized expert in the law of war. He has taught at a number of law schools, including Brooklyn Law School, New York Law School, George Mason University School of Law, and the University of Münster in Germany.

Judge Wallach spoke on "Lawyers as Truth Tellers and Persons of Honor." He recounted stories about lawyers who appear before federal trial and appellate courts. He stressed the importance of lawyers knowing and accurately representing the record before the court. He told students and recent graduates in attendance at the lecture about the importance of developing a professional reputation that you are a lawyer who practices law fairly, competently, and honestly. He also discussed differences in daily practice between being a trial court judge and an appellate court judge serving on a three-judge panel.

The lecture was sponsored by The John Marshall Law School Center for International Law. The lecture series was established in 2001 in honor of Judge Dominick L. DiCarlo, a former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of International Trade. Three John Marshall alumni had clerked for Judge DiCarlo. Two of them were in attendance at the lecture: Mark E. Wojcik (Professor at The John Marshall Law School), Larry Friedman (Partner at Barnes Richardson and Colburn and an Adjunct Professor at The John Marshall Law School). Frances Hadfield, another graduate of The John Marshall Law School and Counsel at Crowell & Moring, LLP, was a former law clerk to Judge Wallach. Professor Paul Lewis, Director of the Center for International Law, opened the program. The DiCarlo Lecture Series invites judges from the U.S. Court of International Trade to speak on the role of the federal courts in shaping and litigating customs and international trade law disputes.


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Happy International Teachers' Day!


Happy International Teachers' Day! (October 5)


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UMKC is Hiring

Job Announcement – Clinical Assistant or Associate Professor for International LL.M. and J.D. programs
The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law seeks applications for a Clinical Assistant or Associate Professor to start in Fall 2019. The critical courses to be covered are: Common Law, Legal Analysis and Writing, a three-credit hour required, writing-intensive, foundational course for international LL.M. students (this course is offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters); International Human Rights, a paper course for LL.M. and J.D. students offered in the Fall semester; Global Legal Systems (Comparative Law) in the Spring semester, and another course for which there is some flexibility. Needs include International Commercial Arbitration, Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution, and possibly Introduction to American Legal Skills (interviewing, counseling and negotiation).
UMKC School of Law seeks faculty members with a strong commitment to educating lawyers for the twenty-first century, and those who will actively participate in our collegial, collaborative community. It is the urban law school of the University of Missouri System and is located on a beautiful landscaped campus in the Country Club Plaza area of Kansas City, Missouri, a vibrant metropolitan area of more than two million people. UMKC offers courses leading to J.D. or LL.M. degrees for approximately 400 students. 
UMKC is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor – Human Resources at 816-235-1621. To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Affirmative Action at 816-235-1323.
Applicants must apply through the UMKC’s Human Resources website:
Inquiries may be sent to: Jeffrey E. Thomas, Associate Dean for International Programs, UMKC School of Law, 500 E. 52nd Street, Kansas City, MO 64110


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Saturday, September 15, 2018

ISBA Seminar on Cross-Border Litigation

The Illinois State Bar Association will hold a continuing legal education program on October 26, 2018 on the topic of "Cross-Border Litigation: Essential Considerations for U.S. Lawyers." The program will be held that morning in the ISBA's Chicago Regional Office. Contact the ISBA for registration information.



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Deciphering Legal Abbreviations: The Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations

The Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations allows you to search for the meaning of abbreviations for English language legal publications, from the British Isles, the Commonwealth and the United States, including those covering international and comparative law. Many major foreign language law publications are also included in the database.

The database mainly covers law reports and legal periodicals but some other legal publications are also included. The Index is under continuous development with new abbreviations and titles being added on a regular basis.

Click here to have a look.

Hat tip to the law librarians at Yale Law School.


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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago: Session on How to Conduct Free Legal Research Online

ABA Standing Committee LLOC LogoThe American Bar Association opens its annual meeting this week in Chicago with hundreds -- make that thousands -- of meetings, seminars, and programs for the various ABA sections, fora, divisions, standing committees, and other bar association entities. One of the programs being offered this week is a program on "How to Conduct Free Legal Research Online," sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress.

The research program will be held on Friday, August 3, 2018, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, East Tower, Lobby Level, Plaza Ballroom A. The program will explain research services available through the Law Library of Congress (the largest law library in the world) and other free, online collections. The program includes a strong focus on international and foreign law legal research as well as updates to federal legislative research.

The program will be given by Barbara Bavis of the Law Library of Congress. At past ABA Annual Meetings this has sometimes been a standing-room only event, so plan to arrive a few minutes early. You'll be glad you did.


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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

ABA House of Delegates to Consider Major Changes for Legal Education

The American Bar Association House of Delegates ("HOD"), the body that determines association-wide policy, will review proposals at the upcoming ABA Annual Meeting to change rules and procedures affecting how the ABA accredits the nation’s 204 law schools. The HOD will also consider updates to the model rules governing lawyer-client communications.

The HOD made up of 601 delegates from state, local, and other bar associations and legal groups from across the country. It will meet at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on Aug. 6-7, 2018, at the close of the Annual Meeting, which begins August 2. Altogether, about 50 proposals are on the House’s agenda. The HOD debates are open to observers and may also be available by webcast.

Proposed Changes to the ABA Standards and Procedures to Approve Law Schools


The proposed revisions to the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools  follows a lengthy review and comment process. The changes will modify not only rules and standards, but the way the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar – the association’s independent arm which serves as the national accreditor of law schools -- operates. Altogether, there are five legal education resolutions (111A-111E) before the House.

For law schools, the most significant proposed change affects the standard requiring a “valid and reliable test” for prospective law students. While a test, such as the LSAT, would no longer be required, language would establish that a school whose admissions policy and practices are called into question is presumptively out of compliance with the standards if it does not require a valid and reliable admissions test as part of its admission policy. In recent years, close to two dozen schools have announced they will accept the GRE in addition to the LSAT.

The Council, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the sole national accrediting agency for law school education, is also seeking to eliminate both its Accreditation and Standards Review committees and fold their work into the Council itself to accelerate its review of schools. Under ABA rules, the House can either concur with the recommended changes or send them back to the Council with or without a recommendation. The Council must then resend any changes back to the House for re-consideration, but the final decision rests with the Council. 

Proposed Changes to the ABA Rules of Professional Responsibility

The lawyer communications proposal culminates several years of work by the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and affiliated groups, which have shepherded the process for review of model rules related to advertising and lawyer communications with clients.

The standing committee is asking the House to approve amendments to the following ABA Model Rules: 7.1: Communications Concerning a Lawyer’s Services, 7.2: Advertising, 7.3: Solicitation of Clients, 7.4: Communication of Fields of Practice and Specialization, and 7.5: Firm Names and Letterheads.  Proponents contend the current web of complex, contradictory and detailed advertising rules impedes lawyers’ efforts to expand their practices and thwart clients’ interests in securing the services they need.

The key changes focus on model rule provisions related to false and misleading “communications” and solicitations by lawyers. The changes in the ABA Model Rules, which serve as recommended guidelines to state regulators, would streamline and simplify the rules and still adhere to constitutional limitations on restricting commercial speech; protect the public; and permit lawyers to use technologies to inform consumers accurately and efficiently about the availability of legal services. For instance, “office address” would be changed to “contact information” (to accommodate technological advances), and the changes add new language to the general provision against paying for recommendations to permit nominal “thank-you” gifts.

Other Proposed Changes Before the HOD

The House is also being asked to approve a major change in how the ABA collects dues from its members. Under the proposed new membership model, the current 157 price points would be streamlined into five, ranging from $75 to $425 depending on years of bar admittance. Under the plan, the change would take place in the association’s 2020 fiscal year, which begins September 1, 2019.

Other proposals before the House include:

  • Resolution 103, which adopts the ABA Model Impairment Policy for Legal Employers, dated August 2018, to provide a mechanism within law firms to identify impairment and craft proper intervention, and to prevent professional standards and the quality of work for clients from being compromised by any legal employer personnel’s impairment. The resolution also urges legal employers to adopt the new model policy.
  • Resolution 106A, which reaffirms the ABA’s commitment to advance the rule of law and condemns the harassment, arbitrary arrest and detention, arbitrary disbarment, denial of due process, other ill-treatment and killings of judges, lawyers, other members of the legal profession and their extended families throughout the world for serving in their designated capacities.
  • Resolution 114, which adopts the black letter and commentary to the ABA Ten Guidelines on Court Fines and Fees, dated August 2018, and urges governmental agencies to promulgate law and policy consistent with the guidelines, which are intended to minimize excessive penalties if an individual cannot afford to pay them.
  • Resolution 118, which urges the federal government to recognize that service by persons who otherwise meet the standards for accession or retention, as applicable, in the U.S. Armed Forces should not be restricted, and transgender persons should not be discriminated against, based solely on gender identity.
  • Resolution 10A, which asks states to adopt General Provisions for Regulation of Online Providers of Legal Documents to establish reasonable standards of product reliability and efficacy for online legal providers.
  • Resolution 100B, which urges Louisiana and Oregon to require unanimous juries to determine guilt in felony criminal cases and reject the use of non-unanimous juries where currently allowed in felony cases.

All proposed and filed resolutions and reports can be found here. Only proposals adopted by the House constitute association policy.

(Adapted from an ABA Press Release)


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Thursday, July 19, 2018

The John Marshall Law School will Merge with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Creating the First Public Law School in the City of Chicago

UIC and John Marshall Join Forces to Create Chicago's Only Public Law School

The board of trustees of both the University of Illinois at Chicago and The John Marshall Law School have voted to create UIC John Marshall Law School—Chicago’s first and only public law school.

"The decision to create a public law school marks a historic day for higher education in Chicago," said Michael Amiridis, UIC Chancellor. "It is also a historic day for UIC, which will fill a 50-year gap in its academic offerings as a comprehensive research university. Through our research and scholarship, we have celebrated and contributed to the rule of law for decades, and now we open the doors of our academic community to those who teach the law and those who study the law. We look forward to welcoming the John Marshall family into UIC."

UIC initiated informal discussions with The John Marshall Law School leadership in 2016. Subsequently, the parties determined that this transaction would be financially feasible without requiring any new state funds. At the closing, significant John Marshall assets will transfer to UIC and the University of Illinois Foundation. The law school's real estate in the Loop will initially be leased and then transferred within five years. UIC will bear no financial obligation for the acquisition and will fully integrate the law school into UIC after the closing.

In addition to providing current and prospective students with a more affordable legal education, UIC's acquisition of John Marshall will create opportunities for interdisciplinary courses and new joint and dual-degree programs aligned with UIC strengths in disciplines such as the health sciences, engineering and technology, urban planning and public administration, the social sciences and business. John Marshall joining UIC will also open up new possibilities for research collaborations between UIC and John Marshall faculty.

"When you combine the strengths of the John Marshall Law School and UIC, one plus one is much greater than two," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "The merger of these two bright lights on Chicago's scholastic landscape will strengthen education and career opportunities for generations of Chicago students, and strengthen our city's reputation for world-class academic excellence."

The UIC John Marshall Law School will require accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission and the American Bar Association's Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, and approval for a change of control from the U.S. Department of Education. A law school at UIC is also subject to review and approval by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. If the necessary approvals are obtained within the anticipated timeframe, the first entering class of the UIC John Marshall Law School is expected to matriculate in fall 2019.

"Chicago is the largest city in the U.S. without a public law school. The UIC John Marshall Law School will fill that gap while also enhancing legal services available to the people of Chicago. We are already putting plans in place to enhance the program of legal education, build innovative programs within a strong public university, and continue the law school's long-standing efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession," said John Marshall's Dean Darby Dickerson, who will stay on as dean of the UIC John Marshall Law School.

Both institutions have track records of excellence in research and scholarship, access for underserved students, and service to Chicago and its people. "Our shared commitment in these areas guarantees that the doors of UIC John Marshall Law School will continue to remain open to all aspiring law students regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds," said Paula Holderman, President of the Board of Trustees of The John Marshall Law School.

"John Marshall has a broad curriculum, an excellent faculty, and a long history of giving back to the community by providing pro bono legal services in the areas of veterans’ affairs, international human rights, fair housing, family law, landlord-tenant issues and more," said Susan Poser, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UIC. "There are UIC faculty who study these same issues from the perspective of social science, public administration, and health care. We plan to harness these areas of expertise to graduate lawyers who are grounded in and understand the context in which they will practice."

Approximately 900 Juris Doctor (JD) students and 117 Master of Laws (LLM) and Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) students are currently enrolled at John Marshall. The school expects to add a fall 2018 entering JD class of approximately 280.

When the transaction closes, John Marshall students will become UIC students and will have enhanced student services, including access to health care services, recreational facilities, residence halls, and college athletics. UIC students will benefit from access to law courses and opportunities to take classes jointly taught by John Marshall and UIC faculty.

The new UIC John Marshall Law School will continue to operate at its downtown Loop location at the corners of State Street, Jackson Boulevard and S. Plymouth Court and will become the sixteenth college at UIC. The dean will report to the UIC Provost, and John Marshall staff will become UIC employees. UIC also welcomes John Marshall alumni to the UIC community.

Press release from The John Marshall Law School.


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