Thursday, March 5, 2020

Guidance for Student Foreign Travel

The Centers for Disease Control has issued guidance for Institutes of Higher Education with students participating in foreign exchange or study abroad programs.

Consider postponing or canceling student foreign exchange programs

Given the global outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) institutes of higher education (IHE) should consider postponing or canceling upcoming student foreign exchange programs. IHE should consider asking current program participants to return to their home country. Those overseeing student foreign exchange programs should be aware that students may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, challenges in returning home or accessing health care while abroad.

IHEs should consider asking students participating in study abroad programs to return to the United States. IHEs should work with state and local public health officials to determine the best approach for when and how (e.g., chartered transportation for countries or areas assessed as high-risk for exposure) their study abroad students might return. All plans for returning study abroad students should be designed to protect participants from stigma and discrimination.

The COVID-19 situation is dynamic. Given the speed of spread and the number of countries experiencing human-to-human transmission, IHEs should evaluate the risks associated with choosing to maintain programs abroad and take the appropriate proactive measures. IHEs that continue to maintain programs abroad should monitor cdc.gov/COVID-19 for additional information.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Global Legal Skills Conference in Bari is Rescheduled

Because of uncertainties in global travel relating to the caronavirus, the next Global Legal Skills Conference is being rescheduled from May 2020 to May 2021. The location will remain at the University of Bari (southern Italy).
 
Proposals submitted for the 2020 conference will be carried over to the new conference dates, which we believe will be May 19-21, 2021. The conference organziers will also be accepting additional proposals.
 
The GLS Conference organizers are grateful to the University of Bari Department of Law for hosting the next conference and they thank them for being able to accommodate the new conference schedule.
 
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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Surprise! One Month From Now, North Korea Will Become a Party to the CISG

Perhaps it could have chosen a day other than April Fool's Day, but it didn't. And it does seem so fantastic that international lawyers might be forgiven for doubting this news. But here it is: The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) will become a party to the U.N. Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG) on April 1, 2020. 

Other countries joining the CISG in 2020 include Laos and Liechtenstein.

This brings the number of state parties to 93. Australia, China, South Korea, and the United States for example, are all parties to the CISG. India, Pakistan, South Africa, and the United Kingdom are still not parties to the CISG. 

Click here to see the CISG status table.

As stated on the UNCITRAL website, "The purpose of the CISG is to provide a modern, uniform and fair regime for contracts for the international sale of goods. Thus, the CISG contributes significantly to introducing certainty in commercial exchanges and decreasing transaction costs." Additionally, "the CISG provides modern, uniform legislation for the international sale of goods that would apply whenever contracts for the sale of goods are concluded between parties with a place of business in Contracting States. In these cases, the CISG would apply directly, avoiding recourse to rules of private international law to determine the law applicable to the contract, adding significantly to the certainty and predictability of international sales contracts."

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February 29, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

University of Colorado to Hold Conference on Women's Enfranchisement

The University of Colorado Law School’s Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law will host the 2020 Ira C. Rothgerber Jr. Conference on Constitutional Law on Friday, April 3, 2020, on the topic:  “Women’s Enfranchisement: Beyond the 19th Amendment.”  2020 marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment, formally extending suffrage to some, but not all, women. But barriers to both political rights and social, lived equality persist, particularly for women at the intersections of race, gender identity, sexuality, and class.  The conference, featuring exciting discussion among diverse scholars and lawyers, will use the centennial to take stock of how far we’ve come and how far we have to go in terms of formal political enfranchisement as well as the social and economic empowerment of women more broadly.  The conference is free and breakfast and lunch will be served to attendees.  Please register here by March 30.

Location: Wittemyer Courtroom | Wolf Law Building (2450 Kittredge Loop Dr, Boulder, CO 80305)

Time: Friday, April 3, 2020 |8:30 am-5:00 pm

Speakers include: 

·       Keynote: Reva Siegel (Yale Law)  

·       Facilitation:  Suzette Malveaux (Colorado Law)

·       Panelists: 

o   Carolyn Ramsey (Colorado Law) 

o   Julie Suk (CUNY) 

o   Mary Ziegler (FSU Law) 

o   Susan Schulten (University of Denver) 

o   Dara Strolovitch (Princeton) 

o   Atiba Ellis (Marquette Law) 

o   Bertrall Ross (Berkeley Law) 

o   Justin Levitt (Loyola Law) 

o   Ming H. Chen (Colorado Law) 

o   Aya Gruber (Colorado Law) 

o   Chinyere Ezie (Center for Constitutional Rights) 

o   Diana Flynn (Lambda Legal) 

o   Cary Franklin (UTexas Law) 

o   Scott Skinner-Thompson (Colorado Law). 

 

Hat tip to Prof. Scott Skinner-Thompson, University of Colorado Law School

 

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Grants for Research in Negotiation and Conflict Management

Indisputably, the blog for Dispute Resolution Professors, shared news that the Negotiation and Team Resources Organization has announced a grants program to promote the cross-fertilization of research, teaching, and expertise in the area of negotiation and conflict management.  The application deadline is April 20, 2020.  Grants will be awarded by June 15, 2020. 

 

Click here for more information about the grant, the application process, and to see what was funded last year.

 

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February 29, 2020 in Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

University of Bari Hosts Italian Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Jessup Bari 2020The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious moot court competition in the world.  Every year, law students from more than 600 law schools and more than 90 countries take part in a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.

The 2019-2020 season marks the 61th edition of the Jessup Competition worldwide.

This year also marks the 18th edition of the Italian National Rounds and the first time that the Italian National Rounds of the 2020 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition will take place in southern Italy. The competition is being hosted this week by the Università degli Studi di Bari 'Aldo Moro', which will also be the host in May of the next Global Legal Skills Conference.

Congratulations to the University of Bari on hosting this year's competition and good luck to all of the teams who have worked so hard to get to this stage of the competition.

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February 12, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Case Western Wins Chicago Regional Jessup

CWRU Jessup Chicago 2020Case Western Reserve University School of Law went undefeated over the weekend in the Chicago Regional Competition of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, held February 7-9, 2020 at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. 

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious moot court competition in the world.  Every year, law students from more than 600 law schools and more than 90 countries take part in a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.

The 2019-2020 season marks the 61th edition of the Jessup Competition worldwide.

The Case Western Team is pictured here with Final Round Judges, Professors Stuart Ford (UIC John Marshall Law School), Talin Hitik, and Vincent Samar (Loyola University Chicago).

The Case Western team received the award for the third-best brief and awards for best speaker in the competition (Laura Graham), eighth-best speaker (Andrea Shaia) and ninth-best speaker (Anthony Severyn). The applicant side, composed of Laura Graham and Elizabeth Safier, then proceeded to beat Wayne State in the quarter-final round, Loyola in the semi-final round and Wisconsin in the final round.

It was the second year in a row that CWRU won the Chicago Jessup International Law Moot Court Championship, earning a berth in the International Rounds in Washington DC in April for the ninth time in 17 years. CWRU is the most recent U.S. team to win the World Championship of the world’s largest, oldest and most prestigious international moot court competition. The Jessup team was coached by CWRU Dean Michael Scharf and Jones Day partner Christopher McLaughlin, assisted by Professors Avi Cover, Jim Johnson, Andrew Pollis and Cassandra Robertson.

Congratulations to all of the teams competing in Jessup Rounds around the world, and thank you to the host institutions and armies of judges for both the memorials and the oral advocacy rounds. If you're a Jessup alumnus, we urge you to visit the website of the International Law Students' Association and make a small (or large) contribution to support the world's largest international law moot court competition.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

UIC John Marshall Law School is Hiring Adjunct Professors in Various Subjects

The University of Illinois at Chicago John Marshall Law School, Chicago’s only public law school, seeks candidates for adjunct faculty positions to teach classes in the Law School’s Juris Doctor, Master of Laws, and Master of Jurisprudence degree programs.

These are part-time positions with modest compensation. While adjunct faculty may not be eligible for many benefits, such as health care, they may still be eligible to participate in the State Universities Retirement System (SURS).

Typically, Adjunct Professors teach one course per academic year. Specific classes and programs for which the Law School anticipates hiring adjunct faculty in the near future are posted at https://go.uic.edu/lawadjuncts.

Adjuncts generally teach experiential classes (including Lawyering Skills and Trial Advocacy) or advanced classes in the Law School’s master’s degree programs (Employee Benefits, Estate Planning, Intellectual Property Law, International Business & Trade Law, Privacy & Technology Law, Real Estate Law, and Tax Law). Experiential classes are normally taught at the Law School in Chicago’s downtown Loop. Classes in the master’s programs may be taught at the Law School or online, and in some instances, adjuncts also develop online classes for additional compensation. Adjuncts are required to participate in orientation and training sessions and to comply with academic and institutional policies. A learning management system is used in both live and online classes to post syllabi and other materials and communicate with students.

Candidates must have a Juris Doctor degree from an ABA-approved law school or its equivalent from a foreign country, at least five years of relevant law practice experience, a record of or potential for excellent teaching, and experience with or willingness to learn the Blackboard learning management system. In addition, admission to a state or foreign bar (or inactive/retired status) is expected for most adjunct faculty positions, and candidates must be in good standing with any bar to which they have been admitted.

For fullest consideration, applicants should submit a resume or curriculum vitae, names of three references familiar with the applicant’s practice or teaching credentials, and a letter of intent identifying specific classes for which the applicant wishes to be considered to http://jobs.uic.edu/job-board/job-details?jobID=129070 by February 28, 2020. (A catalog of the Law School’s classes may be found online at http://jmls.uic.edu/ or https://courses.jmls.edu/.)

 

Applications are considered for particular classes on a rolling basis or as openings arise. An interview (in person, online, or by phone) may be scheduled following an initial screening. Applicants can continue to apply as a confidential review and screening of candidates will continue until positions are filled.

 

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

 

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Save the Dates: Upcoming AALS Annual Meetings

AALS LogoThe Association of American Law Schools will hold its 2021 Annual Meeting in San Francisco from Tuesday, January 5, 2021 to Saturday, January 9, 2021.

The AALS will hold its 2022 Annual Meeting in New York from Wednesday, January 5, 2022 to Sunday, January 9, 2022.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

AALS Art Law Section

AALS LogoThe Association of American Law Schools Section on Art Law has announced its officers and executive committee members for 2020-2021. They are:

Officers

  • Chair: Christine Haight Farley, Professor, American University Washington College of Law
  • Chair-Elect: Jorge Contreras, Professor, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law

Executive Committee:

  • Yvette Joy Liebsman, Professor, St. Louis University School of Law
  • Peter Karol, Professor, New England Law
  • Deborah Gerhardt, Professor, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Irene Calboli, Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

The ICJ indicates provisional measures to protect the Rohingya in Myanmar

Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide

(The Gambia v. Myanmar)

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) granted some provisional measures today in its Order on the Request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by the Republic of The Gambia in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar).

ICJ CourtroomOn 11 November 2019, the Republic of The Gambia filed proceedings against the Republic of the Union of Myanmar concerning alleged violations of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (“Genocide Convention”). The Gambia argued that Myanmar has committed and continues to commit genocidal acts against members of the Rohingya group, which it describes as a “distinct ethnic, racial and religious group that resides primarily in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.” The Application contained a Request for the indication of provisional measures, seeking to preserve, pending the Court’s final decision in the case, the rights of the Rohingya group in Myanmar, of its members and of The Gambia under the Genocide Convention.

The ICJ may indicate provisional measures only if the provisions relied on by the Applicant appear, prima facie, to afford a basis on which its jurisdiction could be founded. The ICJ must also satisfy itself that the rights whose protection is sought are at least plausible and that there is a link between those rights and the measures requested. The ICJ will indicate provisional measures only if there is a real and imminent risk that irreparable prejudice will be caused to the rights in dispute before the ICJ gives its final decision.

In view of the fundamental values sought to be protected by the Genocide Convention, the ICJ considered that the right of the Rohingya group in Myanmar and of its members to be protected from killings and other acts threatening their existence as a group, are of such a nature that prejudice to them could cause irreparable harm.

ICJ Peace PalaceThe ICJ noted in its order that the reports of the Fact-Finding Mission have indicated that, since October 2016, the Rohingya in Myanmar have been subjected to acts which are capable of affecting their right of existence as a protected group under the Genocide Convention, such as mass killings, widespread rape and other forms of sexual violence, as well as beatings, the destruction of villages and homes, denial of access to food, shelter and other essentials of life. The Court is of the opinion that the Rohingya in Myanmar remain extremely vulnerable, observing in particular that the Fact-Finding Mission concluded in September 2019 that the Rohingya people remained at serious risk of genocide.

The ICJ noted that Myanmar stated during the oral proceedings that it is engaged in repatriation initiatives to facilitate the return of Rohingya refugees present in Bangladesh and that it intends to promote ethnic reconciliation, peace and stability in Rakhine State, and to make its military accountable for violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. In the view of the Court, however, these steps do not appear sufficient in themselves to remove the possibility that acts causing irreparable prejudice to the rights invoked by The Gambia for the protection of the Rohingya in Myanmar could occur.

In light of these considerations, the Court finds that there is a real and imminent risk of irreparable prejudice to the rights invoked by The Gambia. The ICJ concluded that the conditions required by its Statute for it to indicate provisional measures were met, and it indicated the following provisional measures:

“(1) Unanimously,

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar shall, in accordance with its obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, in relation to the members of the Rohingya group in its territory, take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of all acts within the scope of Article II of this Convention, in particular:

(a) killing members of the group;

(b) causing serious bodily or mental harm to the members of the group;

(c) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; and

(d) imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

(2) Unanimously,

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar shall, in relation to the members of the Rohingya group in its territory, ensure that its military, as well as any irregular armed units which may be directed or supported by it and any organizations and persons which may be subject to its control, direction or influence, do not commit any acts described in point (1) above, or of conspiracy to commit genocide, of direct and public incitement to commit genocide, of attempt to commit genocide, or of complicity in genocide;

(3) Unanimously,

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar shall take effective measures to prevent the destruction and ensure the preservation of evidence related to allegations of acts within the scope of Article II of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide;

(4) Unanimously,

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar shall submit a report to the Court on all measures taken to give effect to this Order within four months, as from the date of this Order, and thereafter every six months, until a final decision on the case is rendered by the Court.”

Click here for more information about the order.

(Adapted from an ICJ Press Release)

January 23, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, January 20, 2020

List of Winners of the 2019 Global Legal Skills Awards

The 2019 Global Legal Skills Awards were presented last month in Phoenix during the 14th Global Legal Skills Conference at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. Here is the list of award winners from that conference. Click on a name to read more about that award (and to see a photo of the winner).

  1. Teresa Brostoff and Ann Sinsheimer (University of Pittsburgh School of Law)
  2. Alissa Hartig (Portland State University)
  3. Craig Hoffman (Georgetown)
  4. Rosa Kim (Suffolk)
  5. Charlotte Ku (Texas A&M University)
  6. Nadia Nedzel (Southern University Law Center)
  7. Karen M. Ross (New York University)(Book Award)
  8. Diana J. Simon (University of Arizona)
  9. DLA Piper (Law Firm Award)
  10. University of Houston Law Center (Law School Award)

And here is a link to the call for presenters for GLS-15 in Bari, Italy, being held May 20-22, 2020 at the University of Bari Department of Law.

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January 20, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Dr. Charlotte Ku Has Won a Global Legal Skills Award

Charlotte Ku is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Global Programs and Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University School of Law. She was recognized last month during the 14th Global Legal Skills Conference for her longstanding commitment to global legal education.

Charlotte Ku TAMUDr. Ku was previously a Professor of Law and Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Legal Studies at University of Illinois College of Law. She served as Acting Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, and was Executive Director and Executive Vice President of the American Society of International Law from 1994 to 2006. Especially through her international work at ASIL and the Lauterpacht Centre, Dr. Ku became known by professors, judges, lawyers, and legal scholars across the world.

Dr. Ku initiated and directs the Global and Comparative Law program at Texas A&M University. That program has sent faculty-led teams of more than 100 students overseas and has brought at least 20 international visiting scholars and LL.M. students to Texas. Dr. Ku is a political scientist with a rich background in global legal education. Her interest in world affairs began during her childhood in Hong Kong, then under British rule.

She earned a Ph.D. in International Relations at Tufts University in the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Her current research focuses on international law and global governance. 

Dr. Ku believes that a global perspective is vital to the practice of law. “Lawyers are relationship-builders and problem-solvers,” she has said. “A global outlook strengthens the ability to do both even if lives and careers never take an individual out of the United States. A global mindset, as part of a student’s professional identity and toolkit, is useful to help a person comfortably identify and tackle issues at multiple levels, in diverse settings, and through varied perspectives.”

We congratulate Dr. Charlotte Ku on receiving a 2019 Global Legal Skills Award and thank her again for her longstanding support of international legal skills education.

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January 20, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

University of Houston Law Center Wins the 2019 Global Legal Skills Award for Law Schools

The University of Houston Law Center received the 2019 Global Legal Skills Award for Law Schools, in recognition of the school’s strong commitment to fostering programs vital to teaching skills that U.S. students will need to succeed in an increasingly global legal marketplace. The award was presented in Phoenix during the 14th Global Legal Skills Conference at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.

The University of Houston Law Center offers almost three dozen independent courses related to international issues ranging from the mundane to the extraordinary. For example, course offerings include international staples such as International Tax and International Commercial Arbitration, but also specialized courses like Foreign Affairs, Crimmigration, and Transnational Petroleum Law (Lex Petrolea). The Law Center also supports a full-time librarian dedicated to foreign and international law research who, from time to time, teaches an upper-level research course in these fields.

In addition to its course offerings and research support, the law school also supports international skills training in several areas: 

  • The University of Houston Law Center and the University of Calgary Faculty of Law have partnered to form the International Energy Lawyers Program, a dual program that permits participating law students to earn both American and Canadian law degrees in four years. Students spend two years at each school and, upon graduation, can apply for admission to bars in both the United States and Canada.
  • The Center for U.S. and Mexican Law assists Law Center students to arrange summer externships in Mexico City with prestigious Mexican institutions such as Mexico’s Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (National Hydrocarbons Commission), Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and the Comisión Reguladora de Energía (Energy Regulatory Commission).
  • The Law Center sponsors award-winning competition teams in the Competencia de Arbitraje Internacional de Inversión a Spanish-language arbitration competition, and other international competitions.
  • And the Law Center annually hosts several foreign-trained and foreign-licensed LL.M. candidates who study U.S. Law, Energy Law, Health Law, Intellectual Property and Information Law, International Law, and Tax Law.

The law school also sponsors centers that organize research symposia, professional seminars, and lectures on current comparative law issues. These centers also participate in cross-border educational collaborations:

  • The law school created the Center on Global Law and Policy for the Americas a new international center to focus on research, scholarship, and teaching related to international comparative law.
  • The school sponsors a Center for U.S. and Mexican Law focused on increasing the understanding of Mexican laws and legal institutions in the United States, and U.S. laws and legal institutions in Mexico.
  • And the Law Center promotes professional cooperation and comparative legal education through a partnership with the North American Consortium on Legal Education.

Through these many initiatives, the University of Houston Law Center demonstrates its commitment to global legal skills training for students and practitioners – international or domestic – who participate in the various research symposia and professional seminars the Law Center sponsors.

We congratulate the University of Houston Law Center on receiving the 2019 Global Legal Skills Award for Law Schools.

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January 20, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Rosa Kim Wins a Global Legal Skills Award

Rosa KimProfessor Rosa Kim of Suffolk University School of Law received a Global Legal Skills Award last month in recognition of her dedication to teaching global legal writing skills and for promoting global legal skills education. The award was presented last month in Phoenix during the 14th Global Legal Skills Conference held at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.

Professor Kim chaired the Legal Writing Institute's Global Legal Writing Skills committee in 2016-18, and is currently co-chairing it in 2018-20.  In chairing this LWI committee, she redefined the charge to include teaching global and cultural skills to U.S. students, in addition to teaching international students, and led the effort to coordinate four globally-themed panels for the 2018 LWI conference, launch a Google Group for Global Skills, organize a webinar on teaching global skills to international and U.S. students, and update the LWI Teaching Bank on teaching global skills.  Rosa published the lead article in the international law edition, Summer 2018, of the Journal of Legal Education called "Globalizing the Law Curriculum for Twenty-First-Century Lawyering." Rosa has presented at several Global Legal Skills conferences, including Verona, Italy, San Jose, Costa Rica, and Chicago.  In her teaching, she developed a course in the Suffolk International Law concentration titled Advanced Legal Writing in an International Context, which she will be teaching in a hybrid format in Spring 2019.  She taught a summer course to Swedish and U.S. students called "Global Legal Skills" in Lund, Sweden in 2016, and in summer 2018 completed a Fulbright Specialist grant in Seoul, Korea at Korea University Law School, teaching an intensive legal writing and advocacy course to Korean law students.  

Before attending Boston College Law School, Professor Kim received an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies with a concentration in International Economics and Latin American studies, and worked at the Republic of Korea s Mission to the United Nations. Upon graduation from law school, Professor Kim worked as a litigation associate at the Boston firm of Rubin Rudman, then as Assistant Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Civil Trial Division, litigating cases in the areas of civil rights, torts and employment law. Prior to joining the Suffolk University Law School faculty, Professor Kim taught legal research and writing at Boston University School of Law and also taught in the Legal Studies Department at Brandeis University as a Guberman Fellow.

We congratulate Professor Kim on receiving a Global Legal Skills Award and thank her for her passionate advocacy of global legal skills.

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January 20, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Karen Ross Wins a Global Legal Skills Award for her Book, "Essential Legal English in Context"

Karen Ross NYUProfessor Karen M. Ross of the New York University School of Law received a Global Legal Skills Award last month in recognition of her book, Essential Legal English in Context: Understanding the Vocabulary of U.S. Law and Government (NYU Press 2019).

The award was presented during the 14th Global Legal Skills Conference held in Phoenix at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.

Pictured here (from left to right) are Professors Kim Holst (Arizona State University), Julie Campagna (Hofstra Law School), Karen M. Ross (NYU), and Mark E. Wojcik (UIC John Marshall Law School). Professor Campagna, a past GLS Award Winner who presented the award to Professor Ross, is holding a copy of her new book.

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January 20, 2020 in Books | Permalink | Comments (0)

ISBA International and Immigration Law Section Council Meets With Consul General of Canada

20200120_150429Members of the International and Immigration Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) met last week for a briefing with John Cruickshank, Consul General of Canada in Chicago. Among other matters, they discussed:

  • the tragic flight shot down in Iran with many Canadians on board,
  • the new trade agreement between Mexico, Canada, and the United States, and
  • consular notification and access under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR) and new Illinois legislation enacted to implement protections of the VCCR under Illinois law when foreign nationals are arrested or detained.

Pictured here (from left to right) are: Coleen Duke (Public Affairs Officer at the Consulate General of Canada); Susan Goldberg (UAW Legal Services and Secretary of the ISBA Section on International and Immigration Law); Tony Brown (Consular Program Manager at the Consulate General of Canada); Professor Cindy Buys (Interim Dean at the Southern Illinois University School of Law and former Section Chair); Canadian Consul General John Cruickshank; Professor Mark E. Wojcik (UIC John Marshall Law School and former Section Chair); Section Vice-Chair Meaghan E. Vander Schaaf (Senior Associate at Barnes Richardson Global Trade Law Firm); and Monica Robson (Consul for Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Services at the Consulate General of Canada).

The Illinois State Bar Association is a voluntary organization of about  28,000 members. Its primary focus is to assist Illinois lawyers in the practice of law and to promote improvements in the administration of justice. The ISBA engages in many important activities on behalf of the legal profession — among them proposing and shaping legislation, educating the public, and supporting the courts and the rule of law. The International and Immigration Law Section is one of the substantive law sections within the ISBA.

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January 20, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

DLA Piper Wins a Global Legal Skills Award

20191213_170307The law firm DLA Piper received a Global Legal Skills Award in recognition of its extraordinary support of education and skills training in the field of international commercial arbitration. The award was presented last month in Phoenix, Arizona, during the 14th Global Legal Skills Conference at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers in more than 40 countries.

In their Global Scholarships Program, DLA Piper each year pays full tuition and provides mentoring, internships, training and career preparation for up to 35 students based throughout Africa, South and West Asia, the South Pacific, and Latin America.

In their Head Start Program, the firm works with students for up to five years, providing financial assistance and a tailored course of mentoring, training, and internships designed to develop their skills, confidence, and networks.

The Phoenix office of DLA Piper was newly expanded and renovated last summer, with improved telepresence facilities that connect attorneys from different parts of the globe as though they were meeting in the same room.

Mark Nadeau, the founding and managing partner in the Phoenix office of DLA Piper, received the Global Legal Skills Award on behalf of the law firm. Pictured here are (from left to right) Professors Charles Calleros and Kim Holst of Arizona State University, Mr. Nadeau, and Professor Mark E. Wojcik of the UIC John Marshall Law School.

Mr. Nadeau has  taught International Arbitration at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, he has presented at conferences (including the 14th Global Legal Skills Conference0, he has coached law school international arbitration teams, and he has arranged for DLA Piper to support law student to travel to competitions in Hong Kong and Vienna.

Congratulations to Mr. Mark Nadeau and the DLA Piper Law Firm for its contributions to global legal skills and its support of education and skills training in the field of international arbitration.

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January 20, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Professor Diana Simon of Arizona Wins a Global Legal Skills Award

20200120_154937Professor Diana J. Simon of the James E. Rogers College of Law, The University of Arizona is recognized with an individual Global Legal Skills Award for her scholarship on cross-cultural legal education. The award was presented last month in Phoenix during the 14th Global Legal Skills Conference at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.

Professor Simon is an Associate Professor of Legal Writing and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at The University of Arizona, where she has taught legal writing, analysis, persuasion, and advocacy for more than 20 years.

She was recognized with a 2019 Global Legal Skills Award for her research is on Cross-Cultural Differences in Plagiarism. She recently published an article in the Duquesne Law Review. Her article addresses cross-cultural differences in plagiarism and the different attitudes that prevail in the academic and professional worlds.

We congratulate Professor Simon on her Global Legal Skills Award in recognition of her scholarship.

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January 20, 2020 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Nadia Nedzel Wins a Global Legal Skills Award

Nedzel GLS AwardProfessor Nadia E. Nedzel received a Global Legal Skills Award in celebration of her book, Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing for International Graduate Students, and her contributions to international legal education. The award was presented last month in Phoenix during the 14th Global Legal Skills Conference at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. She's pictured here with the GLS-14 Conference Co-Chairs Mark E. Wojcik (UIC John Marshall Law School) and Kim Holst (ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law).

Professor Nedzel is the Reilly Family Professor of Law at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Her research interests include the Rule of Law, legal history, and comparative law, and she has a number of books and articles on this topic as well as others.  She teaches commercial law, including Contracts, Obligations, Sale and Lease, and International Public and Private law. 

She received her LL.M. with Honors from Northwestern University in Chicago, her J.D. Magna Cum Laude from Loyola University in New Orleans, and her B.S. in English, French, and Comparative Literature from Northwestern University. 

She speaks, writes, and reads French, Spanish, and Russian (to varying extents). She enjoys teaching and lecturing abroad in countries as diverse as France, Chile, Italy, Austria, Russia, Turkey, China, Guatemala, and Mexico.

We congratulate Professor Nedzel on receiving a 2019 Global Legal Skills Award for her book, Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing for International Graduate Students, and for her contributions to international legal education.

(mew)

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