These are the bios of speakers from the GLS-12 Conference held in 2017. We will be updating these bios for the speakers at the GLS-13 Conference.

Prof. Veronica Alvarado-Valdes, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Prof. David W. Austin, California Western School of Law, United States

Before joining the faculty of California Western School of Law in 2009, David Austin was an attorney at Jenner & Block LL.P. and Schoeman Updike Kaufman & Scharf in Chicago, Illinois. He is experienced in complex litigation, including commercial disputes and product liability defense. He served for two years as clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawai’i. Mr. Austin’s trial experience includes participation in a twelve-day trial where he acted as lead associate representing a large private equity fund in a multi-million dollar claim by a creditor of an insolvent corporation to recover from the debtor’s directors and from its parent, a venture capital fund. Claims included piercing the corporate veil, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment. All claims were resolved in favor of the client. David has a special interest in asylum law and public interest work, and has provided pro bono service to the National Immigrant Justice Center (serving on its Leadership Council and as director of its Asylum Program) and the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago (as amicus in an Illinois Supreme Court case). Before joining the faculty at the California Western School of Law, he taught appellate advocacy at The John Marshall Law School, Chicago. Prior to embarking on a career in the law, Mr. Austin worked for the Italian Ministry of Health and with non-governmental organization in Italy and other European countries. He was elected to the board of the European Council of AIDS Service Organizations and served as a representative for Southern Europe from 1991 top 1994. In 1996,he was a visiting Research Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.

Prof. Maria de Lourdes Ayala-Chapa, Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, Mexico

Prof. Amrita Bahri, ITAM, Mexico

Dr. Amrita Bahri is Assistant Professor of Law at ITAM University in Mexico City. She designs and delivers courses on global legal skills, common law system and international trade law.

Prof. M. Catherine Beck, Department of English, Indiana University, United States

M. Catherine Beck, a Senior Lecturer at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, is the Legal English coordinator and instructor for LL.M. students at the IU Robert McKinney School of Law.  Cathy created this Legal English program in 2003 when the LL.M. Program was new and has presented on various aspects of Legal English pedagogy at numerous conferences, most recently at the Liberal Arts International Conference 2017 in Doha, Qatar.

Prof. Lisa M. Black, California Western School of Law, United States

Lisa Black, California Western School of Law, is Faculty Director of the LL.M and M.C.L. Program in U.S. Law, an advanced degree program designed for lawyers trained in other countries. Now in her twentieth year as a law professor, she teaches two required courses for students in the LL.M and M.C.L. Program as well as serving as their advisor and mentor. As former vice-president and an active member of the San Diego Diplomacy Council, Prof. Black has hosted leaders and diplomats from all over the world for over 30 years. She is currently the Chair-Elect of the AALS Section on North American Cooperation. With a background in journalism and legal writing, she naturally teaches law through the lens of current events.

Prof. E. Joan Blum, Boston College Law School, United States

Professor E. Joan Blum has taught at Boston College Law School since 1985. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard and her J.D. from Columbia, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a member of the Law Review. She served as law clerk to Justice Robert Braucher of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and then practiced with the Boston law firm Palmer & Dodge, where she specialized in tax-exempt financing of educational and health care institutions. For several years, she taught the introduction to common law reasoning and method in the International Tax Program at Harvard Law School. Professor Blum‘s publications include several articles, including Teaching in Practice: Legal Writing Faculty as Expert Writing Consultants to Law Firms (with Kathleen Vinson), and a book, Massachusetts Legal Research (2d ed. with Shaun Spencer), published in 2016 by Carolina Academic Press. Since 2009, Professor Blum has traveled to Bosnia several times on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct training programs for judges and prosecutors on legal reasoning and writing. As a Fulbright Specialist in 2013, she taught a course entitled “Introduction to U.S. Advisory Law Practice” to students at Sarajevo University Law School. At Boston College Law School, is Faculty Director of the Boston College Law Summer Institute, which introduces international lawyers, judges, and law students to the foundations of U.S. law and methods of practice.

Prof. Harun Bodur Erciyes, Erciyes University (Erciyes Üniversitesi) Faculty of Law, Turkey

Aslihan Bulut, Harvard Law School Library, United States

Aslihan Bulut is the Program Coordinator and Librarian for Foreign, Comparative and International Law at Harvard Law School Library.  Prior to joining Harvard in 2010, she was a reference librarian at Columbia Law School for five years.  She has an MLS and a J.D.  Aslihan’s areas of interest include legal research in international human rights and humanitarian law, women’s rights, and Islamic law.  She is also the selector for materials from countries in Central,  South and Southeast Asia at HLSL.  She coordinates the library services for the LL.M. and SJD students at Harvard Law School.  She has been a librarian for 15 years and has worked in libraries for over 20 years.

Prof. Cinthya Cadena Camacho, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México

Independent Litigation Counsel in Contentious-Administrative Law and Professor of the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México. Graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Anáhuac México Campus Norte in Naucalpan, Estado de México, with 18 years’ work experience in several legal fields, as Corporate and Administrative Lawyer, as well as litigant attorney in Civil, Family, Criminal and Labor Law, practising in Mexico City, Estado de México and Nuevo León, as well as working as a Professor of the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México, teaching among other academic content, lectureship of Administrative Law, Legal Terminology and Communicative Proficiency in Law, to students members of the bilingual system.

Prof. Juliana V. Campagna, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, United States

Juli Campagna is a Professor of Legal Writing and Assistant Faculty Director of International Programs at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University on Long Island. She is also on the faculty of the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, where she has been teaching Legal English and Introduction to the American Legal System for 8 years. She started her teaching career at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and practiced law in Chicago. She is admitted to practice in Illinois. Juli teaches specialized courses for international lawyers and law students in the U.S. and at law schools and law firms in Europe and Latin America. She has a master’s degree in applied linguistics, with a specialization in teaching English as a second language.

Avv. Enrico Canzonieri, Floresta Longo e Associati, Italia

Enrico Canzonieri (Italy) is an Honorary Fellow in Urban Planning Law and Public Procurement Law at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture (DICAR), University of Catania, and a lecturer in Public Procurement Law. He is the co-author of nine scientific publications. As a lawyer, he concentrates on Civil Law and Administrative Law at Floresta Longo e Associati Firm in Catania, Sicily.

Prof. Lurene Contento, The John Marshall Law School, United States

Lurene Contento, Assistant Professor and Director of the Writing Resource Center at The John Marshall Law School, has been teaching skills-based courses at John Marshall, a school known for its “practice-ready” focus, since 2001.  She also teaches legal skills abroad, including in China, Costa Rica, and the Czech Republic.  She develops all her courses around principles of interactive teaching and experiential education.  Lurene has presented widely to law faculties, both in the U.S. and abroad, on topics ranging from plagiarism to problem-solving to foreign students’ participation in U.S. classrooms.  Lurene has been involved with the Global Legal Skills Conference since its inception.  She also serves on a number of national skills-related committees, including the Legal Writing Institute’s Global Legal Writing Skills Committee.  In addition, she is currently Chair of the Association of Legal Writing Specialists.

Prof. Sha-Shana Crichton, Howard University School of Law, United States

Sha-Shana Crichton is the Director of the Legal Writing Program and Assistant Director of the LL.M. Program at Howard University School of Law.  Prior to joining Howard’s faculty, Ms. Crichton was a litigation associate at the international law firm of Clifford Chance Rogers and Wells, LLP (now Clifford Chance, LLP) and president of Crichton and Associates, Inc., a literary agency.  Ms. Crichton lectures and presents on publishing matters, book publishing and licensing rights, women in the media, and diversity and inclusion in the publishing industry.  She is chair of the Legal Writing Institutes’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee, member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) Leadership Committee, member of the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Courts and past president of the University of the West Indies Washington-DC Metro Area Alumni Association.  Ms. Crichton is also a bilingual mediator and a mentor to women leaders in public service with the Women in Public Service Project.  She was selected as one of the African Leadership Magazine’s 100 Outstanding Leaders for 2015.  She is the proud graduate of Howard University School of Law (J.D. cum laude), where she was managing editor of the Howard Law Journal.  She speaks fluent Spanish and proficient in French.

Mr. Jean-Luc Delli, Lawbility Ltd, Switzerland

Jean-Luc Delli is a legal educationalist and program director of the Professional Legal Skills Training Institute “Lawbility” in Switzerland. He has developed different innovative legal skills training programs and the Lawbility Professional Legal Language Program that was awarded the Global Legal Skills Award 2016.

Prof. Jeffrey Allan Dodge, University of Idaho College of Law, United States

Jeffrey A. Dodge is the Associate Dean for Students & Administration and an Associate Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Idaho College of Law.  Dodge has experience overseeing various law school areas, including the Student Affairs, Admissions, Career Development, Academic Success, Alumni Relations, Communications, and International Programs departments, among others. He has taught International Human Rights, Family Law, and Comparative Law and has started study abroad and externship programs around the world, including first time ABA accredited programs in Cuba and Ecuador.  He is the faculty director of the University of Idaho’s new Master of Laws (LL.M.) program launching in fall 2017.

Prof. Idalia Espinosa-Leal, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Prof. Lauren Fielder, University of Texas at Austin, United States

Lauren Fielder joined Texas Law in June 2014 as the director of Graduate and International Programs and senior lecturer. A native Texan and ’07 graduate of the LL.M. (Master of Laws) Program in Latin American and International Law from the Law School, Professor Fielder came back to her alma mater to build and oversee a new department that encompasses the LL.M. Program and international partnerships, including the Study Abroad Program, as well as teach international and comparative law courses. Professor Fielder is also the director of Texas Law’s Institute for Transnational Law. From 2008 to June 2014, Professor Fielder lived in Lucerne, Switzerland, where she was an assistant professor of law and assistant director of the Transnational Legal Studies Program at the University of Lucerne School of Law. There she taught international courses including African law, transnational litigation, U.S. constitutional law, and international women and children’s rights. She is also a visiting associate professor at the Brooklyn Law School in New York City.

Prof. Imer B. Flores, Instituto de Investigaciones Juridicas, UNAM, Mexico

Tenured professor-researcher at the Legal Research Institute and at Law School of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Member of the National System of Researchers (SNI) of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). He has been Visiting Professor and Scholar at the following institutions: American and International Studies, Ramapo College of New Jersey (as Fulbright scholar); Harvard Law School, Harvard University; Honors College, University of Houston; and Law Center Georgetown University, in the United States of America; and Center for Transnational Legal Studies, in the United Kingdom. He has been advisor and consultant for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean of United Nations, for the United States Agency for International Development and, more recently, for the Commonwealth Secretariat in the drafting process of the Constitution of Sri Lanka. He has a LL.B. (graduated with honors) by Law School of UNAM; LL.M. by Harvard Law School, Harvard University; and a S.J.D. (graduated with honors). Areas of Interest: Jurisprudence; Legal, Moral and Political Philosophy; Constitutional Law; and the Political Process.

Mary Campbell Gallagher Ph.D., BarWrite, United States

Mary Campbell Gallagher holds the J.D. from Harvard Law School and the Ph.D. in linguistic theory from the University of Illinois. Her company, BarWrite, offers supplemental courses preparing foreign-trained candidates and retakers for the bar exam. BarWrite received the Global Legal Skills Award for institutions in 2014 for early and thoughtful recognition of the bar-preparation needs of foreign-trained lawyers. In 2017, BarWrite Press will launch the Legal English Manual, 2nd edition, as United States Publisher. This new resource for global lawyers comes originally from Lawbility in Zurich, Switzerland. Mary Campbell Gallagher is herself the author of a number of study guides, including the best-selling Perform Your Best on the Bar Exam Performance Test (MPT). She has published a number of articles on legal education, and she serves on the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Profession.

Prof. Raymundo Gama-Leyva, ITAM, Mexico

Associate professor, ITAM Law Faculty. Courses: Evidence and proof, legal reasoning, argumentation. Areas or research: Legal reasoning, law of evidence, evidence and proof. Selected publications include: “The nature and the place of presumptions in legal argumentation”, Argumentation, 2016; “Presumptions and fictions. A Collingwoodian approach” en Del Mar M. y Twining, William (eds.), Legal Fictions in Theory and Practice, Springer. 2015; and “An intellectual journey with William Twining. An interview”. In Law’s Ethical, Global and Theoretical Contexts. Essays in honour of William Twining. Upendra Baxi, Christopher McCrudden and Abdul Paliwala (eds.). Cambridge. 2015. PHD University of Alicante 2010, Law Degree ITAM 2004.

Prof. Gabrielle Goodwin, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, United States

Gabrielle Goodwin is the Director of Graduate Legal Studies and Lecturer in Law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Prior to attending law school, Professor Goodwin studied Applied Linguistics and taught English as a Second/Foreign Language for many years. Currently, she teaches Introduction to American Law and Legal Discourse & Writing classes to LL.M. students and Academic Legal Writing: Dissertation Fundamentals to S.J.D. students. Professor Goodwin’s research focuses on language and law, pedagogy in global legal education, and cultural heritage law, and she coaches the National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition team at Maurer.

Prof. Jonathan C. Gordon, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, United States

Jonathan Gordon is a Professor of Lawyering Skills and the Associate Director of the LLM Lawyering Skills Program at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, in Cleveland, Ohio, where he has taught Legal Analysis and Writing to a generation of J.D. students and now also teaches U.S. Legal Writing and Professional Responsibility to international law students in the Law School’s International LL.M and S.J.D Program. Professor Gordon has taught various other J.D. courses over the years, including Conflicts Resolution, The Lawyering Process, Pretrial Practice, and Professional Responsibility (to J.D. students). Professor Gordon was one of the founding members of the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Summer Legal Academy for local high school students and was one of the inaugural mentors in the university’s Provost Scholars Program, for which he continues to work on a regular basis with inner-city youth from nearby East Cleveland. In July of 2015, Professor Gordon traveled to China with several of the Provost Scholars and other students from East Cleveland’s Shaw High School and various Northeast Ohio schools as part of The Confucius Institute’s Chinese Bridge Summer Camp. Professor Gordon has also served as the Faculty Liaison for various externships with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Professor Gordon has been an active supporter of numerous student groups such as BLSA, SPILF, and Street Law, as well as supporting the law school’s Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Program. Professor Gordon is the only Lawyering Skills Professor ever to receive the Law School’s 1L Professor of the Year Award. Professor Gordon, a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia University School of Law, began his legal career in private practice, focusing on civil rights and employment issues. Prior to joining the CWRU Law Faculty, he also spent several years as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where he was involved in cases involving race, gender, religion, national origin, and age discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation, including various class action matters.

Prof. Miki Pike Hamstra, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, United States

Miki Pike Hamstra is the Director of Graduate Programs at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. Her responsibilities include international recruitment, administration, student services, and advising to the law school’s Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) degree programs. Miki has a passion for education which is evidenced by her own educational background in English, French, Education, International Relations, and Educational Psychology as well as her thirteen years teaching students in public, private, international, and online educational settings. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Learning Sciences from Indiana University. Education B.A. (summa cum laude), 2000, Butler University; M.A. (summa cum laude), 2002, Boston University; M.A. (summa cum laude), 2010, Indiana University; M.A. (summa cum laude), 2014, Ball State University

Prof. Mark Patrick Hanna, Department of International and European Law, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Mark is a legal skills lecturer at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. He completed his first law degree at the University of Essex and later qualified as an Attorney-at-law in New York. After working for international law firms in London, he completed an LLM in Public International Law at the University of Leiden. He later completed a PhD in law at Queen Mary, University of London in the role of civil society in developing the law in relation to global public goods. He has previously taught legal skills at Queen Mary London and Queen’s University Belfast.

Prof. Aaron Richard Harmon, Qatar University, Qatar

Dr. Aaron Richard Harmon teaches in the Qatar University College of Law’s Legal Writing and Advocacy Skills Program (LWASP). He administers the QU College of Law’s moot court programs, and coaches both the QU International Negotiation Competition team and the QU Vis International Commercial Arbitration Competition team. He is also a fellow with the QU Center for Sustainability and Energy Law (CESL). Prior to joining the faculty at Qatar University, Dr. Harmon taught legal research, writing, and oral advocacy at the University of North Carolina School of Law in the United States. A specialist in oral advocacy and alternative dispute resolution (with an emphasis on mediation and negotiation), Dr. Harmon directed the UNC National Negotiation Competition Team and the UNC Environmental Negotiation Competition Team to several high finishes at tournaments. He has also taught negotiation, contract drafting, and legal writing classes at Wake Forest University and Lewis & Clark Law School, and has conducted related trainings for organizations such as the ABA-Rule of Law Initiative (Egypt), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Qatar Green Building Council, the QU Continuing Education Office, and the North Carolina Bar Association. Before entering the teaching profession, Dr. Harmon practiced real estate and corporate law at Ball Janik LLP in Portland, Oregon USA. His real estate practice focused on “green” building (sustainable and high-performance real estate development projects), as well as “green” leasing for those projects. As part of his practice, he negotiated permits and drafted contracts related to large-scale wind and solar farm projects. He also gained experience assisting property owners and prospective buyers with risk management issues associated with the purchase and sale of contaminated commercial properties (brownfields). Dr. Harmon was one of the first attorneys in the United States to receive the LEED® AP credential (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—Accredited Professional) from the United States Green Building Counsel (USGBC). He has given numerous lectures on the intersection between green construction, sustainability, renewable energy, and risk management, both in the United States and in Qatar. Dr. Harmon is an active supporter of entrepreneurial and start-up incubators, with a particular interest in sustainability-related ventures. He has significant experience assisting small business owners with entity selection, business planning, funding, grant writing, and exit strategies. He is licensed to practice law in Oregon, USA.

Prof. Kimberly Holst, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, United States

Professor Holst’s interests focus on pedagogy in legal education and global legal education.  She has focused her efforts on projects that advance legal skills training in the U.S. and around the world. Her recent scholarship examines the importance of teaching reflective practices to law students so that they develop those skills in law school and transfer them to practice.  Professor Holst is currently co-authoring a textbook on drafting techniques in the context of alternative dispute resolution.  Drafting in Alternate Contexts will be available from West Academic and will be written with the input of law professors and practitioners who have in-depth experience in alternative dispute resolution.  Professor Holst teaches writing and skills in both the 1L and upper level curriculum at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Mr. Matthew Jack Homewood, Nottingham Law School, United Kingdom

Matthew J. Homewood, Acting Head of Postgraduate Programmes at Nottingham Law School, UK, has extensive experience in teaching and innovative curriculum development and leads on all aspects of learning and teaching across a comprehensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and practitioner programmes.  Matthew’s teaching expertise lies in the field of European Union law and he is the author of a number of best- selling academic texts in this area. Matthew has significant expertise and an international profile in the use of educational technology and the impact that such technologies can have on student engagement and uses this expertise to enhance the academic experience of all students at NLS. In so doing, Matthew ensures teaching activity is interactive, personalised, inclusive and engaging.  Matthew is particularly interested in the ways in which social media can be harnessed to enhance the student learning experience through collaborative peer learning workspaces.  Matthew has recently been awarded a HEA National Teaching Fellowship, the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education.  Matthew is also a finalist for the 2017 Law Teacher of the Year.

Prof. Amy Louise Jarmon, Texas Tech University School of Law, United States

Dr. Jarmon is Assistant Dean for Academic Success Programs and Lecturer at Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock, TX. She previously served as an Adjunct Professor, the Acting Assistant Dean for Law Student Services and the Director of Academic Success Programs at The University of Akron School of Law. Dr. Jarmon is a licensed Virginia attorney and on the rolls as a Solicitor for England and Wales. In the United States, she has worked for the Supreme Court of Virginia, for a national law firm and as a consultant for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. While living in England, she practiced law at two English law firms. Prior to her legal career, Dean Jarmon served as a professional in student affairs at four colleges and universities, ending her career as a Dean of Students. She teaches Introduction to Legal Studies, Comparative Law: The English Legal System, and European Union: Institutions and Principles. In addition, she has taught an Introduction to the U.S. Legal System short course for Mexican undergraduates at the University of Guanajuato. Dr. Jarmon is Editor of the Law School Academic Support Blog, has been a regular past contributor to Student Lawyer, has served as the Chair of the Academic Support Section for the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), and serves on committees for AALS and the Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE).

Prof. Sarah Jean Kelly, St Johns University School of Law, United States

Sarah Jean Kelly is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies at St. John’s University School of Law, where she oversees the LL.M. programs in Transnational Legal Practice, U.S. Legal Studies, Bankruptcy, and International Sports Law Practice, as well as the Visiting Scholar and Global Law Fellows programs, and the pre-LL.M. and Legal English Programs.  She has been a higher education administrator for 11 years, previously at Georgetown Law, where she worked in the Office of Graduate Programs as the Director of LL.M. Academic Services.  Prior to that she was the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Georgetown Law’s Department of Academic Conferences and Continuing Legal Education, and worked in undergraduate admissions, career development, and student leadership departments at Georgetown, University of Virginia, and Wellesley. Sarah is a graduate of Wellesley College , received her M.Ed. from the University of Virginia, and her J.D. from Georgetown Law.

Prof. Tanel Kerikmäe, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Prof Tanel Kerikmäe is a Jean Monnet professor in European Law and a director of Tallinn Law School, Tallinn University of Technology. He is a board member of several high-ranked law journals and an author of more than 150 articles and publications e.g. published by Ashgate, Martinus Nijhoff, Kluwer, Cambridge Press, Peter Lang, Lexis Nexis, Springer, etc.  Tanel has been active as promoter of law & technology in the region and has been leading the research projects funded by the European Commission, e.g. Horizon 2020, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence etc. 2009 – 2010, he was EU key expert in Central Asia. Prof. Kerikmäe also serves as a President of Estonian branch of European Community Studies Association with headquarters in Brussels, he was a main country rapporteur for the FIDE conference 2012. He has been teaching and supervising at several universities e.g. in Japan, United Kingdom, Switzerland, and elsewhere. He has been invited speaker for several high level conferences in United States, Portugal, Hungary, New Zealand, Cambodia. Currently, prof. Kerikmäe is responsible for several projects such as Digital Single Market, development aid projects to raise competitiveness in neighbourhood countries.

Prof. Antonino Longo, Universita degli Studi di Catania, Sicily, Italy

Antonino Longo (Italy) is Associate Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture (DICAR) at the University of Catania, where he teaches Urban Planning Law and Public Procurement Law. His foundation, Fondazione Floresta Longo, received a 2015 GLS Award for the commitment to improving legal service by teaching global legal skills to lawyers and law students. He is member of the Istituto Nazionale di Urbanistica (INU). He is a founding partner of FLA – Floresta Longo e Associati Firm in Catania, concentrating on Civil Law, Company Law and Administrative Law.

Prof. Oscar P. Lugo-Serrato, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Prof. Gregory J. Marsden, Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, Mexico

After starting his career in international practice and business, Mr. Marsden joined the faculty of Madrid’s IE Business School, where he created one of the first Executive LLM programs, in partnership with Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Moving back to the United States, he took charge of graduate programs and international affairs at Pace University Haub School of Law in New York. In late summer 2016, Mr. Marsden arrived in Mexico to become the founding Dean of Postgraduate Study at Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey. Mr. Marsden holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Irvine. He is a member (inactive) of the California State Bar and the Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid. His teaching and research have focused on subjects including international negotiation, comparative law and legal education. In addition, Mr. Marsden has been invited to teach at a number of institutions, including Hubei University of Economics, University of Miami School of Law, and Universiteit van Tilburg Law School.

Dr. Ruben Minutti-Zanatta, Mexico

Rubén Minutti holds a law degree from the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City, which he received with honors for his thesis Information as a Right.  Additionally he holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law and a Ph.D., from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), with honors to his dissertation entitled Access to Public Information and Administrative Justice in Mexico; published by the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas of the UNAM (2011). Mr. Minutti has been a Magistrate on the Mexico City Administrative Court since 2003, ratified in 2009 until 2040. Previously he was a partner in his own law firm specializing in civil litigation. He has published several articles and is a frequent presenter and lecturer on constitutional and administrative law.  He also published a Spanish translation (for Latin American Spanish speakers) of the United States Constitution (ed. Porrúa, Mexico 2004). Currently, Mr. Minutti is a professor of administrative law at the Escuela Libre de Derecho and an honorary scholar at the Legal Research and Informatics Center (Centro de Investigación e Informática Jurídica) at the same School, where he also was an adjunct professor of constitutional law for 10 years.

Prof. William B.T. Mock, The John Marshall Law School, United States.

Professor Mock has been involved in the Global Legal Skills Conference since its inception. He is a professor at The John Marshall Law School where he founded the Center for International & Comparative Studies and its LL.M. programs in Comparative Legal Studies and International Business & Trade Law. He was the co-founder of the Journal of Computer and Information Law, has coached dozens of moot court teams, and has often served as faculty advisor for the International Law Society. Professor Mock’s publications are largely in the field of international law, including aspects of both transparency and game theory. Most recently, he published a book that he and an Italian law professor edited on the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. He has lectured or provided academic technical assistance in Belarus, China, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Poland, and Russia, and has frequently been a professor-in-residence at the law faculty of the University of Cagliari in Sardinia, Italy. Before joining John Marshall’s faculty, he practiced international trade, antitrust, banking, and securities law in Washington, DC, before federal appeals courts and administrative agencies. He served with Baker & McKenzie as one of the world’s first in-house legal educators prior to joining John Marshall’s faculty. At John Marshall, he teaches Corporations, Securities, International Trade Law, International Law, International Human Rights Law, and International Environmental Law.

Prof. Chantal Morton, Melbourne Law School, Australia

Dr Chantal Morton is a senior lecturer at Melbourne Law School (MLS). She develops resources and runs programs with a focus on legal writing and academic skills for students in the Melbourne JD, Melbourne Law Masters and Graduate Research programs. Prior to joining MLS, she worked at Osgoode Hall Law School (Canada) where she taught Law, Gender and Equality, Law and Poverty, and was Director of Career Services.

John F. Mounier Jr., Elder Protection Attorneys, United States

John Mounier proudly works for U.S. and International Clients enforcing estate and trust rights, protecting elders, and helping with California cases and claims. John is  a Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area California dog rescuing English major from Loyola Marymount University and a University of California UCLA Law Grad who defends elders and senior citizens, fights financial abuse and neglect of elders, battles against fraud, protects animals, supports and raises funds for no-kill animal rescue organizations, and tries Elder Abuse Cases and Animal Rights Cases all over Northern California and Southern California. All international and U.S. clients are welcome  and appreciated.  If you have a California case, John wants to be your lawyer in California! In addition to protecting seniors and enforcing estate and trust rights for beneficiaries and family members, John helps independent film makers and animals of all sorts.  John’s Animal Protector website is Let’s meet, greet and break some bread together!!!!

Prof. Michael D. Murray, University of Kentucky College of Law, United States

Professor Michael D. Murray (University of Kentucky College of Law) graduated from Loyola College in Maryland and from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He was a member of a national champion Jessup International Law Moot Court team at Columbia, and Notes Editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. After law school, he clerked for United States District Judge John F. Nangle of the Eastern District of Missouri, and Chair of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Murray also practiced commercial, intellectual property, and products liability litigation for seven years at Bryan Cave law firm in St. Louis. After leaving private practice, Professor Murray taught at Saint Louis University School of Law from 1998–2002, the University of Illinois College of Law from 2002–2008, Valparaiso University School of Law from 2008-2015, and the University of Michigan Law School from 2015-2016. He currently teaches at the University of Kentucky College of Law. He has taught International Art Law in the University of San Diego Law School’s summer 2007 and summer 2009 international and comparative law programs in Florence, Italy. Professor Murray was the director of Valparaiso’s 2010 London-Cambridge Program in which he taught International and Comparative Civil Liberties: Freedom of Expression at Cambridge. Professor Murray currently has published twenty-three books and numerous law review articles on legal writing, rhetoric, art law, and other topics.

Prof. Dana Neacsu, Columbia Law School & Barnard College, United States

Dana Neacsu is a librarian and lecturer at Columbia Law School and an adjunct professor at Barnard College. Dana holds various law degrees from Bucharest University Faculty of Law-Romania, where she also taught Civil Law as an Assistant Professor, Caen School of Law and Political Science-France, and Harvard Law School-U.S.A. She also holds a degree in librarianship as well as a doctorate in media studies (in the informative role of fake news, such as the Daily Show) from Rutgers University – SCILS, New Brunswick, USA. Dana started her legal career as a civil law judge, continued as a researcher in the Romanian National Academy’s Legal Research Institute, then moved into the Academe as an Assistant Professor of Law, before she immigrated to the US, and became a New York attorney for four years. Since 2000, Dana has been with Columbia University, marking her return to the academe. Every Fall Semester, Dana teaches legal research as part of the Legal Research and Writing (LPW) Program for LLM (4 weeks) and the 1L students (an additional 4 weeks). In 2005 Dana created the current LLM research teaching tool when her book “Introduction to US Law and Legal Research” was published by Transnational with support and encouragement by Columbia Law Professor George Fletcher. That year she also introduced and single-handedly taught the 4-week LLM legal research program. Since then, the LLM legal research teaching has continued and since 2011 is done by the entire reference department. Dana continues to use her book, now the basis of a legal research wiki, continuously updates it, and together with Aslihan Bulut from Harvard Law School Library, they both hope to incorporate it in a hybrid course to teach basics of law and legal research to pre-LLM students. In 2005, Dana supervised the reference department who devised and applied the research component of the LPW program for 1L students with the team of librarians working at Columbia then. The for-credit program has continued since. Also in the Fall, Dana teaches a 14-week case law legal research workshop. In the Spring Semester, Dana teaches classes in Advanced Legal Research (ALR). Since 2001, when she first became a member of the ALR team-taught course, she has covered teaching the entire spectrum of topics, with the exception of the class on International Law. Also in the Spring, for the last 15 years, she has worked with Dr. Peter Bower in the Environmental Science Department at Barnard College, where she co-teaches environmental law and policy. Finally, also in the Spring Semester, since 2015, Dana coordinates a team of Columbia University information specialists in a collaborative effort to teach interdisciplinary legal research to interested students, faculty and visiting scholars within a span of 11-14 weeks. Dana views access to information as a fundamental human right and thus, fully supports the open access movement. Her publications are available on Columbia’s Academic Commons.

Prof. Laurel Oates, Seattle University School of Law, United States

Laurel Currie Oates has taught at Seattle University for the last 36 year and, until five years ago, was the director of Seattle University’s legal writing program, a program that has been ranked as the number 1 program in the country by U.S. News and World Report for 9 out of the last 10 years. Professor Oates is the co-author of five books on legal writing, of which the primary book is now in its sixth edition. She has also received numerous awards for her work in promoting the teaching of legal writing. For example, in June 2007, Professor Oates received the Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. She is also one of the co-founders of the Legal Writing Institute, an organization that now has more than 2500 members. During the last 12 years, Professor Oates has taught workshops on legal writing in Afghanistan, Botswana, China, Ethiopia, India, South Africa, and Uganda and has hosted programs for both students and lawyers in South Africa. In 2015, Professor Oates launched Seattle University School of Law’s first online course: a course on effective legal writing.

Mr. Lukas Padegimas, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, United States

Lukas Padegimas is an avid traveler, birder, and cultural-tourist. He loves to write about his travels and has published his first book, “From Alpine Scenes to Jungle Dreams, the Spectacular Sites and People of Ecuador” in early 2016. Lukas’ first big adventure was a two month Fish and Wildlife Service expedition in the Alaskan Arctic at age 17. Ever since, he has traveled to numerous countries in search of the spectacular. Lukas also served as the youngest president of Ohio’s oldest ornithological organization, the Kirtland Bird Club. He is an active member of the conservation community and seeks to protect Ohio’s natural areas from unnecessary development. Lukas is currently finishing his last year at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Prof. Cathren Page, Barry University School of Law, United States

Professor Cathren Page’s applies techniques she learned while obtaining her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults to legal narratives. She has written about point of view, seemingly harmful evidence, beginnings, and more. She shares these techniques regularly with her students at Barry University School of Law where she is a Professor of Legal Research and Writing.


Prof. Luis Fernando Perez-Hurtado, CEEAD, Mexico

Founder, director, and researcher at Centro de Estudios sobre la Enseñanza y el Aprendizaje del Derecho, A.C. (Research Center for the Teaching and Learning of the Law – CEEAD), an independent, non-profit research center dedicated to improving the quality of the legal education and legal practice in Mexico ( He received an LL.B. from Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and a J.S.M. and a J.S.D. from Stanford Law School. Luis has been a lecturer at Universidad de Monterrey, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, and Tecnológico de Monterrey.  He practiced law at the firms of Ogarrio Daguerre in Mexico City, Santos Elizondo in Monterrey, Mexico and Cleary Gottlieb in New York.  He now dedicates himself full time to the activities of CEEAD.

Prof. Ciro Petricciuolo, Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, Mexico

Ciro Petricciuolo es abogado y catedrático de Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey. Egresado de la Universidad de Nápoles, Italia, cuenta con postgrado en derecho empresarial en la Business School de IL SOLE 24 ORE en Milán, Italia y estudios en derecho en la School of Law de la Fordham University, Nueva York. Es parte del despacho PALMER de Milán, Italia,  en donde asesora a empresas italianas y multinacionales. Actualmente imparte las materias de Derecho Comparado e Historia del Derecho y de las Instituciones Sociales en la Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey. Desde el 2010 se desempeña también como traductor en materia jurídica.

Prof. Carli Pierson, United States

Carli Pierson is a New York licensed attorney and specialist in international law and Islamic studies. Carli received her Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University in Chicago, in 2006. She was the first person in the U.S. to earn an undergraduate degree in Islamic studies. In 2012 she received her juris doctorate cum laude from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center, with a concentration in international law. After briefly trying the corporate finance world in New York City as an attorney at Alston & Bird’s Global Finance division, she left to pursue international human rights law, and in 2014 moved to Siracusa, Italy to work closely with M. Cherif Bassiouni as a legal fellow at the International Institute of Higher Studies in the Criminal Sciences (I.S.I.S.C.). In the fall of 2015, Carli taught international law and English for lawyers as an adjunct professor at the Tecnologico de Monterrey’s State of Mexico campus. She is currently a CNN en Español contributor and freelance writer.

Prof. Kathryn Edwards Piper, St Johns University School of Law, United States

Kathryn Piper is the Director of Academic Advising in the Office of Graduate Studies at St. John’s University School of Law in New York, where she also specializes in teaching legal writing to International LL.M. students.  She is a lawyer with background in teaching English language learners.  Before law school, she lived and taught high school English in Kochi, Japan for three wonderful years, and later taught ESL at various programs Massachusetts and New York.  Kathryn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, International Relations from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings in San Francisco. 
At St. John’s, she teaches Legal Research, Analysis and Writing for International LL.M.s, English for American Law School, Introduction to Transnational Legal Practice, a new course in American Legal History, and  co-instructs the Bar Exam Language Strategies (BELS) course.  Together with her colleague, Professor Stephen Horowitz, she thinks, teaches and writes at the intersection of law and language. You can follow their blog at

Prof. Richard Risman, Syracuse University College of Law, United States

Professor Richard S. Risman of the Syracuse University College of Law has been a law faculty member for the past 30 years, and specializes in legal research and writing, analysis, advocacy, and scholarship mentoring and instruction.  He has been admitted to New York and Federal courts for the past 35 years.  Professor Risman has been teaching in the College of Law’s International LL.M. program for several years; the program serves an international constituency of foreign attorneys who wish to earn an LL.M. in American Law.  He has taught at several conferences, the last group of them being focused exclusively on International Constituency LL.M. Programs offered by American Law school and their sibling schools overseas. He has also taught his LL.M. courses in Beirut, Lebanon and is planning a summer program for international students in law at the College of Law during summer, 2017.

Prof. Barrie J. Roberts, UC Berkeley, United States

Barrie J. Roberts has been a public interest lawyer, mediator, ESL/ESP instructor and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Director/Consultant for two southern California superior courts, working with judges, attorneys and court staff to develop court-connected mediation programs. She created Mediation as a Second Language (MSL) aka ESP for Conflict Resolution, and has taught a variety of MSL and ESP for Negotiations courses for undergraduates at UC Berkeley and LL.M. students at Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law in Orange, California. Barrie has presented at TESOL, CATESOL, ETAI, the Global Legal Skills Conference, the International Conference on Conflict Resolution in Education and in Tokyo at the August 2016 Joint International Conference on ESP in Asia. Along with four UC Berkeley colleagues, she will be presenting a workshop at TESOL 2017 in Seattle called Conflict Resolution and ELT: Win-Win Approaches for All.

Prof. Alexandre Rossignol, Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, Mexico

Alexandre Rossignol de nacionalidad haitiana. Licenciado en relaciones internacionales de la Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV) cuenta con un postgrado en derecho internacional económico de la misma casa de estudio, 2014. Como experiencia profesional impartió clase durante un año en la escuela de estudios internacionales (UCV) 2015, también prestó su servicio a la embajada de Haití y Canadá en Venezuela. Actualmente labora en la Facultad Libre de Derecho como maestro de (terminología jurídica francesa) al igual que en la Alianza Francesa de Monterrey.

Prof. Jessica Rubin, University of Connecticut School of Law, United States

Jessica Rubin teaches Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation; Legal Research and Writing; and an online Contract Drafting course. Professor Rubin created and, in collaboration with UConn’s Business School, runs the annual UConn Business Law Negotiation Competition in which law students work with business students to negotiate business law transactions.  Professor Rubin also teaches Animal Law – a field in which she is a widely recognized expert.  Professor Rubin was instrumental in creating Desmond’s Law, which allows Connecticut courts to appoint advocates – law students under supervision – in animal cruelty cases.  She supervises students and appears in court to advocate for justice in cases of animal cruelty. Professor Rubin teaches a course in U.S. common law analysis and writing for international students pursuing their LL.M. degrees. She enjoys teaching international students at UConn and abroad.  During the summers of 2013 and 2014, Rubin traveled to Bilgi University in Istanbul, where she taught United States law and legal writing for the Open Society Foundation, and in 2016, she taught in Seoul, South Korea.

Prof. Kristina Running, University of Idaho College of Law, United States

Kristi Running is a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Idaho College of Law. Kristi interned for the Cambodian Ministry of Women’s Affairs while in law school and helped found the International Law Section of the Idaho State Bar. Prior to joining the College of Law faculty, she clerked for the Idaho Supreme Court and worked as a litigation associate. Kristi now teaches legal analysis and writing courses, serves as the school’s competitions coordinator, and is part of the College of Law’s Masters of Law program for international students.

Prof. Shannon Ryan, Syracuse University College of Law, United States

Professor Shannon Ryan is a Professor of Legal Writing at Syracuse University College of Law, where she has taught for the past seven years. Prior to that, Professor Ryan was in practice in Los Angeles, California, for 15 years. Professor Ryan primarily teaches legal research and writing to J.D. students and Introduction to the American Legal System and other skills courses to LL.M. students. Professor Ryan has taught at several conferences and abroad, including teaching Introduction to the American Legal System to LL.M. students at a university in Beirut, Lebanon.

Prof. Mimi S. Samuel, Seattle University School of Law, United States

Mimi Samuel is an Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills and Associate Director of the Legal Writing Program at Seattle University School of Law, where she specializes in legal research and writing, advocacy, and cross-cultural communication. Professor Samuel has conducted numerous training sessions for judges, magistrates, and lawyers in a variety of countries including South Africa, Uganda, Botswana, India, and China. In addition, she has worked with law professors in a number of countries in Africa as well as in Afghanistan to make their courses more interactive and skills-oriented. She has also worked with law students in many countries; most notably, as a Fulbright Specialist, she developed and taught the first legal writing course in Sri Lanka. In 2016, Professor Samuel was the recipient of the Global Legal Skills Award as well as the Terri LeClerq Courage Award.

Prof. Rebecca Schillings, Hamad bin Khalifa University College of Law and Public Policy, Qatar

Rebecca Schillings is an Assistant Professor at Hamad bin Khalifa University’s College of Law and Public Policy (CLPP), which is located in Doha, Qatar.  At CLPP, Rebecca is responsible for the legal skills component of the curriculum and has the exciting opportunity to guide CLPP students in developing a skill set that will prepare them for their future profession as lawyers. Accordingly, Rebecca created a Legal Lab as part of CLPP’s core curriculum.  In the Legal Lab, students are engaged in experimentation and interactive prototyping in order to develop new approaches to legal practice.  Rebecca is a U.S. qualified lawyer who has significant experience advising clients who transact business globally.  Prior to coming to Doha, she worked for both law firms and technology companies in Washington, DC., San Francisco and London.

Prof. Lynn Su, New York Law School, United States

Lynn Su is a Professor of Law at New York Law School. She teaches Legal Practice, a first-year lawyering skills course, and a criminal prosecution clinic seminar. She previously taught American Business Law: Sources and Methods, an introductory legal writing, reasoning, and research course for foreign-trained LLM students. Professor Su was also a co-director of the NYLS Writing Program, an assistant district attorney in Bronx County, and a law firm associate.

Prof. John B. Thornton, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, United States

John Thornton is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. Professor Thornton specialized in complex commercial litigation, practicing law at Jenner & Block LLP; Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz, PC; and at a Chicago litigation boutique. He received a BA from Notre Dame, a Masters in Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he taught English as a Second Language, and a JD from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Professor Thornton’s book, U.S. Legal Reasoning, Writing, and Practice for International Lawyers (LexisNexis 2014, now Carolina Academic Press), won the Global Legal Skills Award in 2015, and he is the Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Graduate Programs for Non-US Lawyers.

Prof. Sarah VanWye, Howard University School of Law, United States

Professor VanWye is an Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills at Howard University School of Law. She teaches Legal Writing I and II. Prior to joining the Howard University School of Law faculty, Professor VanWye served as a staff attorney and as a law clerk at the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC. Professor VanWye spent four years clerking, first for Senior Judge Robert H. Hodges, and then for Chief Judge Patricia E. Campbell-Smith. Before becoming an attorney, Professor VanWye worked as an English as a Second Language teacher and program director. She also served as a Spanish-language interpreter and translator in an immigration law practice. Professor VanWye received her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she was a member of the South Carolina Law Review and served as a legal writing tutor. She graduated with honors with a B.S. in marine science from the University of South Carolina Honors College. Professor VanWye is a member of the South Carolina Bar.

Prof. Margaret H. Vath, Georgia State University College of Law, United States

Margaret Hughes Vath is a senior lecturer at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a faculty member in the Lawyering Foundations Program where she teaches a two-semester, 6-credit hour writing course for first-year students. Professor Vath also developed, and teaches, a legal writing and analysis course for foreign-trained lawyers as part of GSU’s LL. M. Program. Additionally, Professor Vath was awarded a 2014 Teaching Innovation Grant to co-develop Lawyering: Practice Ready Writing, a third-year skills course, which she piloted in Summer 2015. A practitioner as well as an academic, Professor Vath has over ten years of experience as both a civil litigator and transactional lawyer. Professor Vath is an avid volunteer, and is the President-Elect of the Atlanta Bar Association, the producer of the Atlanta Bar Foundation’s charity all-lawyer musical, and a past-board member of the Junior League of Atlanta. Always learning, Professor Vath is pursuing a Composition & Rhetoric doctorate degree with Georgia State University’s English department.

Prof. Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, United States

Mark Wojcik is the founder of the Global Legal Skills Conference Series. He teaches Lawyering Skills, International Law, International Business Transactions, Torts, and Sexual Orientation Law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey and at the Vytautas Magnus Faculty of Law in Lithuania. He is also a Permanent Guest Professor of Anglo-American and Comparative Law at the University of Lucerne Faculty of Law in Switzerland. He was an editor on the John Marshall Law Review and a competitor in international law moot court competitions. After graduation, he clerked for judges on the Nebraska Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of International Trade. He practiced customs and international trade law in New York and served as court counsel for the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau. Professor Wojcik holds leadership roles in numerous legal organizations and associations, including the American Bar Association Section of International Law and the Association of American Law Schools. The Chicago Bar Foundation presented him with awards for outstanding service to the legal profession and for pro bono service. He is the author and co-author of numerous law review articles, book chapters, and books, including the first casebook on AIDS Law, the first legal writing text published in the United States for non-native speakers of English, and Illinois Legal Research.

Prof. Jose Zaragoza Huerta, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico