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Prof. Cynthia M. Adams, Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana United States
Cynthia Adams is a Clinical Professor of Law at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She practiced general corporate law and trusts and estates with an Indianapolis firm before joining the faculty at Indiana University. She is the coauthor of two books, Drafting Contracts in Legal English: Cross-border Agreements Governed by U.S. Law (Aspen 2013) and The International Lawyer’s Guide to Legal Analysis and Communication in the United States (2d ed., Aspen 2015), a book that won a 2014 Global Legal Skills Award. Professor Adams has served as a clinical consultant to the Kenya Law School and has made numerous presentations nationally and internationally on transactional issues and related alternative dispute resolutions issues. She is a certified mediator focusing on transactional issues. She was one of the first faculty members to receive Indiana University’s Trustee’s Teaching Award in recognition of teaching excellence and is a four-time recipient of the school’s Teaching Excellence Recognition Award. She has taught: Contract Drafting; Negotiations; International Negotiations; Small Business Planning; Contract Law for LL.M. Students; Legal Writing Analysis, Research, and Communication; Trusts and Estates; and Civil Procedure.
Prof. David W. Austin, California Western School of Law, San Diego, California, United States
After graduating from law school, David clerked for the Chief Justice of the Hawai’i Supreme Court and then worked as a litigator for Jenner & Block in Chicago. He also worked at the National Immigrant Justice Center as interim director of its Asylum Program. Before joining the faculty at the California Western School of Law, he taught appellate advocacy at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. David has extensive experience teaching abroad. In addition to lecturing in Mexico and Egypt, he has taught legal skills at the University of Cagliari Department of Law in Sardinia, Italy and sexual orientation law in the Czech Republic. His most recent foreign teaching experience was in The Kingdom of Bhutan, where he served as a Fulbright Specialist and co-taught the inaugural legal writing class at the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, the country’s first and only law school. Prior to his career in the law, David worked for the Italian Ministry of Health and with non-governmental health organizations 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.
Prof. Amrita Bahri, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Centre for International Economic Law, Department of Law (Departamento Academico de Derecho) Mexico City, Mexico
Dr. Amrita Bahri is an Assistant Professor of Law at ITAM University in Mexico City. She is the Co-Chair of WTO Chair Programme and Deputy Director for the Centre of International Economic Law at ITAM. She has a Ph.D. in International Trade Law from University of Birmingham and an LL.M. in International Business Law from London School of Economics. Amrita has published on the issues of international trade law, dispute settlement, and capacity building in developing countries. Her recent articles feature in the prestigious journals such as the Journal of World Trade and Trade, Law & Development. Her other works, in the form of a book and book chapters, are published by leading publishers such as Cambridge University Press and Edward Elgar. Amrita is the Founding Member of the South Asian International Economic Law Network (SAIELN) and the Member of Society of International Economic Law (SIEL). She is a 2016 winner of a Global Legal Skills Award.
Gopal Balachandran, Director, Legal English Certificate Program, Penn State Law, University Park, Pennsylvania, United States
Gopal Balachandran teaches at Penn State Law as the Director of the Pre-LL.M. Legal English Certificate Program. In this capacity, he teaches both criminal law and criminal procedure as well as two legal writing courses to foreign-trained lawyers who are English language learners. He also runs a practicum dealing with post-conviction and appellate indigent criminal defense. Before joining Penn State Law, Professor Balachandran worked for more than a decade as a public defender. He represented indigent defendants in matters ranging from drug distribution to first-degree murder and has extensive felony-trial experience. These experiences form the basis of a novel he is currently writing.
Prof. Jodi S. Balsam, Brooklyn Law School, New York, United States
Jodi S. Balsam is Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Director of Externship Programs. In her role as Director, she is responsible for designing the curriculum to support Brooklyn Law School students enrolled in externships in civil practice, criminal practice, and judicial settings. She teaches externship seminars and oversees faculty and field supervisors in the externship program. Professor Balsam also teaches Sports Law both at Brooklyn Law School and at NYU School of Law. Her other scholarly and teaching interests include professional responsibility, civil procedure, and judicial administration. She was previously a full-time faculty member at New York Law School, where she taught Legal Practice, Sports Law, and the Judicial Externship Seminar, and at New York University School of Law, where she taught in the Lawyering Program. Professor Balsam also has designed and taught innovative classes in sports contracts at NYU’s Sports Management Graduate Degree Program and Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany. She was previously the National Football League’s Counsel for Operations and Litigation, where she managed litigation in all areas of law, oversaw a variety of policy and operational matters, negotiated contracts for League special events, and administered the League’s internal dispute resolution processes and compliance program. She began her practice career as a litigation attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, representing a wide range of clients in antitrust matters and complex litigation.
Ben Battcock, Australia National University College of Law, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Ben Battcock was a barrister in London for 13 years, specializing in product liability, professional negligence, and employment law. He moved to Australia in 2001 and began working at the ANU School of Legal Practice (formerly ANU Legal Workshop) in 2003, teaching advocacy, civil, criminal, and commercial practice. He is currently the National Convenor for the “Becoming a Practitioner Course” and also the Criminal Practice Intensive. He is also the Convenor for the Masters Advocacy Course and he teaches in the Military Legal Practice course.
Prof. Lisa M. Black, California Western School of Law, San Diego, California United States
Lisa Black is Faculty Director of the LL.M and M.C.L. Program in U.S. Law at California Western School of 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 and serves as their advisor and mentor. As former vice-president and an active member of the San Diego Diplomacy Council, Professor Black has hosted leaders and diplomats from all over the world for over 30 years. She is Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on North American Cooperation.
Prof. Joan Blum, Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, 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.
Vito Breda, Adelaide Law School
Prof. Teresa Brostoff, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Prof. Heidi K. Brown, Brooklyn Law School, New York, USA
Heidi Brown is an Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School where she directs the Legal Writing Program, and is a former litigator in the construction industry. She is the author of the 2017 book, The Introverted Lawyer (ABA 2017), which illuminates the valuable gifts that introverted, shy, and socially anxious individuals bring to the legal profession—including active listening, deep thinking, empathy, impactful legal writing, creative problem-solving, and thoughtful communication. Heidi also is the author of a two-volume legal writing book series entitled The Mindful Legal Writer. Heidi champions the power of quiet law students and lawyers to be profoundly impactful advocates, in their authentic voices. She is working on a new book entitled, Untangling Fear in Lawyering (forthcoming 2019). She is a 2014 winner of a Global Legal Skills Award.
Jürgen Busch, European Academy of Legal Theory, Brussels and Frankfurt
Jürgen Busch is senior manager at the Ludwig Boltzmann Society (LBG) in Vienna and supervises the society’s Social Sciences, Humanities and Health Sciences branches. He studied history, political science, law, and legal theory in Vienna, Leuven, and Brussels and before joining the LBG, he held various research and (research) management positions at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW), the Universities of Vienna and Lucerne and the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD). He teaches classes in foundations of law at universities in Vienna and Brno, and participates in steering councils of the European Academy of Legal Theory (currently as the Academy’s secretary general) and the European Forum Alpbach. His research is situated at the intersections of history and philosophy of law and legal theory. He is particularly interested in inter- and supranational constitutional law and political integration through law.
Bryan Buschner, Ph.D. Candidate, Applied Linguistics and Asian Studies, Pennsylavania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA
Bryan holds degrees from Florida State University and New Mexico State University. Before coming to Penn State, Bryan spent eight years in Japan and two years in New Mexico teaching EFL/ESL at universities and in the private sector. His research interests include teaching English as a foreign/second language, discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics, sociocultural theory, and English for professional purposes. He is currently working with the EPPIC program and Penn State Law to prepare incoming lawyers from non-English speaking countries to complete a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.).
Prof. Charles Calleros, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, United States
Charles R. Calleros is the author of books on U.S. contract law, on common law legal method and writing, and on study and exam techniques for U.S. law students. His publications include articles on comparative contract law and conflicts of law, U.S. civil rights law, and law school pedagogy. He teaches Contracts, International Contracts, and Civil Rights, and he coaches two teams competing in the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. He also teaches at the Université Paris Descartes (France). He is a member of the American Law Institute and earned five awards in 2015 for his teaching, moot coaching, and mentoring. He is the drummer for the rhythm-and-blues band known as “The Repeat Offenders.” We’re also still talking about his flamenco dance lesson during the opening session of the GLS Conference in Verona, Italy.
Prof. Kathryn Campbell, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California, United States
Kathryn Campbell was a Chief Public Defender, Prosecutor, Navy JAG, Litigator and Appellate Lawyer for Multinational Corporations, Child Advocate/Chair of Michigan’s State Bar Children’s Law Section, and Gubernatorial Policy Appointee (Deputy Director, Michigan Human Services, and Governor’s Transition Teams), and many other things. She liked all that very much. She likes teaching Legal Analysis, Writing, and Skills full-time at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California even better. Professor Fehrman’s husband entertains the world singing and writing songs, and her personal-trainer daughter joyfully ran away to join the circus in the San Francisco Bay Area after college.
Pietro Campolo, Universita degli Studi di Catania, Sicily, Italy
Pietro Campolo (Italy) is a student of Construction Engineering – Architecture at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture (DICAR) at the University of Catania. He graduates at the scientific high school “G.Galileo” in Catania with a mark of 100/100. At the University he is part of the representatives of the student body and he is also a coordinator of the student’s association “Nìke”.
Avv. Enrico Canzonieri, Floresta Longo e Associati, Catania, Italy.
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, Italy.
Melissa Castan, Monash University Faculty of Law
Wilson Chow, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
Craig Collins, Australian National University
Craig Collins is director of the PEARL (Profession, Education and Regulation in Law) Centre at the Australian National University and a senior lecturer with the ANU School of Legal Practice. He pursues research in the fields of legal history and legal education, focusing on the themes of free speech/defamation and lawyer development. Craig previously practised as a commercial litigation partner with Gadens Lawyers Melbourne. Recent publications include: ‘The End of Ramism: And the shape of things to come’ in New Directions for Law in Australia: Essays in Contemporary Law Reform (ANU Press, 2017) and ‘Story Interface and Strategic Design for New Law Curricula’ in The Law Teacher (2016) 50(1) 98-113.
Prof. Maureen Collins, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Prof. Lurene Contento, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 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. She is a 2017 winner of a Global Legal Skills Award.
Leigh Coogan, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
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.
Jennifer Davis, University of New Hampshire School of Law
Nancy Daspit, Emory University Law School
Nancy Daspit is a Professor of Practice at Emory University Law School focusing in the areas of legal analysis, predictive & persuasive writing, legal research, and oral advocacy. After continued experience teaching an introduction to the common law and U.S. legal writing in Germany, she began to adapt her traditional legal writing classes at Emory with the goal of providing the growing number of international LLM students with the skills and knowledge to succeed in their common law studies. She now teaches only international LLM students and thus continues to look for methods and opportunities to enhance these students’ abilities in working with the common law. Prior to beginning her career at Emory, she practiced civil and commercial law for five years after completing law school, and prior to that she had a twenty-year career as an engineer working for AT&T.
Melissa Deering, Qatar University College of Law, Qatar
Dean Darby Dickerson, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, United States
Michael Douglas, University of Western Australia Law School, Perth, Australia
Michael Douglas is a Senior Lecturer at UWA Law School, where he researches private international law (conflict of laws). He is particularly interested in cross-border media law issues, a subject which he has commented upon on television, at TEDx, and in academic journals. He is the incoming editor of the Media and Arts Law Review, a reporter for the New South Wales Law Reports, and a Consultant at Bennett + Co within the firm’s commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice. Before joining the University of Western Australia, he taught at Sydney Law School. He attended UWA Law School as a Fogarty Foundation Regional Scholar. Apart from his legal studies, Michael holds an Honours degree in philosophy and an MBA with Distinction. He is pursuing a PhD in private international law under the supervision of David Rolph and William Gummow. In 2018, he is attending Harvard Law School on an exchange program.
Prof. Diane Penneys Edelman, Villanova University School of Law, Pennsylvania, United States
Prof. Michelle Falkoff, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Illinois, United States
Dean Lauren Fielder, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Austin, Texas, United States
Lauren Fielder is the Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs and Director of the Institute for Transnational Law at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. She previously taught at the University of Lucerne Faculty of Law (Switzerland).
Kate Galloway, Bond University Faculty of Law
Iselin Gambert is a Professor of Legal Research and Writing and Associate Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program at The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. In 2014 she was an Endeavour Executive Fellow at Melbourne Law School and in 2017-18 she was a visiting scholar at Lund University (Sweden) with the Critical Animal Studies Network. She is a member of Legal Writing Institute Board of Directors, and is the Legal Writing Institute Liaison to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress.
A former Malaysian Rhodes Scholar, Professor Bee Chen Goh is Professor of Law, and Director of the Centre for Peace and Social Justice, School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University, Australia. She is a Director and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, Fellow of Cambridge Commonwealth Society, and Fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies in London. Her scholarly interests include Mediation and ADR, especially on Cross-Cultural (Sino-Western) Dispute Resolution, and International Law of Peace. Her publications include Negotiating with the Chinese (Dartmouth/Routledge, 1996), Law Without Lawyers, Justice Without Courts: On Traditional Chinese Mediation (Ashgate/Routledge, 2002), and Goh, Offord and Garbutt (eds) Activating Human Rights and Peace: Theories, Practices and Contexts (Ashgate/Routledge, 2012)
Prof. Jonathan C. Gordon, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio, 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.
Judith Harrison, Australian National University, Australia
Prof. Kimberly Holst, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona, United States
Professor Holst served on the Program Committee for GLS-13 and she will be Co-Chair of the GLS-14 Conference being held in Arizona in December 2019. 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 teaches writing and skills in both the 1L and upper level curriculum at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. She is a 2017 Winner of a Global Legal Skills Award.
Mr. Matthew Jack Homewood, Nottingham Law School, United Kingdom
Matthew J. Homewood, Acting Head of Postgraduate Programmes at Nottingham Law School, UK, served on the Program Committee for GLS-13. He 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. His 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 was a winner of a 2017 Global Legal Skills Award.
Wayne Jocic, Melbourne Law School, Australia
Wayne Jocic joined Melbourne Law School as a full-time academic in 2014, after teaching part-time since 2005. He is also a part-time consultant in the construction group at Corrs Chambers Westgarth. His teaching and research interests are in construction law, contract and private law generally and he teaches into the JD and Melbourne Law Masters programs. Wayne previously worked for a decade at Clayton Utz, and advised on major construction projects in every state.
Prof. Joy Kanwar, Brooklyn Law School, New York, United States
Joy Kanwar teaches legal writing courses at Brooklyn Law School. She joined the faculty in 2008 from private practice, where she was a senior staff associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Her areas of practice included complex mass torts and insurance litigation, general litigation, products liability, securities litigation,general torts and contract law. She previously was a legal information analyst at Lawnavigator.com. In law school, she was editor of Res Communes, Vermont Law School’s environmental law journal; and she won best paper in the J.B. Chase Writing Competition for a note that was published in the Vermont Law Review.
Andrew Kerr, Georgetown University Law Center, District of Columbia, United States
Prof. Rosa Kim, Suffolk University Law School, United States
Cornelia Koch, Adelaide Law School, Australia
Prof. Cathren Koehlert-Page, Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Orlando, Florida, United States
Professor Cathren Page joined the faculty at the Barry University School of Law in 2011. She previously taught Appellate Advocacy, Legal Research and Writing, and Special Problems in Evidence at Golden Gate University School of Law. She is an active participant in the Legal Writing Institute and an assistant editor with the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute.
Samantha Kontra, Flinders University
Samantha Kontra is the Director of First Year Studies at Flinders University, in South Australia. She has taught at Flinders Law since 2012 and prior to this taught the Law and Ethics component of the first year Nursing curriculum. She primarily teaches Legal Research and Writing and Tort Law, and has a strong interest in students’ skill development. She coordinates the Orientation and Transition programs for both Flinders Law and Flinders Criminology. In 2017-2018 Samantha has worked closely with the Flinders Law Students’ Association (‘FLSA’) to develop alternate opportunities for legal skill development that can be embedded within the curriculum and orientation programs, and through extra-curricular activities coordinated by FLSA. Samantha also runs similar skill development activities with high school students at the University’s Enrichment Day. Samantha is currently completing a PhD which explores definitions of legal negotiation and uses primary data to examine the ways in which students develop skills in this area. She further proposes recommendations for increasing student competence and confidence when conducting legal negotiations.
Lindsey Kurtz, Peking University School of Transnational Law, Shenzhen, China
Lindsey Kurtz currently serves as the Director of the Center for Academic Legal English at Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China. At STL, she develops and oversees Legal English programs for the school’s American-style Juris Doctor degree. Lindsey earned her PhD in Applied Linguistics at Pennsylvania State University. While a student at Penn State, Lindsey worked for three years with international LL.M. students at Penn State Law, and helped to design and implement courses for Penn State Law’s one-year, pre-LL.M. Legal English Certificate. She has also taught Legal English at Beijing Normal University and English as a Foreign Language at Tecnológico de Monterrey (Querétaro, Mexico) and St. Thomas University (Amagasaki, Japan). Her research interests include Vygotskian sociocultural theory, English for Specific Purposes, English for Academic Legal Purposes, and legal discourse.
Michele M. Leering, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada
Michele is the Executive Director/Lawyer with the Community Advocacy & Legal Centre and a doctoral candidate (comparative legal education reform – Canada & Australia) in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. In addition to traditional lawyering, Michele’s legal practice experience has included legal literacy, community development, systemic advocacy and law reform initiatives. For three decades, she has supervised students, lawyers and paralegals. She is a member of the International Legal Aid Group and consults internationally for the Open Society Foundation’s Justice Initiative on legal empowerment. As a former member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee, she now chairs a Legal Education Working Group whose members are developing a Canadian Guide to Experiential Learning & Access to Justice for law students. A published author on reflective practice and action research, she was a Law Foundation of Ontario Community Leadership in Justice Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School (Ontario), and a Visiting Fellow at Australian National University and Bond University.
Dean Tania Leiman, Flinders University College of Business Government and Law, Adelaide, Australia
Tania Leiman is Dean of Law at Flinders University’s College of Business Government & Law. She has received individual and team university teaching excellence awards, an individual Australian government ALTC citation and, for her work in clinical legal education with Flinders Legal Advice Clinic, a team Australian government AAUT citation in 2016. Tania’s current research interests include automated vehicles, blockchain, disruption in the legal profession, artificial intelligence and legal tech, and the future of legal education. She is a member of the Legal sub-group of the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative [ADVI]’s Policy & Risk Group.
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.
Brayden Mann, Flinders University
Brayden Mann is the First Year Competitions Coordinator of the Flinders Law Students’ Association (‘FLSA’) at Flinders University, in South Australia. Whilst studying his third year of a combined degree in Laws and Legal Practice and International Relations, Brayden has been instrumental in developing, organising and facilitating FLSA’s ‘First Year Skill Development Exercises’, new in 2018. Brayden has worked to change the ‘competition’ culture of Law School Competitions and to re-brand these competitions as ‘Skill Development Exercises’. He has further built in 21st century elements of legal practice to help students adapt to a changing legal (and technological) world. Brayden has also worked closely with Flinders Law to develop orientation day programs and practical legal skills that complement the skill development exercises.
Prof. Deborah McGregor, Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana University, United States
Prof. Katherine Mercer, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Ohio, United States
Prof. Karin Mika, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Prof. William B.T. Mock, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 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.
Chantal Morton, Melbourne Law School, Australia
Dr Chantal Morton is the Co-Chair of the 13th Global Legal Skills Conference. She 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. Before 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.
Prof. Michael D. Murray, University of Kentucky College of Law, Kentucky, United States
Michael Murray 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 U.S. 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, the University of Illinois College of Law, Valparaiso University School of Law, the University of Michigan Law School, and the University of Massachusetts School of Law. 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-seven books and numerous law review articles on legal writing, rhetoric, art law, copyright, the right of publicity, and other topics.
Michael Ng, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
Prof. Laurel Oates, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington, United States
Laurel Currie Oates has taught at Seattle University for more than 35 years, including as director of its nationally-ranked legal writing program. 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, including the 2007 Burton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education. She is a co-founder of the Legal Writing Institute, an organization that now has more than 2500 members. 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.
David Platter, Adelaide Law School, Australia
Prof. Gerardo Puertas, Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, Mexico
Gerardo Puertas is a Professor and President of the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, which has hosted the Global Legal Skills Conference three times and which is a recipient of a Global Legal Skills Award.
Sarouch Razi, Australia National University, Australia
Prof. Richard S. Risman, Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York, 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. 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. She has also 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 received a Global Legal Skills Award and the Legal Writing Institute’s Terri LeClercq Courage Award.
Shelley A. Saltzman, Columbia University, New York City.
Shelley A. Saltzman is Associate Director for University Partnerships and Senior Lecturer at the American Language Program of Columbia University in New York City. Thirty years ago she developed one of the first English for Law programs in the US and continues to specialize in curricula development for English for Specific Purposes. A frequent presenter at national and international conferences, Shelley spoke at the inaugural GLS Conference in 2005 and received a Global Legal Skills Award in 2015. During Columbia’s bicentennial, she was named as one of “The 250 Columbians Who Have Made a Difference” and in 2018, was awarded a Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award. Recently, Shelley was elected to the Columbia Faculty Senate and appointed to the Higher Education Advisory Council of IELTS. She currently teaches Advanced (CEFR C2) Academic Writing at Columbia University and English for Graduate Legal Study at Columbia Law School.
Eileen Scallen, UCLA School of Law, California, United States
Prof. Ann Sinsheimer, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pennsylvania, United States
Paweł Skuczyński, University of Warsaw, Poland
Prof. Debra Stark, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Professor Stark received her B.A. degree from Brandeis University, summa cum laude, phi betta kappa, her J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law, cum laude, and her certificate of completion of mediation training from Northwestern University. She joined the faculty of The John Marshall Law School after eight years in private practice. Her two primary areas of legal expertise are in real estate law and domestic violence related laws. The legal clinic that she directs assists survivors of domestic violence in the brave and perilous journey of becoming safe and whole again. Her clinic develops educational and training programs and materials that better enable survivors to exercise their legal rights.
Dean Judy Stark, Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, Bhutan
Judy Stark is Associate Dean for Library and Information Services and a
Senior Lecturer at the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, the first law school in the Kingdom of Bhutan. She previously served as a Research Librarian and Lecturer in Law at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (USA) and as a Research Librarian, Head Librarian, and Office Manager at the American law firm, Jenkens & Gilchrist. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University, her Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University, and her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law (all USA). She resides in Thimphu with her husband and two children.
Prof. Conrad Sturm, Qatar University College of Law, Doha, Qatar
Conrad Sturm is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law at the Qatar University College of Law. He has taught legal skills courses in Canada, the U.S.A., and Qatar since 2005. He joined the Qatar University College of Law in 2011 and served as the Director of the Lawyering Skills Program from August 2011 to February 2018. In 2011, Professor Sturm and his team brought the first comprehensive legal skills program in legal writing, research, analysis, and advocacy to the Middle East and the Qatar University LL.B. degree. Before joining Qatar University, Professor Sturm taught legal skills to J.D. students at the Ave Maria School of Law (U.S.A.), the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law (Canada), and the Queen’s University, Faculty of Law (Canada). He also taught legal skills to LL.M. students at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in Chicago.
Prof. Lynn B. Su, New York Law School, New York, United States
Lynn Su is a Professor of Law at New York Law School. She teaches Legal Practice, a first-year lawyering skills course, Evidence, 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 LL.M. students. Professor Su was also a co-director of the New York Law Sschool Writing Program, an assistant district attorney in Bronx County, and a law firm associate.
Masako Takasaki, Chuo University
Masako Takasaki is a Ph.D. candidate at Chuo University in Tokyo. Masako holds BA of Law from Keio University, MA of Art (Performing arts) from Nihon University and MA of Law (International public law) from University of the Ryukyus. She spent nine and half years in Okinawa teaching Law and Art, Japanese constitutional law, International law, International human rights law, Presentation and Writing as a part-time lecturer at five universities. She was given Good Teaching Award from Japan Association for Educational Development in Higher Education in 2013. She has been proposing various educational ideas at the Law and Education Society (Japan) since 2012. Among her unique proposals, ‘ Law-Related Education at the University of Arts: the concept of law-related education and teaching materials utilizing works of art ‘, was highly evaluated by participating law scholars. Currently, she majors in International public law and has co-written three books in her main research field: ‘Culture and International law’. She is also a poet with two published books: Ripple on River Liffey, Hilltop publishing, 2016, and Invitation de Deux Lions, Hilltop publishing, 2018.
Greg Taylor, Adelaide Law School, Australia
Carrie Teitcher, Brooklyn Law School, New York, United States
Carrie Teitcher is the LL.M. Legal Writing Coordinator and an Assistant Professor of Legal Writing at the Brooklyn Law School, New York. She joined the faculty at Brooklyn Law School in 1984 and teaches legal writing to J.D. and LL.M. students. She has written and lectured on the importance of using computer technology in both doctrinal and skills courses. As LL.M. Legal Writing Coordinator, she created two writing courses to meet the needs of international students. Carrie is also a member of the GLS-13 Conference Committee.
Maria Termini, Brooklyn Law School, New York, United States
Maria Termini is an Assistant Professor of Legal Writing. Before joining Brooklyn Law School, she worked in the Appeals Division of the New York City Housing Authority and as a litigation associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed. She was a member and Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems. Before practicing law, she taught high school mathematics and was an adjunct professor of education.
Prof. John B. Thornton, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Illinois, 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 was Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Graduate Programs for Non-US Lawyers. He served on the GLS-13 Program Committee.
Kellie Toole, Adelaide Law School, Australia
Kellie Toole has a background as a criminal defence lawyer, and has been a law lecturer at the University of Adelaide since 2012. She teaches in criminal law and procedure, sentencing and criminal justice, aboriginal people and the law, and military disciplinary law. Her research interests are at the intersection of criminal law and human rights law, and she is undertaking a PhD on the decision to prosecute by Australian Directors of Public Prosecutions. She is committed to working with students to build a sense of community within the Law School and between the Law School and the legal profession, and has acted as a Well-Being Officer and part of the Career Readiness team for the Adelaide Law School.
Fabia F. Carvalho Veçoso, Melbourne Law School, Australia
Fabia Veçoso is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Laureate Program in International Law. Her project focuses on the emergence of the principle of non-intervention in Latin America. Before joining Melbourne Law School, Fabia was an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Federal University of São Paulo. Her research and teaching interests are focused on the theory and history of international law, regionalism and Latin America, and international human rights law. Fabia earned her LL.B. and LL.M. from the University of São Paulo Law School. She completed her doctorate in international law at the University of São Paulo Law School, examining the case law of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights related to amnesties, and was a Doctoral Visiting Research Fellow at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Helsinki.
Jessica Viven-Wilksch, Adelaide Law School, Australia
Bree Williams, Melbourne Law School, Australia
Bree Williams is a Research Fellow in the Legal Academic Skills Centre at Melbourne Law School.
Prof. Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, United States
Mark Wojcik is the founder of the Global Legal Skills Conference Series and Co-Chair of the GLS-13 Conference. He is a professor of law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he has taught courses in international law, international business transactions, international trade law, international criminal law, international human rights law, torts, and legal writing. He was the Director of the Legal English Program at the International Law Institute in Washington D.C., and is the author of Introduction to Legal English published by that Institute. He has taught in law schools in Bhutan, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, and Switzerland. He previously worked as Court Counsel to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau (Micronesia), and clerked for the Supreme Court of Nebraska and the U.S. Court of International Trade. He has held many leadership positions within the Association of American Law Schools, the American Society of International Law, the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association. He is President of Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers and the 2018 recipient of the Burton Foundation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education.
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