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Prof. Cynthia M. Adams, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 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 Ss 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.

 

Matthew Albert, Melbourne Law School, Australia

Matthew is a sessional lecturer and practising barrister. He was admitted to practice in 2005 after completing articles with the Victorian Government Solicitors’ Office. He worked in the Executive Branch of that Office as a solicitor until 2007 where he advised on tort, contract, administrative and constitutional law. Before coming to the Bar, Matthew was the sole researcher to Geoffrey Robertson QC at Doughty Street Chambers, London. Prior to that, he was the associate to Justice Habersberger of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the legal researcher to the Solicitor-General for Victoria (now Justice Tate of the Victorian Court of Appeal). In 2004, Matthew worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kenya as a legal protection officer. He has done consultancy work for the United Nations, most recently on legal issues arising from environmental displacement. Matthew has been on the research staff of the law faculties of the University of Oxford, and of New South Wales. He contributed to a number of leading international law textbooks and reports, as well as co-authoring a legal guide for members of the Australian Refugee Review Tribunal. In 2002, he was the Blake Dawson Pro Bono Fellow for legal research.

 

Adi Altshuler, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, United States

Adi Altshuler is the Director of International Programs at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Adi oversees the LLM, SJD, student exchange and dual degree programs. Adi teaches an experiential course to international JD students and is the advisor of the VIS Moot team. Adi received her JD and LLM degrees from the University of Chicago Law School and her LLB from the Tel Aviv University Law School. She clerked for Justice Beisky at the Supreme Court of Israel, worked as an associate on cross border transactions, and was selected as the Ford Foundation Fellow in International Law at the University of Chicago. Adi served as Chair of the Section on Graduate Programs for Foreign Lawyers and Chair of the Section on Post Graduate Legal Education of the AALS, and as Vice-Chair of the Foreign Legal Consultant Committee of the ABA.

 

Dr. Camilla Baasch Andersen, University of Western Australia, Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education, School of Law

Camilla Andersen is Professor of International Commercial Law at University of Western Australia.  She is a Trade Law Expert for UNCITRAL and a member of the core group of the Scandinavian Pro-Active Think Tank. She has written extensively on the CISG, international commerce, pro-active approaches to law and comparative commercial law. She works closely with business, government and academia in pursuit of Commercial Law facilitating trade, recently on her new project on Comic Book Contracting and the visualisation of law (see www.comicbookcontracts.com). She maintains her fellowship at the Institute of International Commercial Law at Pace Law School (New York) supporting the Kritzer Database. For more details visit: http://www.web.uwa.edu.au/people/camilla.andersen

 

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.

 

 Hilary Christina Bell, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

Hilary Bell is an assistant professor of legal writing, research and advocacy in the Hamad Bin Khalifa University Faculty of Law and Public Policy. She has more than a decade of practical dispute resolution experience, having previously worked as: a litigation lawyer in Scotland; a construction disputes lawyer in Qatar, advising clients on development projects and local court procedures; and negotiator in insurance disputes. She is a qualified solicitor and Notary Public; She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; and has an LLM (with distinction) in Construction Law and Arbitration. My master’s dissertation was a comparative study of Qatar and English construction law. She previously taught legal writing, research and advocacy at Qatar University.

 

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. 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 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. She also has 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, oversaw policy and operational matters, negotiated contracts, and administered internal dispute resolution processes. She began her practice career as a litigation attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, representing 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.

 

Justine Block, Melbourne Law School, Melbourne University

 

Justine Block is the Manager Graduate Services and Career at Melbourne Law School where she is responsible for student enrichment. Justine has worked in the tertiary education sector for 18 years after a career in HR and recruitment in professional services firms. After setting up the Careers Services Centre at Melbourne Business School earlier this decade, Justine spent eight years in strategy and quality assurance roles at Melbourne Business School and Deakin University before her current role Melbourne Law School. Her interests include improving career outcomes for international students and developing career self-management skills in students to help them negotiate the job market from their first job to their last.

 

Dr. Vito Breda, Adelaide Law School, Australia, the University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain, and the University of Brescia, Italy.

Dr. Vito Breda is a Senior Lecturer in law at the University of Southern Queensland School of Law and Justice and Professor in Comparative Law. Previously he was research assistant at the University of Milan, MacCormick Fellow at the Law School of the University of Edinburgh, Visiting Fellow at the Centre for European Studies at the Australian National University and lecturer in law at Cardiff University. Since 2010 he has been a fellow at the UK Higher Education Academy. He teaches Comparative Law at USQ, the University of Deusto in Bilbao (adjunct), and at the University of Brescia (adjunct). In these universities, he teaches Comparative Law as a highly structured, problem-based learning (PBL) course. The pedagogical structure and the benefits of PBL championed in these courses are well known. A well-designed PBL comparative course tends to increase the knowledge, in theory and in practice, of a spectrum of legal systems. As such, the emphasis of comparative PBL courses is on understanding `why and how’ different legal traditions execute the same basic functions required from a legal system, including regulating a market economy, solving international disputes and protecting rights.

 

Prof. Heidi K. Brown, Brooklyn Law School, New York, United States

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, United States

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.). [Update: Bryan is unable to attend in person, but his presentation will be given by his colleague, Gopal Balachandran.

 

Prof. Charles R. Calleros, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Phoenix, Arizona, 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. Charles will receive the 2019 Section Award from the Association of American Law Schools Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research.

 

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.”

 

Melissa Castan, Monash University Faculty of Law, Australia

Dr Melissa Castan is associate professor of law at Monash University and Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights. Melissa specialises in constitutional law and human rights, including international perspectives. Her work analyses the intersection of culture and identity with human rights, notably in global and cross-cultural contexts.

 

Wilson Chow, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

Mr Wilson Chow is an Associate Professor and Head, Department of Professional Legal Education, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong (HKU).

The first full-time local teacher appointed to the Department of Professional Legal Education in 1995, Mr Chow has spearheaded the curriculum reform and all development proposals in the HKU Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) programme since 2001. He is the leader at the HKU Faculty of Law in developing and researching the use of experiential learning tools in professional legal education. The Standardized Clients programme is an example. His team has presented their empirical work at conferences held in Hong Kong, UK, Australia and the US and published the same in international refereed journals and edited volumes.

 

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 B. Collins, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, United States

Maureen Collins has been on the Lawyering Skills faculty of The John Marshall Law Schol since 2005. She also created and has been teaching a first-year writing course for students interested in intellectual property. She previously was the director of the Legal Writing Program at DePaul University College of Law, where she designed and implemented the first-year and upper-level writing curriculum, created assignments and coordinated the staff of full-time and adjunct professors. Before her career in academia, Professor Collins was an attorney at Sidley Austin LLP, practicing trademark, copyright, and advertising law. She returned to the firm each summer for 15 years as a ‘Professor in Residence,’ working with summer associates on research and writing issues. Professor Collins authored a legal writing manual, and wrote the “Legal Communications” column for the Illinois Bar Journal for almost ten years. She has developed a specialty of protecting as intellectual property designs that are used in fabric art and has written and lectured on this topic. She is also the Editor of The Scrivener, the newsletter of Scribes–The American Society of Legal Writers.

 

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.

 

Dr. Elif Kiesow Cortez, International and European Law Program and Cybersecurity Center of Expertise, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Before joining THUAS, Elif was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics at Harvard Law School. Elif’s doctoral research at the Graduate School in Law and Economics, University of Hamburg, was funded by the German Research Association (DFG). During her doctoral studies, Elif was a visiting fellow at Harvard Business School and a visiting scholar at Berkeley School of Law. Elif holds the CIPP/E certification and previously worked as a consultant in data protection and privacy compliance. Elif currently teaches courses on Data Protection and Privacy Compliance, Cybersecurity and Legal Analytics in addition to her role as the coordinator of the Cybersecurity Minor that runs with the involvement of the law and IT bachelor degree programs.

 

Prof. Sha-Shana N.L. Crichton, Howard University School of Law, Washington, D.C., 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.  She previously 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, a member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) Leadership Committee, a 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 Spanish and is proficient in French.

 

Jeff Dahl, International and European Law Programme, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Jeff Dahl is the Legal Skills Coordinator for the International and European Law Programme and a member of the Curriculum Committee of the Hague University of Applied Sciences. Jeff teaches skills, negotiation, tort law, maritime law, and insurance law. Before becoming an educator, he practiced law in Florida and Oregon. He was a first-chair trial lawyer and handled jury trials, bench trials, appellate matters, administrative hearings, arbitrations, and mediations in state and federal courts in maritime, insurance, personal injury, and construction defect cases. He also served as a certified mediator. Jeff stays active in litigation by maintaining a small practice representing staff members of international organizations in international labor law courts.

 

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 and 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 adapted her traditional legal writing classes at Emory to provide international LL.M. students with the skills and knowledge to succeed in their common law studies. She now teaches only international LL.M. students and thus continues to look for methods and opportunities to enhance these students’ abilities in working with the common law. Before 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 Deehring, Qatar University College of Law, Doha, Qatar

Melissa Deehring is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Externship Program at Qatar University College of Law in Doha, Qatar. She has enlisted more than 115 legal employers in Doha, developed clinical curricula, gave practical skills lectures to more than 600 law students, and created an annual law career fair in Qatar. Her research interests are in the fields of experiential education, higher education reform, and promoting diversity in the legal profession.

 

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

Diane Penneys Edelman is Professor of Law and Director of International Programs at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, where she has taught since 1993, and served as the Director of the Legal Writing Program from 2000 through 2008 She teaches Legal Research, Analysis, Writing and Oral Advocacy I and II, and has previously taught Advanced Appellate Advocacy and Legal Analysis & Writing for Undergraduates. At Villanova, she created and has taught in a unique International Advocacy course for first-year law students, in which more than 600 students have participated to date. She has written and spoken regionally and nationally about legal writing, the connection between international law and legal writing, and teaching legal writing to students whose first language is not English.

 

Prof. Michelle Falkoff, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Illinois, United States

Michelle Falkoff is Director of Communication and Legal Reasoning and Harry B. Reese Teaching Clinical Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She received her law degree from Columbia and practiced intellectual property litigation in Silicon Valley for several years before returning to school to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree in Fiction Writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

 

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).

 

Hugh Finn, Curtin Law School

Dr. Hugh Finn is a lecturer at the Curtin Law School at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. He teaches into a range of subjects, with a strong pedagogical focus on using written assessments and tutorial sessions to develop the writing and reasoning skills of undergraduate law students. As a former biologist, his main research interests are in environmental policy and law and the nexus between science and law.

 

Henry Deeb Gabriel, Professor of Law at Elon University and Visiting Professor of Law at Victoria University, Melbourne

Henry Deeb Gabriel is a Professor of Law at Elon University and Visiting Professor of Law at Victoria University, Melbourne. He has served as United States delegate to United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) since 2003, and he has been a member of the UNIDROIT Governing Council since 2007. He was a member a member of the Working Group and Chair of the Editorial Board of the 2010 UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts, and Chair of the UNIDROIT Working Group on the Legal Guide to Contract Farming. He is elected member of the American Law Institute, a Fellow of the European Law Institute, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a life member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He is the author of ten books and over 60 articles on international and domestic commercial law.

 

Kate Galloway, Bond University Faculty of Law

Dr Kate Galloway is associate professor of law at Bond University, and the co-director of the Centre for Professional Legal Education. She researches and teaches in property law, and law and technology, and is also a leader in legal education research. In recent years her work has involved an examination of the future of legal work, and the relevant underpinning skills notably in light of the digital disruption and globalisation of the legal services industry.

 

Iselin M. Gambert,  The George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C., United States, and Lund University, Lund, Sweden

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.

 

Annie P. Gomez, Senior Lecturer (Law), School of Business, Temasek Polytechnic, Associate Adult Educator, Institute of Adult Learning, Singapore

Annie Gomez is a Section Head and Senior Lecturer in Law at the School of Business, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore. She obtained her LLB (Hons) from the National University of Singapore and began her career in legal practice. She then served in the Registry of Trade Marks & Patents and later in the Official Assignee & Public Trustee’s Office. She read her LLM (Corporate & Commercial) at King’s College, University of London, specialising in Intellectual Property Law and Law of Banking.  Her academic career started with teaching on the LLB London (External) program before joining Temasek Polytechnic. She helped set up the Diploma in Law & Management to train paralegals. She developed the curricula for several part time programs for adult learners and her current specialities are Intellectual Property Law and Contract Law. She has been recognised as an Associate Adult Educator by the Institute of Adult Learning (IAL). Annie enjoys travelling, watching cultural programs and spending time with her two daughters.

 

Bee Chen Goh, Centre for Peace and Social Justice, Southern Cross University School of Law and Justice, Australia

A former Malaysian Rhodes Scholar, Professor Bee Chen Goh is Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Peace and Social Justice, Southern Cross Univeristy School of Law and Justice, 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. 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. Before joining the CWRU Law Faculty, he also spent several years as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

 

Prof. Laura Grenfell, University of Adelaide, Australia

Laura Grenfell is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Adelaide. She teaches and researches Human Rights Law, Comparative Constitutional Law and Post-Conflict Justice. Her monograph, Promoting the Rule of Law in Post Conflict States (CUP 2013), considers the tension between rule of law programmes and legal pluralism in post conflict states, focussing on Timor-Leste and South Africa. She is the Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion in the Faculty of the Professions and in this role she has led faculty projects aiming to ‘indigenise’ the curriculum. Through this role she has come to understand that legal pluralism in Australia offers comparative views without the need to leave Australia.

 

Ankur Gupta, School of Business, Temasek Polytechnic (TP) Singapore

Ankur is a law lecturer at the School of Business, Temasek Polytechnic (TP) in Singapore. His current teaching focus is on: Laws relating to Commercial Transactions, Media Law, Intellectual Property Law and Legal Aspects of Information Technology. He conducts introductory training courses on contract law and IP law for professionals working in managerial and technical roles in companies. He has authored a number research notes, articles and comments on topics related to IP and technology law.  He has presented his work at various other international academic conferences in Asia, Australia and Europe.   Ankur has a keen interest in Skill Training and pedagogy relevant for creating learners who are proficient to be job ready. Most recently he was invited to share best practices from Singapore on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) based on his experience as a skills trainer, at a national consultative seminar organised by the School of Vocational Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India. Prior to teaching law, Ankur was working as a legal counsel in the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore where he was involved in law and policy making in the area of trade mark laws. After graduating from the National University of Singapore with a LLM (IP & Technology Law) in 2007, Ankur worked in Singapore based law firms, as a foreign lawyer assisting senior counsel in contentious and transactional commercial matters.

 

Aaron Richard Harmon, Qatar University College of Law, Doha, Qatar

Aaron Richard Harmon is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law at Qatar University College of Law.

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. He 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.

 

Judith Harrison, Law School and School of Legal Practice, Australian National University College of Law,Canberra, Australia

Admitted to legal practice in 1981, Judy integrates continuing exploration of social justice lawyering through teaching, research and direct service. She holds Masters degrees in Public and International Law, International Development and Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development. She is a Senior Lecturer at ANU, teaching in the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, the Master of Legal Practice, and working with LLB and JD student paralegal volunteers and law interns. She has worked as a lawyer in most of the non-profit legal sectors in Australia and undertaken law reform and legal capacity building projects in all Australian jurisdictions and overseas. She was the inaugural Director of Clinical Legal Education for the ANU College of Law, and has been involved in initiatives and courses developing legal skills for over 30 years. Judy’s background includes community organizing, local through to international coalition building and regional, rural and remote legal practice. She is the project coordinator of the Kimberley Community Legal Services – ANU initiative and a long time pro bono lawyer for KCLS. The KCLS-ANU initiative aims to enable KCLS to draw on ANU law students, legal academics and other professional staff to increase civil law legal help for Aboriginal people in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, being a land area twice the size of Victoria.

 

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.

 

Jane Jilbert, Melbourne Law School, Australia

Jane Jilbert is a Liaison Librarian, Learning and Teaching at the Melbourne Law School. She works with the library team, professional and academic staff at the Law School to embed research skills workshops into the Juris Doctor, Masters and Law Breadth programs at the Law School.

 

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

Andrew Kerr is a Lecturer of Legal English at Georgetown Law, where he teaches academic writing, legal writing, torts and U.S. constitutional law to foreign-trained LL.M. students. Andrew received his J.D. from Columbia and his B.A. from Wesleyan. He has published on topics related to law and language. He also is an editor of the Legal Writing Institute Monograph Series and the Asian Journal of Legal Education. He was previously a Senior Lecturer at the Peking University School of Transnational Law.

 

Cornelia Koch, Adelaide Law School, Australia

Cornelia Koch is a Senior Lecturer at the Adelaide Law School, the University of Adelaide. She has taught comparative law courses at postgraduate and undergraduate level for many years and in 2013 created the annual Current Legal Issues in Comparative Perspective series of symposia, co-organised with her postgraduate students. At these symposia, invited keynote speakers and Masters students showcase their research in comparative law to members of academia and the general public. Cornelia is a former coordinator of the Master of Comparative Law (Adelaide/Mannheim) degree, a Masters programme jointly offered by the University of Adelaide and Mannheim University in Germany. Cornelia comes from Germany, where she did her undergraduate law degree (Erstes Juristisches Staatsexamen) and holds a Master of Comparative Law and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Queensland in Australia. She brings to the panel her experience as a teacher and student of comparative law in various European and Australian settings and also as a researcher who frequently employs the comparative legal method.

 

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.

 

Prof. Joel Lee (National University of Singapore Faculty of Law, Singapore)

Joel Lee is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, the National University of Singapore. Joel co-pioneered the teaching of Negotiation and Mediation in the Singapore Universities and has contributed to the development of mediation in Singapore. A graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and Harvard Law Schools, Joel is an associate partner with CMPartners (USA) and a principal mediator with and the Training Director of the Singapore Mediation Centre. Joel is an adjudicator with the Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre and was a member of the International Mediation Institute’s Independent Standards Commission and Intercultural Taskforce. He was also a key member of the Ministry of Law’s Working Group on International Commercial Mediation. Joel is presently the founding Chair of the Board of the Singapore International Mediation Institute. He has taught overseas at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), University of Law, Economics and Science of Aix‐Marseille (Aix‐en‐Provence France) and Anglia Law School (UK) and is the co-editor and co- author of the book “An Asian Perspective on Mediation” and the General Editor for the Asian Journal on Mediation. In 2011, Joel was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award which is the National University of Singapore’s highest teaching award.

 

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’s Policy and Risk Group.

 

Prof. Carrie Leonetti, University of Auckland School of Law, New Zealand

Carrie Leonetti is an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland School of Law, where she teaches classes relating to criminal law, evidence, forensic psychiatry, and miscarriages of justice. She is the Editor in Chief of the New Criminal Law Review. She has also served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Milano-Bicocca and the University of Sarajevo, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. Professor Leonetti’s research agenda focuses primarily on comparative criminal procedure, scientific evidence, and miscarriages of justice in an international context. She is particularly interested in the role that culture, social psychology, and motivated reasoning play in the definition, detection, and remedy of wrongful convictions. She also writes regularly in the area of high-tech surveillance and data privacy. Her publications have appeared in the American Criminal Law Review, the Federal Courts Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, the Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Legislation, and the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.

 

Qiao Liu, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland (Australia), an Adjunct Professor of Comparative Law at the School of Law of Xi’an Jiaotong University

Qiao Liu is currently an Associate Professor in the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland (Australia), an Adjunct Professor of Comparative Law at the School of Law of Xi’an Jiaotong University (China) and the Executive Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Journal of Comparative Law (OUP). He obtained his DPhil in law from the University of Oxford. He teaches and researches in contract law (both Anglo-Australian and Chinese), comparative Chinese law and commercial law (both domestic and international).  He has published in leading law journals including the Modern Law Review, American Journal of Comparative Law and the Cambridge Law Journal.  He is the author of the book entitled Anticipatory Breach (Hart Publishing Oxford 2011) and co-authored a leading contract text, Contract Law Australian Edition (Palgrave Macmillan 2015), with Professor Ewan McKendrick of the University of Oxford.

 

Liu Yue, Peking University School of Transnational Law, Shenzhen, China.

LIU Yue is a C.V. Starr Lecturer at Peking University School of Transnational Law, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School in Shenzhen, China. He holds a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a B.A. in English from Fudan University. Liu Yue is a passionate and active advocate for survivors of domestic abuse, human trafficking. and violent crimes, as well as for asylum seekers fleeing persecution. Before joining the faculty at the School of Transnational Law, he was a Volunteer Legal Advocate for urban refugees with Asylum Access Thailand in Bangkok.

 

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, Australia

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.

 

Carrie McDougall, Melbourne Law School, Australia

Dr Carrie McDougall re-joined Melbourne Law School in 2018, after nearly a decade working for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

While at DFAT she served first as a Legal Specialist and Assistant Director of the International Law Section. Carrie regularly represented Australia in international meetings, including the International Criminal Court’s Assembly of States Parties, and played a critical role in international negotiations, including those relating to the downing of Flight MH17. Immediately before re-joining the Law School, she served as the Legal Adviser at Australia’s Mission to the United Nations in New York. Among other things, she represented Australia in the UN General Assembly’s Sixth Committee, where she served as Vice President, and led Australia’s engagement on the Responsibility to Protect. She also played a significant role in negotiations on the establishment of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism for Syria. Prior to joining DFAT, Carrie was a Research Fellow at Melbourne Law School. Before that, Carrie held positions as a Law School Sessional Lecturer and Solicitor.

 

Antony J. McShane, Chicago, Illinois, United States

Tony McShane is a partner in the Chicago law firm Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg. Tony develops and implements global strategies for creating, protecting, and enforcing traditional and digital intellectual property assets, including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, patents, domain names, and social media portfolios. He enforces intellectual property rights in federal and state courts throughout the United States and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He coordinates similar enforcement efforts all over the world.

 

Prof. Kathryn L Mercer, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Ohio, United States

Professor Kathryn Mercer teaches LLEAP 1 and 2, a class that incorporates objective and persuasive writing, transactional drafting, client interviewing, client counseling, negotiation, and oral advocacy. She also teaches Dispute Resolution, Mediation Representation, and Child Welfare. She trains child welfare workers for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. She taught legal writing and advocacy, and dispute resolution in China three times in the past four years, twice at the China University of Political Science and Law, in Beijing, and at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing. Ms. Mercer has a Ph.D. in Social Welfare, a J.D., and a Masters in Social Science Administration from CWRU, and an A.B. from Duke University.

 

Prof. Karin Mika, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Professor Mika has been affiliated with the Cleveland-Marshall Legal Writing Program since 1988, when she began working as a Teaching Assistant for Director of Legal Writing, Deborah Klein. She has also worked as an Adjunct Professor of English at Cuyahoga Community College and is a research consultant for various firms and businesses in the Cleveland area, mostly specializing in Labor Law. Professor Mika presents nationally on a variety of topics in the field of skills teaching, She has lectured on essay writing technique for several bar review courses and has written bar exam essay questions for both the California and Minnesota bar examiners. Professor Mika’s areas of scholarly research are varied and she has published in the areas of Native American Law, Employment Law, Learning Theories, and Health Care. Professor Mika is active in both the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) and Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), serving on various committees and working in the capacity of editor when needed. She is currently regarded as the Historian for the Legal Writing Institute.

 

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 also taught in Italy and the United Kingdom. He has published 27 books and numerous law review articles on legal writing, rhetoric, art law, copyright, the right of publicity, and other topics.

 

Susan Noakes, University of Wollongong and Western Sydney University School of Law, Australia

Sandra Noakes is a PhD candidate at the University of Wollongong and Lecturer and First Year Advisor in Law at Western Sydney University School of Law.  She has worked as a tutor, lecturer and Subject Coordinator for over 15 years in Law Schools at Western Sydney University, Macquarie University and the University of Wollongong.  From 2005 -2007 she was a Visiting Fellow at Macquarie University.    Since 2005, she has held the position of Revising Examiner in Real Property Law for the Legal Profession Admission Board. Whilst in legal practice, Sandy was a Senior Associate with Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper) and a consultant to McArdle Legal, an employment and industrial relations law firm in Sydney.

 

Nell Novara, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, United States

Nell Novara is the Assistant Director of International and Area Studies at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. In this role, she serves as the law school’s ESL specialist and supports the Director of the LLM program. She earned her BA in English from McKendree University and her MA from the University of Vermont. She has taught English in Poland, Australia, and Hong Kong, and has worked as an adjunct English professor in the US, teaching both international students and training TEFL professionals to teach abroad. Since beginning at Northwestern in 2014, Nell has focused on teaching English for legal purposes and has worked to expand the law school’s English language support services for both LLM and JD students.

 

Michael Ng, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

Dr Michael H K NG  FHEA, Associate Professor, Department of Professional Legal Education, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Dr Ng joined the HKU Faculty of Law as Assistant Professor in 2012. An active researcher in experiential legal education, Dr Ng’s works on empirical study of legal education have been published in international refereed journals, edited volumes and presented in international conferences. He is a core member at the HKU Faculty of Law in developing and researching the use of such teaching and assessment tools for experiential legal education as Standardized Clients.

 

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.

 

Ms. Anita Parkash, Singapore Academy of Law, Singapore

Anita is currently Director of Legal Education at the Singapore Academy of Law where she is team lead of its Legal Industry Framework for Training and Education (‘LIFTED’) initiative. LIFTED is an industry-level continuing education initiative to help legal practitioners, in-house counsel and professionals and para-professionals in legal services delivery roles develop competencies needed to thrive in a rapidly-changing legal services landscape. She has also been Deputy Director of the Singapore Institute of Legal Education, responsible for policy and operational aspects of the mandatory continuing professional development scheme for the legal profession. She is currently a member of the Institute’s Programmes Committee. Anita graduated with degrees in law and literature from the National University of Singapore.

 

Prof. Abigail Perdue, Wake Forest University School of Law

Abigail Perdue is a Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law. Before joining Academia, she practiced employment discrimination law at the New York City office of Proskauer Rose, LLP. At Wake Forest, she teaches various courses, including Diversity and Discrimination as well as Discrimination Law: Principles and Practice. Her scholarship on discrimination has appeared in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, Duke Journal of Gender, Law, and Policy, DePaul Law Review, and other notable journals. Her book – Exploring Diversity and Discrimination – is forthcoming from Carolina Academic Press.

 

Pro. Colin Picker, University of Wollongong

Professor Colin Picker joined the University of Wollongong in 2017 as Dean of Law, to which he added the position Pro Vice Chancellor (South Western Sydney) in July 2018. From 2010-2017 he was at University of New South Wales (UNSW) Law where he was Director (and founder) of the China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) initiative as well as Associate Dean (International). Prior to joining UNSW, he was the Daniel L. Brenner/UMKC Scholar & Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. He entered academia in 2000, after practicing in the DC law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. He was a founder and the first executive Vice-President of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL).

 

Prof. Marilyn Pittard, Monash University, Victoria, Australia

Marilyn Pittard is Professor of Law and Associate Dean Academic Resourcing, Faculty of Law, Monash University and President of the Australian Labour Law Association. Professor Pittard is responsible for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs in labour law and publishes extensively in that field. Her recent books include Australian Labour and Employment Law, LexisNexis, 2015; and co-edited books Asia-Pacific Judiciaries: Independence, Impartiality and Integrity, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2018; and Business Innovation and the Law: Perspectives from Intellectual Property, Labour, Competition and Corporate Law, Edward Elgar Publishing, UK, 2013. Her labour law interests include collective and individual labour relationships, electronic workplace law, and employment aspects of criminal records and business innovation. Together with Dr Tammy Smith, she was awarded Monash University funding for the Portia Project, aimed at identifying needs for advancing legal writing skills for Monash law students and devising a pilot legal writing program.

 

David Plater, Adelaide Law School and the South Australian Law Reform Commission, Australia

Dr David Plater is the Deputy Director of the South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI) and a Senior Lecturer at Adelaide Law School (where SALRI is based). SALRI’s recent and current law reform projects include LGBTIQ anti-discrimination; succession law; provocation and implications in family violence and sentencing; police electronic powers of search and the complex issue of surrogacy. David teaches the law reform elective course where students work on current law reform initiatives being undertaken by SALRI. The students play a valuable role in informing and assisting SALRI’s work. Modern law reform is increasingly global in nature and SALRI’s projects must look beyond simply Australian law and experience for potential models for law reform. Surrogacy for example raises both domestic and international issues. A vital part of students’ work is comparative in nature. This comparative research not only enhances SALRI’s work but also teaches comparative legal skills and engages and fosters student effort in comparative legal engagement and research. Comparative skills bring benefits for both SALRI and students as is shown by SALRI’s recent ambitious surrogacy reference.

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.

 

Sarouche Razi, Principal Lawyer at Westjustice, Melbourne and former Principal Solicitor, Kimberley Community Legal Services, Australia

Sarouche Razi is a principal lawyer at Westjustice in Western Melbourne and volunteers at Kimberley Community Legal Service.  He has practiced in a range of areas including coronial inquests, racial discrimination, child protection, and torts against the state. He is interested in decolonising the law, state accountability, structural oppression, critical lawyering, and is always seeking collaborators. Sarouche currently oversees the youth and culturally and linguistically diverse practice groups at Westjustice

 

Prof. Trilby Robinson-Dorn, University of California at Irvine School of Law, United States

Trilby Robinson-Dorn is Associate Dean of Lawyering Skills and Professor of Lawyering Skills at University of California, Irvine School of Law. Trilby also regularly teaches Employment Law, and serves in a number of law school leadership positions, including her current role as chair of the law school’s Equity and Diversity Committee. Before joining UC Irvine in 2011, Trilby was a partner in the Seattle and Orange County offices of the international law firm K&L Gates, where her employment law practice included advising companies and non-profit organizations on employment issues, representing them in complex litigation, and handling the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Throughout her career, Trilby has dedicated significant time to advancing the rights of women, children, racial minorities, and members of the LGBTQ community.

 

Dr. Kate Sainsbury, School of Law at Western Sydney University, Australia

Dr. Kate Sainsbury is a lecturer in law and Academic Course Advisor at the School of Law at Western Sydney University. She co-ordinates Criminal Law, which is currently the first year, first semester substantive law unit. Her research interests in legal education scholarship include transition pedagogy, especially for first year students, flipped classrooms and blended learning, active student learning in the classroom, legal problem solving, formative feedback, assessment and academic integrity.

 

Shelley A. Saltzman, Columbia University, New York City, United States

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.

 

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.

 

Prof. Eileen Scallen, UCLA School of Law, California, United States

Eileen Scallen is Professor of Practice and Director of Part-time Faculty at UCLA School of Law.  From 2013 to 2017, she served as the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Academic Affairs at the Law School.   Before moving to UCLA, Prof. Scallen was tenured at UC Hastings College of Law and served as Associate Academic Dean.  She also spent several years as Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law (now called Mitchell Hamline) in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has most recently taught Evidence, Civil Procedure, and Academic Legal Writing.  She has also taught Cross-Cultural Negotiations and Dispute Resolution, Theories of Legal Argumentation & Persuasion, and Team Leadership for Lawyers. She received her M.A. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Minnesota Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, and then became an associate with Latham & Watkins, in downtown Los Angeles.

 

Prof. Nancy Schultz, Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Orange, California, United States

Nancy Schultz earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin in 1978. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. After graduation from law school, Nancy practiced law for about five years. She taught legal writing at the Villanova University Law School for three years, then became Director of Legal Research and Writing at the George Washington University Law School, where she remained for seven years before moving to the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University in 1996. Nancy coaches competition teams in trial and appellate advocacy, arbitration, pretrial advocacy, voir dire, mediation, mediation advocacy, negotiations, and client counseling. Her teams have competed successfully on the national and international level. Nancy served on the ABA-Law Student Division Competitions Committee for 12 years, and currently serves on the International Client Counseling Competition Committee, and the International Negotiation Competition Committee, where she is the North American representative to the Executive Committee. She also chairs the International Law School Mediation Tournament. Nancy has co-authored three texts in the legal research and writing field, and has also authored three articles on legal education and one article on negotiations. Nancy teaches or has taught Client Interviewing and Counseling, Negotiations, Mediation, Resolving Disputes Across Cultures, Advocacy, Legal Research and Writing, Legal Writing Skills, Legal Drafting, Civil Procedure, and Advanced Legal Analysis. Nancy received her mediation training from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University.

 

Paweł Skuczyński, University of Warsaw, Poland

Paweł Skuczyński, Ph.D. is an assistant professor (adjunct) at the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration, specializing in legal philosophy and legal ethics. Since 2007 he is also the president of Polish Legal Ethics Institute`s foundation and chief editor of the series Library of Legal Ethics. His published two books: The Status of Legal Ethics (in Polish, 2010; in English, 2013) and Ethics of Advocates and Legal Advisors (in Polish, 2016). He is the deputy General Editor of Polish edition of the journal Archives for Legal Philosophy and Social Philosophy edited by Polish section of the Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy IVR. Recently, he is the Principal Investigator in research project Legal policy against the professional self-governments. Towards a model of reflexive law making. In November and December he continues his research as an University Guest at University of Melbourne.

 

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, Tokyo, Japan

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, and the Philipps-Universität, Marburg, Germany

Professor Greg Taylor is a Professor of Law at the University of Adelaide and the Philipps-Universität, Marburg, Germany. He teaches law at both institutions and has also taught at other Universities in Germany and in Australia. After completing his undergraduate degrees in Australia and being admitted to legal practice there, he completed his postgraduate degrees in Germany. His doctoral thesis was on the reasons why a right of privacy has been recognized in Germany but not in Australia and was written in the German language. He has taught Comparative Constitutional Law in both Australia and Germany. Greg has published widely on comparative law in both the English and the German language.

 

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.

 

Prof. Larry Teply (Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska, United States)

Professor Larry L. Teply holds the Senator Allen A. Sekt Endowed Chair in Law at Creighton Law School in Omaha, Nebraska. He teaches Civil Procedure and Negotiation. He has long been involved in teaching lawyering skills and coaching students in skills competitions. He is the author of West’s Legal Negotiation in a Nutshell (3d ed. 2016) (most recently translated into Chinese). He has served as the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Negotiation Competition Subcommittee (responsible for the American negotiation competition for law students) and as the Chair of the entire ABA Competitions Committee (administering moot court, arbitration, and client interviewing competitions as well). He is one of the cofounders of the International Negotiation Competition for Law Students.

 

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. Jeffrey Thomas, University of Missouri-Kansas City, School of Law, United States

Jeffrey E. Thomas is Associate Dean for International Programs, Professor of Law, and the Daniel L. Brenner Faculty Scholar at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law. He received his B.A. from Loyola Marymount University and earned his J.D. from University of California, Berkeley. He was a Fulbright Fellow at Nankai University in Tianjin, China. He has taught Legal Research and Writing at the University of Chicago, Introduction to Law and Lawyering at UMKC, and American Legal Method at Immanuel Kant State University in Kaliningrad, Russia, during a second Fulbright Fellowship. Dean Thomas is a member of the Global Working Group on International Students and Law Schools and is active in the international initiatives of the Southeastern Law School Association and the International Legal Exchange section of the Association of American Law Schools. He has directed UMKC’s LL.M. in Lawyering for international students since 2007, and is currently working on UMKC’s Legal English initiative.

 

Johanne Thompson, Kent Law School, United Kingdom

Johanne Thompson is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Kent Law School, University of Kent, United Kingdom.

 

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 Ph.D. 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.

 

Christine M. Venter, Teaching Professor, Director, Legal Writing Program, Notre Dame Law School, United States

Christine Venter is a Teaching Professor at Notre Dame Law School, where she directs the Legal Writing program. She obtained her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and holds an LL.M and J.S.D. degree in International Human Rights from Notre Dame Law School. She is the author of International Women’s Rights: Equality and Justice (Carolina Academic Press). She writes in the area of Appellate Advocacy, Law and Rhetoric, and Gender Issues.

 

Kathleen Elliott Vinson, Suffolk University Law School, United States

Kathleen Elliott Vinson is a Professor of Legal Writing and Director of Legal Writing, Research, and Written Advocacy at Suffolk University Law School.  She teaches numerous courses:  Legal Practice Skills, Advanced Legal Writing, Problem Solving, Persuasive Legal Writing in a Global Context, and Preparing for Practice.  Professor Vinson served as Chair of the AALS Section on Legal Reasoning, Writing and Research; President of the Association of Legal Writing Directors; and a board member of the Legal Writing Institute (LWI).  She has published numerous law review articles and co-authored two books, Mindful Lawyering:  The Key to Creative Problem Solving and Legal Analysis: The Fundamental Skill.  Professor Vinson serves as an editor of the LWI Journal, and a former editor of LWI’s Monograph Series and the Second Draft.  She was appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Court Advisory Committee for Professionalism in Practice. In addition, she co-founded the New England Legal Writing Consortium.

 

Jessica Viven-Wilksch, Adelaide Law School, Australia

Jessica Viven-Wilksch is a Lecturer at the Adelaide Law School, the University of Adelaide. She has taught comparative law courses at postgraduate and undergraduate level since joining the law school in 2015. She is a graduate of the Master of Comparative Law (Adelaide/Mannheim) degree, a Masters programme jointly offered by the University of Adelaide and Mannheim University in Germany. Jessica comes from France, has also studied in Ireland and is a graduate of a Master of International and Comparative Law, a Masters programme jointly offered by Mannheim University in Germany and Université Toulouse Capitole in France. Besides Australia, she has also taught in France and in Vanuatu.

 

Wang Chumei, Peking University School of Transnational Law, Shenzhen, People’s Republic of China

WANG Chumei is a C.V. Starr Lecturer at Peking University School of Transnational Law, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School in Shenzhen, China. She received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, and her B.S.B. in Finance from the Indiana University Kelly School of Business. She was most recently a law clerk for the Honorable Charles E. Ramos at the New York State Supreme Court Commercial Division. While at Vanderbilt, she worked part time for the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office Financial Division.

 

Bree Williams, Melbourne Law School, Australia

Bree Williams is a Research Fellow at Melbourne Law School where she has developed the Indigenous Study Group and is part of the Legal Academic Skills Centre. Bree holds law, legal practice and global communications degrees. She has worked in private practice in Queensland and Victoria, including as a Knowledge/ Professional Support Lawyer in social justice practices. She is currently completing her Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) at Monash University using therapeutic jurisprudence to examine the impact of plain legal writing education.

 

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.

 

Zhou Junchi, Peking University School of Transnational Law, Shenzhen, China.

ZHOU Junchi is a C.V. Starr Lecturer at Peking University School of Transnational Law, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School in Shenzhen, China.  He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Southern California.  He clerked part-time for the Honorable Richard Moore of the Charlottesville Circuit Court during his third year of law school.

 

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