Global Legal Skills – Monterrey, Mexico

Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey hosts Global Legal Skills Conference III, Feb. 28-March 1, 2008.

Proposals for possible presentations at the conference are being accepted until October 10, 2007.

The Global Legal Skills Conference—held the first two times at John Marshall School of Law—focuses on international legal education and specifically the needs of lawyers and law students who speak English as a second language. Additional topics covered at the conference include advocacy skills, legal research, creating appropriate materials and assignments, cross-cultural and intercultural issues, classroom teaching, clinical legal education, academic support, international legal exchanges, and alternative dispute resolution.

The 2007 Chicago conference included a special session for court translators, sessions on Legal Spanish and Legal French, and roundtable discussions on teaching in China, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, and Latin America.

The 2007 conference in Chicago drew attendees and presenters from all across the United States and from countries as widespread as Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, and Spain.

In addition to attendees expected from the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe, the 2008 Global Legal Skills Conference in Mexico is expected to include many attendees from law schools in Mexico and Latin America.

The conference presents excellent networking opportunities for those who are interested in teaching abroad, for those who are interested in international legal education, and for those who want to learn how international and foreign teaching methods can improve teaching in the domestic classroom. Proposals on comparative and international law topics are also invited.

The conference is expected to be well attended and a wide variety of proposals are invited.

Proposals for possible panel or individual presentations may be submitted until October 10, 2007. There is no particular format required for proposals.

Proposals for individual presentations should be for topics that can be covered in 15 minutes or less. Proposals for panel presentations should have no more than three or four speakers to ensure that there is sufficient time for audience questions and audience interaction. All presentations may be in a traditional conference format, an interactive workshop, or in an alternative format appropriate for the proposed presentation. Poster presentations are also invited.

The majority of panel presentations will be in English. Some panels will be in Spanish. Where one of the panels is in Spanish, there will be at least one concurrent panel in English.

Send proposals [name, topic and brief description] to Prof. Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604 USA, 7wojcik|at|jmls.edu or to Prof. Fernando Villarreal, Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, Ave. Morones Prieto 1000 Pte., Santa Catarina, Nuevo León, México 66354, fvgonda|at|fldm.edu.mx.

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