UDM Law to host International Law Conference

In this time of globalization and incredible change in the legal profession, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and its partners in international dual-degree programs, the University of Windsor Faculty of Law (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Monterrey, Mexico), are pleased to present “Law and Legal Education in the Americas: Comparative Perspectives,” an international law conference to be held on Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 651 East Jefferson Avenue, in downtown Detroit. 

These three schools stand alone in dual-degree offerings that provide students with the degrees necessary to practice in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  They offer the only three-year comparative Canadian and American dual-degree program and the first Mexican and American dual-degree program of its kind.

The conference will explore three distinct paths:  social justice, professionalism & pedagogy, and commercial and consumer law, which are tailored to reflect the emphasis of the dual-degree programs and the institutions themselves.

The conference will begin with opening remarks by Dean Lloyd Semple of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and a plenary panel titled,  21st Century Challenges to Legal Education: 
Comparative Perspectives.  The panelists will be:  Dean Camille Cameron, University of Windsor Faculty of Law; Dr. Gabriel Cavazos Villanueva, Dean of the Graduate School of Public Administration & Public Policy (EGAP) Tecnológico de Monterrey and co-founder of the School’s two joint-degree programs; and Professor Leon Lysaght, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

The key note address, Global Integration of Legal Education and the Legal Profession, will be given by Michael McCullough, Director of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, Latin America & the Caribbean Division.

In addition, there are more than twenty presenters from Canada, Mexico, the United States, and as far away as Qatar, who will speak on the following topics:

—Legal Professionalism and Pedagogy:

A rapidly shrinking global community presents new and unique challenges in legal education, such as training students in a global environment and preparing them for cross-border practice. Topics in this path will explore clinical and experiential legal education, the internationalization of legal skills instruction, the use of foreign and international law to enrich domestic legal writing courses, judicial reform in Asia and its impact on skills instruction, and blending history and international law.

—Social Justice:

Significant economic and demographic shifts have impacted localities in ways that challenge traditional notions of economic renewal.  Topics in this path include measures to address gun violence, North American community economic development initiatives, a variety of immigration topics, and indigent defendant representation.

—Commercial/Consumer Law:   
This path will explore selected topics in commercial and consumer law in an international context.  Presentations include the enforcement of foreign judgments, developments in consumer protection laws, and consumer electronic payments.

The conference fee is $30. To register online or to learn more about the conference, visit the conference website at www.lita2013.com.