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The John Marshall Law School Presents International Conference on Global Legal Skills in Italy

Nearly 150 legal experts from 30 countries are gathering in Italy this week, to discuss the biggest topics influencing international legal education. Legal writing professors and professionals from Egypt to Turkey are participating in the ninth Global Legal Skills Conference, presented by The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

The conference, taking place at the University of Verona, covers a wide array of issues affecting lawyering and legal writing skills across the world, including:
  • How flipping classrooms benefits international LL.M. students
  • Improving efficiency of settlements in international lawsuits
  • Teaching law in English in Kuwait
  • How state bars are shaping legal education in the U.S.
The first Global Legal Skills conference was held at John Marshall, and connected legal writing professionals who had an interest in teaching international students and foreign lawyers. Since then, the GLS has grown to include not only legal writing faculty, but also international and comparative law professors, clinical faculty, linguists, librarians, court translators and others.

The John Marshall Lawyering Skills Program is the only legal writing program in Illinois’ nine law schools to be nationally ranked in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools for Law. Many law schools require only two semesters of legal writing. At John Marshall, four semesters are required through its Lawyering Skills Program, which takes students well beyond the traditional instruction of how to prepare memos and briefs.

John Marshall faculty members serve as leaders within the top legal writing groups in the U.S. Professors Mark Wojcik and Kim Chanbonpin serve on the board of the Legal Writing Institute. Anthony Niedwiecki, associate dean for Skills, Experiential Learning & Assessment, is the Immediate Past President of the Association of Legal Writing Directors.

This year’s conference is co-sponsored by a number of bar associations and organizations, including the International Bar Association, American Bar Association Section of International Law and Scribes – The American Society of Legal Writers. Now in its ninth iteration, the conference draws professionals from many disciplines and from around the world. As many as 35 countries have been represented in the conferences.

For more information about the conference, speakers and topics, visit http://glsc.jmls.edu/2014/ 
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