University of Warsaw

Warsaw Partnership Celebrates First Graduates from Center for American Law Studies

More than 85 Warsaw law students received the certificates issued by the three cosponsoring universities: University of Warsaw, Georgia State University and Emory University during the recent graduation ceremony. Students with the highest grades have an opportunity to take part in internships at American law offices based in Warsaw, as well as in the Miami law firm, which helps sponsor the program.

Dean Marek Grzybowski, a vice dean at the University of Warsaw, and Julian Juergensmeyer, the Ben F. Johnson Jr. Chair in Law, presented some remarks on behalf of the University of Warsaw.

The Center for American Law Studies was created 19 years ago. Georgia State and Emory University School of Law joined the program this year. Since 1998, more than 80 U.S. professors and lawyers have participated in the program.

During 2016-17, five professors from Georgia State Law, Roy Sobelson, Tim Kuhner, Ray Lanier, Doug Yarn and Michael Landau, taught two-week intensive courses on Introduction to American Law, Torts, Constitutional Law, ADR and Intellectual Property. Kuhner gave a public speech on Financing of the Political Parties in the United States.

While Yarn participated in the Global Pound Conference Warsaw on Access to Justice, as well as in a conference organized by the University of Warsaw ombudsman for representatives form universities from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Ukraine, where he talked about Georgia State’s Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and its systematic approach to resolving the academic conflicts.

Sobelson and Landau gave special lectures for University of Warsaw student organizations. The Georgia State Law librarians conducted legal research training on Westlaw and Lexis databases for center students via videoconferencing.

In this coming academic year, the Center for American Law Studies, with the co-sponsorship and support of Georgia State Law, will celebrate its 20th anniversary. With more than 1,900 graduates the center has made its footprint on the legal education and legal profession in Poland.

The class schedule for 2017-18 academic year has been finalized with Clark Cunningham, Neil Kinkopf, Corneill Stephens, Yaniv Heled and Kelly Timmons teaching.

The center also plans many events to commemorate its 20th anniversary such as special courses, summer school, public lectures, as well as a Conference on the Rule of Law in June, which will be the culmination of the anniversary year.

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