CINCINNATI LAW CITIZENS OF THE WORLD
GLOBAL INITIATIVES IMPACT ON AN INTERNATIONAL SCALE The International Program at Cincinnati Law has a rich and storied history. For over 35 years the law school has sent students around the world to learn the nuances of promoting and protecting human rights in the international arena; hosted renowned international jurists and scholars who have shared their insight about the international realm; and created educational and training opportunities for experienced attorneys trained abroad. Indeed, the Cincinnati Law International Program offers distinct opportunities to global-minded students. This report will provide an overview of the international opportunities available at Cincinnati Law, including through the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, the LLM (master’s degree), International Legal Journals, Study Abroad Opportunities, and faculty scholarship.
Juris Doctor Program Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights In 2015 the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights celebrated 35 years of educating human rights lawyers who promote and protect human rights around the world. The center piece of the Institute’s success is the Human Rights Quarterly (HRQ), which is recognized as the leading academic journal in the human rights field. In addition to the HRQ, the Institute offers many opportunities, both inside the classroom and beyond, for students who are interested in international law and human rights. Students enjoy the longstanding tradition of hosting “Distinguished Visitors” for dinner discussions about their life and their work as human rights activists. Students also have the opportunity to work with Bert Lockwood, Professor and Director of the Institute, and Nancy Ent, Program Manager, to tap into the Institute’s vast network of contacts to complete legal internships in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and the US. For example, in the summer of 2015, 12 students gained legal work experience through Urban Morgan Institute internships in places as far flung as the Botswana Ministry of Education and Skills Development, The Netherlands Institute of Human Rights, The Irish Centre for Human Rights, the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Essex, and Dejusticia in Colombia.
Study Abroad Program One of Cincinnati Law’s international partners is the Southwest University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL) in Chongqing, China, one of China’s top law schools. SWUPL offers our students the opportunity to spend two weeks in Chongqing during the summer to learn about the Chinese legal system, economy, society, language, and culture. There is no tuition, and meals and accommodations are provided free of charge. To date, two of our JD students have participated.
Legal Journals The internationally recognized annual law journal Immigration and Nationality Law Review is one of only two major student-edited American law journals focusing on immigration law. The journal is supervised by Brad Mank, the James B. Helmer, Jr. Professor of Law and Yolanda Vazquez, Associate Professor, each semester. The Human Rights Quarterly, which has a worldwide audience, covers the range of human rights matters encompassed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. With its more than 30 years and nearly a thousand articles and book reviews, the Quarterly is represented—by its audience and authors—on every part of the globe. It is edited by the student fellows of the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights.
Courses of Study (2014-2016) IN ADDITION TO OPPORTUNITIES ABROAD, CINCINNATI LAW PROVIDES A RANGE OF COURSES EXAMINING VARIOUS ASPECTS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW. Crimmigration – taught by Yolanda Vazquez, Associate Professor (fall 2014 and spring 2016) Current Problems in International Women’s Human Rights – taught by Beth Mandel, Attorney, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP (fall of 2014) Human Rights Seminar – taught by Bert Lockwood, Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Director, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights (spring 2015) Human Rights Seminar: The Human Rights City – taught by Bert Lockwood, Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Director, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights (spring 2016) Immigration Law and Policy – taught by Marilyn Zayas-Davis, sole practitioner (spring 2016) International Business Transactions – taught by Jacob Cogan, the Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law (spring 2015, 2016) Public International Law – taught by Jacob Cogan, the Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law (spring 2016) International Arbitration – taught by John Pinney, Partner, Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP (spring 2015 and fall 2015) International Tax – taught by Jacob Cogan, the Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law (spring 2015) Islamic Law - taught by Fatemeh Hajihosseini, PhD (spring 2015) Professor Bert Lockwood and Ugandan attorney/LLM student Arnold Agaba talking at the end of year LLM celebration.
Practical Applications of Immigration Law Topics – taught by Maria Schneider, Associate Attorney, Musillo Unkenholt (spring 2016)
LLM Master’s Degree Program Master’s Degree in U.S. Legal System The LLM program continues to bring the world to Cincinnati Law. In fall 2015 the college welcomed it’s fourth class of Master’s in Law (LLM) students. The 18 attorney students hail from 10 different countries, including newly represented countries of Nepal, France, Uganda, Cameroon and the Philippines. Since its inception , the program has included over 30 students from 18 different countries. LLM students are exceling in their classes, working on the Human Rights Quarterly, participating in legal clinics, and completing externships at companies such as Fifth Third Bank, Legal Aid of Greater Cincinnati, and other law offices. LLM Director Nora Burke Wagner is actively seeking partner institutions around the world. Wagner’s visits include schools in Colombia, Russia, Costa Rica and Chile. LLM applications are up over last year, and all are optimistic that the program will continue to flourish.
The Institute for the Global Practice of Law (IGPL) supports the LLM orientation program by organizing two full days of networking and practical training. Sessions are held at large and medium-size law firms in Cincinnati, providing opportunities for the local legal community and international attorneys to connect.
Faculty, Alumni, and Programming Master’s Degree in U.S. Legal System Bar Association Visits
Since 2012, Cincinnati Law’s IGPL has organized short-term, non-degree-conferring training programs for Chinese bar associations. Sessions for the programs are led by prominent attorneys, in-house counsel, judges, and government officials in the region. To date, IGPL has hosted the Beijing Lawyers Association twice, the Chongqing Bar Association twice, and the Shenzhen Bar Association once. Currently, IGPL is exploring the prospect of hosting the Chongqing Bar Association again.
Cincinnati Law is hosting international visiting scholars with greater regularity. Last year the college hosted Professor Jixi Zhang, an expert in criminal procedure based in SWUPL. This year and next, it is anticipated that several scholars from China, South Korea and France will be hosted.
Publications and Presentations CINCINNATI LAW PROFESSORS ARE ACTIVELY ENGAGING IN THE INTERNATIONAL FIELD. HERE’S A SAMPLE OF RECENT ACTIVITIES: Mark Godsey, Daniel P. and Judith L. Carmichael Professor of Law and Director, Lois and Richard Rosenthal Institute for Justice/Ohio Innocence Project •
Professor Godsey’s book chapter, The Human Factor in Wrongful Convictions Across National Borders, was published in the book Understanding Wrongful Conviction: The Protection of the Innocent Across Europe and America (Wolters Kluwer 2015), edited by Luca Luparia, Professor of Law, University of Milan. Each chapter was written by a leading innocence scholar from various European countries and the United States. Professor Godsey submitted a chapter titled The Global Innocence Movement for the book, Wrongful Convictions and the DNA Revolution: Twenty-Five Years of Freeing the Innocent, to be published by the Cambridge University Press. Professor Godsey presented Innocence Movement Abroad at the Wrongful Conviction and the DNA Revolution Symposium at Northeastern University School of Law in September 2015. International Conferences and Movements • Professor Godsey presented a closing lecture at the symposium launching the Japan Innocence Project in March 2016. He is also scheduled to present at events in Tokyo and Kyoto. • Professor Godsey accepted a board position on the new European Innocence Network and will lecture at the Network’s upcoming conference in Prague, Czech Republic in June 2016. • Professor Godsey spoke at an international innocence conference in Dublin, Ireland in June 2015. His talk covered the international expansion of the Innocence Movement. • Professor Godsey moderated the international innocence session at the Innocence Network Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Kristin Kalsem, Charles Hartsock Professor of Law •
Professor Kalsem delivered a presentation titled “Legal Participatory Action Research: Community-Based Initiatives on Intimate Partner Abuse,” at the Fifth Action Research Colloquium, at University College Dublin, Ireland, in 2015.
Felix Chang, Assistant Professor of Law and Director, Institute for the Global Practice of Law
Professor Chang’s book, Roma Inclusion and U.S. Civil Rights: A Legal and Cultural Comparison, was accepted by Cambridge University Press. Professor Chang and his co-author compare the integration of the Roma minority in Eastern Europe with the U.S. Civil Rights movement. Professor Chang gave a talk titled “Roma Integration and Inclusion: The View from Eastern Europe” at the conference “The Present and Future of Civil Rights Movements: Race and Reform in 21st Century America”. The conference was hosted by Duke Law School’s Center on Law, Race and Politics in November 2015.
Joseph Tomain, Dean Emeritus and the Wilburt and Helen Ziegler Professor of Law •
Dean Emeritus and Professor Joe Tomain delivered a presentation on “Clean Power and the Democratization Energy” at the 4th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures, Florence School of Regulation, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, in June 2015.
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Professor Vázquez published Constructing Crimmigration: Latino Subordination in a “Post-Racial” World, 76 Ohio St. L.J. 599 (2015).
Yolanda Vázquez, Associate Professor of Law
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Publications and Presentations, Cont. Jacob Cogan, Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law • • • • • • • • •
Professor Cogan published an essay, Stabilization and the Expanding Scope of the Security Council’s Work, 109 American Journal of International Law 324 (2015). Professor Cogan had an article accepted for publication: The Two Codes on the Use of Force, European Journal of International Law (forthcoming) (co-authored with Monica Hakimi). Professor Cogan attended the Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law in Oslo, Norway in September, 2015. Professor Cogan published The Changing Form of the International Law Commission’s Work, in Evolutions in the Law of International Organizations 275 (Roberto Virzo & Ivan Ingravallo eds., 2015). Professor Cogan attended the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, and served as a member of the meeting’s program committee. Professor Cogan published Coordination in Global Health and its Costs, 107 Am. Soc’y Int’l L. Proc. 259 (2014). Professor Cogan published The Decline of “Drafts,” 11 Int’l Orgs. L. Rev. 1 (2014). Professor Cogan published a book review, The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law, 108 Am. J. Int’l L. 371 (2014). Professor Cogan is an active member of the American Society of International Law and an elected member of the American Law Institute. He edits the International Law Reporter, a widely read blog on scholarship, events, and ideas in international law, international relations, and associated disciplines.
Bert Lockwood, Distinguished Service Professor of law and Director, Urban Morgan institute for Human Rights •
Professor Lockwood serves as the Series Editor for the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Since 1982 he has been Editor in Chief of the Human Rights Quarterly, a multidisciplinary academic journal published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Professor Lockwood has been involved in international human rights for over 40 years.
Alumni Working in the International Legal Marketplace CINCINNATI LAW ATTORNEYS HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK PROFESSIONALLY ALL OVER THE GLOBE. HERE’S A SAMPLE OF THE PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES OF A FEW OF OUR ALUMNI: • • • •
Dynda Thomas, Squire Patton Boggs, is the leader of the conflict minerals team, focusing on relevant industries’ best practices in working with clients’ legal, procurement and compliance groups. Kate Pongonis, US State Department, is a Foreign Service officer who has worked in Ecuador, Santo Domingo, Beijing, Cheng Du, and Ethiopia, among many other countries. Patrick Higgins, a recent graduate and Arthur Russell Morgan fellow in Human Rights, has worked in Bogota, Colombia and is the recipient of the 2016 Equal Justice Works Public Interest Award. Sohaib Qadar, head of Canadian Rockies Energy Inc., provides consulting services for buyers and sellers of oil and gas assets in Canada, Eastern Europe, central and South Asia and the Middle East.