Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Upcoming Events

What: ILS brownbag lunch discussion with Michael Mullen, Senior Attorney at Havel & Holasek (Czech Republic)
When: Monday, October 17 at 12:40 p.m.
Where: TBA (see this week's docket)
Details: Michael Mullen (J.D. University of Iowa, 1996) will discuss his work as an attorney in the Czech Republic. He will give a short presentation, which will be followed by a question and answer session. This is a great opportunity to hear from an Iowa graduate practicing law internationally.

What: District Court Judge Robert Carolan on "Promoting the Rule of Law in Kosovo, a United Nations administered province of Serbia-Montenegro"
When: Thursday, October 20 at 12:40 p.m. (NOT Oct 14)
Where: Room 235
Details: Minnesota District Court Judge Robert Carolan (J.D. University of Iowa, 1970) will give a lecture about his work as an international judge handling war crimes arising out of the 1999 war in Kosovo and establishing the rule of law and judicial system in Kosovo.

Judge Carolan's background:

* Dakota County District (MN) Court Trial Judge (1987-present)
* Chairperson, Kosovo Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (2004-2005)
* International Judge, United Nations Mission in Kosovo (2002-2003)
* Dakota County Attorney (1979-1987)
* Assistant Dakota County Attorney (1974-1979)
* special assistant Minnesota Attorney General (1970-1974)
* adjunct faculty member, William Mitchell College of Law
* Education: St. Mary's College (1967); University of Iowa College of Law (1970)

For more information on Judge Carolan, check out the following links:

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Careers in International Law: Faculty Panel - (Minutes)

Professor Alexander Somek
• European Union Law

Professor Marcella David
• Fellowships
• United Nations
• State Department
• Academia
• You can get an international law career through a variety of ways.
• Law firm lawyers work on international issues: transactions, custody, copyrights, etc.
• Being a professor is great. Post tenure: lots of opportunities to travel and do exciting work
• Language is very important.
o Law school gives you 6 hours of undergraduate classes to be applied to your JD: take language classes.

Professor John Reitz
• Comparative Law and Administrative Law
• Lawyer, first; languages and foreign experience, second.
o How will you distinguish yourself?
• If you want an international career, it is attainable!
• Transitioning to international law: volunteering, international clients in law firms, international practices in law firms, etc.
• Apply for a grant, like a Fulbright and some great German academic/ work programs

Professor Acton
• Leads the annual spring semester study abroad program in London
o Externships with barristers
• Become a British solicitor; leverage your JD into a foreign country’s equivalent
• Human Rights organization
• International law firm, such as Kirkland & Ellis (American law firm)
o International Business Transactions Practice

Professor Steve Burton
• Legal Advisor in the State Department
o Legal departments in almost all government agencies have an international dimension.
o Half of federal government workers will be eligible for retirement in the next 5 years.
• International Commercial Arbitration
o Big law firms (in NY, for example) normally do it.

Professor Enrique Carrasco
• Worked in a big law firm (Arnold & Porter)
o These law firms offer excellent training.
o A great springboard to other opportunities
• Advice: be the best law student possible and become a great lawyer.
• World Bank
• International Monetary Fund
• Best NGOs are very competitive.
• Director of International Center for Finance and Development

Professor Adrien Wing
• International Human Rights
• Human Rights in the Muslim World
• Director of the Archachon, France study abroad program
o Post tutorial, one week program in Turkey.
• Advice:
o Mix of bar and international courses
o Get to know the international law professors on a personal and professional basis
o Study Abroad
o Join ILS or ICHR
o Summer or semester externships at a NGO
o Independent Study
o Tutorial
o Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems Journal
o Jessup Team
o American Society of International Lawyers- go to conventions.
o Research assistant
• Very time consuming practice

Others not in attendance:
• Professor Carlson: international commercial and environmental law
• Professor Sidel: Asia

• For summer after first year, do what you are most interested in. You can get great references from it. Having studied abroad can set you apart when interviewing with law firms or applying for a judicial clerkship.
• Wing: when you are applying for an international job, your resume may look suspicious if you had no international experience.
• Burton: at the State Department, if you had a lot of international experience, but didn’t do well at school, you won’t get the job.