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Sunday, December 9, 2018 Heading link

Pre-Conference afternoon small-group walking tours of Melbourne for conference participants and accompanying family and friends. The tours will focus on the central business district (CBD) and will include the arcades, graffiti laneways, and interesting architecture. Tours will finish with a walk along the Yarra River and a stop at a place with some live music.  The walking tour is free, but participants should register in advance so that we will have a sufficient number of guides.

Monday, December 10, 2018 Heading link

9 a.m. | Conference Registration Opens


10 a.m. | Session 1: Welcome to Country and Opening Plenary


  • Dean Pip Nicholson, Melbourne Law School (Australia)
  • Prof. Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois (United States), Conference Series Founder and Conference Co-Chair
  • Dr. Chantal Morton, Melbourne Law School (Australia), Conference Co-Chair
  • Prof. Gerardo Federico José Puertas Gomez, President, Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey (Mexico)
  • Charles Calleros, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and Rudy Starosta, Flamenco Guitarist
  • Ande Kemnich, Artist, People: Bundjalung

Noon | Lunch


1-2:15 p.m. | Session 2 Panels

[2A] [1] Helping Students Develop Cultural Competence: Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind. Prof. Laurel Oates and Prof. Mimi Samuel (Seattle University School of Law United States). [2] Helping Culturally-Diverse Law Students Conquer the Imposter Syndrome. Prof. Lynn Su (New York Law School, United States). [3] Learning in Effective Cross-Cultural Teams. Prof. Eileen Scallen (UCLA School of Law, United States).

[2B] [1] International Legal Education in Latin America: A Tool for Epistemological Decolonization? Fabia F. Carvalho Veçoso (Melbourne Law School, Australia). [2] Global Legal Skills Education in the European Academy of Legal Theory. Mag. Jürgen Busch (European Academy of Legal Theory, Brussels and Frankfurt am Main, and Part-Time Reader at the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna, Austria) and Dr. David Sehnalek (Masaryk University of Brno, Czech Republic). [3] Educating the Global Lawyer. Dr. Melissa Castan (Monash University Faculty of Law, Australia) and Dr. Kate Galloway (Faculty of Law, Bond University, Australia).

[2C] [1] “Free, Only in Battle”: Legal Skills, Philanthropy, and Aboriginal Sovereignties in the Kimberley. Judy Harrison (Australia National University College of Law, Australia) and Sarouche Razi (Principal Solicitor, Westjustice, Australia). [2] Astonishingly Excellent Success or Sad! Loser! Failure: Why Trump-Like Propaganda Narratives ‘Win’ with Some Audiences and ‘Lose’ with Others. Prof. Cathren Koehlert (Barry University School of Law, United States). [3] Crossing Borders: Insights From an International and Interdisciplinary Sabbatical Year. Prof. Iselin M. Gambert (The George Washington University Law School, United States).

2:15-2:45 p.m. | Networking Break

2:45-4 p.m. | Session 3 Panels

[3A] [1] Interpolating Designated ‘Upskilling’ Legal Writing Programs into Crowded Law School Curricula. Marilyn Pittard and Tammy Smith (both of the Faculty of Law, Monash University, Australia). [2] Thinking Outside the Box: Creative Ways to Teach Legal Skills. Prof. Cynthia M. Adams (Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, United States). [3] Helping International LL.M. Students Successfully Transition to U.S. Common Law Studies: Teaching Implications to Enhance Success. Prof. Nancy Daspit (Emory University Law School, United States).

[3B] [1] Using Therapeutic Jurisprudence to Inform Law Skills Coaching for Indigenous Australian Students. Bree Williams (Melbourne Law School, Australia). [2] Legal Industry Framework for Training and Education (“LIFTED”) Initiative of the Singapore Academy of Law: A Holistic Approach to Evolving Competence in the Legal Profession-Industry. Anita Parkash (Director, Legal Education Cluster, Singapore Academy of Law, Singapore). [3] What Students of Diverse Backgrounds Perceive as Being Most Helpful in Achieving Success in Law School. Prof. Deirdre M. Bowen (Seattle University School of Law, United States).

[3C] [1] Negotiation as Persuasion: Techniques for Motivating Your “Audience” in Negotiations. Prof. Lurene Contento (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago, United States) and Prof. Kimberly Y.W. Holst (Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, United States). [2] Using Role-Play to Teach Mediation in Law Schools. Bee Chen Goh (Southern Cross University School of Law and Justice, Australia). [3] Grasping Metis: The Hidden Quality of Exceptionally Good Lawyers. Craig Collins (PEARL Australian National University, Australia).

4-5:15 p.m. | Session 4 Panels and Roundtable

[4A] [1] Local Work Experience for International Students: Designing Learning Opportunities that Bring the Global Local. Prof. Justine Block (Melbourne Law School, Australia). [2] Preparing Students for Transnational Externships. Prof. Jodi S. Balsam (Brooklyn Law School, New York, United States) and Prof. Melissa J. Deehring (Qatar University College of Law, Qatar). [3] The Practice of Writing: The Use of Writing in Hiring and Promotion in American Law Firms. Prof. Maureen B. Collins (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago, United States), Antony J. McShane (Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg, United States).

[4B] The Importance and Assessment of Legal English. Prof. Jeffrey E. Thomas (UMKC School of Law, United States), Prof. Gabrielle Goodwin (Indiana University, Mauer School of Law, United States), Dr. Lindsey Kurtz (Peking University School of Transnational Law, China), and Colin Picker (University of Wollongong, Australia).

[4C] Roundtable on Creating Appropriate Legal Research and Writing Problems and Materials. Prof. Hilary Bell (Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar), Prof. Diane Penneys Edelman (Villanova University School of Law, United States), Prof. Karin Mika (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, United States), Prof. Debra Stark (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago, United States), Prof. Mark E. Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago, United States).

5:15-6:45 p.m. | Opening Reception (at Melbourne Law School)

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Heading link

9-10:15 a.m. | Session 5 Panels

[5A] [1] Why Law Student Writing is Like the Weather: Plenty to Complain About, But What Can We Do About It? Sandra Noakes (University of Wollongong and Western Sydney University School of Law, Australia). [2] Embedding Innovation and Enterprise: Skills for 21st Century Legally Literate Leaders. Dean Tania Leiman (Flinders University, Australia). [3] Preparing Students to Handle the Impact of Increasingly Disruptive Technology. Jeff Dahl and Elif Kiesow Cortez (both of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands).

[5B] [1] Development of Case-Reading in Praxis: Understanding pre-LL.M. Students’ Interpretation of Cases Through Legal, Cultural, and Language-Rich Points. Prof. Lindsay Kurtz (Peking University School of Transnational Law, China). [2] Reversed, Remanded, Affirmed: The Challenges of Reading Cases for English Language Learners. Gopal Balachandran (Penn State Law, Pennsylvania State University, United States). [3] How to Teach the Important Global Lawyering Skill of Professionalism From Day One of Law School. Prof. Trilby Robinson-Dorn (University of California at Irvine School of Law, United States).

[5C] [1] Building Career Readiness for Criminal Law Practice. Kellie Toole (Adelaide Law School, Australia). [2] International Comparison of Miscarriages of Justice: The Barriers Posed by Inconsistent Terminology, Definitions, and Procedure. Carrie Leonetti (University of Auckland School of Law, New Zealand). [3] Developing Novice Law Students’ Legal Problem-Solving Skills in Collaborative Learning Space. Dr. Kate Sainsbury (Western Sydney University, Australia).

10:15-10:45 a.m. | Networking Break


10:45 a.m.-Noon | Session 6

Plenary Session: An Introduction to Australian Law and the Australian Legal System

  • Mr. Matthew Albert (Melbourne Law School)
  • Dr. Carrie McDougal (Melbourne Law School)
  • Prof. Kirsty Gover (Melbourne Law School)

Noon-1 p.m. | Lunch


1-2:15 p.m. | Session 7 Panels

[7A] Giving Feedback on Legal Skills Performance. Prof. Joel Lee (National University of Singapore Faculty of Law, Singapore), Prof. Nancy Schultz (Chapman University Fowler School of Law, United States), Prof. Larry Teply (Creighton University School of Law, United States), and Johanne Thompson (Senior Lecturer in Law, Kent Law School, University of Kent, United Kingdom).

[7B] [1] Advocacy – Art or Science? Mechanistic or Visceral? Implications for Advocacy Training in a Global Context. Ben Battcock (Australia National University College of Law, School of Legal Practice, National Convener Off-Campus Legal Skills Courses, and Barrister, Middle Temple, London, United Kingdom). [2] Using PPMR to Facilitate ‘Self-Directed Learners’. Ankur Gupta and Annie Gomez (both of School of Business at Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore). [3] Law of Value: Training Law Students in Evaluative Reasoning. Hugh Finn (Curtin Law School, Curtin University, Australia).

[7C] [1] Tips for Teaching International LL.M. and Exchange Students: Being Mindful of Common Cultural and Communication Concerns. Prof. Jonathan Gordon (Case Western Reserve University School of Law, United States). [2] Exploring Diversity and Discrimination: An Experiential, Interdisciplinary Approach. Prof. Abigail Perdue (Wake Forest University School of Law, United States). [3] Assessing the Non-Native English Speaker: Recognizing and Reducing Grading Bias. Prof. Kathryn L. Mercer (Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, United States).

2:15-2:45 p.m. | Networking Break


2:45-4 p.m. | Session 8 Panels

[8A] The Role of Comparative Legal Skills in the 21st Century: Global Perspectives. Vito Breda (University of Southern Queensland School of Law and Justice, the University of Bilbao, Spain, and the University of Brescia, Italy). Laura Grenfell (University of Adelaide, Australia). Cornelia Koch (Adelaide Law School, Australia). David Plater (Adelaide Law School and the South Australian Law Reform Commission, Australia). Greg Taylor (Adelaide Law School and the Phillipps-Universitaet, Marburg, Germany). Kellie Toole (Adelaide Law School, Australia). Jessica Viven-Wilksch (Adelaide Law School, Australia).

[8B] [1] What International Students Taught Us About Teaching Referencing. Kirsty Wilson, Christina Ward, and Jane Jilbert (all from Melbourne Law School, Australia). [2] Embedding Legal Skills for 21st Century Lawyers from Orientation. Ms. Samantha Kontra and Mr. Brayden Mann (both of Flinders University, Australia). [3] Professional Courtesy and Solidarity as a Principle of Legal Ethics and as a Global Legal Skill. Prof. Pawel Skuczynski (University of Warsaw, Poland).

[8C] [1] Where Do I Begin? Laying the Foundation for Studying Law in Another Country. Prof. Lisa Black (California Western School of Law, United States). [2] Contextualising U.S. Supreme Court History for Foreign-Trained LL.M. Students. Prof. Andrew Kerr (Georgetown University Law Center, United States). [3] Teaching, Learning, and Researching: Practical Skills in Client Interviewing. Wilson Chow and Michael Ng (both of University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, Hong Kong).

4-5 p.m. | Business Meetings and Networking

  • Australian Law Professors
  • Legal Writing Institute Global Legal Skills Committee and New Member Committee
  • Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers

Evening free

5:30 p.m. | LWI New Member Committee No-Host Happy Hour
The Last Jar
616 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000
(About a six-minute walk from the law school)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Heading link

9-10:15 a.m. | Session 9 Panels and Roundtable

[9A] [1] Two Models of Teaching Law to Common-Law Lawyers, Civil Lawyers, and Non-Lawyers from Across the World. Prof. Wayne Jocic (Melbourne Law School, Australia). [2] Integrating Private International Law into the Australian Law Curriculum. Michael Douglas (University of Western Australia Law School, Australia). [3] Teaching Administrative Law to Non-Law Students: a Challenging, Sharing, Educational Model. Avv. Prof. Antonino Longo (Università degli Studi di Catania and the Fondazione Floresta Longo, Italy), and Pietro Campolo (Università degli Studi di Catania, Italy).

[9B] [1] Using Grammar Rhetorically in LL.M. Writing. Shelley Saltzman (Columbia University, United States) [2]  Found in Translation: Giving Students Tools to Communicate in “Foreign” Settings. Prof. Carrie Teitcher, Prof. Joy Kanwar, and Prof. Maria Termini (all of Brooklyn Law School, New York, United States).

[9C] Roundtable on Student Services: Providing Academic, Curricular, Career, and Language Support to LL.M. Students. Adi Altshuler,  Prof. Michelle A. Falkoff, and Nell Novara (all of the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, United States), Dean Lauren Fielder (University of Texas School of Law, United States and Adjunct Professor, University of Lucerne Faculty of Law, Switzerland), and Prof. Gerardo Federico José Puertas Gomez (President, Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, Mexico).

10:15-10:45 a.m. | Networking Break


10:45-Noon | Session 10 Panels

[10A] [1] Connecting Common Law and Civil Law Students through the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Briefs as a Model for a Seminar on International Brief-Writing, Prof. Charles R. Calleros (Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law,United States). [2] Using the Model Clauses for the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Law as a Teaching Tool in the Course on Transnational Commercial Law. Prof. Henry Deeb Gabriel (Elon University School of Law and Visiting Professor, Victoria University, Australia). [3] Teaching Legal Argumentation with International Trade Law Cases and Provisions. Dr. Amrita Bahri (ITAM University, Mexico).

[10B] [1] Untangling Fear in Lawyering: Gleaning Lessons from Other Professions. Prof. Heidi Brown (Brooklyn Law School, United States). [2] Legal Writing on a Clean Slate: Creating a Legal Research and Writing Curriculum for Bhutan’s First Law School. Prof. Judy Stark (Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, Bhutan) and Prof. David W. Austin (California Western School of Law and Fulbright Specialist, Bhutan).

[10C] [1] Being a Mindful and Creative Problem Solver in a Global Society. Prof. Kathleen Vinson (Suffolk University Law School, United States). [2] Common Teaching Mistakes. Prof. Conrad Sturm (Qatar University College of Law, Qatar). [3] Audio-Recording: Techniques for Annotating Student Writing, Oral Argument Feedback, Effective Conferencing, and Beyond. Prof. Aaron Richard Harmon (Qatar University College of Law, Qatar).

Noon-1 p.m. | Lunch


1:00-2:15 p.m. | Session 11 Panels

[11A] [1] Intercultural Competence in Global Legal Skills: A UK Perspective, Prof. Matthew J. Homewood (Nottingham Law School | Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom). [2] Respect for Cultural Diversity in Classrooms and the Significance of Unbiased Observers. Ms. Masako Takasaki (Chuo University, Japan). [3] Promoting Cultural Competency and Cultural Awareness through Legal Writing Problems. Prof. Sha-Shana N.L. Crichton (Howard University School of Law, United States).

[11B] [1] Has the Law Been Blind to Graphics? No Longer! But How Do We Teach What Isn’t (Really) There Yet? Prof. Camilla Baasch-Anderson (The University of Western Australia School of Law, Australia). [2] The Universal Visual Language. Prof. Michael D. Murray (University of Kentucky College of Law, United States).

2:30-3:30 p.m. | Closing Plenary


3:45-4:45 p.m. | Post-Conference Business Meetings

  • Global Legal Skills 14 Planning Meeting for December 2019 at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, USA. Professors Kim Holst and Charles Calleros.

5 p.m. | Social at the Victoria Night Market
(music, food, and crafts)

Thursday, December 13, 2018 Heading link

Cultural excursion. Limited tickets, with first preference to conference attendees. More information will be available as we get closer to the conference.

In holding the GLS-13 Conference at Melbourne Law School, we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where the law school is located: the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present, and emerging.