Greetings from the CGLP

The Center on the Global Legal Profession at the IU Maurer School of Law wishes everyone a great start to the fall semester.  This summer has been busy for our Center community.  Below is a set of highlights from the summer and what to expect this upcoming academic year.

Best wishes,
Jay Krishnan
Professor of Law, Charles L. Whistler Faculty Fellow
CGLP Director


United Nations group includes Center research in annual report   

The United Nations' Human Rights Council's Working Group on the Discrimination against Women is including recent Center research in its annual report on women's economic and social life. The research is based on three years of study of Indian litigants, judges, lawyers, and courtroom personnel as they pursue their respective objectives.

The findings, which reveal a complex matrix of variables, were published in a recent issue of the Harvard Human Rights Journal
Stewart Fellows program marks fifth year
The 2014 Stewart Fellows with benefactors Milt and Judi Stewart.
Fourteen IU Maurer School of Law students participated in the Center's Milton Stewart Fellows program this summer. Now in its fifth year, the program enables students to work as interns in a variety of practice settings, including corporations, law firms, and rights-based governmental organizations.

Almost 60 Indiana Law students have participated in the program since its inception in 2010. This year's Stewart Fellows completed internships in Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Thailand.   

Recent faculty research and scholarly activities

Hannah Buxbaum published the fifth edition of TRANSNATIONAL BUSINESS PROBLEMS (Foundation Press), co-authored with the late Detlev Vagts, Harold Koh and Bill Dodge; attended the 19th Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law in Vienna, where she presented the general report (authored by George Bermann) on the New York arbitration convention; presented a work-in-progress entitled Accounting Firms as Transnational Networks: Testing the Viability of 'Enterprise Jurisdiction' at an Indiana Law faculty summer workshop; and
co-taught (along with Heinz Mansel of the University of Cologne) a two-week course in the German National Academic Foundation's summer academy.

Kenneth Dau-Schmidt's newest book is titled LEGAL PROTECTION OF INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYEES (West Publishing Co. 5th ed., forthcoming 2015) (with Matthew W. Finkin and Robert N. Covington). Recent publications include:
  • The Relative Bargaining Power of Employers and Unions in the Global Information Age: The Employment and Economic Advancement of African Americans in the Twentieth Century (with Ryland Sherman), JINDAL GLOBAL L. REV. (forthcoming 2014).
  • Comparative Analysis of the United States and Japan, forthcoming in ENTERPRISE LAW: CONTRACTS, MARKETS, AND LAWS IN THE US AND JAPAN (Zenichi Shishido ed. 2014) (with Benjamin C. Ellis).
  • Undermining or Promoting Democratic Government? An Economic and Empirical Analysis of Public Sector Collective Bargaining (with Mohammad Khan), 14 NEV. L. J. 414 (2014).

He was a discussant in Reimagining North American Labor Law at the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association, Minneapolis (May 30, 2014). 


Charles Geyh's forthcoming book, COURTING PERIL: THE POLITICAL TRANSFORMATION OF THE AMERICAN JUDICIARY, will be published by Oxford University Press. The book explores the ways in which the state and federal courts have been increasingly politicized in recent decades, and what those developments portend for the future of the American judiciary and the rule of law.

William Henderson recently completed an article titled Human Capital Accounting for Lawyers (LAW PRACTICE (Sept.-Oct. 2014)), which develops a system of human capital accounting for lawyers; and another article that draws on the social science literature on innovation diffusion to explain the shifts now taking place in the market for legal services (Living Through a Paradigm Shift, NALP BULLETIN (Aug. 2014)). He is now writing a series of strategy memos for law firms, law schools, and legal departments that explain the short- and long-term trends in the market and offer practical advice for how to adapt. The memos are part of a larger book project.

Ethan Michelson has completed a survey instrument for a new wave of a longitudinal survey of Chinese lawyers that he launched in 2009. Among other things, Wave 2 will allow him and his colleagues to assess where lawyers are now (including measuring attrition) and how their careers have changed five years after the first wave. He has also developed a separate survey instrument to be administered to a new sample of Chinese lawyers.

Mark Need lectured on business entities, confidentiality agreements, and non-compete agreements at National Chiao-Tung University sites in both Taipei and Hsinchu City, Taiwan.  The following week, he taught an intensive one-week business law course at Sungkyunkwan University's Graduate School of Business in Seoul, South Korea.

Christiana Ochoa has been engaged in pre-production research and fieldwork in Vanuatu in connection with her current documentary project, with support from the Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching, and Collaboration Award. In addition, she contributed a chapter to a forthcoming book to be published by Edward Elgar Press titled NATURAL RESOURCES AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW PERSPECTIVES. Her chapter, Generating Conflict, explores the destabilizing capacity of large-scale development projects and is informed by her ongoing fieldwork in Colombia.

Carwina Weng has been working on a chapter for an externship textbook, LEARNING FROM PRACTICE, entitled Navigating Cultural Difference. She and co-author Prof. Meg Reuter will present their ideas at the SALT teaching conference at UNLV in September. The chapter offers a comprehensive unit on teaching students in externship placements to work with clients, supervisors, and others with cultural awareness and humility.

August 2014
Recent Center work
The Center has completed a project for the National Center for State Courts examining a fascinating new international common law court that has been established in Dubai to hear commercial disputes. Field work for that project was conducted this summer and a report on the findings is forthcoming in the American Review of International Arbitration. Click here to read the report.

Center director Jay Krishnan spent time this summer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Luxembourg and at Luxembourg's Max Planck Institute.

The MPI, which specializes in arbitration, regulatory law, and international law, is particularly interested in developing a relationship with the Center, and Krishnan is planning to return in 2015 to deliver a series of lectures.
Indiana Law students begin Korean MBA course work
This fall, four Indiana Law students began MBA coursework at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea, as part of the school's JD/MBA program with SKKU, the number one global MBA program in Korea.

Joel Bonilla-Blondet, Daniel Esparza, Chris Renneker, and Corey Rosenholtz will each spend a year in Seoul as a part of the unique joint degree program, which pairs an  American JD with an international MBA.
Coming events
The Center will be hosting a series of internal and external speakers over the course of the academic year.

Included as part of this series will be Professors Kevin Brown and Jeffrey Stake, both from the Maurer School of Law. Brown spent the spring 2014 semester in the UK comparing diversity in the legal profession in Britain with that of the US. His forthcoming article will be co-written with a barrister in London and the former head of diversity for the Bar Council of the UK. Stake will be speaking on his work on legal education and the US News rankings.

In addition, two immigration lawyers from Chicago, Tejas Shah and Scott Pollock, will  speak on the current debate over immigration reform and changing nature of immigration practice.

The Center and Indiana Law's Center for Constitutional Democracy will be co-hosting a lecture later this fall. 

And in late January, the Center welcomes Amy Hariani, the director and legal counsel for the US India Business Council.

Information about all of these events will be available on the Center's website,
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