The Center for American Law Studies was established eighteen years ago as a joint initiative of the University of Florida Levin College of Law and the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw. The program is designed for the best law students and law graduates. The program of the Center is highly regarded and supported by the Polish legal community

 

As of the beginning of the academic year 2016/17 two law schools from Atlanta, Georgia, have replaced the University of Florida and have formed a consortium with the University of Warsaw to jointly sponsor the Center in its mission to teach Polish law students American Law.

We are delighted that two such prestigious and energetic American law schools have become our partners. We are looking forward to even greater future for the Center for American Law Studies at and new  opportunities for our students" - Professor Tomasz Giaro, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Administration.

Emory University is a top-ranked private institution recognized internationally for its outstanding liberal arts colleges, graduate and professional schools, and one of the world's leading medical and health care programs. It is located on a beautiful campus in Atlanta and is one of the oldest universities in the US having been established in 1836. Website

Emory University School of Law is a top-ranked law school. Emory Law offers a practical, disciplined approach to the study of law. Emory Law faculty members pursue path-breaking interdisciplinary scholarship across many fields, including law and religion, feminism and legal theory, international and comparative law, and public law and regulation. It is a top-ranked law school known for its exceptional scholarship, superior teaching, and demonstrated success in preparing students to practice law or enhance their professional careers with a graduate degree. This year Emory Law celebrates its 100 anniversary as a Century of Advancing the Rule of Law. Website

Georgia State University is an enterprising urban public research university and a national leader in graduating students from widely diverse backgrounds. It is one of the biggest universities in the US with more than 53,000 students. The university offers 250 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in more than 100 fields of study in its nine colleges and schools: the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, the B.F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education & Human Development, the College of Law, the Honors College, Perimeter College and the School of Public HealthWebsite

Georgia State University College of Law offers outstanding programs and hands-on learning opportunities in the heart of Atlanta, one of the country’s fastest growing cities and home to the world’s busiest airport. Surrounded by business, government, nonprofit and cultural organizations, Georgia State Law provides an ideal environment for gaining practical experience and engaging in interdisciplinary research and collaboration, particularly in the fields of health law, urban and environmental law, and intellectual property law. Website

About Atlanta

With a population of more than 5 million people, Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and the Southeast's largest city. Atlanta provides countless opportunities for legal networking, externships, and summer jobs. Atlanta ranks third in the United States for number of Fortune 500 headquarters, and the regional offices of nearly every federal agency are nearby.

 

About Center for American Law Studies 

 

The Center for American Law Studies at Warsaw University emerged from the vision of faculty members of the Warsaw University Faculty of Law and Administration and the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.

Following twenty-five years of collaboration between the University of Florida and various educational and legal institutions in Poland, the Center for American Law Studies held its opening ceremonies on October 5, 1998, marking the first class of ninety-two students who were admitted to the program.

During the next eighteen years more than 1,600 students and lawyers graduated from our Program. The quality of our program is demonstrated in the fact that we now have several lawyers practicing in each of the largest law firms in Poland. Additionally, the Warsaw offices of major U.S. firms are strongly encouraging potential job applicants to complete our Center for American Law Studies before joining their firms. The Program is designed for Polish law students of the third, fourth and fifth year, Erasmus students, as well as law school graduates with particular interest in the American legal system. 

The program offered by the Center is a one-year program. During each academic year the Center offers ten courses. The courses are specially designed and selected to give students the best understanding of the common law system and unique issues of the American legal system, and to introduce the legal issues and problems which may be the most common in the students' future profession. Usually courses include topics such as: Intro to American Law, Constitutional Law, Torts, Legal Writing, Contacts, Business Law, ADR, and Professional Responsibility. Also other courses are taught in the program such as: Tax Law, Securities, Criminal law and Procedure, Property, Family Law, Environmental law, Securities, Intellectual Property.

During a one academic year nine courses are taught for two weeks and one course is taught for one week, five times a week for 1.5 hours - together it is 180 teaching hours (142 full hours).   The courses are taught entirely by US professors. During the course of study, students are introduced to traditional and innovative teaching methods applied at American universities to insure a dynamic professional program. All the study materials necessary for class preparation are provided by the Center. After successful completion of the one-year course of study, students are awarded a certificate of completion. 

Our graduates also have pursued the public service route, with many becoming judges or prosecutors. Poland participants represent the largest number of participants in the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s LL.M. in comparative law degree program for foreign lawyers. Program graduates also have attended LL.M. programs at other U.S. universities, and about one-half of the LL.M. graduates from Poland have taken and passed the New York bar examination.   Many of the Center graduates also received J.D. degree at US universities. In short, the impact of the Center is felt throughout the world, and the success of the program is easily measurable.

A major contribution to the success of our program has been the sponsorship of Warsaw-based law firms who are interested in hiring lawyers trained in American law.

 

Timeline of the Center for American law Studies

Highlights include:

1968 - Professors Julian Juergensmeyer and Andrzej Burzynski met during a summer program on comparative law held in England and discussed for the first time the possibility of a joint U.S.-Poland program.

1973 - Andrzej Burzynski taught comparative law as a visiting professor at the University of Florida (UF) College of Law.

1973-74  - The UF College of Law, Trinity College of Cambridge University, England, and the Institute of Legal Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw jointly sponsored the Cambridge-Warsaw International Trade Law Program, the first opportunity for American law students to take law courses for credit in a European Socialist country.

1975-76, 1978, 1982-84 - The Cambridge-Warsaw Summer Program continued. UF faculty who participated were Fletcher Baldwin, Winston Nagan, Walter Weyrauch, Roy Hunt and Scott VanAlstyne. Polish lecturers included Andrzej Burszynski, Adam Łopatka, Marek Zielinski, Ewa Łetowska, Janusz Łetowski, Stanisław Gebethner, Stanisław Sołtysinski, Michael Kulesza and Wojciech Sokolewicz.

1976 - Dr. Adam Łopatka, Director of the Institute of State and Law of the Polish Academy of Sciences, visited the University of Florida and discussed the Cambridge-Warsaw International Trade Law program with Dean Richard Julin.

First conference co-sponsored by the UF College of Law’s Center for Governmental Responsibility and the Institute of State and Law of the Polish Academy of Sciences was organized in Warsaw with the topic of “Parliamentary and Extra-Administrative Forms of Protection of Citizens’ Rights.” The conference was co-sponsored by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Representing the UF College of Law at the Warsaw symposium were Professors Julian Juergensmeyer, Jon Mills and Fletcher Baldwin.

1980 - The University of Florida granted the degree of doctor honoris causa to Adam Łopatka, formerly of the Polish Academy of Sciences, who initially supported early faculty exchanges between Warsaw and the UF College of Law.

1981 - UF College of Law Professor Robert Moberly (now Dean of the law school at the University of Arkansas) spent a sabbatical semester as a Visiting Lecturer at the Polish Academy of Sciences.

1986 - A conference on “Current Legal Issues Impacting East-West Trade” was cosponsored by the UF College of Law and the Polish Chamber of Foreign Trade. Participants from UF were Dean Frank T. Read, Julian Juergensmeyer, Michael Gordon, Winston Nagan, Fletcher Baldwin and James Nicholas.

The first annual “Introduction to American Law” program, sponsored by the UF College of Law, was held. The program introduced lawyers from throughout the world (including many Polish lawyers) to the legal systems of the United States. The program was coordinated by Fletcher and Nancy Baldwin. Polish participants included Janusz Adamkowski, Piotr Szczerba, Wojciech Bialik, Maria Zawalonka, Ewa Gmurzyńska, Andrzej Wiśniewski, Joanna Tomaszek, Piotr Badura and Joanna Gomuła.

1988 - The Second International Symposium on Current Legal Issues Impacting East-West Trade was held in Warsaw. UF participants included Julian Juergensmeyer, James Nicholas and Dean Jeff Lewis.

Pre-1990s - Faculty of the UF College of Law and Warsaw University maintained an exchange program. Foreign enrichment professors who visited UF from Poland included Andrzej Burzyński, Jozef Okolski, Jerzy Modrzejewski, Michał Kulesza, Stanisław Gebethner and Stanisław Sołtysinski.

1990 - Polish attorney Ewa Gmurzynska joined the staff of the Center for Governmental Responsibility (CGR) at the UF College of Law as a Staff Attorney.

The UF College of Law and Center for Governmental Responsibility sponsored the conference, “Law and International Business in Post-Socialist Poland,” under partial sponsorship of the German Marshall Fund. Polish speakers included Stanisław Sołtysiński, Senator Jerzy Stępień, Michał Kulesza, Wojciech Sokolewicz and Andrzej Burzyński.

The Center for Governmental Responsibility conducted a study tour of Florida for a Polish delegation of elected officials, governmental officials and professionals, as part of the conference follow up. The delegation — which included a Polish national senator and three law professors — met with local government officials, U.S. Senator Bob Graham, authorities at two Florida ports, and Chamber of Commerce officials in two Florida cities.

Center for Governmental Responsibility Director Jon Mills served on a panel addressing “Legal Issues Related to Setting up a Joint Venture in Poland” as part of The Second Investors’ Forum, held in Warsaw.

1991 - The UF College of Law is designated “Sister Law School” to Warsaw University’s Faculty of Law and Administration under the American Bar Association’s Central and Eastern European Law Initiative (CEELI) Program. Professors James Nicholas and Fletcher Baldwin visited Poland in the 1990s as part of the program.

The Center for Governmental Responsibility hosted three Polish officials and educators in an internship, sponsored by the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, in cooperation with Rutgers University’s Foundation in Support of Local Democracy in Poland Program. The program was coordinated by JoAnn Klein and Ewa Gmurzynska. The interns were placed in the Florida Departments of Environmental Regulation, Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Tourism, and experienced other professional opportunities to visit Florida’s state parks, tourist attractions, universities and city and county governments. They were joined by three additional interns who had been assigned to placements in New Jersey through Rutgers. All six were hosted at CGR for a week to review and conclude their internships and prepare for application of their experiences to their various Polish cities and towns. Participants included elected local government officials, university professors and public employees. Among them was Marek Agopsowicz of Olsztyn Agricultural and Technical University, who subsequently would become a Polish coordinator of the local government training program. He first brought the attention of CGR to the needs of Northeastern Poland.

The Center for Governmental Responsibility, through the University of Florida Research Foundation, executed a contract with West Publishing Company, through its WESTLAW program, to translate Polish laws and treaties into an on-line, English language database. The database went on-line March 5, 1992.

The Center for Governmental Responsibility hosted two Polish local government officials for meetings with city and county officials. Their itinerary included meetings with city and county officials, and educational and cultural events.

May 1992 - Ewa Gmurzyńska of the Center for Governmental Responsibility and UF College of Law Professor Julian Juergensmeyer visited Olsztyn, Poland, to continue meetings regarding establishing a cooperative agreement in the region.

1992 - Center for Governmental Responsibility Director Jon Mills and UF College of Law Professor James Nicholas visited Olsztyn, Poland, to continue meetings regarding establishing a cooperative agreement in the region.

The Center for Governmental Responsibility signed an agreement of cooperation with Olsztyn Agricultural and Technical University, Olsztyn Sejmik, and the University of Central Florida (UCF) to develop a local government training program for the voivodships of Olsztyn, Elblag and Suwalki.

1992-93 - The Center for Governmental Responsibility received a grant from the United States Information Agency, Office of Citizen Exchanges, for a “Northeastern Poland Local Government Training Program.” Sixteen local government officials and staff were trained in internships and seminars in Florida. The program was coordinated by JoAnn Klein and Ewa Gmurzynska of CGR.

1993 - A University of Florida/University of Central Florida team visited Northeastern Poland and met with local government officials in eight cities and the voivodships of Olsztyn and Suwalki. Dr. Robert Denhardt of the Department of Public Administration led the UCF project team.

The Center for Governmental Responsibility signed a second agreement of cooperation with Olsztyn Agricultural and Technical University, Olsztyn Sejmik and the University of Central Florida to continue developing a local government training program, with a goal toward establishing a permanent training center for local governments in Northeastern Poland.

The “Florida/Poland Club” was organized, comprised of the first group of USIA-sponsored interns. The club began monthly meetings to offer support and plans for implementing training from the United States.

1994 -  The Center for Governmental Responsibility partnered with the Center for Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations (TREEO) at the University of Florida and the Technical University of Mining and Metallurgy (AGH) to offer the “Integrated Solid Waste Management Course for the Silesia Region of Poland,” funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. John Tucker of the Center for Governmental Responsibility participated as a lecturer. After CGR/TREEO faculty offered training in the Silesian region, funded by USAID, they traveled at their own expense to Olsztyn in Northeastern Poland to conduct training there.

A University of Florida/University of Central Florida team visited Northeastern Poland for meetings with local government officials in four cities, representing the voivodships of Olsztyn and Elblag.

The Center for Governmental Responsibility signed a third agreement of cooperation with Olsztyn Agricultural and Technical University, Olsztyn Sejmik and UCF to continue developing the local government training center. This agreement included the Foundation in Support of Local Democracy from Olsztyn and consolidated local government training programs in the region.

The Center for Governmental Responsibility hosted Olsztyn Sejmik President Marek Żylinski for a visit to Florida to study local government operation and management and to meet with economic development officials in the region. The trip was funded by CGR and UCF.

1994-95 - The Center for Governmental Responsibility received a grant from USIA for the Northeastern Poland Local Government Center Program. Twelve local government interns from three voivodships were trained in Florida. The program was coordinated by JoAnn Klein and Ewa Gmurzynska of CGR.

1995 - A Center for Governmental Responsibility/University of Central Florida team traveled to Northeastern Poland to offer training courses there for local government officials and staff.

The UF College of Law hosted a visiting faculty member from Warsaw University through the Sister Law School Program.

The Center for Governmental Responsibility received approval from USIA for a no-cost extension to use remaining funds to bring three additional local government interns to Florida. The interns visited in November.

1996 - A Florida team member visited Olsztyn to initiate a strategic planning program for the city.

Dr. Jerzy Modrzejewski, Vice Dean, Warsaw University Faculty of Law and Administration, was a visiting professor at the UF College of Law and began discussions regarding establishment of an American law center at Warsaw.

1997 - Ewa Gmurzynska became the first Polish lawyer to graduate from the UF Levin College of Law’s LL.M. Program in Comparative Law. As of 2008, twenty-two more Polish attorneys have attended the LL.M. program in Florida.

The Center for Governmental Responsibility and UF College of Law faculty (Julian Juergensmeyer, JoAnn Klein, Ewa Gmurzynska) conducted follow-up meetings in Warsaw regarding establishment of an American law center.

Professor Marek Wąsowicz, Vice President of University of Warsaw visits Gainesville to discuss possibility of further cooperation of UW and UF

1997 - UF College of Law Dean Richard A. Matasar visited Warsaw University, at The invitation of Law Dean Josef Okolski, to conduct further meetings regarding establishment of an American law center.

1998 - Ninety-two students were selected for admission to the first class at the new Center for American Law Studies.

Michał Kulesza, Secretary of State in the Polish Cabinet of Ministers and Minister of Administrative Reform and Professor at the Warsaw University Faculty of Law and Administration, was a visiting professor of comparative law at the UF College of Law.

October 5, 1998 - Opening ceremonies were held for the Center for American Law Studies, a collaborative venture between the UF Levin College of Law and Warsaw University Faculty of Law and Administration. Keynote speakers for the opening ceremonies were Steve Uhlfelder of Holland & Knight and U.S. Ambassador to Poland Daniel Fried. Leading Warsaw University were Rector Włodzimierz Siwinski and Vice Rector Marek Wasowicz, former Vice Dean of the law school.

October 12, 1998 - Classes began for the Center for American Law Studies at Warsaw University. Professor Liz Lear was the first professor, teaching Introduction of American Law. Seven additional courses were taught during the 1998-99 academic year.

Dean Józef Okolski of the Warsaw University Faculty of Law and Administration was a visiting professor of comparative law at the UF College of Law.

The first graduation ceremony for the Center for American Law Studies in Warsaw was held. The speaker was Martha Barnett, then President of the American Bar Association.

1999 to Date - The Center for American Law Studies began collecting in 1999 an American Law Library now consisting of more than 300 volumes, named in memory of Andrzej Burzyński, a member of White & Case and long-time UF collaborator and visiting professor.

1999-2000 - Five Polish students were enrolled in the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s LL.M. program, a direct result of Centers program.

2000 - The Center for American Law Studies organized the first Polish Moot Court team with Warsaw University, which competed in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. Three additional teams have competed since 2000, and have placed as high as 12th in the international competition.

Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Ben Overton was the speaker at the second graduation of the Center for American Law Studies.

Four UF law students – Michael Fackler, Stanley Galewski, Miguel Suau and David Migut – served as externs in Polish governmental agencies, including the Arbitration Court at the Polish Chamber of Commerce, Ministry of Justice, Regional Development Department at the Ministry of the Economy, and Department of Harmonization of Law.

2000-2001 - Two Polish students were enrolled in the University of Florida’s LL.M. program.

2001 - Former Florida gubernatorial counsel Dexter Douglass was the speaker at the third graduation of the Center for American Law Studies.

2001-2002 - One Polish student was enrolled in the University of Florida LL.M. program.

2002 - Attorney Michael Papantonio of Levin, Papantonio & Thomas in Pensacola, Florida, was speaker at the fourth graduation of the Center for American Law Studies.

2002-2003 - One Polish student was enrolled in the University of Florida LL.M. program.

2003-2004 - Three UF Levin College of Law students – Ryan Cobbs, Josh Clark and Bridie Buetell – attended exchange program  at Warsaw University

2003-2004 - Three Polish students were enrolled in the University of Florida LL.M. program.

June 16, 2003 - The fifth graduation ceremony of the Center for American Law Studies and a commemorative 30th anniversary of cooperation between Uf and Polish institutions celebration scheduled. Florida attorney Steven Zack was keynote speaker. Presiding over the ceremonies were Dean and Professor Tadeusz Tomaszewski of Warsaw University’s Faculty of Law and Administration and Dean and Professor Jon Mills of the UF Levin College of Law.

2004 - U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Cameron Munter of the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw participate in sixth graduation.

2004-2005 - Two Polish students were enrolled in the University of Florida LL.M. program.

2005 - The seventh graduation ceremony of the Center for American Law Studies was held, and attorney John Upchurch of Daytona Beach, Florida, was the speaker.

2005-2006  - Four Polish students were enrolled in the University of Florida LL.M. program.

October 7, 2005 - Center for American Law Studies sponsors the Conference on “Mediation – New Method of Dispute Resolution in Civil Cases” at University of Warsaw with participation of Dean Jon Mills, Professor Don Peters, Judge Ben Overton, and mediator John Upchurch.

2005 - Center for Dispute and Conflict Resolution established at Warsaw University in cooperation with Center for American Law Studies and Warsaw University Faculty of Law and Administration.

2006 - The eighth graduation ceremony of the Center for American Law Studies was held, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth A. Jenkins of Tampa was the speaker.

2006-2007 - One Polish student in LLM

November, 2006 - Warsaw University Law School Dean Tadeusz Tomaszewski is a visitor at the University of Florida.

2007 - The ninth graduation ceremony of the Center for American Law Studies was held, and attorney Andy Hall of Miami, a native of Poland, was the speaker and Dean Robert Jerry.

2007-2008 - Three Polish students participate in LLM

2008 - The tenth graduation ceremony of the Center for American Law Studies was held and commemorated with Polish-American Symposium on Current Legal Issues and Legal Education in a Global Society commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Center. Speakers from UF included: Dean Robert Jerry, Professor Henry Wihnyk, Dean Emeritus Jon Mills,  Professor Tom Hurst, Professor Don Peters,  Professor Julian Juergensmeyer, attorney John Upchurch and attorney Andy Hall. 

2009 - The student exchange agreement is signed between two law schools

Four Polish students are coming for the exchange program at UF

2009-10 - Four Polish students are coming for the exchange program at UF

2011 - LL.M. scholarship for graduate of the Center for American law Studies is  funded by the law firm of Slawomir Platta of New York, the former graduate of the Center  

September, 2011 - Visit of  Professor Katarzyna Chałasinka-Macukow, President of University of Warsaw and Professor Tadeusz Tomaszewski, Provost of UW  at the University of Florida

The reciprocal agreement   on students exchange is signed between University of Warsaw and  UF College of  Liberal Arts  Agreement

2011-12 - Four Polish students are coming for the exchange program at UF

One Polish student in LLM, Professor Tomasz Giaro, Vice Dean, is a visiting professor at UF

2012 - Frederic Levin visited Warsaw  with several members of his family and met with the President of the University of Warsaw Professor Małgorzata Gersdorf Vice President  of  the University of Warsaw  and Professor Tomasz Giaro Vice Dean of Faculty of Law and Administration of  the University of Warsaw.

2013 - Andy Hall is a gradution speaker, Maria Kenig –Witkowska is a visiting professor at UF

2014-15 - One Polish students in LLM

Center received a one year grant  from the U.S. Department of State to provide information about American law to Polish judges PAJRAP - Polish American Judicial Assistance Program.The program provides funds for  UF law students to be employed as legal research assistants, working under the supervision of UF law faculty. The pilot program is based on cooperation between the Polish Ministry of Justice and both law schools to provide  information about American law for Polish judges.

2015 - June 16, Graduation ceremonies and Conference on Legal Education and Legal Profession in the Global World - Polish-American Perspectives. Conference commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Center for American Law Studies. Speakers from UF included:  Dean Robert Jerry, Dean Emeritus Jon Mills, Professor Stuart Cohn, Professor  Julian Juergenesmeyer

Dean Jerry is awarded by the Provost of  the University of Warsaw Professor Tadeusz Tomaszewski with the University of Warsaw medal which is the highest  UW award.

UF Faculty and adjuncts who have taught at Center for American Law Studies:

Mary Adkins

Mary Jane Angelo

Tom Ankersen

Yariv Brauner

Fletcher Baldwin

Stuart Cohn

Thomas Cotter

Phyllis Craig-Taylor

Jeffrey Davis

Larry DiMatteo

George Dawson

Larry DiMatteo

Alyson Flournoy

Mike Friel

Alison Gerencser

Claire Germain

Andrew Hall

Wayne Hanewicz

Jeffrey Harrison

Thomas Hurst

David Hudson

Jerry Israel

Joe Jackson

Julian Juergensmeyer

Tom Jaworski

Christine Klein

Shani King

Elizabeth Lear

Lyrissa Lidsky

Joseph Little

Larry Lokken

Timothy McLendon

Martin McMahon

Jon Mills

Winston Nagan

Keneth Nunn

Don Peters

Christopher Peterson

Leanne Pfalum

Steven Powell

Cathy Price

Teresa Rambo Reid

Leonard Riskin

Tom Read

Betsy Ruff

Sharon Rush

Anne Rutledge

David Salivanchik

Michael Seigel

Christopher Slobogin

Gaylin Soponis

John Stinneford

Patricia Thompson

Mark Thurmon

Diane Thomlinson

John Upchurch

Henry Wihnyk

Steven Willis

Winton Williams

Jill Womble

Danaya Wright

Gregory Yadley

Jennifer Zedalis

Faculty From other U.S. Universities

Marjorie Girth

Ray Lanier

Barry Sullivan

James Wadley

Michael Landau

Major  information about  the Center for American Law Studies, joint program of the  Levin College of Law and the  Faculty of Law and Administration of  the University of Warsaw and related  programs  during the perio  1998-2014

Participation of UF faculty in the Program

Since the 1998/99 through 2014/15 academic year 66 faculty members have taught at the Center for American Law Studies, including:

•          56 faculty from Levin College of Law;

•          5 adjuncts from Levin College of law;

•          5 law faculty members from other universities;

 Speakers:

The Center for American Law Studies has provided a venue for including UF law graduates and outstanding Florida attorneys as speakers in the annual graduation ceremonies of the Center for American Law Studies in Warsaw:

Steven J. Uhlfelder, former Chairman, Florida Board of Regions

Dexter Douglass, former Florida Gubernatorial Counsel

Michael Papantonio, Levin, Papantonio & Thomas

Ben Overton,  former Florida Supreme Court Justice

Elizabeth A. Jenkins, U.S. Magistrate Judge

Martha Barnett,   former President, American Bar Association, Holland & Knight

John Upchurch, Upchurch Watson White & Max

Steve Zack, former President, American Bar Association

Andy Hall, Hall, Lamb & Hall

UF and UW Students

The academic year 2014/15 is the 17th year of the Center. As of the end of the 2014/15 academic year, approximately 1, 600 Polish law students have  graduated from the Center.

During that time four exchange students from UF Levin College of Law participated in a one semester exchange program taught in English for foreign law students at the University of Warsaw. Two UF  exchange students received internships in prestigious law firms in Warsaw. Four interns from the Levin College of Law participated in summer internships in Polish Institutions.Twelve students from the University of Warsaw have taken part in a one semester exchange program at the Levin College of Law.

LL.M program

As a result of the Center for American Law Studies, Poland law students comprise one of the largest groups of UF law LL.M students from one country. To date, 27 Polish students have graduated from LL.M in Comparative Law Program and 2 Polish students have graduated from LL.M in Tax Law at the Levin College of Law since the Center was opened in 1998. 

Faculty Exchange

The following faculty from the University of Warsaw law school  have  taught at UF law students through a faculty exchange  since 1996:  Josef Okolski, Jerzy Modrzejewski, Michal Kulesza, Wojciech Kocot, Maria Kenig -Witkowska, and Tomasz Giaro.

Conferences 

The Center for American Law Studies organized and co-sponsored the following conferences:

2005 -Mediation – New Method of Dispute Resolution in Civil Cases. It was attended by more than 200  Polish judges and attorneys, with the  participation of Dean Jon Mills, Professor Don Peters, Judge Ben Overton, and attorney John Upchurch

2008 - Polish-American Symposium on Current Legal Issues and Legal Education in a Global Society commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Center. Speakers from UF included: Dean Robert Jerry, Professor Henry Wihnyk, Dean Emeritus Jon Mills, attorney John Upchurch, Professor Tom Hurst, Professor Don Peters, and attorney Andy Hall. 

2014 - Legal Education and Legal Profession in the Global World - Polish-American Perspectives. Conference commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Center for American Law Studies. Speakers from UF included:  Dean Robert Jerry, Dean Emeritus Jon Mills, and Professor Stuart Cohn.

Sponsors

The following law firms and institutions have been sponsors of the  Center for American Law Studies:

White and Case; Baker and McKenzie; Hogan and Hartson;  Denton  (formerly Salans); Chadbourne and Parke (formerly Altheimer and Grey);  Wardynski and Partners; Weil, Gotshal and Manges;  Levin, Pappantonio, Thomas; Linklaters; Upchurch, Watson, White and Max; Hall, Lamb and  Hall; US Department of State.