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Graduation of the Center for American Law Studies at the University of Warsaw Faculty of Law and Administration, June 2017

The Students of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw have an unprecedented opportunity to study American law at the University of Warsaw. The Center for American Law Studies, one year program in American law, was created 19 years ago as a joint partnership of the University of Florida College of Law and Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw.    

Academic year 2016-17 was the first year when Emory University School of Law and Georgia State University College of Law, both from Atlanta, co-sponsored the well-established program. During graduation ceremonies which took place on June 29, 2017, over 85 Warsaw law students received the certificate of completion issued by the three partner universities: University of Warsaw, Emory University and GSU. Students with the highest grades have an opportunity to take part in internships at American law offices based in Warsaw, as well as at a prestigious law firm from Miami which is also a sponsor of the program.

Since 1998 the Center has ensured the highest quality of the program and satisfaction of the students due to the participation of over 80 distinguished US professors and lawyers.   In the academic year 2016-17 the following professors taught in the program: Robert Ahdieh - Emory, Richard Freer - Emory, Sasha Volokh - Emory, Rafael Pardo – Emory, Laurie Blank - Emory, Roy Sobelson – GSU, Ray Lanier-GSU, Doug Yarn – GSU, Michael Landau- GSU and Tim Kuhner -GSU.  In the academic year 2016-17 the following ten two week intensive courses has been taught in Warsaw by US professors:  Introduction to American Law, Torts, Constitutional Law, ADR, Contracts, Business Organizations, US Legislation and Regulation, National Security, Intellectual Property.  Some of the visiting professors took part in special lectures and events for students, law faculty and the public, e.g.: Professor Tim Kuhner gave a speech on Financing of Political Parties in the US; Professor Robert Ahdieh gave a speech on the US Presidential Election, Professor Richard Freer participated in a panel at the Conference on Comparative Business Law organized by the European Law Students Association and Polish Ministry of Economics; Professor Doug Yarn participated in the Global Pound Conference Warsaw on Access to Justice, as well as in the conference organized by the University of Warsaw  for academic ombudsmen from universities in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Ukraine; Professor Roy Sobelson and Professor Michael Landau gave special lectures for University of Warsaw Student Organizations.

This past academic year the Center for American Law Studies for the first time organized a mini summer school in July, 2017 on: The Legal System and Justice System of the U.S. in the Global Context. The mini school was open for law students and lawyers. The mini summer school was taught by Dr Magdalena Tulibacka, Adjunct Professor at Emory Law School and Associate Research Fellow at the European and Comparative Civil Justice Systems Research Program, University of Oxford, England.

In this coming academic year the Center for American Law Studies, with the support of Emory School of Law and GSU College of Law, will celebrate its 20th anniversary. With over 1,900 graduates the Center has made its footprint on the legal education and legal profession in Poland. Many of the students of the Center have an opportunity to continue their adventure with American law by taking part in LL.M programs all over the US. This academic year the Center will continue its outstanding program with the participation of 10 distinguished professors from Emory School of Law and GSU College of Law and plans, with the support of its partner Universities, many events to commemorate its 20th anniversary, such as special courses, summer school, lectures open to public, as well as the Conference on the Rule of Law to be held in June of 2018 which will be the culmination of this important academic year.