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University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer 2014

News Briefs Opposite page: Participants in the 2013 summer-abroad program in Salzburg, Austria. Below: Students in the Uganda Law and Development Practicum visit the USAID offices. Bottom: Inter-American Summer Program participants at the Pacaya Volcano in Antigua, Guatemala, in May 2013. PACI F I C L AW 11 a judge by researching issues in pending cases or in general on issues that often arise in the Kampala High Court. Four of the students from the practicum stayed to participate in a seven-week field placement program in Kampala with internships at either the High Court or with an NGO. INNOVATIVE INTER-AMERICAN SUMMER PROGRAM GROWS IN FIFTH YEAR The expansion of externship opportunities from Guatemala to Costa Rica, Uruguay and Chile was a highlight of summer 2013, the fifth year of the innovative Pacific McGeorge Inter- American Summer Program. Professor Raquel Aldana founded the program in 2009 and has served as director for five years. Professor Julie Davies will serve as director of the Inter-American Program starting with the summer 2014 program. Study-abroad programs offered by most U.S. law schools, including those that take place in Latin America, teach courses in English only. By contrast, the Inter-American Program in Guatemala takes a bilingual and intercultural approach to legal education, offering substantive law classes about Latin America taught in Spanish as well as bilingual externship placements in four countries. This program is part of a broader effort at Pacific McGeorge to prepare students to address the needs of clients from Latin America, a growing demographic in the United States. The Fourth Annual Citizenship Fair, held on Nov. 16, 2014, is another effort in which law students help hundreds of prospective citizens. The classroom component had 21 students from five different ABA law schools, as well as six students from Latin America—including three public defenders from Guatemala and a prosecutor from Chile. Aldana coordinated the course on Comparative Law Perspectives taught in Spanish by three renowned Guatemalan lawyers, and she co-taught with Luis Mollogón a course on Legal Spanish for U.S. Lawyers. Professor Emily Garcia Uhrig taught the course Comparative Criminal Procedure in the Americas in English while Professor José R. Juárez from Denver taught a course in Spanish on Commercial Law for Foreign Investors. Eight students completed externships in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Uruguay and Chile.


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer 2014
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