Recap of “Cross-Border Cultural Competency: Teaching Foreign Law Students and Training International Lawyers”

On Thursday, December 6, 2019, the Foreign, Comparative & International Law SIS and the Academic Law Libraries SIS jointly sponsored an online panel entitled, “Cross-Border Cultural Competency: Teaching Foreign Law Students and Training International Lawyers.” The moderator, Jessica Pierucci, Research Law Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, and International Law at UC Irvine School of Law, guided a discussion with four knowledgeable and experienced speakers:

· Jodi Collova, Director of LL.M. Legal Research and Writing at Berkeley Law,

· Karina Condra, Foreign, Comparative & International Law Librarian at University of Denver Sturm College of Law,

· Heidi Frostestad Kuehl, Director of the Law Library at Northern Illinois University College of Law, and

· Mike McArthur, Head, Foreign Comparative & International Law and Collection Development at Duke Law.

A variety of insightful suggestions were provided by each of the speakers. Regarding the challenge of helping foreign-trained lawyers understand the U.S. legal system and practice, Collova explained that foreign students, whose experience often lies within the civil law system, tend to struggle with both analogical reasoning and the plain English writing style required by the U.S. system. Each of the speakers emphasized the usefulness of having foreign students work in small groups and Condra, in particular, stressed the effectiveness of this approach when teaching classes comprised of a mixture of foreign L.L.M. students and domestic J.D. students. In this mixed-group setting, Kuehl relayed that she incorporates a series of short assignments throughout the semester, as opposed to a single, large final assignment.

A recurring theme throughout the discussion was the importance of openness and friendliness toward foreign students. At Duke, McArthur organizes and participates in extracurricular, small-group discussions with foreign L.L.M. students, before which he circulates short, topical articles for discussion. He also mentioned that it’s important to remind foreign students that, unlike that which may be the case in their home countries, they are indeed welcome and encouraged to visit with their professors outside of class.
This webinar featured an array of helpful suggestions and we encourage anyone who is interested in this topic to view the recording and materials, available at https://www.aallnet.org/recording/teachingforeignlawstudents/

Teaching Foreign Law Students Webinar

On Thursday, December 5, 2019, 12 pm to 1 pm US/Central, please join the ALL-SIS and FCIL-SIS Continuing Education Committees for a webinar on Cross-Border Cultural Competency: Teaching Foreign Law Students and Training International Lawyers. ALL-SIS members can access a registration link here. FCIL-SIS members can access a registration link here.

As law schools increasingly recruit foreign students, librarians are increasingly called upon to provide legal research training to foreign LL.M.s, S.J.D.s, and exchange students.

This webinar will provide insights from four panelists with extensive experience teaching foreign students in a variety of capacities: Jodi Collova, Director of LL.M. Legal Research and Writing at Berkeley Law; Karina Condra, Foreign, Comparative & International Law Librarian at University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Heidi Frostestad Kuehl, Director of the Law Library at Northern Illinois University College of Law; and Mike McArthur, Head, Foreign Comparative & International Law and Collection Development at Duke Law. The panel will be moderated by Jessica Pierucci, Research Law Librarian for Foreign, Comparative, and International Law at UC Irvine School of Law.

The panelists will address cross-border cultural competency issues in answering a series of questions about their experience and learned best practices. Panelists will address helping foreign law students understand the skills needed for U.S. law practice and understanding, effectively addressing cultural differences that can impact learning, teaching classes with a mixture of U.S. and foreign law students, and bringing cultural competency skills to teaching U.S. students.

We encourage you to join us by registering now! ALL-SIS members can access a registration link here. FCIL-SIS members can access a registration link here.

Looking ahead to D.C.!

The Annual Meeting is near, and everyone is gearing up for some awesome programming! Check out the list of ALL-SIS events included in the Summer Issue of the ALL-SIS Newsletter, and get reminders by following our Twitter @AALL-ALLSIS.

For example, if you’re interested in an editor’s take on the publication process check out this ALL-SIS sponsored roundtable on Sunday 7/14 with journal editors Janet Sinder and Mike Chiorazzi!

Flyer advertising a roundtable on July 14 2019

 

Congratulations ALL-SIS Award and Grant winners!

Congratulations to this year’s ALL-SIS Award and Grant winners!!

ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award
Douglas W. Lind (Southern Illinois University Law Library) for A Bibliography of Littleton’s Tenures as an Archetype for the Study of Early English Legal Printing, 37 LEGAL REF. SERV. Q. 38 (2018).

Douglas Lind 

ALL-SIS Outstanding Service Award
I-Wei Wang (UC Berkeley Law Library)

I-Wei Wang 

ALL-SIS Publication Award
Mike Widener (Lillian Goldman Library, Yale Law School) & Christopher Platts (Alexey von Schlippe Gallery, University of Connecticut, Avery Point), for their exhibition catalogue Representing the Law in the Most Serene Republic: Images of Authority from Renaissance Venice which explores how the Venetian Republic – a prosperous and powerful state in early modern Europe – cultivated a mythical image of stability, liberty, and beauty.

Mike Widener and Christopher Platts 

Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship
Anne Klinefelter (Kathrine R. Everett Law Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Anne Klinefelter

ALL-SIS Active Member Stimulus Grant
Deborah Heller (Pace Law Library, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University)

Deborah Heller

ALL-SIS Regular Member Stimulus Grant
Ashley Sundin (Chastek Library, Gonzaga University School of Law)

Ashley Sundin 

ALL-SIS CONELL Grant
Michelle Penn (The Maloney Library, Fordham University School of Law)

Michelle Penn 

 

 

Teaching Legal Technology Webinar – 5/16

The ALL-SIS Continuing Education Committee presents the Teaching Legal Technology Webinar!

Thur.     5/16     12:00 – 1:30 pm Eastern

Please RSVP to receive your registration link!

Are you considering creating a legal technology class or curriculum for your law school and looking for foundational information?  Or, are you already teaching tech but not sure if you have sufficient learning outcomes and assessment?  Or maybe you are considering turning the class into a certificate program or building a certificate program to see if a formal class can be supported?    If you answered “Yes” to any question, or simply want to find out “what’s all this teaching tech stuff I keep hearing about,” please consider joining “Teaching Legal Technology,” an upcoming webinar from the ALL-SIS Continuing Education Committee.  We will be taking a deeper-than-usual dive into what other institutions have discovered about learning outcomes, assessment, and certificate programs for technology track with speakers who have extensive experience with this still relatively new topic.  Speakers will include Kenton Brice, who is, among other things, a certified drone pilot (University of Oklahoma), Elizabeth Farrell Clifford (Florida State University), Emily Janoski-Haehlen (University of Akron), and Stacey Rowland (University of North Carolina).  We hope you can join us for this excellent adventure!

2019 Research and Scholarship Grant awarded to Dr. Michele A.L. Villagran

The ALL-SIS Research & Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran, assistant professor with San José State University School of Information, is the recipient of the 2019 Research & Scholarship Grant for her proposed project: Examination of Cultural Intelligence within Academic Law Librarians.

Dr. Michele A.L. Villagran

Dr. Villagran will examine the cultural intelligence in academic law librarians in order to understand the perspective of these librarians and to help them better serve their stakeholders. The mixed-methods research will be conducted in two phases and include a web-based survey and focus groups. The following research questions will be examined within the study: (a) What is the overall level of and any variations among the four dimensions of cultural intelligence of participating academic law librarians?, (b) What viewpoints do the academic law librarians have about the value and importance of cultural intelligence within their organizations?, and (c) How can academic law librarians best serve the information needs of their patrons through use of cultural intelligence? Dr. Villagran will present and publish her research findings to share with the law librarian community.