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Cornell Sponsors the International Association
of Law Schools’ Americas Deans’ Forum


Miami, FLORIDA, May 11

Law School deans from North and South America came together on April 21, 2012, in Miami, Florida, to discuss issues in legal education. The event was sponsored by the International Association of Law Schools (IALS) and Cornell Law School.

The forum was attended by Stewart Schwab, the Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law, and Barbara Holden-Smith, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, who is also the General Secretary of the IALS. Cornell alumnus and IALS President Frank Wang ’72 also participated. Dean Schwab describes “candid conversations” about everything from changing global markets for lawyers to the evolving methods of legal studies in various schools to discussing how to interact and support each other.

“I particularly valued the conversations with law deans from Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala and Mexico,” said Dean Schwab. “They are engaged in exciting new legal programs to educate lawyers conversant in human rights, the rule of law, and democratic institutions.”

The Americas Deans’ Forum was one of four regional Deans’ Forums held this spring. These workshops precede the International Deans’ Forum, which will be hosted by the National University of Singapore Law School in 2013.

-- Kathleen Corcoran