NAFSA Global Learning Colloquium on Legal Education

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Strategic International Partnerships: Providing Global Learning Opportunities for Student Success

Thursday, June 1, 2017
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Loyola Marymount University

  • What are the cross-cultural and global competencies required of a 21st-century lawyer?
  • How do you ensure that students develop these critical skills?
  • What role can international partnerships play in supporting the development of these competencies?

In today’s globally interconnected legal environment, graduates of legal education programs need to be prepared to work with diverse clientele and understand the international issues impacting their practice. Demographic changes and increasingly interconnected legal environments require students to possess intercultural and global competencies in order to be effective practitioners. Law schools need to develop and leverage international partnerships in order to provide students with the global learning opportunities that are necessary for them to become adequately prepared for the increasingly diverse and globalized legal environment.

This colloquium provides a space where deans, faculty members, senior international officers, and program directors convene to discuss strategies and best practices for providing these crucial global learning opportunities. Guided by experts in the field, participants will explore models of strategic international partnerships that provide valuable global learning opportunities. In addition, participants will discuss ways to align curricular and co-curricular activities; define and assess student learning outcomes; and otherwise leverage international partnerships for student success. A key component of this event will be the examination of successful international partnerships to promote and provide important global learning opportunities for students.

Participants will work with expert facilitators and in small groups to:

  • Learn strategies to develop the cross-cultural and global knowledge, skills, and attitudes that students need to successfully practice law in the 21st century;
  • Articulate ways to align high-impact global learning experiences, such as service learning and education abroad, with academic coursework and student development pedagogies;
  • Explore ways of developing strategic partnerships to enhance cross-cultural and global learning opportunities; and
  • Network with potential partners to form strategic alliances to support global learning opportunities for students.

You Should Attend

  • If you are a faculty member, administrator, or graduate student involved with education programming or curriculum development.
  • If you are interested in learning strategies to incorporate global learning and cross-disciplinary experiences into educational programming.

What You Will Gain from Participating

  • Knowledge of best practices to develop crucial cross-cultural and global competencies.
  • Strategies to incorporate global learning opportunities into curriculum.
  • Understanding of best practices in developing international partnerships.

All participants will receive:

  • Certificate of Completion – Professional Development Program in Global Learning
  • Complimentary copy of seminal text Learning Across Cultures (Althen)
  • Handbook of Resources
  • Complimentary License to My Cultural Awareness Profile (myCAP©) online assessment tool
  • Access to the Opening Plenary Address by Shirin Ebadi


Thursday, June 1, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Check in and Registration
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Overview
The Importance of Global Learning in Legal Education
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Lori Reynolds, Director of Graduate and International Programs and Lecturer in Law, Peking University School of Transnational Law
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Framing Session and Panel Discussion
Global Learning Competencies in Legal Education
  • Hilary Landorf, PhD, Associate Professor, International & Intercultural Education; Director, Office of Global Learning Initiatives; Executive Director, Comparative & International Education Society, Florida International University
  • Lori Reynolds
  • Lisa Bliss, Associate Clinical Professor, Director of Experiential Education and Co-Director of HeLP Legal Services Clinic, Georgia State University, College of Law
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. First Collaborative Opportunity
Small Group Discussions: How are you already incorporating Global Learning into your programming (either co—curricular or curricular?)

Facilitated by:

  • Hilary Landorf, PhD
  • Lori Reynolds
  • Lisa Bliss
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Panel Discussion
Innovative Approaches to Developing Global Competencies for Law Students
  • Lesley A. Benn, JD, Executive Director, International Law Students Association
  • Aaron Ghirardelli, Visiting Associate Clinical Professor, Faculty Director, LLM and JSD Programs, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  • Vinitia Bali, JD, LLM, Director, Center for Global Law & Policy and Director, Summer Programs, Santa Clara Law
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Coffee Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Panel Presentation and Discussion
Strategies and Best Practices for International Partnerships
  • Robert J. Jackson, Jr., MBA, MPP, JD, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Corporate Law and Policy, Columbia Law School (invited)
  • Aurelio Gurrea Martínez, PhD, MLF, JSM, Fellow, Program on Corporate Governance, Harvard Law School; Director, Ibero-American Institute for Law and Finance; Lecturer in Law and Coordinator of International Programs, Centro de Estudios Garrigues (Spain); Visiting Lecturer, University of Andes (Colombia) (invited)
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Keynote Address
Illicit International Markets: Global Learning for Global Problems
  • Karen E. Bravo, JD, LLM, Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and International Affairs
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Presentation
  • Felipe Serrano-Martinez, JD, LLM, MPP, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Final Collaborative Opportunity
Identifying Strategies and Best Practices for Global Learning

Facilitated by:

  • Hilary Landorf, PhD
  • Lori Reynolds
  • Lisa Bliss
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Next Steps
  • Lori Reynolds
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. NAFSA Plenary Speaker  

*Please note that colloquium schedules and events are subject to change.

2017 Presenters

Presenter bios


NAFSA thanks the Loyola Marymount University for its generous support of this event.