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UDM School of Law Hosts International Law Conference: June 21 - 22

In this time of globalization and incredible change in the legal profession, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and its partners in international dual-degree programs, the University of Windsor Faculty of Law (Windsor, Ontario, Canada) and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Monterrey, Mexico), are pleased to present Law and Legal Education in the Americas: Comparative Perspectives, an international law conference to be held on June 21 and 22, 2013, at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 651 East Jefferson Avenue, in downtown Detroit. 


These three schools stand alone in dual-degree offerings that provide students with the degrees necessary to practice in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. They offer the only three-year comparative Canadian and American dual-degree program and the first Mexican and American dual-degree program of its kind.

The conference will explore three distinct paths: social justice, professionalism & pedagogy, and commercial and consumer law, which are tailored to reflect the emphasis of the dual-degree programs and the institutions themselves.

The conference will begin with opening remarks by Dean Lloyd Semple of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and a plenary panel titled, 21st Century Challenges to Legal Education: Comparative Perspectives. The panelists will be: Dean Camille Cameron, University of Windsor Faculty of Law; Dr. Gabriel Cavazos Villanueva, Dean of the Graduate School of Public Administration & Public Policy (EGAP) Tecnológico de Monterrey and co-founder of the School’s two joint-degree programs; and Professor Leon Lysaght, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

The key note address, Global Integration of Legal Education and the Legal Profession, will be given by Michael McCullough, Director of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, Latin America & the Caribbean Division.

In addition, there are more than twenty presenters from Canada, Mexico, the United States, and as far away as Qatar, who will speak on the following topics:

  • Legal Professionalism and Pedagogy:
    A rapidly shrinking global community presents new and unique challenges in legal education, such as training students in a global environment and preparing them for cross-border practice. Topics in this path will explore clinical and experiential legal education, the internationalization of legal skills instruction, the use of foreign and international law to enrich domestic legal writing courses, judicial reform in Asia and its impact on skills instruction, and blending history and international law.
  • Social Justice:
    Significant economic and demographic shifts have impacted localities in ways that challenge traditional notions of economic renewal. Topics in this path include measures to address gun violence, North American community economic development initiatives, a variety of immigration topics, and indigent defendant representation.
  • Commercial / Consumer Law:
    This path will explore selected topics in commercial and consumer law in an international context. Presentations include the enforcement of foreign judgments, developments in consumer protection laws, and consumer electronic payments.

The conference fee is $30.00. To register online or to learn more about the conference, please visit the conference website at


  • The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law was founded in 1912 and has been a member of the American Association of Law Schools since 1934. It a Catholic, urban law school based on the Jesuit and Sisters of Mercy traditions. The School prides itself on its curriculum, which combines traditional legal education with an innovative third year course of study focused on experiential learning and acquisition of global perspectives on law. Distinctive features of the curriculum include a mandatory clinical component as well as required participation in a simulated law firm practice environment (The Law Firm Program). In addition to its dual-degree programs, the School offers JD and JD/MBA programs.
  • The University of Windsor Faculty of Law was established in 1967. Today, with more than 600 students and 5,500 alumni, Windsor Law offers students a comprehensive curriculum combined with experiential learning. Students participate in a variety of clinical and outreach programs, including two legal aid clinics. Access to justice and transnational law are an integral part of Windsor Law’s identity and culture.
  • The Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) was founded in 1943 and is Mexico’s leading private law school. ITESM is located in Monterrey, the third largest city in Mexico. Monterrey is known as the educational and cultural center of the country and as the business capital of Mexico. ITESM is a global institution and has received both national and international recognition for providing academic excellence. Students gain a unique international experience at ITESM, which adds to the value of their studies and can provide an overall advantage in a global marketplace.

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Denise P. Hickey, Assistant Dean, UDM School of Law, 313-596-0202,

Cara Cunningham, Associate Professor and Curriculum Director of International Programs, UDM School of Law, 313-596-0200,

Release date: May 28, 2013

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