The Center for International Law
Dominick L. DiCarlo U.S. Court of International Trade Lecture
Every fall, the Center welcomes a judge from the U.S. Court of International Trade or the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to lecture on some aspect of the role of the federal courts in shaping and litigating customs and trade law disputes. The lecture series was initiated in 2001 and is named after Judge Dominick L. DiCarlo who served as a federal judge from 1984-1999. DiCarlo was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to the U.S. Court of International Trade in 1984, and was appointed Chief Judge by President George H.W. Bush in 1991 and served in that capacity until 1996. Three John Marshall alumni clerked with Judge DiCarlo. Previous lecture topics include "Designating Non-Market Economies Under U.S. Trade Laws: Can There Be a Free Market Economy Where There Is No Free Marketplace of Ideas?," "Trade Adjustment Assistance: The Human Face of the Court of International Trade," and "Litigating Customs and Trade Disputes 30 Years after the Customs Courts Act of 1980 and the Effect of Judicial Review in the Future."
Folsom Lecture on International Business and Trade Law
Ralph H. Folsom, a professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, teaches in the areas of antitrust law, international business, NAFTA, European Union Law, and international trade law. Professor Folsom is also an adjunct faculty member in John Marshall's LLM in International Business and Trade Law program, and serves on the Center's Advisory Board. Every spring, Professor Folsom or another noted academic or practitioner lectures on some aspect of international business and trade law. This lecture series was initiated in 2002. Previous lecture topics include "Free Trade vs World Trade," "Trading for National Security?: U.S. Free Trade Agreements in the Middle East and North Africa," and "WTO Regulation of Bilateral Trade Agreements: A Reform Proposal."
International General Counsels Roundtable Discussion
This annual roundtable discussion, initiated in 2003, brings together a small panel of general counsels from corporations doing business internationally to discuss their work, the challenges they face, their career paths, and their recommendations for degree candidates who wish to pursue in-house careers. A member of the Center's Advisory Board or adjunct faculty moderates the program.
Every other academic year, the law school invites the chief justice of a high court in another county to visit John Marshall for five days to meet with degree candidates and faculty, to visit classes and clinics, and to deliver several lectures. Chief Justice Robert French of Australia was the first International Jurist-in-Residence in January of 2010; in October of 2011, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of Canada visited the law school; in September of 2013, the Honorable Mr. Justice John L. Murray of the Supreme Court of Ireland visited the law school.
Career Programs in International Business and Trade Law
The Center sponsors one or two panel programs every academic year that focus on the variety of career paths degree candidates can take in international law. Local attorneys and members of the Center's adjunct faculty provide insights into their daily lives as attorneys with international practices. Panelists discuss their practices, what a typical day is like, the challenges they face, how their careers have evolved, and the impact of technology on their practices. Degree candidates have ample time to ask questions and seek advice on courses to take and what other kinds of activities are helpful in building an international resume.
International Law CLE Lunch & Learn Series
Throughout the year, the Center sponsors CLE lectures which are open to the Chicago legal and trade communities. Typically, these lectures offer one CLE credit. Speakers are drawn from the Chicago legal and academic communities, as well as from other parts of the U.S. and world.