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International CLEs offer lawyers chance to earn credit in Italy, South Africa

January 10, 2012

Seattle University School of Law continues to extend its global reach and now offers two international CLE opportunities.

The Foundations and Practice of Civility in the Legal Profession, Tuscany, Italy
May 27 - June 2, 2012. 

Learn more: An informational session is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Room 309 at the law school.

This eight-day program integrates lectures and discussion with interactive and creative exercises. Each participant will experience firsthand the foundations of civility while attending CLE programming as well as during time for reflection or exploration of the region. Spouses and significant others are encouraged to join.

The program is part of The Civility Promise, cosponsored by the law school and Robert's Fund, is directed by Professor Paula Lustbader, who has dreamed for years about an international CLE in Sovana, Tuscan. The Etruscans were known for their civility and peaceful ways. The inaugural trip in October was a great success.

For more information on the program, visit

South African Law, Policy and History

May 27 to June 2, 2012

Learn more: There will be an informational session on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at 6 p.m. in Room C-5 at the law school.

South African Law, Policy and History: Apartheid, Democracy, and the Future - will run for five days and will involve lectures from academics, practitioners, and judges as well as field trips to key sites. Professors Laurel Oates and Mimi Samuel coordinate and teach in the program.

The first day, the focus will be on the history of South Africa; on the second and third days, the South African legal system; and the fourth and fifth days, business, political, and social policies. Field trips to the world-recognized Apartheid Museum; to a magistrate court and the Constitutional Court; to the site of the main prisons used during the Apartheid era; to Soweto; and to a law clinic are planned to coincide with and complement the topic covered in each day's lectures. 

Finally, on the last day of the program, participants will visit Pilanesburg Game Park, just a few hours outside Johannesburg, where they will have the opportunity to view the "big five" and enjoy a traditional South African braai or barbeque. 

In addition, if interested, attorneys can enroll in the law school classes that run from June 4 through June 15.  Among the courses being offered are the Law of Globalization; International Dispute Resolution; and Climate Change, Economics, and the Law.  Participants may also be interested in staying longer in South Africa to enjoy a safari or other parts of South Africa.

Contact Professor Laurel Oates or Professor Mimi Samuel