General Information

The conference will be held June 6-9, 2011, in Istanbul, Turkey, at Bahcesehir University Faculty of Law's campus on the beautiful Bosphorus River, separating the continents of Europe and Asia.

This conference is co-sponsored by the Legal Writing Institute and Bahcesehir University Faculty of Law.  This is the second conference partnership between the Legal Writing Institute and Bahcesehir University Faculty of Law, the first being held in 2008 in Istanbul.

This conference brings American law professors and legal scholars to Istanbul to share recent developments in international law that impact Turkish lawyers and to share the ways in which American law professors integrated skills education into the standard law school curriculum.  Skills education is a relatively recent development in American legal education, and American law professors are eager to share the difference that this kind of experiential education can make in the education of new lawyers.

June 6
Hot Topics: Social Media, Free Speech & the Law

Session 1:  Professional & Normative Conflicts in Critical Online Lawyer Narratives

Prof. Lucy Jewel

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School

Atlanta, Georgia, USA


Session 2:  Libel Tourism: Foreign Liability for Social Media Posts

Prof. Mark Wojcik

The John Marshall Law School

Chicago, Illinois, USA


Session 3: Academic Freedom

Prof. Kathleen Burch

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School

Atlanta, Georgia, USA


Session 4: Free Speech in Time of War & Terror

Prof. Kathleen Burch

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School

Atlanta, Georgia, USA



June 7
Legal Analysis

Session 1: Persuasive Analytical Legal Writing

Prof. Mary Adkins

University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law

Gainesville, Florida, USA


Session 2: Comparative Civil & Common Law Analysis

Prof. Nancy Burkoff

University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


Prof. Michael Murray

Valparaiso University School of Law

Valparaiso, Indiana, USA


Session 3: Persuasion in Comparative Statutory Analysis

Prof. Janet Dickson

Seattle University School of Law

Seattle, Washington, USA


Session 4: Comparative Scholarship

Prof. Ann Nowak

Touro Law Center

Central Islip, New York, USA



June 8
Legal Writing

Session 1: Judicial Writing in American Trial & Appellate Courts

Prof. Brenda Tofte

Hamline University School of Law

St. Paul, Minnesota, USA


Session 2: Partnering with Local Attorneys to Teach Fact Investigation

Prof. Grace Tonner

University of California-Irvine School of Law

Irvine, California USA


Session 3: Plagiarism & Paraphrasing - Why Turkish Lawyers Should Care

Prof. Lurene Contento

The John Marshall Law School

Chicago, Illinois, USA


Session 4: Designing Legal Documents

Prof. Susan Adams

Prof. Suzanne Ehrenberg

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Chicago, Illinois, USA



June 9
Lawyering Skills

Session 1: Adapting American Law School Models for Teaching Legal Interviewing & Counseling to Other Cultures

Prof. Arnold Siegel

Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California, USA


Session 2: Electronic Communications in International Contracting

Prof. Mark Wojcik

The John Marshall Law School

Chicago, Illinois, USA


Session 3: Roles of Attorneys in Mediation

Prof. Kimberly Holst

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona, USA


Session 4: Applying the Wisdom of Aristotle to 21st Century Negotiations

Rebecca Hagen

Faulkner University Jones School of Law

Montgomery, Alabama, USA


Lt. Col. John Hagen

U.S. Air Force