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Review for CILS Benefactors Inc., Steamboat Springs, CO, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

I am a 1973 graduate of the Temple Univsersity School of Law and a practicing lawyer as a member of the Business and Finance Department in the Philadelphia law firm of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel; in 2004 the Center for International Legal Studies(CILS) advised me that I had been recommended to be an initial participant in the CILS Sr. Lawyer Visiting Professor Program (CILS was originally established to bring students, scholars, lawyers and government officials to Salzberg for conferences; after 1989 they received requests from Universities to send experienced lawyers to them.) After application, submission of a brief and paper, recommendation by the Dean of my law school, and interview by CILS, I attended a week long seminar at the Schloss Leopoldskron (home of the Salzberg Seminars) with other Sr. Lawyer Visiting Professors, for lectures by leading government and academic figures, and to meet law students from some of the countries we were going to, and to discuss what and how we would teach. I subsequently delevoped a seminar, entited "American Entrepreneurship, the Lawyer's Role; the Function of the Attorney-at-Law in the U.S. Economy", which I conducted at the University of Szczecin in Poland in May and June of 2006. I subsequently arranged for one of my students to be an intern at a law firm in the U.S., and arranged for one the other professors in Szczecin to visit the Temple University School of Law. It was a tremendously positive experience, and I strongly recommend full financial support and participation in the Center for International Legal Studies and its programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

increased understanding of the American Legal System by professors and students in Eastern Europe.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it better known.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to teach and to learn.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...


If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its programs into Asia, Africa and South America.

Ways to make it better...

it was easier to communicate with Universities in developing countries.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the tendency of other legal systems to view lawyers primarily in the judicial/litigative/prosecutorial context.

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Role:  Volunteer & Sr. Lawyer Visiting Professor, University of Szczecin.