January 4, 2008
Professors and educators from more than 40 American law schools and scholarly organizations packed a room at the Association of American Law Schools annual meeting on January 3 in New York City to discuss issues involving globalization and curricular reform. McGeorge’s Global Center for Global Business and Development sponsored the seminar, in conjunction with the American Society of International Law.
“Attendance at the Center’s breakfast gathering far exceeded our expectations,” said Dr. Michael P. Malloy, director of the Center and distinguished professor and scholar at McGeorge. “The hotel had to bring in additional tables and chairs to accommodate the crowd so there’s obviously great interest in the initiative in which our law school has played such a key role.”
Professor Frank Gevurtz, director of the Center’s Institute for Global Business, led a multi-school discussion of the ways in which law schools can globalize their curriculum to face the transnational challenges of practice in the twenty-first century. Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker and Malloy delivered welcoming remarks.
“Under Frank’s guidance, the participants promised to provide more data about their schools ‘globalized curriculum efforts’ to aid in further empirical study of curricular reforms,” Malloy added.
The Center has introduced a series of “Global Issues” casebooks that incorporate international concerns into core areas of legal education. Eleven separate titles have been published by Thomson West with another half-dozen volumes in the pipeline.