February 27, 2012
Judge Sebastián Picasso spoke on "Comparative Torts: The Argentine Perspective," on Feb. 16, 2012, to highlight his two-week visit to the McGeorge campus as part of the law school's International Jurist Series. His speech was sponsored by the students of the McGeorge International Law Society.
A judge of the Judge of the Argentinian National Civil Court of Appeals, Picasso served as a distinguished visiting professor of law, teaching and co-teaching several classes from Feb. 6 to Feb. 16 in Sacramento. In addition to his duties as a jurist in his home country, he teaches Torts, Contracts and Consumer Law at the University of Buenos Aires Law School. A former practicing attorney, he has been widely published and is a frequent speaker at major international forums.
Picasso's visit to McGeorge was made possible by Professor Larry Levine, who met the young jurist when Levine spoke to legal educators while on sabbatical in Buenos Aires. Picasso co-taught two Torts classes with Levine, two Legal Spanish classes with Professor Hector de Avila, and spoke in one of Professor Amy Landers' Torts classes. He also was a panelist on a discussion of film documentary Hot Coffee (about the McDonald's coffee litigation), offering a comparative perspective on the high-profile civil case.
"Judge Picasso added a new dimension to my class by sharing his first-hand knowledge about tort law in a civil system," said Mandy Duron, first year evening student. "It was fabulous."
Judge Charles Brower, who since 1983 has served as a judge of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, will be the next visitor in the International Jurist Series. He will speak at on April 3, 2012, at McGeorge.