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On Friday, October 10, 2014, the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development will team with the University of Houston Law Center to host a one-day East Coast regional symposium marking the 25th anniversary of the National Bar Association’s (NBA) Wiley A. Branton Issues Symposium. The symposium will address the topic of "Education: The New Civil Right."
Looking back on his upbringing in the former Czechoslovakia, Zdenko Durove credits his parents for giving him a typical childhood. From his early education, to his musical pursuits in a rock band, to earning his LL.B. and LL.M. from Matej Bel University, School of Law, EU in Slovakia, he moved through life with a solid sense of his abilities. So, when he decided to continue his legal studies in the United States, the only person who expressed surprise was the eye doctor who, in advance of surgery, asked Zdenko who would sign his pre-op paperwork. Since Zdenko is legally blind, the doctor thought he couldn’t read or write. He was wrong.
Earlier this month, the Center for International and Comparative Law opened its annual Global Issues Series with a talk on “The Global Law Firm.” by Richard F. Hans ’93, managing partner of DLA Piper’s New York office.
Faculty members who have used emerging technology to enhance their students’ classroom experience were recognized during a special reception led by Conrado "Bobby" Gempesaw, Ph.D., president of St. John’s University, on September 16 in the D'Angelo Center at the Queens campus.
Directed by Professor Jeremy Sheff, IPLC is a forum for research, education, professional development, and service addressing the legal and policy issues of the knowledge economy. The center will bring students, practitioners, judges, policymakers, and academics together to explore how law and lawyers participate in shaping the information age—from intellectual property law to trade policy; from pharmaceuticals to publishing; from privacy rights to free expression principles; from Silicon Alley to Madison Avenue.
In 2011, a revitalized Career Development Office opened its doors with a mission to help St. John’s law students and graduates find rewarding work in the law and in other professional pursuits. Career development now infuses the Law School’s offerings from orientation through graduation, ensuring that students are not just getting a degree, but are actively building a path to the profession. The benefits of this approach are already evident.
Kimathi Gordon-Somers, associate director of career development and coordinator of the externship program, talks to Communications Director Lori Herz about programs and opportunities for St. John’s aspiring prosecutors.
Dr. Gempesaw addresses several topics including ensuring the success of all St. John’s students, enrollment, and the need to incorporate advanced technology in education.
With the start of the new academic year, the Center for Law and Religion has named its new student fellows for 2014-2015. They are John Boersma ‘15 and Stephanie Cipolla ’16.
The Law School’s global curriculum is designed to provide St. John’s J.D. and LL.M. students with a broad exposure to the practice of law in a transnational setting, and the opportunity to explore diverse legal systems across the globe.

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