Bench & Bar

JUL 2018

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| JULY/AUGUST 2018 32 A s the new dean of the Brandeis School of Law, one of my initial goals is to expand international opportunities. International travel and schol- arship have been a core part of my career, and I believe that the cross-cultural experiences I have gained have deepened and enriched my work as a lawyer and academic. Working and living in other countries encourages curiosity, broadens perspectives and enriches professional connections—all valuable benefits for lawyers. Before I came to Louisville, I was advised that our students do not share this view. But I have discovered a reality quite different. Just weeks ago, for example, Dru Childress, a rising second-year stu- dent from Pikeville, appeared in my office and said he dreamed of a career in international law—even though he has not yet traveled outside the United States. I hope that in my tenure as Dean I can help Dru and students like him achieve that goal. In Louisville, we are fortunate to live in a diverse city with a strong international presence. It was a surprise to me, as I think it would be to many outside Kentucky, to learn that the city has, per capita, some of the largest immigrant communities from different countries of any city in the U.S., including Bosnians, Cubans, Somalis and Vietnamese, to name a few. ese communities form an important base of our workforce and add to the city's dynamism. I have been impressed in my meetings with the city's Office of Globalization and have been fortunate to connect with alumni and faculty who also see the value in international study. At the end of the day, the economic motive for international experience is great. In the global economy of 2018, these experiences can be a route to new business engagements. Let me therefore take this opportunity to share with you a few things the Brandeis School of Law is doing to expand global opportunities. And if you have any ideas for ways our students or faculty can gain international experience, please don't hesitate to contact me at PROFESSOR RUSS WEAVER BRINGS EUROPEAN EXPERIENCES BACK TO BRANDEIS As a sought-after lecturer, writer and professor, Russ Weaver has developed an international travel schedule that might daze even the most seasoned jetsetter. Weaver, a Distinguished University Scholar who has taught at the Brandeis School of Law since 1982, estimates he travels to Europe 10 to 12 times a year to participate in the discussion fora he organizes, and to teach and speak. e fora deserve their own column, but suffice it to say that Professor Weaver gathers between 25-30 scholars from around the world to discuss issues of administrative law, remedies and other legal topics. He has visited at law schools in Luxembourg, Hungary, Spain, England, Germany, Japan, Australia and Canada. But his favorite country to visit? France. His wife, who holds a Ph.D. in litera- ture, teaches at a university there. is summer, he is spending time in Aix-en-Provence and Paris, in addition to another trip to Luxembourg. "I like to work with different people, and it also expands my work because I'm looking at different ideas," Weaver says. "e ideas in, say, Europe, are different than the ideas in the United States, so it brings an additional perspective to my scholarship but also to my classes." He gives an example: "I wrote an article on Holocaust denial, which is prohibited in France and in Germany. We talk about that in Comparative Con- stitutional Law. France has a prohibition against what they call 'degradations of human dignity.' e U.S. doesn't have comparable things. So we talk about the difference and why those differences exist." Weaver, known for his expertise in the area of free speech, says his interest in that area began in law school. "I just think it's important to democracy," he says. "It's important to the functioning of society." i n t e r n a t i o n a l p e r s p e c t i v e s a t t h e Brandeis School of Law BY: DEAN COLIN CRAWFORD COLUMNS

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