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Plano Welcomes Legal Professionals From 22 Countries For Law Event

The program offers non-U.S. resident lawyers practical skill training and courses

The Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law, part of The Center for American and International Law, officially launched the 59th Academy of American and International Law at CAIL’s education center in Plano on May 27, 2024. 

The academy offers non-U.S. resident lawyers practical skill training and courses on substantive law subjects, including legal writing, negotiations, international arbitration, litigation, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, international taxation, intellectual property, cybersecurity and more.

This year's participants include representatives from prominent law firms such as Baker & McKenzie, Guerrero Olivos, TozziniFreire Advogados, Legance - Avvocati Associati, Gianni & Origoni and Brigard Urrutia. Global corporations like Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, SoftBank Group Corp. and Taiwan Power Company are also represented, along with governmental bodies such as the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia and the Department of Justice in the Philippines.

The five-week legal program in Plano attracted a diverse group of 44 participants from 22 countries spanning Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

"The diversity of our participants showcases our program’s global reach and significance,” Jay Ray, director of SWIICL said in a statement. “Their unique perspectives will enrich our exploration of the American legal system and the rule of law."

This group of non-U.S. resident lawyers, representing leading multinational law firms, global corporations and governmental bodies, will enhance their international business skills and immerse themselves in American culture.

Graduates will become part of a prestigious alumni network comprising over 3,300 professionals from 130 countries. Many alumni have achieved notable success, holding positions such as President of the General Assembly of the United Nations and Prime Minister of Peru.

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