|Visiting Professor Jay Erstling was recently named a Minnesota Attorney of the Year for his work creating a patent pro bono program that helps low-income independent inventors obtain patent protection for their inventions. The program, which is called the LegalCORPS Inventor Assistance Program, was the first of its kind in the United States. With the help of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, It is now being expanded to provide legal representation to low-income inventors throughout the country. Jay Erstling is a professor on the faculty of William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, and he is also Of Counsel at the Minneapolis intellectual property law firm of Patterson Thuente Pedersen.|
Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock, Texas is one of the International Student Exchange Partners with whom the Vytautas Magnus University is affiliated. Students that participate in the Exchange Program with Texas Tech can now take advantage of an Advanced Standing program implemented by Texas Tech, which allows such participants to qualify for an LL.M. degree in half of the time that would normally be required and at half the cost.
It is still rather common for procedural law to be enclosed in the framework and tradition of national regulation and law. This field of regulation appears to be the matter of the “vernacular language” of law.
However, the tendencies or even necessities of a more universal approach in this sphere are becoming more and more evident in specific areas of procedural law, for example, in regulations relating to jurisdiction, the recognition and enforcement of judgements in civil and commercial matters, the development of the new forms of ADR processes, or widening the scope of the jurisdiction of the ICJ. At the European level, the topic of the harmonisation of civil procedure constantly attracts the attention of scholars, politicians and legal practitioners making the creation of a European law of civil procedure a more and more realistic endeavour. Even any given separate national legal system in this field already cannot escape globalisation driven by cross-border influences.
Legal practitioners and scholars conducting research in the field of law as well as in related interdisciplinary fields are invited to present their research and insights on the procedural law influenced by globalisation in the conference Impact of Globalization to Law: Procedural Law from a Cross-Border Perspective to be held on the 25th of April, 2014.
|CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS|
The focus of the conference is not only the special field of the professional responsibility of a lawyer, but also the wider scope of the responsibility related to the facet of good morals. What is the relationship between those two fields – professional responsibility and good morals? What is encompassed by the term “good morals”? Is it necessary to regulate two fields separately, as it is sometimes done in the US (having in mind codes like those of civility besides the codes of professional responsibility), or must both fields be covered by a unified regulation? How should apparently immoral conduct affect the possibilities of a person to participate in a legal profession? These and other theoretical and practical issues related to the concept of good morals of a lawyer are the focus of the upcoming conference.
Vice-Dean: Dr. Mindaugas Bilius
Vice-Dean: Prof. Charles F. Szymanski
Vice-Dean: Assoc. prof. Tomas Berkmanas
Snr. administrator: Diana Kugrinienė
Snr. Administrator: Agnė Sadauskienė
Snr. Administrator: Brigita Simanavičiūtė
Snr. Administrator: Irma Servaitė