Intensive Weekend Courses at WashULaw


Students at Washington University School of Law were recently exposed to law on a global scale, as part of a series of intensive weekend courses taught by two visiting professors.

Taught by Professor Irina Sandler, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act examined key concepts and elements of the world's most prominent anti-corruption law. During the course, Sandler discussed high-profile enforcement decisions, their implications for U.S. and multinational companies, and most recent developments in the U.S. and international anti-bribery regulatory landscape.

Sandler, LLM-IP/TL ’07, is a solo practitioner at Sandler Law LLC in Rockville, MD. She is experienced in global and domestic business transactions, cross-border distributorship and subsidiary operations, supply-chain contracting, software licensing, and procurement. She has counseled multinational corporations to develop and implement international compliance programs (the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, export and import controls). Formerly, Sandler practiced law at Armstrong Teasdale LLP and served as in-house counsel at Emerson Electric Co.

Taught by Professor Miriam Helena Schaeffer, LLM '01, The Brazilian Legal System for the Transnational Practitioner not only gave students an understanding of the Brazilian legal system, but also transmitted substantial practical knowledge as the United States and Brazil continue to increase their interaction with one another. The class delved into legal careers, how the judiciary is structured, the Brazilian Constitution, and other sources of law. By the end of the course, the students were better prepared to communicate and network with potential legal and business associates from Brazil.

Schaeffer has taught for more than eight years and is currently a professor of civil procedure, legal clinics and contracts law at Unisinos Law School-Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. She graduated from Unisinos in 1992 and completed her LLM in 2001 at Washington University as a Fulbright Scholar. After she went back to Brazil, she finished her doctorate at Unisinos in 2008. She has been working as a law practitioner for more than 20 years, mainly in the private sector drafting and reviewing contracts and advising in litigation procedures or litigating for clients in court. However, what has brought her back to her alma matter isn’t just her love of the law, but the desire to make a difference in the next generation of attorneys. In an earlier interview, Schaeffer said, “I like being a judge, and I like being a lawyer. But I think I can do more as a teacher of the law.”

Brent Mueller, Spring 2014