Law School Partners with University in Portugal

Several faculty members and students are participating in an expanded partnership between Washington University Law and the Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (UCP) in Lisbon, Portugal.

Law professor D. Bruce La Pierre and law lecturer Tove Klovning recently taught short courses at UCP. La Pierre taught Introduction to Anglo-American Law, and Klovning led a seminar in Legal Research. Both courses were offered through that university’s new Master’s Program in Global Legal Studies. Additionally, lecturer Michael H. Koby will teach a seminar at UCP later this semester.

“The teaching exchange, one of many routinely undertaken by faculty in all areas of legal study, underscores the law school’s continued commitment to expand its global reach and to pursue significant opportunities in transnational law studies,” said Michael Peil, assistant dean for International Programs at Washington University Law.

The teaching exchanges are part of a larger Washington University Law partnership with UCP, which also includes student exchanges and other areas of academic cooperation. This spring, four Washington University Law students, Ryan Cronin, Brendan Galgay, Andrew Johnson, and Thomas McCormack, became the first participants in the student exchange program in Lisbon. They are taking classes offered as part of UCP’s prestigious Master of Laws in Global Legal Studies program. In return, four Portuguese students will attend Washington University Law in St. Louis in fall 2008.

La Pierre has served as a Fulbright Fellow at Universidade Catolica Portuguesa and as a visiting professor at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. At the law school, he teaches a wide range of courses, including Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Federal Jurisdiction, and Appellate Advocacy. He also has established an Appellate Clinic. Under his supervision, clinic students represent clients in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. His research focuses on school desegregation, election law, and federalism issues. 

Klovning also teaches legal research methodology at Washington University Law and is a frequent guest lecturer on how to research foreign legal systems. As the Law Library’s government documents librarian, she manages the acquisition of and access to United States and Missouri government materials, for which the law library is an official depository. She has submitted course materials on researching foreign legal systems to the American Association of Law Libraries and is currently studying the Federal Depository Library Program.

Director of the law school’s Trial and Advocacy Program, Koby teaches courses in legal practice and law and religion. He also teaches United States law and methodology courses in the school’s LLM Program in United States Law for foreign students. Koby has previously lectured at Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan and taught in China and Spain. He is a former special counsel for the United States Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.