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Students from Sun Yat-sen University Law School participating in the IU McKinney Summer Program in American Law met with Judge William T. Lawrence, ’73, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller hosted law students from Sun Yat-sen University at his State House office. In the meeting, students learned about the responsibilities of the Attorney General as the “state’s lawyer,” including issues that arise among the branches of state government and between the state and the national government.
Sun Yat-sen Students Visit Indiana Senate
Law students from Sun Yat-sen University taking part in IU McKinney’s Summer Program in American Law learned about the legislative branch of state government by speaking with two Indiana State Senators: Phil Boots and Jim Merritt.
In addition to field trips to the Indiana Senate and the Indiana Supreme Court, students from Sun Yat-sen University Law School learned about the executive branch of state government from Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann.
Students from Sun Yat-sen University Law School enrolled in the Program in American Law learned about the judicial system in Indiana from Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven H. David, ‘82.
Students from Sun Yat-sen University Law School visited the Indianapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels as part of the 2014 Program in American Law at IU McKinney.
Students from Sun Yat-sen University Law School in Guangzhou, China, arrived in Indianapolis on June 30 for the third annual summer program in American law.
IU McKinney Professor Tom Wilson and U.S. District Court Judge William Lawrence, ’73, attended a dinner at the National Judges College of the Peoples Republic of China.
The annual IU McKinney reunion dinner for alumni in China was held recently. In attendance were former visiting professors, alumni, amd former visiting scholars from several law schools in China.
The fifth annual International Forum for Law Students, with the theme “Law and Justice in a Globalized World,” was held at Renmin University of China Law School on May 24. The Forum was created in 2010 to provide a platform for law students to discuss legal issues important to them.
A total of 30 law students from seven law schools, including IU McKinney, are in Beijing for the 27th year of the Chinese Law Summer Program.
In a lot of ways, Richard Griffin is an ambassador for IU McKinney. Griffin is the program assistant for the Chinese Law Summer Program, where IU McKinney students join students from other American law schools for two or four weeks of study, opportunities to work at Chinese law firms, and cultural trips in Beijing. He also coordinates the Sun Yat-sen Summer Program, where students and professors from China visit IU McKinney for two weeks to study the American legal system and a variety of legal field trips and cultural activities. And he takes care of what the academicians who come to study at IU McKinney need for the Visiting Scholars Program.
Professor Tom Wilson is at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, as a visiting scholar through Indiana University’s short-term faculty exchange program. His visit began March 14 and will conclude March 30.
Visiting Scholar Xue Jian arrives at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Xue Jian, Ph.D. Candidate at the Renmin University of China Law School in Beijing, China, arrived at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in December 2013. His area of research is administrative law. He is especially interested in comparative administrative law in the U.S. and PRC
Yu Huajiang, Dean of the Law School at the China Agricultural University in Beijing, China, arrived at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in December 2013. Her area of interest is law school administration.
Professor Zhu Jingwen delivered a lecture at the IU McKinney School of Law concerning transformations in the legal system of China since implementation of the reform and opening-up policy in the early 1980s.
On November 18, 2013 Professor Zhu Jingwen and five visiting scholars (Zhang Aiyan, Weng Yijie, Zhang Lele, Yang Jian, and Zeng Yuanyuan) met with Justice Steven H. David, ’82 at the Indiana Supreme Court. Justice David gave the visitors a tour of the Supreme Court Courtroom and explained the court’s procedures for selecting, hearing, and deciding cases.
On November 12, 2013 Professor Zhu Jingwen and five visiting scholars from China (Zhang Aiyan, Weng Yijie, Zhang Lele, Yang Jian, and Zeng Yuanyuan) met with Judge William T. Lawrence, ’73 and Senior Judge Larry J. McKinney at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The judges and scholars discussed some of the challenges facing courts in China and the U.S.
Professor Zhu Speaks at Wabash College
On November 12, 2013, Professor Zhu Jingwen spoke to students and faculty at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. His lecture, "Looking behind the increase in litigation in China: positive and negative impacts on Chinese society” was well received by those in attendance. An introduction was given by Professor Lloyd T. Wilson, Jr., Director of the Joint Center for Asian Law Studies.
On November 7, 2013, Professor Weng Yijie and Professor Zhang Aiyan spoke at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Graduate Lecture Series.
Professor Zhu Jingwen is teaching “Chinese Law: Tradition, Structure, and Reform” in the Fall 2013 semester at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
Visiting Scholars from China Arrive at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Five visiting scholars from China have arrived at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law: Zeng Yuanyuan, Yang Jian, Zhang Lele, Weng Yijie, and Zhang Aiyan.
A total of 14 students and administrators from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, came to the IU McKinney School of Law from July 2 through July 13 for the second annual Program in American Law.
Reunion Held in Beijing for Chinese Alumni
The annual reunion of Chinese alumni of the IU McKinney School of Law was held on June 2, 2013, in Beijing. Chinese nationals who earned LL.M. and J.D. degrees were joined at the reunion by Chinese law professors who are alumni of IU McKinney’s visiting scholar program.
After participating in the IU McKinney Chinese Law Summer Program, 2L Alisha Ellis obtained additional experience with the Chinese legal system by arranging an internship with a well-known Chinese law firm.
Professor Tom Wilson, along with Renmin University of China professor Jiang Dong, organized the fourth annual International Forum for Law Students, which was held at Renmin University.
On May 29, Professor Tom Wilson delivered a lecture at China Agricultural University Law School. The topic of the lecture was “Truth-Seeking in Adversarial and Inquisitorial Systems.”
On May 26, Professor Tom Wilson was an invited participant in a conference on Modernity and Legal Culture in China.
Frontiers of Law in China
On May 25, Professor Tom Wilson participated in the annual plenary meeting of the board of editors of Frontiers of Law in China.
From May 16 to June 16, Professor Tom Wilson served as resident professor for the IU McKinney School of Law Chinese Law Summer Program.
Professor Wilson has been elected to the editorial board of Frontiers of Law in China, an English language law review based in Beijing. The mission of the law review is to "provide a forum for comprehensive legal debate and to promote global dialogue between jurists."
In the first week of January, Professor Tom Wilson established connections between the IU McKinney School of Law and three law schools in Taiwan.