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News Posted on July 10, 2012

King Hall Expands Partnership with Leading Chinese Law School

UC Davis School of Law International Programs hosted 21 alumni of China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) from June 17-30 in a program designed to increase their understanding of the U.S. legal system.  The visit took place as part of an expanding partnership between King Hall and CUPL, China's largest law school.

During the first week, the participants attended lectures by UC Davis School of Law faculty on the federal and state judicial and legislative systems, contracts, torts, legal ethics, intellectual property, alternative dispute resolution, and environmental law.  Professors Vikram Amar, Richard Frank, Thomas Joo, Peter Lee, Rex Perschbacher, Lisa Pruitt, and Donna Shestowsky taught in the program. Dean Kevin R. Johnson met with the delegation to discuss expanding the long-term institutional relationship between King Hall and CUPL. While in Davis, the CUPL alumni also visited the California Legislature, the Sacramento County Superior Court, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, and Stanford University.

During the second week, the group traveled to Washington, D.C. and New York City to experience various legal and cultural institutions.  In Washington, D.C., a prominent UC Davis School of Law alumnus, Jeffrey Green '88 from Sidley Austin LLP, hosted the Chinese attorneys and scholars at his firm, gave a lecture on the U.S. Supreme Court (where he has successfully argued two cases), and directed the group's tour of the U.S. Supreme Court, which included a special presentation by the Clerk of the Court.

CUPL and UC Davis School of Law collaborated on this new program targeted to CUPL alumni with successful corporate and public practices who wish to know more about the U.S. legal system.  Previous collaborations have included joint projects involving CUPL faculty and King Hall Professors including Ed Imwinkelried, Robert Hillman, Floyd Feeney, and Dan Simmons. UC Davis School of Law has also hosted CUPL faculty, PhD, and LL.M. students as part of this successful partnership.