2014 Faculty

Exceptional Learning in Exceptional Times

Experienced Faculty

The London Summer School faculty bring real-life, international experience to the classroom. The professors teach at some of the most widely respected law schools: Harvard Law School, South Texas College of Law and William Mitchell College of Law. This year Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr. will join us to teach The Supreme Court of the United States in Historical Perspective.

Doing Deals and Resolving Disputes Across the Atlantic: International Negotiations and Dispute Resolution

WILLIAM MITCHELL COLLEGE OF LAW

Professor Jim Hilbert

Jim Hilbert

Professor Jim Hilbert

Professor Jim Hilbert is the executive director of the Center for Negotiation and Justice at William Mitchell College of Law and vice president of professional services for Alignor, an international negotiation firm with offices in the United States and India. He is an experienced attorney, negotiator, public speaker, and instructor as well as an expert in business and legal negotiations. He has personally negotiated the resolution of numerous lawsuits, disputes, and complex, high stakes business deals.  Professor Hilbert has led and developed negotiation and conflict resolution workshops for business executives, lawyers, and government officials around the world. He graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE OF LAW

Professor Debra Berman

Professor Debra Berman

Professor Debra Berman

Debra Berman is the Acting Director of the Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution at South Texas College of Law. The courses she teaches include Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation Theory & Practice, and Representation in Mediation. She coaches teams for numerous national and international negotiation and mediation competitions and has coached teams to first place international wins at the International Chamber of Commerce Mediation Competition in Paris and the International Law School Mediation Tournament in London and Dublin. In addition to teaching and coaching, she mediates EEOC cases with students in the Mediation Clinic. She has published and presented on various dispute resolution topics and is a member of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, the Houston Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, and a board member of the Houston chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution. She received her B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law.

BPP LAW SCHOOL, LONDON

Barrister Sabeen Obaidullah

Barrister Sabeen Obaidullah

Barrister Sabeen Obaidullah

Sabeen Obaidullah spent several years as in-house counsel for a UK listed multinational oil and gas company and was responsible for negotiating and drafting various Petroleum Sharing, Gas Sales and Joint Venture Agreements as well as handling corporate governance issues for three subsidiaries. She is an experienced Lecturer at BPP Law School, London, teaching on the Bar Vocational Course, the vocational course to be undertaken by all those intending to practice at the Bar of England & Wales. She is head of subject for the Opinion Writing Skills and the Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence option on this course.  She obtained her LL.B. (Hons) from Leeds University and has an LL.M. in International Human Rights from the London School of Economics. She is a qualified barrister with a specialisation in Personal Injury law and a member of the barristers’ chambers at 1 Mitre Court Buildings.

Arrest, Search, Lineups, Trial and Right to an Attorney in the U.S. and England: Crime and the Constitution-Criminal Law and Practice

WILLIAM MITCHELL COLLEGE OF LAW

Professor and London Summer School Director John Sonsteng

John O. Sonsteng

Professor John Sonsteng

Prior to teaching, Professor Sonsteng was an elected prosecuting attorney and served as president of the Minnesota County Attorneys’ Association and on the national board of the National District Attorneys’ Association. He has written numerous books and articles on effective advocacy, criminal law and procedure, and legal education reform. Professor Sonsteng was a Fulbright scholar, and he has lectured and taught throughout the United States and world. He received both his B.A. and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota.

SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE OF LAW

Judge Larry Gist

Judge Larry Gist

Judge Larry Gist

Judge Gist has served on the faculty of the Texas and National Judicial Colleges; is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law at South Texas College of Law where he has taught for 20 years; and has been Director of the International Comparative Criminal Law Course for 26 years.  He has been on the faculty of the State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law Course since its inception in 1975.  Judge Gist served for 9 years as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney of Jefferson County; 1 year as Assistant State’s Attorney before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals; and 20 years as Criminal District Judge of Jefferson County.  He has continued to serve as a full time Senior Criminal District Judge for the last 19 years in the Jefferson County Drug Impact Court. He is a Certified Specialist in both Criminal Law and Criminal Appellate Law by the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal specialization.  He has also served for the last 19 years as Chairman of the Judicial Advisory Council of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Judge Gist graduated from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Texas Law School.

BPP LAW SCHOOL, LONDON

Barrister Juliette Wagner

Juliette Wagner was called to the Bar in 1996. She began practice at the Bar and then moved in house with a solicitors firm for a number of years. She has extensive experience in the Higher Education sector teaching Criminal Litigation and Advocacy skills on the BPTC and assessing on the Bar Transfer Test. Juliette has held various senior management roles in HE, culminating in her current role as BPP’s Head of Learning & Teaching. Juliette enjoys a small pro bono practice as a legal consultant advising on a wide spectrum of issues. Juliette is a doctoral candidate on the University of Liverpool’s EdD Course. Juliette is the author of 12 VIP’s, is the lead author on a simulated jury research project in progress and looks after BPP’s scholarship strategy and output.

The Supreme Court of the United States in Historical Perspective

CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE UNITED STATES

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

The Chief Justice served as a law clerk to Judge Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1979 to 1980, and as a law clerk for then-Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist of the Supreme Court during October Term 1980.  He was a special assistant to the Attorney General of the United States from 1981 to 1982, associate counsel to President Ronald Reagan from 1982 to 1986, and principal deputy solicitor general of the United States from 1989 to 1993.  From 1986 to 1989 and 1993 to 2003, he practiced law in Washington, D.C.  He served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 2003 to 2005.  Nominated as Chief Justice of the United States by President George W. Bush, he assumed that office on September 29, 2005.  Chief Justice Roberts received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1976 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1979.

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL

Aibel Professor of Law Richard J. Lazarus

Professor Richard J. Lazarus

Professor Richard J. Lazarus

Aibel Professor Lazarus teaches Supreme Court advocacy, environmental law and torts.  He received a B.S. in chemistry and a B.A. in economics from University of Illinois in 1976 and a law degree from Harvard in 1979.  Prior to joining the Harvard law faculty, he was the Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Professor of Law at Georgetown University.  At Georgetown, Professor Lazarus founded the Supreme Court Institute, which provides moot court arguments for counsel in more than 95 percent of the cases before the Supreme Court.  He was an assistant to the solicitor general of the United States and has represented the United States, state governments, nonprofit organizations, and individuals in 40 cases before the Supreme Court and presented oral arguments in 13 of those cases.