2015 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: California Western School of Law, New England Law | Boston and William Mitchell College of Law.

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


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.

California western school of LAW

Professor Andrea Johnson

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.

Comparative Criminal Law and Practice: The Crime, The Confession, The Courtroom


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.

New England Law | Boston

Professor Tigran Eldred

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.