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Rule of Law Delegates Visit UofL Law School

Dean Colin Crawford of UofL Brandeis School of Law blogs about his experience hosting an IVLP delegation. The original blog post can be found here.

Rule of Law: International Visitor Leadership Program comes to Louisville Law

Louisville Law plays host to an international delegation of lawyers and judges.

Members of the international delegation outside of the University of Louisville School of Law.

As a member of the Bingham Fellows Class of 2019, one of the many great opportunities presented to me is chance to meet local leaders who are engaged in our community in a myriad of ways.

One recent example of the connections the Bingham Fellows has fostered came last week, when a group of international lawyers and judges visited the University of Louisville School of Law. Their visit was organized by the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and was coordinated locally by the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Indiana. I learned about this visit from Xiao Yin Zhao, executive director of the World Affairs Council and a fellow member of Bingham Fellows. My thanks to her for including the School of Law in this visit!

Professor John Cross explains the differences between civil law and criminal law.

It was an interesting and lively discussion, especially when our visitors learned that many state judge are elected rather than appointed.

Another interesting topic was our school’s ties to Justice Louis Brandeis. I was pleased to hear that several of our visitors were familiar with the justice and even referenced some of his opinions. It was a nice reminder that we are tied to a legal mind whose impact is known around the world.

The morning was a great example of the value of local connections and the role our law school can serve in educating students and the community alike.

Read the original blog post on the Dean’s Blog here.

African Delegation Observes Mid-Term Elections in Louisville (Plus An Interview with WFPL)

Eight delegates from seven different African countries arrived in Louisville on November 4, 2018. Prior to their arrival, the group had traveled extensively across the United States – to Washington, D.C., Annapolis and Baltimore, Miami, and Colorado Springs – learning about the U.S. electoral process, election monitoring, and effective campaigning. But no amount of travel was going to wear down the group’s excitement for the big day: November 6th.

While in Louisville, the group met with several organizations, candidates, and constituents. For a compare and contrast, the group met with both the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office and Floyd County Clerk’s Office to explore the differences in election day preparation, laws, and management of polling stations. Mr. James Young, Co-Director of the Jefferson Co. Election Center, met with visitors to discuss the amount of preparation that goes into managing Kentucky’s most populated county and how residents must visit their assigned polling stations. In Floyd County, IN, the group learned from Floyd County Clerk Christy Eurton that polls are run a bit different just across the river. In Floyd County, visitors were exposed to the idea of Election Centers, where residents of Floyd County are able to vote in any Election Center and are not tied to one specific polling station.

Our group also met with local candidates of both parties. First, visitors met with Mr. Kent Hall who ran as the Republican candidate for Metro Council’s 7th District seat. Mr. Hall had previously worked in the Jefferson Co. Election Center and had a wealth of knowledge to share having help prepare for elections and now as a candidate himself. Later in the day, visitors met with Ms. Nima Kulkarni, the Democratic candidate running for State Representative in the 40th district. Ms. Kulkarni shared her drive to run, major issues, and the grassroots support for her campaign as the first Indian-American elected to Kentucky’s state legislature.

Dr. Rhonda Wrzenski, Associate Professor of Political Science at Indiana University Southeast, gave a presentation on the predictions for the Mid-Term elections and reasons for the historical turn-out of women candidates in this year’s election cycle. Students of IUS sat in on the discussion.

Bill Burton of 89.3 WFPL News met with the group to discuss the importance of transparency and media coverage during elections. Not only did the visitors have a wonderful discussion, but Mr. Burton interviewed two of the participants, which played on WFPL the morning of November 6th! You can hear the interview in the audio file below.

Interview by Bill Burton, 89.3 WFPL News:

 

A delegate from the Central African Republic shares a traditional song with trivia contestants!

The group had wonderful experiences with two volunteer home hospitality dinner hosts! They also joined WAC’s special “Election Edition” Global Trivia Night at Gravely Brewing Co. to watch results pour in. One of them even gave the crowd an impromptu singing lesson!

You can view the Facebook Album for all photos here!

 

This project was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and implemented locally by World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana in partnership with World Learning.

Events

Multi-regional | 21st ChangeMakers: Be Best: Strategies for Combating Cyber-Bullying

June 15 – 20, 2019


Countries: Multi-regional (TBA)

Project: 21st ChangeMakers: Be Best: Strategies for Combating Cyber-Bullying

No. of Visitors: 6-7

Welcome international guests into your home for dinner! Invite friends and family to join in the fun and create a memorable American experience! Learn more about hosting!

Details coming soon…

WHA | Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists: New and Traditional Media in the Digital Age

June 8 – 12, 2019


Countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Uruguay, Venezuela

Project: Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists: New and Traditional Media in the Digital Age

No. of Visitors: 18

18 Spanish-speaking journalists from the Caribbean and Central & South America will be in Kentucky to make professional connections while exploring the following project objectives as outlined by the U.S. Department of State:

  • Examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy;
  • Observe operational practices, standards, and institutions of the media in the U.S.;
  • Gain insights into the social, economic, and political structures of the U.S.; and
  • Explore the impact of digital and social media on the availability and veracity of news.

Welcome international guests into your home for dinner! Invite friends and family to join in the fun and create a memorable American experience! Learn more about hosting!

Note: This group will be broken into three groups of 6 participants across 3 different volunteers for the home hospitality dinner! An interpreter may accompany if necessary.