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Jenner & Block recently welcomed 70 graduate students from countries throughout the world to a reception focusing on the increasingly global nature of the practice of law. The students are currently attending Chicago-area law schools where they are earning their LL.M. degrees. After completing their degrees, many will take U.S. bar examinations and spend time working in the U.S. before returning to their home countries.
Jenner & Block Managing Partner Gregory S. Gallopoulos welcomed the students to the event, who are attending LL.M. programs at the University of Chicago Law School, Northwestern University School of Law, and Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Partner Lawrence S. Schaner, who serves as co-chair of the firm’s Arbitration: Domestic and International Practice, helped organize the reception. He noted that many Jenner & Block attorneys have had significant international experiences at different points in their careers. He introduced several Jenner & Block partners who have worked internationally and asked them to share their experiences abroad.
Partner Charlotte L. Wager, the Firm’s Director of Professional Development, said she began her legal education at Queen Mary College, University of London, and discussed the differences between the English and American legal systems.
Partner Terrence J. Truax described his experiences in Japan while working with one of that country's major law firms in Tokyo. Mr. Truax emphasized the importance of developing strong relationships abroad to successfully handle international matters.
In addition, Partner Patricia A. Bronte shared her experiences in Azerbaijan, where she served as a volunteer for the American Bar Association’s Central and East European Law Initiative by promoting the rule of law in that developing nation.
The students attending the reception were from Brazil, Chile, China, England, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and Turkey, among other countries.