The office of the Executive LL.M. Program recently welcomed a small but spirited group of second year law students from Chungnam National University in Daejeon, South Korea. As part of our portfolio of special programs, which we offer every year, we hosted 9 students and their chaperone Professor John Kong (LAW ’92) for a customized three-day workshop in American Law. The first two days of the program consisted of four mini-courses: Introduction to Civil Procedure (Prof. David Webber); Introduction to Criminal Procedure (Prof. David Breen); Introduction to International Law (Prof. Emeritus Daniel Partan); and Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution (taught by myself). These courses offered the Korean students some exposure to the American style of legal instruction, including the Socratic method. In the ADR course we engaged in a number of interactive exercises, including two mediation and negotiation ‘role plays’. While none of them had participated in these types of exercises before, and despite English not being their native language, they seemed very enthusiastic about the new experience!
The final day of the workshop featured a field trip to a local court and law firm. Our first stop was the U.S. District Court located in the beautiful John Joseph Coakley U.S. Courthouse, a striking landmark building opened in 1998 that features striking Boston Harbor views and public galleries. Following a guided tour of the building, our students were able to meet with a U.S. Judge Magistrate and attend a bail hearing, but even more noteworthy was the chance to hear some of the testimony in the trial of Azamat Tazhayakov, one of three friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy related to their alleged removal of evidence from Tsarnaev’s dorm room after the Boston Marathon bombing. We then had lunch at the firm of Bowditch & Dewey, where we were hosted by Mary-Pat Cormier, partner specializing in business and insurance litigation, who gave a detailed presentation on the “Life Cycle of Litigation: From Filing to Appeal”. The field trip concluded with a farewell dinner at (appropriately enough) Legal Sea Foods in the Prudential Center.
In between their law-related activities, the students also took in a “duck tour” of the downtown and a Red Sox game against Chicago, no doubt resulting in many pleasant memories of their time here in Boston. This marked the third such visit by students from Chungnam since 2012. As always, our thanks go to Prof. Kong for acting as chaperone and facilitating the visit.