Professor John Sonsteng is leading a course over the next four weeks comparing criminal law defense systems in the US, UK and Turkey, and he invites lawyers, judges and students to participate.
The free course – called the “Practice Law Skills Exercise” – is offered on Zoom from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Central Time on the next four Thursdays: February 11, 18 and 25; and March 4. There was a first class on February 4, but Sonsteng says the material is set up so that people don’t have to attend the entire series and can register if their schedule allows. . In addition, the sessions are recorded and can be viewed later.
The goal is to “connect a global community of lawyers, leaders and students,” said Sonsteng, “to learn from each other to better represent our clients.”
Sonsteng said he plans to pursue CLE credits for the course.
Lawyers perform essentially the same functions in all countries, Sonsteng said, but education, certification, career path and other specifics vary in interesting ways.
The course on February 4, for example, began with a detailed explanation by London lawyer Monali Raleraskar of the educational path young people take in the UK to become lawyers or notaries, the differences in jury selection and other key points of distinction.
Week 2 will include a discussion of the rules and cover final arguments and opening statements. Session 3 is for examination-in-chief and session 4 is for cross-examination. The series ends at week 5 with a jury trial.
The program is sponsored by the Mitchell Hamline Center for Law and Business as well as the Institute for Comprehensive Understanding of the Rule of Law at Bahceshir University in Istanbul, Turkey, which Sonsteng helped found.
To register, please complete this form.