California Western School of Law Dean Niels Schaumann has announced the launch of the Instituto Latinoamericano de Derecho y Justicia (ILDJ) or Latin American Institute of Law.
Professor Janeen Kerper started the Institutes's work in Latin America and it was continued by Professors James Cooper and Justin Brooks. “Its work is carried on currently by Professor Brooks,” said Dean Schaumann. “Today he directs four very successful programs in Latin America.”
The four programs are: ACCESO Capacitación (providing week-long and weekend skill-building programs for Latin American lawyers); Maestría en Derecho con Especlallzacion en Litigación Oral (CWSL's one-year, hybrid Masters in Law and Litigation program); the Mexican Moot Court Program (training hundreds of Mexican law students each year through local, regional, and national moot court competitions throughout Mexico); and REDlnocente (creating and supporting innocence projects throughout Latin America).
“Going forward, these four programs – as well as any new Latin American programs that may be developed – will be branded under the ILDJ,” said Dean Schaumann. “This will allow California Western to better publicize the great work that its people and programs do in Latin America.”
Justin Brooks will remain as the director of both CIP and the Institute. In that role, he will supervise the staff of each program, as well as the adjuncts who teach in the Maestría program, the instructors in ACCESO Capacitación, and the judges in the Mexican Moot Court program.
All of the ILDJ staff are housed on the basement level of the 350 Cedar Street building except for Professor Brooks, who will stay in his office in the CIP suite.