Carolina students visit the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg, accompanied by Dean Brinkley and Professor Broome.
Many law students spend their summers working at a firm or
doing research with a professor, but five students were selected to spend two
weeks in Tübingen, Germany, with UNC School of Law Dean Martin H.
Brinkley ’92, Professor
Lissa L. Broome and Professor John F.
Coyle as part of a new study abroad program.
Through research workshops and courses, the Tübingen-Chapel
Hill Law Program facilitates trans-Atlantic collaboration among students through
a strong teaching component designed to promote mutual understanding of each
other’s legal systems and cultures.
Anna Huffman 2L, M-K McKinney 2L, Shay Potter 2L, Andrew
Wisniewsky 2L and Carleigh Zeman 2L visited the Eberhard Karls University
Faculty of Law July 1-12 to take courses—taught in English—alongside German
students. They studied issues relating to corporate law, antitrust, and banking
law, and participated in excursions to institutions like the Court of Justice
of the European Union in Luxembourg and the European Central Bank headquarters
in Frankfurt. The UNC students also had the opportunity to explain U.S. law and
legal institutions to German law students.
Brinkley taught Law and Legal Institutions of the U.S. as
well as U.S. Competition Law and participated in a symposium on competition law,
Coyle taught U.S. Corporation Law, and Broome participated in a symposium
reflecting on the financial crisis.
After the program ended, Huffman worked for two weeks at
international law firm White & Case in Frankfurt, and Zeman stayed another month in Stuttgart for a paid internship with Gleiss Lutz, a
top-tier global law firm, working in their central office with more than 100 lawyers.
“I knew when I applied to Carolina Law that I wanted to go
into international law, so this internship has been right up my alley,” says
Zeman. “I was interested in pursuing a career in international arbitration
before I came to Gleiss Lutz and this internship has given me a lot of helpful
experience and insight into international arbitral tribunals and how they
Zeman has reviewed the German attorneys’ English
publications including submissions for law journals, legal dictionaries and
“My biggest project has been working on an ongoing
international arbitration dispute,” says Zeman. “All of the proceedings, rules
and precedent are in English, so it helps to have a native speaker on hand.”
Professor Jonas Monast,
director of Carolina Law’s environmental law center, also visited Tübingen in
June to cohost a workshop on energy transitions in federal legal systems with
scholars from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, South Africa, Australia and the
“International partnerships provide law students with the
opportunity to develop a global mindset,” says Stephanie Schantz, director of global
opportunities at Carolina Law. “Students learn about legal issues and institutions
that are different than what they study in law school.”
The UNC Center for Banking and Finance, of which Broome
serves as director, offered each student a stipend to defray the costs of
travel and housing. One of those stipends was funded through an endowment for
the center established by the law firm Williams Mullen, which was supplemented
by a personal gift from Williams Mullen attorney Camden Webb ’95. Students will
speak about their Tübingen experience at the August meeting of the center’s
board of directors.
-July 24, 2019