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Kennedys Begin Fulbright in China

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UNC School of Law professor of law Joseph Kennedy and clinical professor of law Maria Savasta-Kennedy are packing their bags and traveling halfway around the world with their family this February. The Kennedys both received Fulbright U.S. Scholar grants to teach law for six months at Northwest University in Xi’an, China.

Kennedy will be teaching and lecturing about intellectual property and international law, while Savasta-Kennedy will be teaching clinical lawyering skills and lecturing about environmental law. “Currently there is a huge demand in China for clinical legal education,” says Savasta-Kennedy. “Students are particularly interested in learning American methods of legal analysis, negotiation and advocacy. We are honored to represent UNC School of Law and learn about the law and legal education in China.”

While there, the Kennedys will also be giving guest lectures in a number of cities across China.

The Kennedy children, twin high school freshmen and a third grader, are making the trip with their parents. The children have been enrolled in a Mandarin immersion program in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro public school system since kindergarten. “The kids will be attending Chinese public schools.” says Kennedy. “The experience will be a challenging one, but they will learn a lot from it.”

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State and annually sends 800 professors abroad to study and lecture. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

Previous UNC School of Law Fulbright Scholars include Donald Hornstein, Aubrey L. Brooks Professor of Law; Thomas A. Kelley, associate professor of law; and Richard Rosen, professor of law. Michael Corrado, Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professor of Law, was named the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Trento in northern Italy. Beverly A. Sizemore, director of international programs, was selected to participate in the Fulbright International Education Administrators Program.

-February 22, 2012

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