Burlington College, in collaboration with the Vermont Bar Association, has announced that it is offering continuing legal education (CLE) courses in Havana, Cuba, beginning in the spring of 2012. The for-credit courses are open to attorneys, judges, law professors and law students who are interested in earning CLE credits through this unique program.
In keeping with the College’s growing reputation as a civically engaged academic institution, the program will allow participants to earn 20 CLE credits, including the required ethics credits, during a period of one week. The first course is scheduled to begin this coming June.
The program will encourage legal professionals and law students to develop a broader perspective on law. It will focus on a comparative examination of both U.S. and Cuban law, through such legal topics as environmental law, criminal law, the Cuban judicial system, family law, constitutional law, international law, civil law, and trial practice. The course will include visits to Cuban courts and law firms, in addition to workshops, presentations, seminars and discussions led by Vermont and Cuban attorneys and judges.
Christine Plunkett, Vice President of Administration and Finance at Burlington College, explains that the vision for this program is “to provide legal professionals with a unique opportunity to earn CLE credits, while at the same time providing an avenue for the exchange of information and ideas between lawyers and judges on both sides of the Florida straits.” In addition to degree and certificate programs in diverse legal and international studies, Burlington College has long had a successful undergraduate study- abroad program at the University of Havana.
“It makes sense that Burlington College offers this sort of civic engagement opportunity to legal professionals,” Plunkett added.
Jared Carter, a Vermont Law School graduate and member of the Burlington College faculty, who is involved with the program, has a history of working on Cuban-related legal issues. He explains that “Cuba has been a place of great mystery to Americans and a place that, in my experience, is unique in the world. Despite facing policies of economic isolation on the part of the United States, it is internationally recognized as a leader in the fields of education, health care, science and the arts.
“The fact that Vermont is able to lead the way and that Burlington College can offer attorneys the chance to engage and share information and ideas is, in my view, not only exciting, but a testament to the ideals of our constitution and laws,” Carter said.
Interested attorneys, judges, professors and law students should click here or contact:
Cuba Program at Burlington College
351 North Avenue
Burlington, Vermont 05401
E-mail: jcarterburlington [dot] edu