Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
 

News Release

September 24, 2008
Southwestern Selected as First Law School to Award Prestigious International Law Fellowship

Southwestern will be the first law school in the nation to participate in an exciting new program of long-term international law fellowships being offered by the John Hazard Institute of Hanover, New Hampshire.

The program, known as the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Fellowships, provides young American lawyers with two or more years of cultural immersion and intensive law and language study in a country crucial to U.S. international interests, followed by a final year practicing international law or teaching comparative international law at the participating law school. Each fellowship is worth between $200,000 and $300,000 and will cover a stipend for living expenses, cost of travel, language instruction, law course tuition and insurance, as well as some provision for amounts due on student loan repayment.

Cooperative funding for the fellowship designated for Southwestern comes from the Hazard Institute, the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Foundation and the law school. The fellowship is named for Harle Montgomery and the late Kenneth Montgomery, long advocates of clear, mutual understanding between and among the world's nations.

The Hazard Institute will provide management and coordination of the overseas law and language study for two years, while Southwestern will serve as the source for candidates and academic oversight of the Fellow, who can go virtually anywhere in the world. "This is essentially a unique individualized post-graduate program in comparative international law specifically designed to accommodate the needs and talents of an outstanding Southwestern graduate," Dean Bryant Garth explained. "It represents an extraordinary opportunity for our alumni as well as another avenue through which Southwestern is contributing to the enhancement of U.S.-world relations."

Peter Bird Martin, Executive Director of the Hazard Institute said, "We will be looking for young enthusiastic lawyers whose personalities, sense of balance, language facility and values make them prime candidates to live, study, learn and write in another country for two continuous years. They will be expected to embody and personify the values and worth of the Rule of Law, and to report regularly about their observations and experiences."

Under the auspices of the program, the selected Fellow will attend a major law school (facilitated by the Hazard Institute), study language intensively, socialize with faculty and fellow students, follow laws and cases through legislative and judicial processes, and produce a monthly online report. During the third year, the Fellow may return to Southwestern to teach in the area of comparative international law as an adjunct faculty member.

Professors Mark Cammack, Silvia Faerman, Robert Lutz and Jonathan Miller, Associate Dean Gary Greener, and Vice Dean Austen Parrish will join Dean Garth in identifying and nominating candidates for the fellowship from among recent Southwestern graduates. Candidates will initially be asked to submit a letter of interest along with a resume. The top candidates will be required to provide a full application, including an autobiography and an essay describing the current and possible future domestic and international political and legal situation of the desired destination country. Finalists will be screened and interviewed by Hazard Institute Trustees, who will collaborate with the faculty committee to select the winning Montgomery Fellow.

The Hazard Institute was organized in 2007 by a group of 50 distinguished senior jurists, law professors, law school deans and practicing international lawyers to cultivate a corps of American teachers, negotiators, practitioners and foreign-policy experts with in-depth understanding of the cultural values, legal systems and rules of law in societies the United States must deal with in today's confrontational world.

The Hazard Board is chaired by New York University Professor of Chinese Law Jerome Cohen. His fellow Trustees include Judge Charles Brower of the U.S.-Iran Claims Tribunal in The Hague; Phillips Talbot, former Assistant Secretary of State for the Middle East and South Asia, former U.S. Ambassador to Greece and President of the Asia Society of New York; Susan Bastress, now developing Middle East programs for the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and the first non-Qatari licensed to practice law in Doha; Frank Upham, former Vietnam correspondent for TIME magazine now teaching Chinese law at New York University Law School; and Neal Millard, a Partner at White & Case in Los Angeles and Professor of International Finance at the Gould School of Law, University of Southern California. The Hazard Institute's Executive Director, Peter Bird Martin, is a former Senior Editor of TIME magazine, former Executive Director of the American Universities Field Staff, and for 28 years, Director of the Crane-Rogers Foundation's international fellowship program.

The Institute is named for John Newbold Hazard, who in 1934 was funded by Crane-Rogers for several years of travel and study in the Soviet Union one year after its revolutionary government was recognized by the United States. He returned to become a seminal and beloved professor at Columbia Law School, a founder of the Russian Institute at Columbia University, a consummate U.S.-Soviet negotiator (Lend-Lease) during World War II and a continuing bridge of U.S.-Russian negotiation and understanding until his death in 1995.

Nominations for prospective candidates may be directed to Dean Garth's office.