September 6, 2013
This summer, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law launched an exploratory partnership with the College of Law & Business (CLB) in Tel Aviv, Israel. This collaboration, comprised of student and faculty exchanges in areas of mutual strengths, allows Pitt Law to build upon and expand both its global and clinical opportunities. Pitt Law is one of only a few American law schools, including Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago Law School, to have such a partnership with the College.
Leading the faculty exchange effort, Pitt Law Dean William M. Carter. Jr. spent a week at CLB teaching a course on comparative constitutional law to Israeli law students.
“I am delighted to have been invited to teach at CLB this summer and look forward to the development of our partnership,” Carter said. “Pitt Law’s strengths in international legal education, clinical legal education, and experiential learning match well with the strengths of CLB in these areas and provide for exciting opportunities for further collaboration.”
Associate Professor and Dean of CLB’s law school, Moshe Cohen-Eliya, noted that CLB was honored and excited to host Dean Carter this past summer. “Dean Carter is an expert in American civil rights and constitutional law, and his visiting CLB is a great opportunity for our students to learn about the American legal system from a prominent scholar in the field,” said Cohen-Eliya. “CLB aspires to give our law students a global perspective through providing courses in international law taught by international experts as well as by encouraging them to travel abroad and gain international experience."
The student exchange program, launched concurrently with the faculty exchange, created unique educational opportunities for two students. Keith Herting, a third-year Pitt Law student, spent his time at CLB interning with the Legal Clinic for Migrants’ Rights.
“The clinic has allowed me a wide array of experiences, including working with local NGOs who work with displaced and detained migrants, engaging in in-the-field investigations of the conditions that refugees in South Tel Aviv endure, and researching new areas of law and practice that can help the clinic achieve its objectives in the future,” said Herting of his experience. “One particular highlight of my time with CLB was being able to attend oral arguments before the Israeli Supreme Court. The experience allowed me to witness legal questions being debated at the Israeli high court.”
Meital Russo, a third-year student at CLB, spent the last half of this summer with Pitt Law’s Immigration Law Clinic. Both Herting and Russo received scholarships to enroll in this international internship program. Herting’s scholarship was supported with a generous donation from Pitt Law alumnus Robert Whitehill, ’72, to Pitt's Center for International Legal Education.
“There is growing demand among CLB students to enroll in international programs, and the new collaboration with Pitt law school has added to the ‘buzz’ on campus surrounding these programs,” said Shachar Yanai, executive assistant to CLB's president for international development.
Deans Carter and Cohen-Eliya expressed their joint interest in expanding their collaboration in the near future.