Clinical Criminal Justice Programs in China
John W. Smagula discusses the human perspective of legal disputes in China
Friday, February 25, 2005
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Noon, Feb. 25, 2005
10383 Bunche Hall, UCLA
For the past three academic years, Professor Smagula has taught American and international law in China, most recently at Sichuan University where he worked with the criminal justice legal clinic. Modeled after clinical programs in U.S. law schools, China’s legal clinics give students a chance to apply their skills in practice while providing legal aid for the poor. Police brutality, domestic violence, government abuses, and hapless criminal defendants caught in the web of the law are typical of the cases handled by his students.
Professor Smagula's talk explores these disputes from a human perspective, comparing and contrasting the contemporary Chinese legal system through the eyes of judges and law students, those wrongly accused, and those who look beyond China's traditions to a more just future.
John W. Smagula, J.D., is the Director of Asian Programs for Temple University School of Law. He was part of a team teaching the only criminal legal clinic in China where students were allowed to represent criminal defendants. Prior to his academic career, Smagula was an associate in the New York and Hong Kong offices of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison as well as the San Juan, Puerto Rico law firm of Totti & Rodriguez-Diaz.
Professor Smagula received his bachelor’s degree from Pomona College in international relations (B.A., 1992), and his law degree from Washington University School of Law (J.D., 1995). He also studied at Qinghua University through the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in the summers of 2000 and 2001.
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