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    08.10.15 Professor Jodi Balsam Presents at Global Alliance for Justice Education Conference
    Jodi Balsam

    Professor Jodi Balsam was a lead presenter at the 8th Worldwide Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE) Conference in Eskisehir, Turkey, on July 22. The conference, “Justice Education for a Just Society,” was attended by more than 350 academics, judges, lawyers, and law students from 50 countries, and included 200 presentations over the course of a week.

    Balsam led a panel on “Students in Role of Lawyers and Lawyers in Role of Teachers,” with co-panelists Sue Schechter, Field Placement Director and Lecturer-in-Residence at Berkeley Law, and two volunteer law clinic students from Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany (a Brooklyn Law School partner law school). 

    The panel was among the highest attended sessions of the week. Balsam and co-panelists discussed how to ensure that educational objectives and professional standards are met when law students engage in practice-based activities supervised only by other students or volunteer attorneys.

    “My experience at GAJE will certainly inform my teaching at BLS and was eye opening in comparing the academic freedoms and generous resources American higher education enjoys,” Balsam said. 

    GAJE has sponsored eight worldwide conferences since it was formed in 1999, with delegates at each conference representing every region of the world.  GAJE conferences are aimed at promoting the exchange of information and experience among professionals involved in legal education around the world, and advancing internationally the values of access to justice, due process, and the rule of law.

    Professor Balsam is responsible for designing the curriculum to support the vast number of BLS students enrolled in civil externships. She also teaches externship seminars and oversees faculty and field supervisors in the externship program. Before joining academia, she was the National Football League’s Counsel for Operations and Litigation, where she managed litigation in all areas of law, oversaw a variety of policy and operational matters, negotiated contracts for League special events, and administered the League’s internal dispute resolution processes and compliance program. She began her practice career as a litigation attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, representing a wide range of clients in antitrust matters and complex litigation. Professor Balsam has served as a law clerk for Judge Dennis Jacobs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge Charles Brieant of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  She also served as Counsel to the Clerk of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and spearheaded the court’s project to comprehensively revise its local rules and internal operating procedures. She currently sits on the Court’s Attorney Advisory Committee on Local Rules.