June 01, 2013 Pro Bono

Attorney, Educator, Diplomat: Pro Bono Teaching in Estonia

By Howard S. Davis

Rare it is indeed for an attorney to be a lawyer, a teacher, and a diplomat for the American legal system all rolled into one. But that is what happened to me in September 2012 when I taught pro bono a three- credit course in litigation to third-year and graduate law students at the 380-year-old University of Tartu in Estonia. The course was entitled “Litigation: The Art of Persuasion in the Context of a Lawsuit,” and it included subjects such as ethics, causes of action, defenses, opening, direct and cross examination, and summation.

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