Law School Hosts Colleagues from Brazil
From August 30 through September 5, Professor Lloyd T. (Tom) Wilson hosted eight colleagues from the Faculdades Espirito Santenses (FAESA) law school in Vitória, Espirito Santo, Brazil . The trip was initiated by FAESA law professor Stella Emery Santana, who specializes in Environmental Law.
The delegation included the dean of the FAESA law school, two professors, four of the school’s top students, and a former state prosecutor. During their week in Indianapolis, the delegation attended four courses on the legal systems of the United States taught by Professor Wilson and were given a tour of the Baker and Daniels law firm, where Jackie Simmons discussed the firm’s focus on international law and business in Brazil.
Professor Wilson also arranged for the delegation to meet with leaders of all three branches of Indiana government. Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard of the Indiana Supreme Court spoke to the group in the Supreme Court Courtroom, and Judge Edward W. Najam, Jr. of the Indiana Court of Appeals (and Professor Wilson’s former law partner) met with them in the Court of Appeals Courtroom. Lt. Governor Becky Skillman received the group at her State House office, and Indiana Senators Phil Boots and Mike Delph, who is currently a third-year student at the law school, addressed the group as they sat at Senators’ desks in the Senate Chambers.
In addition to the cultural activities available in the capital city, the FAESA delegation was treated to a trip to Crawfordsville, where they addressed the faculty and students of Wabash College, and to an I.U. football game in Bloomington. Professor Tom Wilson says "The law school was very pleased to have this opportunity to promote our school’s contacts with Latin America. Hopefully we are setting the foundation for mutual faculty and student exchanges in the future."