Czech/Slovak Legal Institute


Seminar for New Czech & Slovak Lawyers in Telc, Czech Republic

November 29-December 4, 2015

Czech and Slovak koncipients (unlicensed apprentice lawyers) and lawyers are invited to participate in a week-long seminar that explores American law, professional ethics and alternative dispute resolutions. The program is presented by law professors and practicing attorneys from the United States with an objective to develop a better understanding of the American legal and entrepreneurial systems.

Study Information

This seminar is presented in cooperation with the Czech and Slovak Bar Associations. Participants are expected to attend morning, afternoon and evening sessions. Lectures and discussion of different aspects of American law and the legal profession are presented each morning. The afternoon sessions are reserved for mock exercises that involve client interviewing, negotiating an international contract and dispute resolution. The group dines together each evening followed by an informal recap the day or presentation of an American movie that focuses on a legal issue. All sessions are conducted in English.

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Each year alumni and instructors gather for a reunion in Prague or Bratislava. This event usually is scheduled for the Saturday following the conclusion of the current year seminar so that the instructors may attend. Less formal gatherings have been organized by alumni in each country during the year.

Information about the 2015 reunion is coming soon.

This seminar is underwritten by generous donations from the Robert W. Beart and John A. Drost families.


Susan Connor Professor, UIC John Marshall Law School
George T. Drost Attorney, Drost Kivlahan McMahon & O’Connor LLC
Michael Fieweger Attorney, Baker & McKenzie, LLP
Sheila Murphy Former Judge, Illinois Circuit Court
Adjunct Professor, UIC John Marshall Law School
Patrick Racey Former Illinois Lobbyist
Michael P. Seng Professor, UIC John Marshall Law School
John Smietanka Former U.S. Attorney, Western District of Michigan
Partner, Smietanka, Buckleitner, Steffes & Gezon

Past Lecturers

Michael Avramovich Avramovich & Associates PC
Sean Fox Attorney (Retired)
Marilyn Marton USAID, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (Retired)
Samuel Lawton Adjunct Professor, UIC John Marshall Law School (Deceased)

Czech & Slovak Participants

For more information, please contact:

Professor Michael P. Seng
UIC John Marshall Law School
300 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312.987.2397