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Constitutional Issues in the Americas Speakers

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ROBERT S. BARKER is a Duquesne University distinguished professor of law and adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. His international experience includes service as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Panama (1967-1969) and as a Fulbright scholar and visiting professor of constitutional law at the University of Buenos Aires (1995). He has been general reporter of the Inter-American Bar Association (1999-2004), chairman of its Committee on Constitutional Law (1984-1996), and chairman of its Law School Section (2006-2008). He has written and spoken extensively throughout Latin America on constitutional topics, and in 1999 received the Duquesne University President's Award for Excellence in Scholarship. His book, La Constitución de los Estados Unidos y su dinámica actual, was published in Peru in 2005, in Bolivia in 2008, and in Costa Rica in 2010. His other book, Constitutional Adjudication: The Costa Rican Experience, was published in 2008.

ALLAN R. BREWER-CARÍAS is professor of law at Columbia University Law School in New York City. He earned his licentiate and doctorate in law from the Central University of Venezuela, where his career as professor of administrative law spans more than 40 years. He has been visiting professor and visiting scholar at the University of Paris, Cambridge, and Columbia. He is former minister of decentralization and was a member of the National Constituent Assembly of 1999. He is the author of numerous books on public law, and in 1981 was awarded the National Science Prize (Social Sciences) of Venezuela.

THE HONOURABLE JOHN M. EVANS has been a judge of the Federal Court of Appeal since 1999, having been appointed to the Trial Division of the Federal Court of Canada in 1998. In his previous life he was a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School from 1975-1998. He has also taught at the Oxford University (where he was educated), the University of Chicago, the London School of Economics and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Immigration Law, co-author of Administrative Law: Cases, Text and Materials, and Judicial Review of Administrative Action in Canada, and the editor of the 4th edition of de Smith's Judicial Review of Administrative Action. He has also written over 40 articles on a wide range of public law issues in law journals in Canada, the UK, Australia and South Africa, and is a regular participant at conferences.

DANTE FIGUEROA is a comparativist of civil and common law institutions, and works as a senior legal information analyst at the Law Library of the U.S. Congress. He is also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown Law Center and the Washington College of Law. He holds LL.M. degrees from the American University and University of Chile law schools, and is a member of the Chile, Washington, D.C., and New York bars. He has published three books and about thirty specialized publications, and is the current secretary general of the Inter-American Bar Association.

JOSÉ GAMAS TORRUCO is the director of Mexico's newly-established Museum of the Constitutions. He has been professor of constitutional law and economic law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, and secretary of the cabinet of the presidency of Mexico. His books include Derecho constitucional mexicano, El federalismo mexicano, and Regímenes parlamentarios de gobierno.

ALEJANDRO MIGUEL GARRO is adjunct professor of Law at Columbia University and senior research scholar at the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law. He has been a member of the Columbia Law School faculty since 1981, where he has been teaching in the fields of comparative law, international business transactions and Latin American legal systems. He is the author or editor of books on international commercial arbitration, international sales, and secured transactions, as well as a score of articles and contributions to edited volumes. He is a graduate of the National University of La Plata School of Law (Argentina) and holds a master's degree (LLM) from Louisiana State University and a doctoral degree in law (JSD) from Columbia University. He is admitted to practice in Buenos Aires, Madrid and New York.

THOMAS M. HARDIMAN is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, where he has served since April 2, 2007. Before that, he served as a judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania beginning October 27, 2003. Prior to entering judicial service, Judge Hardiman was a lawyer in private practice in Washington, D.C. (1990-92) and Pittsburgh (1992-2003). Judge Hardiman is an adjunct professor at Duquesne University School of Law, where he teaches a seminar on advanced constitutional law.

SUSAN C. HASCALL, assistant professor of law, received her J.D. magna cum laude from Washburn University School of Law. She also holds a master's degree in anthropology from Wichita State University, and received her B.A. in political science from Texas A & M University. Professor Hascall previously clerked for the Honorable Wade Brorby of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and Chief Judge J. Patrick Brazil of the Kansas Court of Appeals. Before coming to Duquesne, she practiced in the areas of commercial litigation and appellate practice in Kansas City. Professor Hascall's scholarship focuses on Islamic law and legal pluralism. She teaches courses in civil procedure, sales, banking law, Islamic law and emerging legal systems.

JOSEPH SABINO MISTICK is an associate professor at Duquesne University School of Law, where he teaches courses in administrative law, sentencing and sanctions, criminal law and remedies and damages. He is the founder of the award-winning Urban Development Law Clinic, which he has operated since 1995. Currently a regular Sunday columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Mistick writes on current affairs, politics and public policy. He is the Democratic half of PCNC's political talk show Roddey Mistick and a frequent guest lecturer and public speaker. He has appeared on Voice of America, CBS Sunday Morning, PBS NewsHour and numerous local television and radio stations. Mistick received a B.A. in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971 and a J.D. from the Duquesne University School of Law in 1979.

OLMAN A. RODRÍGUEZ L. has been a member of the legal staff of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Costa Rica since 1991. For most of that time he was law clerk to Justice (and later Presiding Justice) Luis Fernando Solano Carrera, and he is now law clerk to Justice Fernando Castillo Víquez. In 1990, Mr. Rodríguez graduated from the Law School Collegium Academicum of the Universidad Autónoma de Centroamérica, and in 1995 he earned an LL.M. degree from The George Washington University School of Law.

KEITH S. ROSENN, professor of law, received a B.A. from Amherst College in 1960 and an LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1963. He served as a law clerk to Judge J. Joseph Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then practiced law in Pennsylvania. Before joining the Miami faculty in 1979, he spent 14 years as a law professor at Ohio State University. Professor Rosenn has practiced law with a Brazilian law firm and has worked as a project specialist with the Ford Foundation, helping to establish a graduate legal education program in Rio de Janeiro. He is the author of six books and numerous law review articles in the fields of comparative law, Latin American law, and constitutional law. He is the chair of the LL.M. programs in Comparative Law and in Inter-American law. He teaches courses in constitutional law, comparative law, Latin American law, and doing business in Latin America.

MICHAEL B. WISE is professor of law at Willamette University College of Law. He teaches constitutional law, comparative constitutional law and civil procedure. He received his J.D. from Stanford University and his B.A. from Yale University. He has a particular interest in constitutional developments in Latin America.