Recent Harrisburg Alum Travels to Germany to Teach Common Law
Web Editor - Published: November 1, 2011
davisValerie235Valerie Davis graduated from Widener Law’s Harrisburg campus this past May, but it was her participation in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition during her second and third years that cemented her interest in international law. She even helped to reestablish the International Law Society on the Harrisburg campus during her time at Widener.

When she found a job opportunity in Germany through Career Development reciprocity with the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, she embraced the chance to expand her horizons and learn more about international law. Valerie will be teaching an Introduction to the Common Law System class at Martin Luther University in Halle (Saale), Germany after traveling to Germany in early October.

“In Germany, they have a civil law system,” says Valerie, who will be introducing her students to the U.S. legal system.

In addition to teaching, Valerie will be coaching the University’s international law moot court team. She also hopes to use her time in Germany to continue work on a paper she began with Associate Professor Jill E. Family on Asylum law, saying that she hopes to “develop the paper into one that compares the US system to the German system with a focus on the effects the current law has on climate refugees.”

“I’m hoping to gain some more exposure in the international law realm,” concludes Valerie – whose specific interests include human rights and immigration law – before adding, “I’ll also be close to Switzerland, where several of the international law courts sit.”