California Western’s new President and Dean Niels Schaumann likes to take a hands-on approach to his job. Schaumann recently traveled to Chile with Professor James M. Cooper to see first-hand the impact Proyecto ACCESO has made in the country over the last 15 years.
During their trip, Schaumann and Cooper met with the President of Chile’s Supreme Court Rubén Ballesteros Cárcamo, Ambassador Pablo Cabrera, director of the country’s Diplomatic Academy, and Minister of Justice the Hon. Patricia Pérez Goldberg, who has agreed to speak at California Western’s Spring 2013 Commencement in April.
“I enjoyed meeting with members of Chile’s legal and political leadership during my visit. I look forward to continuing to work with Professor Cooper and our partners in Chile to develop more international legal education programs in the future. I am proud of the work Proyecto ACCESO has done in the country, and am excited about the unique learning opportunities the program creates for our students and legal professionals throughout Latin America,” said Schaumann.
Cooper and Schaumann also met two of the cofounders of Proyecto ACCESO, Chile’s interim National Public Defender Claudio Pavlic Veliz, and attorney Angel Valencia, who both continue to serve as professors in the oral advocacy programs California Western offers throughout the Americas. Dean Schaumann and Professor Cooper also visited with Dr. Walter Eckel of the Heidelberg Center for Latin America, which is home to the law school’s Chile Summer Program.
“Over the last 15 years, the California Western community has been involved in the development of legal reform and the implementation of new laws in Chile and other Latin American countries,” said Cooper, director of the International Legal Studies Program and Proyecto ACCESO. “Our students have contributed to these important changes through their work in internships with Chile’s Ministry of Justice, Attorney General’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, and some of the country’s leading law firms. I am glad Dean Schaumann had an opportunity to see the impact California Western has made here. We look forward to continuing this important work in the future.”