Introducing the American Legal System and the Role of an International Lawyer


  • What’s different about the U.S. legal system?
    • distinguishing between civil and common law
    • the federal system and allocation of power
    • checks and balances
    • the role of juries
    • the role of the lawyer in an adversarial system
    • judicial elections and judicial appointments
  • Resolving disputes inside and outside the courtroom
  • Common problems in international practice
  • Pitfalls to avoid when you cross borders

Duration: 60 minutes


  • $50 - Member recorded
  • $80 - Non-member recorded
  • $200 - All 5 Webinars - Member recorded
  • $320 - All 5 Webinars - Non-member recorded

About the Speaker

Susan L. Karamanian
Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies and Professorial Lecturer in Law
The George Washington University Law School

Dean Karamanian is Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies and Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School. A Rhodes Scholar, she has degrees from Auburn University, Oxford University and the University of Texas. She previously was a partner in the law firm of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, where she represented foreign and domestic clients. She has served as Vice President of the American Society of International Law, as President of the Washington Foreign Law Society, and is a Trustee of the Center for American and International Law. Dean Karamanian is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Council on Germany.

About the Interviewer

Mark P. Smith
Director, Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law and Vice President, The Center for American and International Law

Mark Smith is Vice President of The Center for American and International Law. He serves as Dean of The Center’s Academy of American and International Law, and directs The Center’s Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law and its Institute for Law and Techology. He is also responsible for the Center’s programs on Actual Innocence. Mark previously was the Executive Director of The West Virginia State Bar and served as Assistant to the Executive Director of the American Bar Association. He has chaired the Dallas Committee for International Visitors and was President of the Volunteer Center of Collin County. He has taught public sector strategic planning and contemporary American conflicts at the University of Texas at Dallas and served on the Board of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. Mark received an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and a law degree from Yale University.

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CLE Credits

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MCLE Credit

Texas Course Number 901301332. This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1 credit hour, of which no credit hours will apply to ethics/professional responsibility credit. SWIICL will not be filing this course with any state or country CLE/CPD organization apart from the State Bar of Texas, and attendees must make their own enquiries with their own regulatory organization as to whether the uniform certificate of attendance provided on completion of this course will be recognized by that body for MCLE purposes.

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