Foreign, Comparative & International Law

Special Interest Section

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The FCIL-SIS serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on foreign, comparative and international law and legal research. The SIS also represents members' interests and concerns within AALL.

   Message from the Chair

Dear Friends:
It is privilege and an honor to serve as your FCIL-SIS Chair this year. Don Ford did an absolutely amazing job as Chair last year, especially in arranging for sharing and learning opportunities, both formally and informally, at the Annual Meeting in San Antonio. I am fortunate to have Don as an adviser as I navigate my way through the year, destination Philadelphia. I am also fortunate to have very strong Executive Committee support and experience in Lucie Olejnikova, Vice Chair/Chair-elect, and Roy Sturgeon, Secretary/Treasurer.
As I mentioned in San Antonio, I have identified three priorities for this year:
1.  Education – including programming in Philadelphia and beyond
2.  Bylaws – bringing up to current practice
3.  Website – continuing to enhance
Although these are my three priorities, the Executive Committee is open to your feedback, needs, and desires.  Thus, if you have any comments, suggestions, ideas, or even complaints (with suggested solutions, naturally), please do not hesitate to email or call any of us.  

Teresa Miguel-Stearns
FCIL-SIS Chair 2014/15

News and Events

Congratulations to our well-deserving FCIL-SIS award winners for 2013-14!

Spirit of the FCIL-SIS – "presented each year to members whose work furthers our mission, serves the entire FCIL-SIS, and inspires other to act"
  • Julienne Grant
  • Ryan Harrington
  • Jim Hart
  • Carmen Valero

Daniel L. Wade FCIL-SIS Outstanding Service Award honoring a " member who has made outstanding contributions to the Section in the areas of section activity and professional service."

  • Lyonette Louis-Jacques
  • Alison Shea

Thomas H. Reynolds and Arturo A. Flores FCIL-SIS Publications Award given to a "member or members who have greatly contributed to the professional development of their AALL colleagues during any given year."

Congratulations to all our award winners!
*Note that all FCIL-SIS members can nominate colleagues for these awards. In the spring the Executive Committee will put out a call for such nominations.  See the individual Awards webpages for more information about each award.

Propose a program for AALL 2015!

As you probably already know, the 2015 'must-have' programming has been identified and released. Visit the AMPC page or our working site here to view the lists of identified must-haves in each of the six content categories.

Lucie Olejnikova and Dennis Sears, FCIL-SIS Education Committee co-chairs, are both available and happy to help, so please do not hesitate to contact us. If you would like our feedback/input, please be sure to submit your proposal (even a draft) to use by September 15, 2014, so we have sufficient time to review it and provide useful feedback. We are working closely with our content area liaison, Gayle Lynn-Nelson, who too will provide feedback with respect to the identified must-haves in each of the six content areas.

To propose a program, it must be submitted directly at the official AALL website: http://proposals.aallnet.org/.

The FCIL-SIS Publicity Committee would like to introduce you all to "DipLawMatic Dialogues," the newly redesigned FCIL-SIS blog, now available for viewing at: http://fcilsis.wordpress.com.

We hope that the new blog will serve as yet another great way for our group to share information, connect with other special interest sections and caucuses, and reach out to readers from other professions.

The Committee is currently working with the FCIL-SIS board to establish guidelines for the blog's content.  Potential columns and content that have already been identified include book and movie reviews, monthly member spotlights, collection highlights, and a regular column on legal translation.

Although we are still working out the details of which types of content will be included, we welcome your suggestions and ideas.  If you are interested in contributing to the blog or have ideas for columns or other content, please contact us at aall.fcil.blog@gmail.com or fill out the comment form on our Blog Administrators page to submit them for consideration.  As the new blog takes shape, we will be reaching out to the group and soliciting contributions via our listserv, website, and/or social media.  In the meantime, we hope that you will enjoy looking around and forwarding us your suggestions.

Susan Gualtier, Neel Agrawal, and Loren Turner, FCIL-SIS Publicity Committee