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CENTERS OF            BLAKELY ADVOCACY INSTITUTE                            NORTH AMERICAN CONSORTIUM
          EXCELLENCE            The Blakely Advocacy Institute is a national leader in teaching lawyering   ON LEGAL EDUCATION (NACLE)
                                skills. It trumpets an exceptional success rate in law student tournaments   The North American Consortium on Legal Education (NACLE) is
                                nationwide and abroad in negotiation, mock trial, moot court, mediation,   comprised of 13 participating law schools in Canada, Mexico, and the
                                and arbitration. Some of Houston’s most experienced trial and appellate   United States. NACLE’s aim is to promote and share understanding of
                                lawyers and judges teach a wide variety of programs and courses that    the legal systems within North American countries. The specific purpose
                                cover the entire dispute resolution continuum, including the key building    of the Consortium is to enhance the capabilities of each member to
                                block courses of trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, and pretrial litigation.   provide high-quality legal education and research germane to the
                                Specialty courses include Storytelling, Attorney Communication and    demands of the professional environment in North America. NACLE
                                Persuasion, and Advocacy Survey. Within the Institute is the A.A. White   offers law students the opportunity to participate in semester-long
                                Dispute Resolution Center, which provides training in commercial   exchange programs at its member universities.
                                arbitration, basic mediation, and family mediation.
                                                                                      INSTITUTE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION LAW AND
                                CENTER FOR U.S. AND MEXICAN LAW                       GOVERNANCE
                                The Center for U.S. and Mexican Law is the first independent research   The Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance provides
                                center in the United States dedicated to the study of Mexican law   information and analysis to colleges and universities worldwide on
                                and legal aspects of U.S.-Mexico relations. Houston’s position as a   higher education legal issues. It serves as a focal point for discussion
                                gateway between the two countries serves as a natural setting for   and thoughtful analysis through publications, conferences, and the
                                the Center’s work to improve understanding of each other’s laws and   maintenance of a database of experts on higher education issues
                                legal institutions. In addition to conducting research and analysis of   and institutions. The work of the Institute primarily benefits both
                                the interplay between the two legal systems, the Center promotes   affiliated scholars across the globe whose research is in law and higher
                                cross-border education of law students, lawyers, judges, and other   education as well as representatives of governmental agencies and
                                professionals. The Center works with various agencies to fund specific   legislative staff concerned with higher education. In addition, it offers
                                studies and research projects and organize periodic symposia.    an extensive research library and a monthly research monograph series.
                                The Center also sponsors activities to promote professional    The Institute hosts an annual Houston Higher Educational Roundtable
                                cooperation and comparative legal education in North America    for junior scholars and has hosted over two dozen visiting fellows and
                                through a partnership with the North American Consortium on Legal   postdoctoral students.
                                Education. The Center also helps students arrange summer externships
                                in Mexico City with the several prestigious Mexican institutions.   THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN, LAW & POLICY
                                                                                      The Center for Children, Law & Policy conducts research on juvenile
                                THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE INSTITUTE                        justice and child welfare issues, provides national training for attorneys
                                The Criminal Justice Institute enhances the study and practice of criminal   representing children in courts, and offers law students an opportunity
                                law at the local, national, and international levels. The Institute brings   to represent children in delinquency and dependency cases. This
                                together nationally-recognized scholars, top criminal law practitioners,   innovative center has coordinated a number of important symposia and
                                judges, and students through a variety of programs to succeed in    lectures that band together professionals from a variety of disciplines
                                this goal.                                            to closely examine important issues relating to children’s rights.
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