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Jerome Cohen, Noted Expert on Chinese Legal System, To Deliver 2008 Sterry R. Waterman Lecture at VLS

September 26, 2008

SOUTH ROYALTON – Jerome A. Cohen, adjunct senior fellow for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and internationally renowned expert on China’s legal system, will deliver Vermont Law School’s 2008 Sterry R. Waterman Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m.

The lecture, “Lost in Translation: Is a Chinese ‘Judge’ a Judge?” will be held in the Chase Community Center. It is free and open to the public.

Cohen is also a professor of law at New York University School of Law and counsel to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. At NYU, he teaches courses that include “Legal Problems of Doing Business with China and East Asia” and “International Law – East and West.”

He has published several books and articles on Chinese law, including Contract Laws of the People’s Republic of China and China’s Legal Tradition. He co-authored China Today and Her Ancient Treasures with his wife, Joan Lebold Cohen.

“We are honored and privileged to have Jerome Cohen as our Waterman Lecturer this year,” said VLS President and Dean Jeff Shields. “Given the work that our faculty and students are now involved in through our VLS-China partnership program, the topic of his lecture is most timely.”

The Sterry R. Waterman lecture is named in honor of the late senior judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Judge Waterman was a resident of St. Johnsbury and a former president of the VLS Board of Trustees. The lecture has been given annually since 1975, and in May 2006, VLS dedicated a faculty office building in his honor.

CONTACT: Diane Derby, Director of Media Relations

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