Desembargadora Maria Cristina Zucchi, 2010 Distinguished International Scholar in Residence

Posted: Tue, 09/28/2010 - 14:48

Desembargadora (Justice) Maria Cristina Zucchi, an appellate judge in São Paulo, Brazil, is being honored as Cumberland’s first-ever Distinguished International Scholar in Residence as she shares her experience and expertise with students, faculty and the Birmingham legal and business community September 28 to October 1, 2010.

A lawyer and law professor, in 1995, Ms. Zucchi enrolled as the first woman in the Master of Comparative Law program at Cumberland. Her research and thesis dealt with the Constitution and Judicial Review. She uses her experience and knowledge from the MCL program in her tireless work to improve the process of justice in Brazil. Thanks in part to her perspective and efforts, the Brazilian judiciary is increasingly adopting the concept of precedent into their civil law system and there is growing interest in alternative dispute resolution concepts.

Desembargadora Maria Cristina Zucchi is a member of the  International Insolvency Institute and the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges in the United States. She is a frequent speaker on bankruptcy and insolvency and has written extensively in the area of Value Added Tax.

Understanding the world beyond our borders is increasingly vital for law students, lawyers, judges, and others in US society. The Distinguished International Scholars Program is one of the ways that the Cumberland School of Law builds such understanding, by bringing outstanding international lawyers, jurists, and academics to the Samford University campus to interact with students, faculty, and other leaders in the Birmingham community. The discussions focus on issues and practices in differing legal systems and cultures. Information on Cumberland’s other international program is available here.

In addition to lectures in the law school, Desembargadora Zucchi will be the featured speaker at the Brock International Business Speakers Event on Wednesday, September 29 at 3:00 PM in Brock Forum. The event will be co-hosted by Cumberland School of Law and the Brock School of Business, and a reception will follow the event on Brewer Plaza in front of Robinson Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Please make reservations for this event here.

Law students will also have an opportunity to meet with Desembargadora Zucchi at a breakfast scheduled Wednesday, September 29 from 9:00 to 10:00 AM in the Great Room.

Samford Video Story - Produced by Nathan Troost

Full audio recording. (mp3 - 38.5MB)