Five Russian judges visit Florida

first_imgFive Russian judges visit Florida December 1, 2002 Regular News Five Russian commercial court judges recently visited Miami to examine the U.S. judicial system with their Florida counterparts and other members of the state’s legal community.The Russian judges are part of a rule of law exchange sponsored by the Open World Program, the only exchange program housed in the U.S. legislative branch. Russia’s recent adoption of judicial reforms — including new bankruptcy legislation — makes the judges’ Miami visit especially timely.Managed by the Center for Russian Leadership Development, an independent agency based at the Library of Congress, Open World brings emerging Russian leaders to the United States for an in-depth, on-site introduction to American democratic institutions. Open World conducts its rule of law program for Russian jurists in cooperation with the International Judicial Relations Committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference, the federal courts’ policymaking body. A top U.S. federal or state judge plans and participates in the local schedule of each Open World rule of law delegation.In Miami, the Russians participated in an orientation session with U.S. Bankruptcy Judge A. Jay Cristol; observed bankruptcy court proceedings before Chief Judge Robert A. Mark; observed a judge presiding over Chapter 13 disputes; received briefings on creditors committees, the role of the U.S. Trustee, and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings; attended a Bankruptcy Bar dinner; visited the University of Miami Law School and Law Library; took a guided tour of the Ferrell Schultz Carter Zumpano & Fertel law firm; and participated in a closing roundtable. They also visited the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, the Wings over Miami aviation museum, and the Miami Seaquarium.Before traveling to Miami, the Russian judges participated in an intensive two-day orientation session in Washington, D.C., with several U.S. judges and officials from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and the Federal Judicial Center.center_img Five Russian judges visit Florida last_img


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