Furnish presents paper at international meeting

December 17, 2009

Dale">http://www.law.asu.edu/Apps/Faculty/Faculty.aspx?Individual_ID=77">Dale Furnish, Emeritus Professor of Law, recently presented a paper on "International Forum Non Conveniens" at the Mexican Academy of Private International and Comparative Law's XXXII Annual Meeting.

At">http://www.law.asu.edu/Apps/Faculty/Faculty.aspx?Individual_ID=77"><... the Nov. 10-15 event, Furnish sat as one of six international panelists at a session which discussed and critiqued the proposed new Code of Private International Law for Mexico. Download Full Image

Earlier, Oct. 6-9, Furnish participated in the Organization of American States' Seventh Commission on Private International Law meetings in Washington, D.C., where the Model Regulations for a Secured Transactions Registry were debated and modified into a final version that was approved and ratified by the OAS. This session culminated about five years of drafting and discussion, and produced a corollary to the Model Law of Secured Transactions produced in 2002.

Furnish enjoys an international reputation for his work in comparative law and International commercial and trade law, as well as U.S. commercial law. Bilingual in Spanish, he has been invited to teach and speak in every country in South and Central America, and has served as Visiting Professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the University of Sonora, Mexico (UNISON), and on two occasions at the Catholic University of Peru. Furnish was elected a Supernumerary Member of the Mexican Academy of Private International and Comparative Law in 2003, one of only two U.S. jurists so honored to date.

Furnish is a roster member of the United States Panel of Arbitrators for NAFTA Chapter 19 disputes. As a Director of the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade (NLCIFT), he participated in drafting a Model Inter-American Law of Secured Transactions approved by the Organization of American States in 2002, and its correlative Model Regulations for a Secured Transactions Registry approved by the OAS in 2009. He continues to work with the NLCIFT on law reforms that should stimulate more vigorous use of credit, and the growth of commerce and employment to alleviate poverty throughout the Americas and beyond. Specifically, Furnish has worked to reform secured transactions regimes in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Tanzania since his retirement in 2004.

Judy Nichols, mailto:Judith.Nichols@asu.edu"> color="#0000ff">Judith.Nichols@asu.edu
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Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Phoenix area gets new business magnet high school

December 17, 2009

Many Phoenix-area parents and students are about to get an impressive new choice when it comes to selecting a high school. Starting immediately after the holiday break, Marcos de Niza High School in the Tempe Union High School District will partner with the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University to become the first business magnet high school in the Tempe area.

"We wanted to do something special to make our school even more appealing to area students," said Marcos de Niza High School Principal Frank Mirizio. "Over the summer, we did research showing that the number one declared major in universities across the country is business. Since we have the internationally renowned W. P. Carey School of Business right in our backyard, this partnership was ideal." Download Full Image

Under the new plan, the high school will now include the Marcos Business Academy, and the W. P. Carey School of Business is already consulting with teachers to help develop the curriculum. Students will focus on core business fields, such as marketing and management, and they will have access to seminars, guest speakers and student mentors from the W. P. Carey School of Business.

"The students will be put on a path that gives them a great head start for business school in college," said Tim Desch, assistant dean for undergraduate admissions at the W. P. Carey School of Business. "In addition to their other business-oriented high school courses, they will actually take a semester of macroeconomics at the W. P. Carey School of Business on campus at ASU. By the time they're ready for college, they will have met college students, taken college classes and have a real advantage in adapting to college life."

Business magnet schools and programs have been introduced across the country in places as diverse as downtown Los Angeles; Nashville, Tenn.; and Bridgeport, Conn. Magnet schools are public schools with specialized curricula designed to draw students from across normal school boundaries. The Tempe Union High School District expects this new program to be a huge draw, and the W. P. Carey School of Business is looking forward to making an impact with the students.

"We are focused on changing lives through education," said W. P. Carey School of Business Dean Robert Mittelstaedt. "Marcos Business Academy will help us deliver our resources to high school students who will have a bright future in the business world."

To learn more about enrolling a student at Marcos Business Academy, visit www.tuhsd.k12.az.us/mdn">http://www.tuhsd.k12.az.us/mdn">www.tuhsd.k12.az.us/mdn.