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Wayne Law to Host Japanese Judicial System Presentation, Nov. 16

November 13, 2007

International Education Week DETROIT (Nov. 13, 2007) – Wayne State University Law School and the Office of International Programs will proudly host a presentation on the Japanese Judicial System featuring Japanese Judge Kensuke Abo from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the Hilberry Auditorium located in the Student Center on Friday, Nov. 16, 2007.

A scholar-in-residence with Wayne State University Law School for the 2007-2008 academic year by way of the recently announced Japanese Judge Program, Judge Abo will review the present circumstances, issues and reforms in the Japanese judicial system.

“Judge Abo’s experience and perspective gained from working in the Japanese judicial system will prove a wonderful learning experience for all in attendance,” said Wayne Law Dean Frank H. Wu. “We are pleased to have this opportunity to hear from Judge Abo and look forward to continued collaboration with the Supreme Court of Japan and the Third Circuit Court of Michigan with regard to Wayne Law’s Japanese Judge Program.”

Judge Abo earned his bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Keio in Japan in 2003 and was appointed a judge in 2004. After receiving his degree, he completed a special course of practical legal training at the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court as a legal apprentice.

He spent the first few years of his career hearing civil cases, and has been hearing criminal trials at Chiba District Court since April 2007. Judge Abo was selected by the Supreme Court of Japan to be the scholar in residence at Wayne Law and at the Third Circuit Court of Michigan. As such, he is studying the Circuit Court’s Civil Division and the Domestic Relations Section of the Family Division; observing the Court’s Jury Services and Case Processing Departments and the operations of the Mediation Tribunal Association; and studying the Court’s Criminal Division. He is also available to Wayne Law students and faculty to discuss research.

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