This year we are celebrating the 15th anniversary of our partnership with the legal community of the People’s Republic of China. This wonderful opportunity for the exchange of ideas and information was set into motion in 1994 over a cup of tea in Beijing. China’s Dr. Gao Lulin joined with The John Marshall Law School’s then dean, Robert Gilbert Johnston, and its then associate dean and librarian, Dorothy In-Lan Wang Li, to establish a working relationship between the law school and the Chinese Patent Office.
Today it is my pleasure to help our law school expand this partnership. Through our courses, programs, and presentations, both in the United States and in China, our goal is to help our Chinese counterparts develop their knowledge of United States intellectual property law, while at the same time increasing our own knowledge and understanding of the Chinese legal system and culture. At John Marshall, we see the exchange of ideas and expertise as a way of furthering mutually beneficial cooperation between ourselves and our colleagues in China. We also see such exchanges as a way of developing respect for the rule of law, while at the same time enriching our own understanding of the diverse ways that law and society interact in cultures other than our own. My visits to China to meet with government officials, lawyers, judges, teachers and students have been among the most interesting and enjoyable events in my tenure as dean. I’m proud of what we and our Chinese colleagues have been able to achieve and I look forward to continuing to work together with them in the future.
John E. Corkery