POSTPONED: Antonette Barilla
Seminar Title: ‘What Does it Mean to Practice International Law?’
Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Academic Support and Bar Preparation
Elon University School of Law
Born in Italy and fluent in English, Italian and Spanish, Barilla graduated magna cum laude from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a degree in Political Science and was the recipient of the President’s Scholar Award. There she obtained her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with Cross Cultural Language Acquisition and Development Certification, and taught for thirteen years in the California public school system.
She obtained her Juris Doctor degree with honors from Western State College of Law, where she also received the Academy of Appellate Lawyers Award for brief writing. During her last year at Western State College of Law, she worked in Heidelberg, Germany for the Army Judge Advocate General.
Barilla is an alumnus of the University of London, where she obtained her Postgraduate Certificate in Law with specialization in Law and Development, her Postgraduate Diploma in Laws with specialization in International Business Law and finally her LLM. She is also an alumnus of The Hague Academy of International Law, a center for research and teaching in public and private international law that provides opportunities for contact with the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, international criminal courts and other institutions.
As a part of her practice, she worked in a private firm specializing in estate planning, contract law, trust/corporate administration, immigration, juvenile and education law. She opened a second office in which she utilized her fluency in Italian and Spanish in her work with international contracts and transactions, often traveling overseas to conduct and oversee business transactions on behalf of her clients, and has been sworn into the United States Court of International Trade. She is certified as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the California Superior Court where she was appointed by judges on a case-by-case basis to conduct independent investigations and present recommendations at court hearings regarding the best placement for children within the system.
Barilla's legal teaching career began with an adjunct appointment teaching Solving Legal Problems and the Exit Year Program at Western State College of Law. She has since served as the Assistant Director of Academic Support and Bar Services at Western State College of Law and has developed and taught related courses including Introduction to Legal Methods, Legal Methods, and Advanced Legal Methods. She has also taught Introduction to International Law, Introduction to International Treaties, and International Business Transactions and Professional Responsibility, and Wills and Estates topics. She has spoken at a number of law schools across the country on best teaching practices and on academic and bar support programming.