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1 Presented by Leslie D. McKesson, Ed. S., NCCP Paralegal Technology Coordinator/Instructor Western Piedmont Community College

2  In 2002, 52% of American immigrants came from Latin America, 25% from Asia, and 14% from Europe.  40 years from now, minorities will account for nearly 50% of the American population (up from 31% in 2000).

3  Global interdependence  Changes to banking and finance systems

4  Diminishing physical and technological borders  Pluralism  Human Rights  Environmental Issues  Global Economics  Demographic shifts

5  Outsourcing  Virtual employment

6  The January/March 2010 issue of Paralegal Today identifies Globalization as the number one trend effecting paralegals in the coming year.  “The globalization trend will continue as U.S. Law firms continue to compete for legal work with firms abroad, as well as in their own back yard.... Paralegals must broaden their knowledge across multiple jurisdictions and adapt their skills to serve a global market. ” p. 33

7  “Globalization (or globalisation) describes an ongoing process by which regional economies, societies, and cultures have become integrated through a globe-spanning network of communication and trade. “  Wikipedia (a Web 2.0 technology)

8 MULTICULTURALISM /DIVERSITY GLOBAL EDUCATION Global education is the application of multicultural concepts to “the world community and emphasizing the planet, its natural resources, and all interconnections”. Brown and Kisylka Goal: To develop “a citizenry that knows and cares about contemporary affairs in the whole world, not just in its own nation”. Dunn Multiculturalism attempts to understand the different perspectives among sub-groups within one overarching legal or social system. Goal: To examine relationships between people of widely varied geographies, languages, nationalities, political structures and ideological beliefs.

9 Environment and planet Human rights Peace and conflict RaceGenderHealthEducation “... the meaning and scope of [global education is] uncertain and contested.” Zepke Figure 2

10  Demand for bi- or multi-lingual paralegals  Client relations  International, Corporate, and Cyber law  Outsourcing and virtual employment

11  Modify existing assignments to include international characters and contexts  Show movie or selected YouTube video portraying or discussing an international custody battle (see sample ) Discuss in class or have students write a reflection paper or comment on a discussion thread.

12  Facilitate discussions around global issues  Peter is a fellow instructor. He is a native of Romania who recently became a United States citizen and has consented to discuss his experience with the naturalization process with your Administrative Law class and answer live questions from students. Online alternative, post a blog or podcast to your course page discussing Peter’s story. Students are required to post comments, questions, research findings or observations based on the blog/podcast.

13  Make use of current events as backdrop for research/analysis assignments  Research question for Family Law. Helen and Jack Benson live in [your state]. They have taken in a child who was orphaned by the recent earthquake in Haiti, and they wish to adopt the child. Research (may involve agency interviews) the process for adoption in your state in this situation and write a two page paper outlining your findings. (Live or online)

14  When appropriate, make use of students with global resources or intercultural experiences  Student Nilsa recently moved to the United States from Nicaragua. She was a lawyer in her country and is studying to be a paralegal here. She has consented to discuss the legal system in her country, including the role of paralegals, in your Introduction to Law/Paralegal Studies course.  Nilsa’s interview could be recorded and posted as a video or audio podcast, followed by discussion or a reflection paper.

15  Encourage macro-analysis  Students have a brief survey study of abortion rights in Ireland (see sample site ) and write a comparative or reflective paper

16  Project partnerships with other clubs (Rotaract, diversity, “green” clubs)  Paralegal Association and Global Village student group partner to coordinate a dinner/fundraiser for Haiti Relief. Students prepare and serve a simple traditional Haitian meal and present a brief educational program spotlighting the country and its history.

17  Invite speakers from other countries to present at club functions or meetings  Have your paralegal association coordinate an expert presentation on multiculturalism or globalism for other students as a service to your institution.

18  Plan club service or community project with global focus  Students volunteer to contribute 3 community service hours to package food to be sent to children in third world countries

19  Connect with a sister city program in another country  Have students conduct research regarding paralegal utilization and education in another country (ex., Canada, the UK, etc.) Locate a paralegal education program in that country and establish a virtual exchange program with their student group

20  (Note: these sites are listed as exemplars only, I have neither reviewed them at length nor do I endorse them):  Criminal Law course discussion on the global illegal drug market (Global Health)  Family Law international policies on domestic violence (Gender Issues) men/ men/  Education for All (Education/Gender Issues) 0,,contentMDK:20374062~menuPK:540090~pagePK:148956~piPK:2 16618~theSitePK:282386,00.html 0,,contentMDK:20374062~menuPK:540090~pagePK:148956~piPK:2 16618~theSitePK:282386,00.html

21  Global issues can be daunting and bleak. Educators should make effort to introduce global topics in ways that take into account the affective impact of topics, issues, and discussions, and engage constructive thinking.  Shift Happens 2009

22  Gain a functional understanding of the terms, methods, and concepts of global education through research, travel, professional development, networking, or other relevant activities.  Willingly and honestly assess and confront personal beliefs as educators and as individuals.  Incorporate both affective and cognitive approaches to instruction.  Determine and implement appropriate models to guide program design and evaluation.

23  Brown, S. and Kysilka, M. (2009) What Every Teacher Should Know About Multicultural and Global Education. Pearson Publications, Boston.  Dellow, D. (2002) Why do community colleges need to be involved in international activities? Community College Press, Washington, DC.  Dunn, R. (2002) Growing Good Citizens with a World-Centered Curriculum. Educational Leadership, October.  Gordon, M. and Newburry, W. (2007) Students as a resource for introducing intercultural education in business schools. Intercultural Education, Vol. 18, No.3, August, pp.243-257.  Hanvey, R. (1976, 2004) An attainable global perspective. The American Forum for Global Education.  Hicks, D. and Bord, A. (2001) Learning about Global Issues: why most educators only make things worse. Environmental Education Research, Vol. 7, No. 4, 2001. Pp. 413-425.  Nathan, R. (2005) My freshman year: what a professor learned by becoming a student (Ithaca, NY, Cornell University Press).  Fluhme, Ashley. Paralegal Today (January/March 2010). 10 Trends for Paralegals in 2010.  Romana, R. (2002) Internationalizing the Community College. Community College Press, Washington, DC.  Retrieved March 16, 2010.  Zepke, N. (2005) Diversity, adult education and the future: a tentative exploration. International Journal of Lifelong Education, Vol. 24, No. 2 (March-April), pp. 165-178.  World View: An international program for educators. Retrieved March 3, 2010.

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