Katerina Lewinbuk

Professor of Law

BA, Minnesota State University
J.D., John Marshall Law School

Areas of Expertise

  • Employment Discrimination
  • Legal Research & Writing
  • Professional Responsibility

klewinbuk@stcl.edu

713-646-2940

Office: 621T

Prof. Lewinbuk has twice taught as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. At the Facultad Libre Derecho de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico she taught a “Survey of U.S. Business Law” course, and at Charles University in Prague she taught a “Survey of the U.S. Legal System and Business Law.” She has also taught the “American Legal System & Lawyering Skills” classes in Moscow and Istanbul. Currently, Lewinbuk is one of just six professors participating in the inaugural Texas Project for Human Rights Education at Southern Methodist University. The research-focused, curriculum-building pilot program is aimed at expanding human rights education throughout Texas. The professors conduct research and incorporate human rights issues into their current academic disciplines. They work with SMU’s Embrey Human Right Program to increase research and courses offered with a focus on women’s rights. She taught Legal Methods in Business Law to students in the Republic of Georgia in November 2011 as part of the college’s work to introduce ADR and western-style teaching methods at the college. The program is a joint project of the United States Agency for International Development’s Judicial Independence and Legal Empowerment Project, Tbilisi State University and South Texas College of Law Houston, which was implemented by the East-West Management Institute, Inc. Prior to joining the faculty at South Texas College of Law Houston, she taught legal research and writing and professional responsibility at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. While at DePaul, Prof. Lewinbuk co-authored a monthly online column addressing employment law issues for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, which was distributed to practicing attorneys throughout the state. Professor Lewinbuk also served as Legal Research & Writing Program Director and taught at the International Law Institute in Washington, D.C.  The program prepares international LL.M. students to enter law schools throughout the United States and it also provides an overview of the U.S. legal system to judges and practicing attorneys from all over the world. Prior to teaching, Professor Lewinbuk was an associate at the Chicago office of Baker & McKenzie practicing in the areas of business & employment litigation and client counseling.  She represented management and employers in all varieties of employment matters from multinational, Fortune 500 companies to mid-sized businesses.  She graduated with honors from the John Marshall Law School and is licensed to practice law in Illinois and District of Columbia.


ARTICLES

Lawyer Heal Thy Self: Incorporating Mindfulness Into Legal Education & Profession, 40 J. Legal Prof. 1 (2015).

Mindfulness Meditation: Is the Practice a Saving Grace for Law Students? 78 Tex. B.J. 454 (2015).

Hard to Build, But Easy to Destroy?: Will Chaos in Legal Education Lead to Restructuring of Law Schools and Elimination of Faculty Tenure? 39 J. Legal Prof. 1 (2014).

There is No App for That: The Need for Legal Educators and Practitioners to Comply with Ethical Standards in the Digital Era, 24 U. Fla J. L. & Soc. Pol’y 321 (2013).

What Goes Around Comes Around: Lawsuits Against Lawyers and the ’Professional Responsibility’ of Law Schools to Face That Reality, 42 Sw U. L. Rev. 547 (2013).

Embracing Diversity Through a Multicultural Approach to Legal Education, 1 Charlotte L. Rev. 223 (2008-2009). (with Julie Spanbauer)

First, Do No Harm: The Consequences Of Advising Clients About Litigation Alternatives In Medical Malpractice Cases, 2 St. Mary’s J. Legal Mal. & Ethics 416 (2012) (by Invitation Only).

Perestroika or Just Perfunctory?: The Scope and Significance of Russia’s New Legal Ethics Laws, 35 J. Legal Prof. 25 (2010).

Russia’s Labor Pains: The Slow Creation of a Culture of Enforcement, 32 Fordham Int’l L.J. 846 (2009).

Guest Editors’ Introduction: Professional Ethics for the Attorney, 43 Statutes and Decisions: the Laws of the USSR and its Successor States, May-June 2008, at 7. (with Stephen D. Shenfield)

Let’s Sue All the Lawyers: The Rise of Claims Against Lawyers for Aiding and Abetting a Client’s Breach of Fiduciary Duty, 40 Ariz. St. L.J. 135 (2008).

Can Successful Lawyers Think in Different Languages?: Incorporating Critical Strategies That Support Learning Lawyering Skills for the Practice of Law in a Global Environment, 41 Law Teacher: Int’l J. Legal Educ. 275 (2007). Reprinted in, 7 Richmond J. Global L. & Bus. 1 (2008).

Transformation of the Ethical Boundaries of the Attorney-Client Privilege in Response to the Growing Complexity of the Modern Business World, 42 Willamette L. Rev. 79 (2006).

Employment Practice Flash Points (monthly publication) (June 2004 B July 2005). –co-authored monthly updates on recent developments. (with Prof. Julie Spanbauer) — 13 issues (to access go to http://www.iicle.com/flashpoints/flashpoints_content.asp?ID=3)

Supreme Court Decision On Workplace Arbitration in Waffle House, 7 The Global Employer, May 2002, at 25. (with Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.& Robert Lewis)

Russian Duma Approves New Labor Code, CCH Incorporated, July 2001.

The Application of Attorney-Client Privilege in Malpractice Action, 14 CBA Record, Nov. 2000, at 14.

CHAPTERS

Guest Editor, Professional Ethics for the Attorney, 43 Statutes and Decisions: the Laws of the USSR and its Successor States, May-June, July-August, and September-October, 2008. (with Stephen D. Shenfield)

PRESENTATIONS & PROCEEDINGS

Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) – Florida (August 2014):

  • Panelist, “Strategies for Balancing Our Love for Work and Our Love for Life Beyond the Academy”
  • Moderator, “Self-Coping/Self-Doping: Law Student Use and Abuse of Drugs/Alcohol and What We Should Be Doing” and “LL.M. Programs & Current Challenges”

Presenter, “There is No App for That: The Need for Legal Educators and Practitioners to Comply with Ethical Standards in the Digital Era,” Global Legal Ethics VI Conference, London, United Kingdom (July 2014).

Presenter, “Fulbright scholarship grants & other opportunities for LRW professionals,” Global Legal Skills VIII Conference, Verona, Italy (May 2014).

Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) – Florida (August 2013) Panelist on 2 separate panels: “Professional Responsibility” & “The Future of the Legal Profession.”

Presenter, “Fulbright Opportunities for Legal Writing Professionals,” 13th Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder (March 2013).

Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) – Florida (July 2012). Panelist on 3 separate panels:

  • “Professional Responsibility Pecha Kucha;”
  • “Planning for Student Outcome Measurements: Discussion Group on Design Implementation & Ideas;”
  • “Comparing Legal Writing Programs—An Insider’s Perspective.”

Presenter, Genocide, Massacre and the World’s Response, International Human Rights Conference with a Focus on Violence in Russia & China Helsinki State University/Law Faculty—Helsinki, Finland (May 2012).

Visiting Lecturer, Lawyers & Human Rights, Herzen State University St. Petersburg/Law Department-St. Petersburg, Russia (May 2012)

Invited Speaker, One Size does NOT Fit All: A Lawyer’s Potential Duty to Advise Clients of Litigation Alternatives in Medical Malpractice Cases, Legal Malpractice & Ethics Symposium-St. Mary’s Law School, San Antonio, TX (Feb. 2012).

Presenter, Fulbright scholarship grants & other opportunities for LRW professionals, One-Day Annual LRW Workshop—Brooklyn Law School, NY (December 2011).

Presenter, Fulbright Program Anniversary Celebration Conference, New York City, NY, December 2011.

Presenter, National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism (NIETP) 2011 Fellow, Global & Comparative Ethics Workshop, University of St. Thomas, MN, April 2011.

Presenter, First, Do No Harm: Application of a Lawyer’s Potential Duty to Advise Clients of Litigation Alternatives to Medical Malpractice Cases, Texas Southern University Law School—Houston, Texas (March 21, 2011).

Panelist, Legal Profession and Attorney Ethics in Russia: History, Status & Current Developments, Annual Meeting: Southeastern Association of Law schools, Palm Beach, FL, July 2010.

Panelist, Incorporating a Bicultural Approach to Teaching all Entering Law Students, 14th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Marco Island, FL, June 27-30, 2010.

Panelist, Avoiding Culture Shock: Embracing a Bicultural Appraoch to Teaching all Entering Law Students, Intersections of Law & Culture 2009, Franklin College, Lugano Switzerland, October 2-4, 2009. (with Julie Spanbauer)

Biculturalism: The Need To Be Aware Of How Culture And Ethnicity Shape Identities, Learning Styles, And Attitudes Toward Conflict Resolution. Global Legal Skills VI Conference, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, June 2009.

Are the Lawyers Always at Fault: the Rise of Claims Against Lawyers for Aiding and Abetting a Client’s Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Legal Malpractice Symposium, St. Mary’s Law Journal, San Antonio, Texas, February 2009.

Can Successful Lawyers Think in Different Languages? Incorporating Critical Strategies That Support Learning Lawyering Skills for the Practice of Law in a Global Environment, 4th International Conference on Law, Athens, Greece, July 2007. (Proceedings to be published by (Athens Institute of Education & Research (ATINER))

Using Storytelling in Teaching Legal Skills to International Students, Once upon a Legal Time: Developing the Skills of Storytelling in Law, City University of London, July 2007.

Using Storytelling in Teaching Legal Skills to International Students, 7th Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, March 2007.

Expanding Classroom Borders by Incorporating Interdisciplinary Rhetorical Strategies and First-hand Experience into the ESL and EFL Legal Writing Classroom, LWI Biennial Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, June 2006. (with Professors Brown and Spanbauer)

Panelist, Creating Appropriate Assignments, Global Legal Skills, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, May 2005.

Transformation of the Ethical Boundaries of the Attorney-client Privilege in Response to the Growing Complexity of the Modern Business World, 11th Annual Vincentian Conference on Business Ethics, Chicago, Illinois, October 2004.

Survival Kit for New Teachers, 4th Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, March 2004.

Recent Decisions Addressing Disparate Impact and Disparate Treatment Issues Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, March 2005.

Recent Decisions Addressing Unique Aspects of Employment Law Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, January 2005.

Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education — See examples of specific topics below:

Recent Decisions Assessing Title VII and Section 1981 Hostile Environment & Retaliation Law Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, November 2004

Recent Decisions Assessing Retaliation Claims in Illinois Federal & State Courts and Issues Relating to Time Limitation for Filing a Claim under the ADA & Title VII, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, December 2004.


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