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Foundation Council

Delaine R. Swenson
Chairman of The Foundation Council
Delaine R. Swenson

Delaine R. Swenson is a Professor of Law at KUL and Director and founder of the Center for Advancing Legal Skills. He is one of the founders of the Rule of Law Institute. Professor Swenson is a graduate of Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington where he received a double degree in History/Political Science and Theatre Arts. He received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from the National Law Center of George Washington University in Washington D.C. He worked for over 10 years as a trial attorney in the United States specializing in taking criminal and civil cases to court, with an emphasis on jury trials. In 1994 he was recognized as the outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year for the State of Washington.

From 1997-99 he worked as the Rule of Law/Criminal Law Liaison for the American Bar Association’s Central Europe and Eurasia Law Initiative (CEELI) legal reform program in Poland. As liaison he worked closely with Iustitia, the Polish Judges Association, the Ministry of Justice and lawyers groups on legal reform and judicial training and was a founder of Catholic University’s Center for American Law.  From 1999 to 2002 Professor Swenson managed CEELI’s legal reform programs in the five Central Asian Republics of Kazakhstan, Krygzystan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. As Regional Director he was administrative and programmatic manager of a multi-million dollar legal reform assistance program with 10 offices in five countries.

In 2002 Professor Swenson served as a Senior Scholar with the United States Fulbright Program in Poland and since then has served as a Professor at KUL’s Chair of American and Comparative Law. He is a founder and Council Member of the Rule of Law Institute Foundation. He continues to work on legal reform projects, and has consulted on projects for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations, USAID and the State Department. He is presently involved as an expert and trainer in a State Department funded Model Courthouse project run by Indiana University in China.

Professor Swenson has provided training on adult education methods, trial advocacy, human rights, court and judicial reform in the United States, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union.

SSN Maria Teresa Romer
Council Member
SSN Maria Teresa Romer

Retired Supreme Court Judge, former president of the Polish Judges’ Association Iustitia. Lecturer and author of comments on labor law and social security. Expert of the Council of Europe and the American Lawyers Association in the field of judicial reform and human rights. Member of the Council and Chairwoman of the Program Council of the Rule of Law Institute Foundation.

Prof. Grzegorz Górski
Council Member

A graduate of the 4th High School Tadeusz Kościuszko in Toruń. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. In 1988 he obtained a doctoral degree from the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Nicolaus Copernicus University. In 1996 he obtained his habilitation at the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw. He was the Head of the Department of History and Theory of State and Law at the Faculty of Law, Canon Law and Administration of the Catholic University of Lublin. He was also the head of the Center for American Law at the Catholic University of Lublin formed jointly with the Chicago-Kent College of Law. In the years 2001–2005 he was the head of the Section of General Law Studies at the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of Lublin. He is a member of the Collections of the Scientific Society in Toruń and the Learned Society of the Catholic University of Lublin. He is also a member of the Council of the Foundation of the Home Army Pomorze Archives in Torun and a member of the American Society for Legal History and Supreme Court Historical Society in the USA. He is the vice-chairman of the Editorial Board of the historical journal “Modern Times”.

Arkadiusz Siechowicz
Council Member
Arkadiusz Siechowicz

Arkadiusz Siechowicz is a graduate of  the Faculty of Law at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and the American Law Program on the Center for American Law/ Chicago-Kent College of Law. Nowadays, he is an entrepreneur and co-owner of the Consulting and Training Company – Westhill Consulting. He has devoted his carrier to management and sales competencies development among Polish managers. He is a strategic advisor of ministers and companies’ managers.

Adw. Marek Siudowski
Council Member
Adw. Marek Siudowski

A graduate of Law from the Catholic University of Lublin and the American Law Program from  the Center for American Law Chicago-Kent College of Law. He also completed the European Local Government Studies organized by the KUL Development Foundation in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. In 2015 he graduated from post-graduate studies in the field of evidence law. He runs a law firm in Poznań that deals with criminal and commercial law. Since 2016, he is a member of the  Wielkopolska Bar Association in Poznań.

Prof. Richard Warner
Council Member

Prof. Richard Warner

Professor Warner joined the Chicago-Kent faculty in 1990. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California and the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches Contracts, Remedies, Jurisprudence, Internet Law, and E-Commerce Law and has published several articles and books on philosophical and legal topics.

Professor Warner was named a Norman and Edna Freehling Scholar in 2002 and is the faculty director of Chicago-Kent’s Center for Law and Computers. He is the director of Chicago-Kent\’s Project Poland (www.kentlaw.edu/poland) and visiting foreign professor at University of Gdańsk, Poland, where he is director of the School of American Law. He is also director of the School of American Law at the University of Wrocław, Poland. From 1994 to 1996, he was president of InterActive Computer Tutorials, a software company, and from 1998 to 2000, he was director of Building Businesses on the Web, an Illinois Institute of Technology executive education program concerning e-commerce.

Professor Warner\’s research concerns the regulation of business competition on the Internet and Internet security as well as the nature of human rights and their grounding in personal freedom. He has lectured on Internet security at the second United Nations Economic Commission for Europe workshop, “E-Regulations: E-Security and Knowledge Economy,” in Geneva, Switzerland, and, at the invitation of the FBI, on global cybercrime before the Chicago Crime Commission. He was the principal investigator for “Using Education to Combat White Collar Crime,” a U.S. State Department grant devoted to combating money laundering in Ukraine from 2000 to 2006. He is currently a member of the U.S. Secret Service’s Electronic and Financial Crimes Taskforce.

Professor Warner earned his J.D. from the University of Southern California, where he served on the Southern California Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and he received his B.A. (with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa) in English from Stanford University.


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