Jacobson Awarded Fulbright

M.H. "Sam" Jacobson has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to teach at the University of Sofia, in Sofia, Bulgaria, for spring semester 2006 (February through June). She will teach Constitutional and Administrative Processes, a course that explores constitutional and administrative law processes from comparative and international perspectives.

Jacobson, who teaches legal research and writing and administrative law at Willamette, is no stranger to Bulgaria. For the past 10 years, she's been traveling there to teach at the University of Sofia and other institutions. Last year, she spoke before the Bulgarian Parliament and has become a featured speaker at the Ministry of Justice and at the Commission on Fighting Corruption. She and Bulgarian Professor Maria Slavova are co-authoring a book, The Seven Principles of Fighting Corruption in Bulgaria.

Training attorneys in emerging democracies is vitally important according to Jacobson. In her Fulbright proposal she wrote, "Bulgaria is a newly-developed democracy experiencing problems with corruption in its transition from communism and socialism to democracy and market economy. As members of, and future lawyers in, a newly-developed democracy, Bulgarian law students are uniquely situated to benefit from a course of this nature. The course will help enhance their understanding of democracy in action and the important role that the public plays in maintaining institutional balance. It will also expand on their understanding of the institutional sources of corruption and how institutions of government can be used as a tool to fight corruption…"

Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills.