Professor Calvin A. Hamilton, a native of Guyana, received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School and his master’s from the prestigious Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He is admitted to practice in New York and Spain, as well as before the United States Court of International Trade and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Mr. Hamilton’s practice deals primarily with alternative dispute resolution: arbitration, litigation and mediation. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions; distribution, agency, franchise and transfer agreements; contract negotiations; corporate law. He has extensive experience in the following sectors: technology, automotive, manufacturing, real estate, construction, energy, including oil and gas and renewable energy. His firm, hamilton abogados, is consistently considered among the one-hundred top practices by Global Arbitration Review. Mr. Hamilton is also included in the Who’s Who of arbitration practitioners.
As a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, Mr. Hamilton is developing a comprehensive ADR curriculum as part of a plan to further position the University as an institution of excellence. He is also serving as the Secretary to the Barbados branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is one of the founding members of the Caribbean ADR Chambers that is to be inaugurated early next year. Moreover, as a lawyer admitted to practice in New York, he regularly counsels Caribbean clients on New York Law and/or acts on their behalf to manage local counsel there.
Mr. Hamilton acts as counsel or arbitrator in arbitrations throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, the U.S., Africa, and Europe. In addition, he has served as Secretary to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) 2 arbitration panels and currently acts as an Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) panelist in domain name disputes before the National Arbitration Forum.
His articles have appeared in publications such as Mealey’s International Arbitration Report, Spain Arbitration Review, and the New York Law Journal.
Professor Westmin James is a Lecturer at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, where he lectures Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, Commonwealth Caribbean Human Rights Law, and International Law of Human Rights in the LL.B. Programme; Advanced Public International Law in the LL.M.; and Introduction to Public International Law in the Master in Trade Policy.
Mr. James obtained a Bachelors of Law Degree with First Class Honours in 2003 from UWI and a Masters of Law in International Commercial and Trade Law from the University of Cambridge in 2005. He thereafter obtained a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad in 2006 and was admitted to the Bar of Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago in that year. Mr. James had a diverse practice in one of the leading Law Chambers in Trinidad and Tobago for 6 years before joining the Faculty of Law in 2011. While at the Faculty, besides his teaching duties, Mr. James is also part of the UWI Rights Advocacy Project (U-RAP), whose objective it is to promote human rights and social justice in the Caribbean through human rights litigation. U-RAP is currently engaged in litigation in Belize and Guyana to promoting sexual minority rights.
Mr. James has also written several articles to be published in peer reviewed journals on constitutional law and the human rights of sexual minorities in the Commonwealth Caribbean. He was also engaged and produced a report for the UNFPA entitled A Legal Gap Analysis of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the OECS.
Professor David Rubenstein teaches Constitutional Law I, Administrative Law, Immigration Law, and Professional Responsibility, and is the Director of Washburn Law's Center for Law and Government. Prior to teaching, he clerked for The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor when she was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for The Honorable Barbara Jones in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Following law school, Professor Rubenstein worked for five years as an associate in King & Spalding's New York office, where he represented major corporate clients in a wide array of commercial litigation matters. He then served for three years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he specialized in immigration and argued several issues of first impression before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Professor Rubenstein writes in the fields of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Immigration – usually at the intersection of two or more of those subjects. His work has been published in the Vanderbilt Law Review, William & Mary Law Review, Harvard Journal on Legislation, and other journals. His latest piece, "The Paradox of Administrative Preemption," is forthcoming in Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Professor Rubenstein's articles have been cited in many law journals and by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits.
Professor Nancy Maxwell earned a J.D. With Distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1975, and her LL.M. in law teaching from Harvard University in 1979. She practiced law in North Dakota before entering the academy as a Visiting Professor at the University of North Dakota School of Law. She is licensed to practice law before state and federal courts in North Dakota and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and consults with private practitioners on cases involving same-gender couples or gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered clients.
Professor Maxwell joined the Washburn Law faculty in 1979, and has taught in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, criminal law, family law, sexuality and the law, and feminist legal theory. She has trained in child custody and visitation disputes at the Center for Dispute Resolution of Denver, Colorado, and as a Conflict Manager Trainer by the Community Board Program, Inc., of San Francisco, California.
Her many published works in the areas of family law, sexuality and the law, and feminist legal theory have been published by such journals as the Utrecht Law Review, the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law, and the Family Law Quarterly.
Professor Maxwell is a member of the Family Law Advisory Committee of the Kansas Judicial Council, and has also been an active member in many other professional organizations, such as the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), the Kansas Bar Association, and the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association. She is also the former, long-time Director of International Legal Programs at Washburn Law, with many years of service in international legal education, as well as a former board member of the Conflict Resolution Committee of the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice.