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E-mail: rebecca.spitzmiller@uniroma3.it
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Teaching Activities 

  • December 2008 - Present: Professore Aggregato and Researcher/Lecturer in Comparative Law at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in the Law Department. 
  • Taught International Business Contracts (with sole didactic supervision) in Fall Semesters 2013-2017.  Taught and coordinated guest lectures, from 2007 to 2012, in the course “International Business Contracts” with Prof. Andrea Zoppini.  (2° Semester of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and 1° Semester 2011 and 2012) Special topics in this course have included modules on Mock Trials; Moot Courts; Mergers and Acquisitions, with Avv. Fabrizio Arossa; Trade with China, with Prof. Paolo Farah; and Negotiation, with Prof. and Dean Emeritus Joseph Harbaugh; Corruption in Arbitration with Prof. Dr. Richard Kreindler and other guest lecturers. 

  • Program Coordinator for “Studying Law at Roma Tre” (SLR3), directed by Prof. Vincenzo Zeno-Zencovich, since January 2009.  Developed and oversee content and design for this SLR3 website, where all program information is contained. It has had over a half a million visitors since June 2009. Administer a range of law courses in English taught to Italian and visiting international students.  Responsible for: coordinating professors teaching these courses, calendars and scheduling; updating course descriptions and syllabi and assuring standardized formats throughout all courses; Coordinate enrolment for all courses, checking English level through examination of all Roma Tre students to assure appropriate language skills for admission.
  • Program Coordinator for the Dual Degree program in law with Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU’s) Shepard Broad Law Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in addition to a Semester Abroad program there and at Cardozo Law School, the University of Washington’s Law School in Seattle, Shanghai International Studies University and University of Canberra.  Responsible for: information dissemination for all programs; coordination with partner institutions; selection processes for all outgoing students; the organization of a two week mini-course for the NSU program; orientation and supervision of incoming students from visiting US and other foreign (non-Italian) universities; admissions acceptance and letters to visa officers for incoming students; supervision of recognition of incoming credits for Roma Tre students upon return; translation and submission of degree certificates for Roma Tre dual degree students to Nova upon their graduation from Roma Tre; coordination of bar admission materials for Nova/Roma Tre graduates.
  • 2009 to present: Instructor in courses entitled “English for Italian Lawyers” organized by the Scuola Superiore dell'Avvocatura held at Università degli Studi di Roma Tre.
  • 2010 to present: Co-Instructor with Prof. Roberto Pardolesi a master’s course in Comparative Antitrust Law at the Luiss University School of Management.
  • 2010 to present: Co-Instructor in a course entitled “English for Italian Judges” given by Italy’s Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura.
  • November 2007 – 2009:  Instructor at the Scuola Superiore della Pubblica Amministrazione of the Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri in Aci Reale, Reggio Calabria and Caserta in courses designed for Italian officials to improve their negotiation skills in English.
  • 2001 – 2013:  Lecturer at the Università degli Studi di Roma Tre in its Masters in European Law program, (coordinated by Prof. Giandonato Caggiano) teaching “Public International Law” including a special module on “Competition Law,” “Consumer Law” and “Legal English,” in which mock trials (applying rules of evidence, and direct and cross-examination techniques) and moot appellate court arguments were performed.  
  • January 2006 – 2010: Adjunct Professor at the American University of Rome.  Taught “International Law” (POL 402), “International Business Law” (BUS 302) and “Business Law” (BUS 200), in which we organized and presented a joint seminar with the Roma III Masters in European Law class on “The Legal Aspects of the International Job Market.”
  • 2002 – 2008: Private Lessons in Legal English to Ph.D. candidates, lawyers, and other specialists, including corporate clients referred by “Just Legal Services” in Milan.
  • Fall 2001 – Spring 2007: Lecturer at Link Campus, University of Malta, Rome. Taught courses in “Introduction to Legal Studies,” “International Business Law,” “Legal English” and “Job Skills.”
  • 2002 – 2003: Coach for the Jessup International Moot Court team at Roma Tre University, Law Faculty.  Led team to the win Italy’s first ever national championship title, defeating Milano Cattolica and allowing participation in the International Competition in Washington DC in April 2003.  Also assisted the team to prepare for the competitions every year since (2003 - present) many of which have resulted in national championship titles.
  • 1992 – Present: Occasional Guest Lecturer at various universities, educational conferences, (see infra) schools and in ad-hoc seminars on a variety of topics including the American legal system, public and private international law, study and work abroad, comparative educational systems, negotiation skills.  (Additional list of topics and lectures available upon request.)
  • 4/1986 – 1998: Lecturer, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor (successively) at John Cabot University; Rome, Italy

Earned promotion at first possible eligibility through professorial ranks as shown above after evaluation and decision of the Faculty Development Committee.

Developed the course “American Government,” part of the core curriculum for International Affairs majors, and taught it yearly throughout my tenure beginning in 1986.

Developed the course “Legal Environment of Business,” part of the core curriculum for Business Administration majors, and taught it regularly from 1990 - 1998.

Co-developed and co-taught the course “Business and Society,” a business elective, during Summer Term 1990.

Developed and taught Public International Law, part of the core curriculum for International Relations majors, and taught it regularly beginning in 1996.   

Taught several Independent Studies, including research on the role of the American Revolution as a precursor to the French Revolution, problems confronting the European Community member states as they approached 1992, and the Law of War.

Served as Faculty Advisor for the drafting of the Student Council Constitution, adopted Fall Term 1991 and authorized by the Board of Trustees.

Received consistently excellent student evaluations.

Drafted the initial guidelines for the University's Internship program.

Developed and Internship at the International Juridical Organization and implemented the new guidelines there with a student intern under my supervision.    

Was elected to and actively participated on various faculty committees.

Assisted in advising and implementing admissions and recruitment strategies and activities.

  • 1978 - 1982: Teacher of Art in Broward County Schools, Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, Florida.  Acquired tenure, received excellent peer and student evaluations.

Legal Experience

 2014: Member of Sub-Committee XI instituted for the Italian Bar Exam for the year held at the Court of Appeals of Rome. 

Act as consultant to translate and/or to advise on matters involving either US or Comparative Law at:  

2008 – present: Astone - Zoppini, Via Giovanni Nicotera, 31, Rome, Italy,

1992 – present: Fausto De Gregorio, Via Santa Costanza 35, Rome, Italy;

2005- 2008: Carlo Maccallini Viale XXI Aprile 15, Rome, Italy;

2002 – 2003: Cristina Pieretti, Viale Mazzini 88, Rome, Italy;

7/1990 – 9/1990: Consultant for the Law Offices of Jackson and Pollack; Garden City, New York

9/1985 – 9/1988: Head of Legal Office at the International Juridical Organization Rome, Italy (IJO, an organization for international legal research and writing, with consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council and United Nations Environment Programme)
11/1985 – 1/1977: Consultant for Prof. Enrico Esposito, Civil Litigation; Rome, Italy
1/1986 – 9/1988: Of-Counsel for Guttieres and Remiddi, Civil Litigation; Rome, Italy
3/1985 – 5/1985: Law Clerk for Bunnell, Denman and Woulff, Insurance Defense; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
6/1984 - 5/1985: Law Clerk for Foley, Colton and Duncan, Criminal Defense; Palm Beach, Florida
1/1984 – 5/1984: Law Clerk for Saunders, Curtis, Ginestra and Gore; Civil Litigation; Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Editing and Translating

2009: Reviewed/edited “Trial by Media as a Legal Problem, a Comparative Analysis,” G. Resta, Interferenza, Collana di diritto e cultura umanistica, 2009. 

2007:  Reviewer (as an expert in Legal English) for Translegal for their PLEAD materials, (online blended learning units) to be used in conjunction with the course-book, International Legal English published with Boston University and Cambridge University Press.

1988 – Present: Various translations from Italian to English of documents ranging from legal pleadings to commercial brochures, encyclopedia entries to web sites covering myriad topics.  These include a scholarly article of over 150,000 words, completed in June 2007, entitled “Old and New Dynamics of ‘Centrist’ Parties in Italy and Europe,” from Italian to English, written by Prof. M. Fotia, for publication in a US academic political science journal.

Other Professional Experience

February 2002 to 2005: Consultant for Foundation for International Education, Rome Programme (FIE, headquartered in London.)
•    Liased with London and US based staff and university educators to plan opening of study centre in Rome for US students.
•    Developed a network of qualified professors to teach university courses in a number of disciplines.
•    Advised on legal and logistical matters.
•    Screened over 50 applicants for a permanent Resident Director.
•    Helped negotiate final contract with Link Campus, University of Malta, as site for classrooms and offices for programme.
•    Researched and reported on sites in Rome as potential hosts for a study abroad program for US undergraduate students. Evaluated possible pros and cons, estimated eventual costs, advised as to various legal and fiscal responsibilities, explored possible operational, academic and logistical issues.
•    Led several delegations from FIE’s London office through the city, to visit the main contending sites selected from those researched, for meetings with academic and administrative personnel here. 

June 2001 to June 2002: Consultant for Council on International Educational Exchange; New York, London, Rome.
•    Led an effort to identify an Italian university to host a program for outgoing students from US universities for a CIEE International Study Program.  Drawing upon contacts developed in the public Italian universities over many years, I considered, contacted, visited and helped evaluate several universities in northern Italy with CIEE’s European Regional Director. 
•    Wrote promotional materials for the Marketing Division of the worldwide organization, describing in detail language programs for adults and young persons throughout the world.  This text was then translated into multiple languages for the organization in the national offices. 
•    Supervise the translation into Italian of these materials.
•    Conducted various outreach and marketing activities for the Rome office of Council Exchanges.

2/1987 - 1/1990 and 1992 to June 2001: Director for Italy at the Council on International Educational Exchange; Rome, Italy. 
•    Managed a budget with revenues of about $1,300,000 per annum, with offices in Rome Milan and Florence.
•    Established the legal groundwork for the existence of the Council in Italy.
•    Located, secured and occupied office space in Rome.
•    Established bank accounts, managed budgeting and financial direction.
•    Hired, trained and supervised a staff which grew from one program assistant in 1988 to about a dozen in 2001, in Milan and Rome.
•    Developed and ran a variety of educational programs, such as:
•    "School Partners Abroad," a secondary school exchange between the U.S. and Italy;
•    The "University Enrollment Service," wherein Italian students enrolled in U.S. university courses;
•    “Summer Jobs USA” which allowed Italian university students to work up to four months during the summer in the US; and
•    “Internship USA” which allowed Italian university students to perform paid and unpaid internships in the US from one to eighteen months.
•    Brought annual revenues from a few million lire in Council Italy’s earliest years to some three billion lire in revenues for the last FY in which I served as Director.
•    Maintained general relations with Italian officials (e.g., at the Ministry of Public Instruction) and appropriate resident American educational institutions and community, government officials, etc., (e.g. the Office of Cultural Affairs at the American Embassy in Rome and the Fulbright Commission).
•    Was responsible for direct negotiation and correspondence with various Italian educational administrators and teachers, travel bureaus and worldwide offices of Council itself.
•    Evaluated and reported on all program and administrative operations to the Director of Council France and Council’s Vice President.
•    Attended regional and international meetings of the various Council offices.
•    Determined appropriate promotion, marketing and recruitment.
•    Obtained recognition from the Ministry of the Universities (MURST) in 1995, and renewed in 2000 to operate as exempt from fiscal regulations in conformity with Italian law for non-profit didactic institutions.
•    Obtained authorization for Council Italy from the Ministry of Public Instruction (MPI) in 1998 to offer teachers Council’s courses, which would be recognized in public schools as in-service career development training.
•    Opened offices on a gratuitous basis at the Politecnico di Milano in 1996 and at the Università degli Studi di Firenze in 1999 to provide services to university students in north and central Italy.

1997 – 1998: Assistant to the President for Special Projects, John Cabot University, Rome, Italy
•    Advised the President and coordinated relative staff during the restructuring of the University in which an operations manager and director of marketing were hired to optimize administrative procedures and recruiting efforts.
•    Headed the Accreditation Committee that drafted the 5-Year Planning Document required by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for John Cabot University by which the university acquired candidacy status for accreditation by that association.
•    Obtained authorization from the Ministry of Public Instruction (MPI) in 1998 to offer teachers John Cabot University courses, which would be recognized in public schools as in-service career development training.
•    In Fall 1998, organized, ran and co-taught with five colleagues from John Cabot University, the PACE (Perspectives in American Culture for Educators) teacher training seminars.  This was a joint project of John Cabot University, Council on International Educational Exchange and the American Language and Culture Institute, held in collaboration with the USIS office of the US embassy in Rome.  English teachers attended and received 18 hours of credit for progression in their careers, recognized by the MPI. 

1994 –1998: Secretary to the Board of Trustees of John Cabot University, Rome, Italy
•    Attended all meetings; wrote and distributed minutes to the University’s Trustees.
•    Maintained archives of these meetings and certain other documents regarding the Trustees.
•    Corresponded with Trustees for various purposes: to organize meetings; to update them on matters concerning accreditation, licensure, and their own election schedules; to invite them to events held at the University, to manage in emergencies, etc.

1994 - 1997: Vice President for Administrative Affairs, John Cabot University, Rome, Italy
•    Supervised and coordinated all admissions and recruiting activities, including the design, review and production of certain institutional literature.
•    Coordinated with Dean, Admissions Director and Student Affairs Director on issues affecting student life; including orientation, registration, housing, student government, internships and assistantships.
•    Served on the Institutional Resources Committee and advised on operational matters affecting the budget.
•    Coordinated human resources decisions and conflict resolutions with the President and Director of the Administration.
•    Advised the President and coordinated with relative staff/faculty/students regarding non-credit program development including: annual student activities like the Career Development Program, evening computer courses, English and Certificate in Management programs offered through the Frohring Management Institute.
•    Coordinated with the President, Dean, Faculty and Registrar the establishment and development of the Alumni Association.
•    Coordinated with the President, Dean and the Board of Trustees for all matters regarding accreditation, licensure and recognition of our degrees.
•    Initiated and organized the University’s first Lecture Series and ran the program for many years.
•    Represented the University in various matters, both internally and externally, on behalf of the President.

1992 – 1994: Director of Institutional Development at John Cabot University, Rome, Italy
•    Researched and developed a number of initiatives to raise revenues for the University, including the introduction of courses to dependents at the FAO and IFAD, and adult English language courses.
•    Coordinated with appropriate staff, faculty and students the operational aspects and marketing for the above initiatives.
•    Coordinated admissions activities, recruiting and community outreach efforts.
•    Coordinated efforts to form consortium agreements and otherwise establish contacts with educational organizations in the United States, such as NAFSA
•    Served as the liaison between the alumni and the university through correspondence and the publication of an Alumni Newsletter.

1988 - 1989: Assistant to the Dean at John Cabot University (then, John Cabot International College); Rome, Italy
•    Reported to the Dean of the College and was directly responsible for a variety of academic management, student advisement and faculty coordination.
•    Served on the Administrative Team with the President, Dean, and Chairs of the Business and Humanities Divisions, which was responsible for coordination of all academic planning for the academic year 1988-89.
•    Responsible for performing the functions of the Office of the Dean during his frequent absences over extended periods, representing that Office on the Admissions Committee, Budget Committee, and Academic Council and in other official capacities.
•    Directed and responded to student petitions, oversaw advising, and maintained all correspondence with students and parents regarding academic matters.
•    Coordinated registration activities (students, advisors and registrar) for each term.
•    Assisted in writing, editing and proofreading the catalog and other publications.
•    Developed and supervised the University's Internship Program (see supra.)


Attended the biennial conference for young comparatists of the Italian Association of Comparative Lawyers, “Privato, pubblico, globale nelle prospettive del diritto comparato,” Catania/Enna, 28-29 May, 2010.

Attended the IBA Conference in Rome on “Class Action at a Crossroads: Europe’s choice between its own and the American model,” held in Rome, Italy, May 2007.

Passed New York Bar Examination: July, 1990.

Passed Florida Bar Examination: July, 1985.

Juris Doctor, Nova Law Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida: May, 1985, Cum Laude, Law Review.

Bachelor of Arts in Education: Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, 1978.

Associate of Arts: University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1975, (Accelerated Program; CLEP).