2019 SVU Conference in Chicago


The John Marshall Law School, June 24–25, 2019

In connection with the successful 2018 SVU World Congress, the new SVU leadership was requested by Wisconsin Czechs and US court interpreters to facilitate a legal-linguistics conference, and, subsequently, to assist with certification of continuing education courses for US-based practitioners interested in Czech language and Czech legal specifics. Both endeavors are underway.
Besides legal linguistics, this conference shall cover the following contemporary themes:

Wills and Decedent’s Estates
Respect for the Rule of Law
Immigration Policies – the Legal Problem
Land Use Planning and Environmental Concerns
Judicial Reform and Ethics
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Addressing Backlog of Cases.

Program Director: Prof. Michael Seng, SVU Vicepresident for Academic Exchanges

Presentations will be made accessible to a wider audience as this has been a tradition of the SVU.

A governance seminar shall be added for SVU members seriously interested in running a local chapter or a thematic/research group of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, Inc.

Conference e-mail address: chicago2019@svu2000.org

Conference venue: JMLS, Room 1200, 315 S. Plymouth Ct, Chicago, IL 60604

Accommodation suggestions shall be announced in the next edition of SVU NEWS.

Conference registrations will be made available soon right here.


The founding fathers of the SVU were lawyers. All three of them. Jaroslav Němec obtained his Juris Doctor at Masaryk University Law School in Brno (1937) and served as judge and chief military prosecutor. Jaroslav Polach (Jay George) obtained his Juris Doctor also at Masaryk University (1938) and received a number of war hero honors, including RAF, worked for the CIA and later for the IRS. Both Polach and Němec were important personalities of the Czechoslovak Resistance and the Czechoslovak Exile Army. The third founding father, JUDr. Václav Mostecký, studied law at Charles University (1946) and was professor of law at Harvard and Berkeley. By the way, he was the son-in-law of brigadier general Josef Eret. SVU NEWS will bring more of their portraits; this portion of truth and inspiration is a must for the renaissance of the SVU.