John E. Pence (’12) co-authors study on the history of corporate law in Brazil

John E. Pence ('12) is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese

John E. Pence (’12) is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese

Currently a J.D. candidate at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Hispanic Studies alumnus John E. Pence (’12) has recently co-authored a study on the history of corporate law practice in Brazil. His research, “Legal Elites and the Shaping of Corporate Law Practice in Brazil: A Historical Study,” is forthcoming (2015) in Law and Social Inquiry, an interdisciplinary academic journal sponsored by the American Bar Foundation.

While at William & Mary, and thanks to the support of the Philpott-Pérez Award,  John was able to travel to Nicaragua with Prof. Jonathan Arries and W&M alumna Lauren Jones (’04) to work on “Poets and Pedagogy,” a service-learning, community-based research project that investigated the role of poetry as a tool for critical literacy in Nicaragua.  John was also able to provide English-language instruction in an under-resourced elementary school in Managua.

The Philpott-Pérez Award in Hispanic Studies was generously established by Sharon K. Philpott in 2010 in order to support faculty-student research.

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