Bar News - September 8, 2006
Lifelong Dream to Visit China Comes True
Elliott Berry, an attorney with New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA) in Manchester, is teaching a six-week course on the American legal process as a visiting instructor at the Central University of Finance & Economics in Beijing. He will lead his students in a study of major US Constitutional provisions.
Berry has had a lifelong interest in China and majored in Chinese studies at the University of Michigan. Recently, he was brushing up on the Chinese language to prepare for chaperoning a group of high school students on a trip to China. He had learned the language in college, but was a bit rusty. During this time, he met a Chinese student at Franklin Pierce Law Center who told him about the university exchange program and suggested he apply. When Berry was accepted, he was surprised and delighted.
“I am really looking forward to getting a sense of how the students relate to their own system,” said Berry, who will be living on campus for his seven weeks at the university. “I want to know how interested they are in comparing our system to theirs.” The Chinese will be celebrating a week-long national holiday during the first week of October, so Berry, who left for China in late August, will not complete his assignment until the end of the second week. Then he and his wife, J. Campbell Harvey of Harvey & Mahoney in Manchester, will travel throughout the country for a few weeks. Both attorneys have been members of the NH Bar since 1975.
Berry has promised to write about his experiences for Bar News when he returns to the United States in November.