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Stephen C . Sieberson, PhD, JD

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Stephen Sieberson

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Stephen C . Sieberson, PhD, JD

Professor

Professor Stephen C. Sieberson teaches courses in international and
comparative law, as well as legal ethics and business associations.

Teaching overseas has been a regular part of Dr. Sieberson’s career, and
he has been fortunate enough to lecture in Spain, the Netherlands,
Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Serbia, Norway, the Czech Republic, and
Curaçao. In 2004-2005, the year before he joined the Creighton faculty,
he was a Fulbright Scholar at Comenius University in Bratislava,
Slovakia. In the spring semester of 2013 he taught at Carlos III University
in Madrid, Spain, and in the fall of 2018 he was a visiting professor at the
Catholic University of Uruguay in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Dr. Sieberson’s research and writing have focused on the constitutional
development of the European Union, as well as professional
responsibility and international business transactions. He is the author
of an innovative textbook called International Business Contracting –
Theory and Practice, now in its second edition. The book focuses on how
international business relationships are structured and documented, and
it is designed so students in different countries will have the opportunity
to negotiate and draft contracts for cross-border business transactions.

Prior to entering into his full-time academic career, Dr. Sieberson
practiced international business law for 25 years in Seattle, also
spending two years as an in-house legal adviser at a major bank in the
Netherlands. His practice involved international financing and other
transactions in Europe, Asia, and South America. From 1987 to 2003, he
served as honorary consul of the Netherlands for the states of
Washington, Idaho, and Montana, including a three-year period when he
led Seattle’s consular community as president of the Consular
Association of Washington. During his practice years, he was never far
from the classroom, and he regularly taught international and
comparative law courses as an adjunct professor in the United States and
abroad.

Dr. Sieberson is actively involved in the field of legal ethics. Besides
teaching professional responsibility to upper-level law students, he
serves as an expert witness in cases of legal malpractice. In addition, for
sixteen years he has served as co-chair of an annual ethics seminar for
the Omaha Bar Association. In 2022 the OBA awarded him the Robert M.
Spire Public Service Award in recognition of these seminars.

Outside his legal career, Dr. Sieberson is a backpacker and mountaineer
who has climbed peaks around the world. During his time in Seattle, he
was a member of Seattle Mountain Rescue and the Mountaineers. His
alpine activities have also included snowboarding and Telemark skiing,
and the mountains - any mountains, anywhere - are never far from his
thoughts. 2014 saw the publication of his first book on his mountain
experiences, The Naked Mountaineer – Misadventures of an Alpine
Traveler, published by the University of Nebraska Press. His second
travel adventure book was released by UNP in 2019 under the title Low
Mountains or High Tea – Misadventures in Britain’s National Parks. Dr.
Sieberson is now working with a publisher on his first novel, a story of
growing up in a strict religious community in the Sixties.

 

Teaching Interests

  • International and Comparative Law

Research Focus

International Business Transactions, Professional Responsibility, European Union Law

Department

Law

Position

Professor

Books

  • , Stephen C. Sieberson, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CONTRACTING: THEORY AND PRACTICE (2d 2022) 2022
  • Steve Sieberson, Low Mountains or High Tea: Misadventures in Britain’s National Parks 2019
  • Stephen C. Sieberson & Bruce A. King, International Business Contracting: Theory and Practice. 2015
  • Steve Sieberson, The Naked Mountaineer: Misadventures of an Alpine Traveler. 2014
  • Stephen C. Sieberson, The EU Constitution and the Union's Democratic Deficit, in Expanded EU: From Autonomy to Alliance 121 (Kseniya M. Khovonova, Nejat Dogan, & Maxsym Kovalov eds.). 2008
  • Stephen C. Sieberson, Dividing lines between the European Union and its member states: the impact of the Treaty of Lisbon. 2008

Articles

  • Stephen Sieberson, Legal Ethics as Three-Dimensional Chess: Our Duties to Persons Other than Our Clients, NEB. LAW., Sept./Oct. 2020, at 41. https://dspace2.creighton.edu/xmlui/handle/10504/128456 2020
  • The Nebraska Lawyer
    Stephen C. Sieberson, For-Profit Lawyer Referral Services - The Ethical Challenge
    21(57) 2018
  • Stephen C. Sieberson, Alex Fayad & Carola Cintron-Arroyo, Changing Times in the Legal Profession—A Survey of Practicing Lawyers, 50 CREIGHTON L. REV. 443 (2017) (earlier version appeared in OMAHA B. ASS’N NEWSL., Sept. 2016, AT 9). 2017
  • Stephen C. Sieberson, Taking Professionalism to New Heights – Mountaineering Lessons for the Practice of Law, NW LAWYER. 2015
  • Stephen C. Sieberson, Two Lawyers, One Client and the Duty to Communicate: A Gap in Rules 1.2 and 1.4, 11 U. New Hampshire L. Rev. 27, reprinted in 63 Def. L.J. 209. 2013
  • Stephen C. Sieberson, Inching Toward EU Supranationalism? Qualified Majority Voting and Unanimity Under the Treaty of Lisbon, 50 Va. J. Int'L L. 919. 2010
  • Stephen C. Sieberson, The Treaty of Lisbon and Its Impact on the European Union's Democratic Deficit, 14 Colum. J. Eur. L. 445. 2008
  • Stephen C. Sieberson, Did Symbolism Sink the Constitution? Reflections on the European Union's State-Like Attributes, 14 U.C. Davis J. Int'L L. & Pol'y 1. 2008
  • Stephen C. Sierberson, Worth Doing Well – The Improvable European Union Constitution, 26 Mich. J. Int'l L. 587 (2005). 2005
  • Stephen C. Sieberson, The Proposed European Union Constitution: Will It Eliminate the EU’s Democratic Deficit?, 10 Colum. J. Eur. L. 173. 2004
  • Stephen C. Sieberson, How the New European Union Constitution Will Allocate Power between the EU and its Member States – A Textual Analysis, 37 Vand. J. Transnat'l L. 993. 2004

Publications

  • Stephen C. Sieberson, Let Only Millionaires Vote, OMAHA WORLD-HERALD, Oct. 17, 2011, at 5B. 2011

Presentations

  • "Avvo is Recruiting - Can You Join the Team?" Attorney CLE, Omaha Bar Association, Omaha NE 2018
  • “Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest,” Attorney CLE, Lamson Dugan & Murray, Omaha, NE 2017
  • “Cyber Security for Lawyers – What Can We Do?” Attorney CLE, Omaha Bar Association, Omaha, NE 2017
  • “The Attorney-Client Relationship – Creating It, Managing It, and Avoiding Problems,” Attorney CLE, Creighton Law School 2017
  • “Growing Trust in the Marketplace – Cultural Dimensions of Trust,” Attorney CLE, Creighton Law School, Omaha, NE 2016
  • “Law Practice in the 21st Century – Where Are We Heading?” Attorney CLE, Omaha Bar Association, Omaha, NE 2016
  • Taking Professionalism to New Heights – Mountaineering Lessons for the Practice of Law, Attorney CLE, Omaha Bar Association, Omaha, NE, 2015; University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IA, 2015
  • What is Common Law, and How Does It Work?, lecture at Dipartimento per gli Studi Giuridici, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Perugia, Italy 2013
  • The Common Law in American Legal Education, lecture at Private Law Department, Faculty of Law, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain 2013
  • Ethics Beyond Intuition – Part 6 – Rule 1.4 and a Lawyer’s Duty to Communicate with Clients, Attorney CLE, Omaha Bar Association, Omaha, NE 2012
  • Sorting Out the Lawyer-Client Relationship, Attorney CLE for Fraser Stryker law firm, Omaha, NE 2012
  • A Skycam View of the Attorney-Client Relationship, Attorney CLE, Creighton Law School Alumni, Omaha, NE 2012
  • Ethics Beyond Intuition – Part 5 – Two Lawyers, One Client – Ethical Considerations for Attorneys, Attorney CLE, Omaha Bar Association, Omaha, NE, (2011); Southwest Iowa Lawyers League, Council Bluffs, IA 2011
  • The European Union Constitution, lecture at Union University Faculty of Law, Belgrade, Serbia 2010
  • EU Federalism – an American Perspective, lecture at Singidunum University Faculty of Law, Sremska Kamenica, Serbia 2010
  • Ethics Beyond Intuition – Part 4 – Ethical Considerations in Using Modern Media, Attorney CLE, Omaha Bar Association, Omaha, NE, 2010; Southwest Iowa Lawyers League, Council Bluffs, IA 2010
  • Professional Ethics – A Lawyer’s Perspective, lecture at American College of Dentists, Omaha, NE 2009
  • Professionalism and the Use of Modern Media, Nebraska State Bar Association Minority Justice Committee, 5th Annual Legal Diversity Summit, Omaha, NE 2009
  • Ethics in Using Modern Media; Models for Law Firm Ethics Management, Attorney CLE for Woods Fuller law firm, Okoboji, IA 2009
  • Ethics Beyond Intuition – Part 3 – Ethical Considerations in Representing Multiple Clients, Attorney CLE, Omaha Bar Association, Omaha, NE, 2009; Southwest Iowa Lawyers League, Council Bluffs, IA 2009
  • Agencies, Distributorships and Licenses – Comparisons and Documentation, lecture at Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, Rome, Italy, (2008). 2008
  • Ethics Beyond Intuition – Part 2 – Understanding the Rules on Fee Arrangements, Attorney CLE, Omaha Bar Association, Omaha, NE, 2008; Southwest Iowa Lawyers League, Council Bluffs, IA 2008
  • The European Union Constitution and the Limits of Integration, keynote lecture at the Summer Workshop for Educators, sponsored by the European Union and the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle 2007
  • The European Constitution – the Federalism Debate, lecture at the University of Washington Department of Political Science, Seattle, WA 2007
  • Will the European Union Constitution Survive?, Creighton Law School, Omaha, NE 2007
  • Ethics Beyond Intuition – Part 1 – Obligations that May Surprise You, Attorney CLE, Omaha Bar Association, Omaha, NE, 2007; Southwest Iowa Lawyers League, Council Bluffs, IA 2007
  • Current Developments on the European Union Constitution, Creighton Law School, Omaha, NE 2006
  • Drafting a New Constitution – The European Union and Iraq, International Law Week presentation at Creighton Law School, Omaha, NE 2005
  • How the New EU Constitution will Affect Member State Power through the Application of Unanimous or Qualified Majority Voting, presentation to Jean Monnet International Round Table, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal 2005
  • Constitutional Development in the European Union, presentation to the faculty, University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, TN 2005
  • The American Judicial System,” lecture at Matej Bel University Faculty of Law, Banska Bystrica, Slovak Republic 2005
  • Critical Issues Regarding the European Union, presentation to Squire Sanders s.r.o., Bratislava, Slovak Republic 2005
  • The New European Union Constitution, presentation to Fulbright Berlin Seminar, Berlin, Germany 2005
  • Agencies, Distributorships, Licenses and Joint Ventures – Comparisons and Documentation, lecture at Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, Rome, Italy 2005
  • Regulation of Lawyer Advertising, presentation to the executive board of the Italian Bar Association, Rome, Italy 2005
  • 200 Years of U.S. Federal Policy Regarding Native Americans,” presentation to Slovak human rights officials and university representatives, sponsored by U.S. Embassy, Bratislava, Slovak Republic 2004
  • An Overview of the New European Constitution, presentation to U.S. Embassy officials, Bratislava, Slovak Republic 2004
  • The New European Constitution: Power Sharing between the EU and the Member States, lecture at Matej Bel University Faculty of Law, Banska Bystrica, Slovak Republic 2004
  • A New Constitution for the European Union – Will it Eliminate the EU’s Democratic Deficit?, presentation to seminar on the European Union, University of Oregon Department of History, Eugene, OR 2004
  • Constitutional Development in the European Union,” presentation to the faculty, University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, OR 2003
  • Doing Business with Indian Tribes, presentation to Pacific Northwest Credit Conference, Eugene, OR 2003
  • Critical Issues in Negotiating International Agency and Distributorship Agreements, presentation to Eugene Chamber of Commerce, Eugene, OR 2003
  • Basic Considerations for Structuring International Business Relationships, presentation to Kernutt Stokes Brandt & Co. accounting firm, Eugene, OR 2003
  • Doing Business with Indian Tribes, presentation to Oregon Credit Managers Association, Eugene, OR 2002
  • International Business Transactions, presentation to Eugene Chamber of Commerce, Eugene, OR 2002
  • From Silicon Valley to Enron – American Businesses and Their Professional Advisors, speech to Rotary Club of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles 2002
  • Trends in American Law Practice, presentation to Promes van Doorne law firm, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles 2002
  • Basic Business and Legal Considerations for Structuring International Business Relationships, Attorney CLE, Eugene Springfield Tax Association, Eugene, OR 2002
  • U.S. Law Firms in the Dot Com Age, guest lecture at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands 2000
  • U.S. Law Firms in the Dot Com Age, Attorney CLE, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands 2000
  • Basics of International Vessel Financing, Attorney CLE, King County Bar Association, Seattle, WA 1998
  • General Case Law Principles and Statutory Interpretation by the Courts, Introduction to the American Legal System, Attorney CLE, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands 1997
  • The European Union Response to the United States’ Helms-Burton Act, presentation to seminar organized by the Seattle-Cuba Friendship Committee and the Latin American Task Force of the Church Council of Greater Seattle 1996
  • Basic Business and Legal Considerations for Structuring International Transactions, presentation to Washington Society of CPAs 1996
  • Structuring International Business Transactions, presentation to American Electronics Association, Bellevue, WA 1994
  • European Systems of Law: The Impact on Social Life, All-Campus Guest Lecture, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA 1992
  • An American Approach to Negotiations, presentation to Negotiation Society Francois De Callieres, Rotterdam, Netherlands 1990
  • Joint Ventures - General Business and Legal Considerations, Joint Ventures in Washington with a Foreign Joint Venturer, King County Bar Association CLE, Seattle, WA 1990
  • Legal Developments in the European Community, Going International: Doing it Right, Washington State Bar Association CLE, Seattle, WA 1990
  • International Evidence Gathering, U.S. Litigation: Which Rules Apply?, Attorney CLE, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands 1990
  • Overview of International Business Contracts, Legal Aspects of Business and Exports, Attorney CLE, Jakarta, Indonesia 1990
  • Drafting the International Business Agreement, International Business Agreements, Washington State Bar Association CLE, Seattle, WA 1989
  • The Civil Law System of The Netherlands, presentation to seminar on International Law and Society, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 1987

Awards

  • Creighton Law School Outstanding Faculty Member
    Creighton Law School Class of 2008