The workshop was held March 12-13, and the audience of about 100 included principally bankers and lawyers. The new Honduran law will enter into effect on July 1, 2010.
Furnish enjoys an international reputation for his work in comparative law and International commercial and trade law, as well as U.S. commercial law. Bilingual in Spanish, he has been invited to teach and speak in every country in South and Central America, and has served as Visiting Professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the University of Sonora, Mexico (UNISON) and on two occasions at the Catholic University of Peru. Professor Furnish was elected a Supernumerary Member of the Mexican Academy of Private International and Comparative Law in 2003, one of only two U.S. jurists so honored to date.
Furnish joined the faculty in 1970, following a clerkship with Judge Martin D. VanOosterhout of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eighth District and stints in Peru with USAID and in Chile with the Ford Foundation. On leave from the College of Law, he practiced law in Phoenix from 1987-1992 with Molloy, Jones & Donahue, chiefly in the field of bankruptcy litigation. He has taught courses on Contracts, Secured Transactions and other Uniform Commercial Code topics, Creditor-Debtor, Bankruptcy, Mexican (Comparative) Law and NAFTA.