Fordham Law

Fordham Law Welcomes Judges from Brazil for Training Program

June 22, 2012

Fordham Law welcomed a delegation of legal professionals from Brazil on June 18 as part of the International Judicial Research and Training Program run by the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs. The 47 visitors—judges, public prosecutors, private attorneys and court clerks—come from the states of Pernambuco, Paraibe, Bahia, and Acre and include 14 justices of state supreme courts.

This program marks the fourth consecutive year that Fordham Law has hosted a group of judges organized by the Escola Superior da Magistratura de Pernambuco (ESMAPE), the judicial training school for the State of Pernambuco.

"We are so pleased that ESMAPE has decided once again to choose Fordham Law as the place for its judges to examine aspects of the U.S. legal and judicial systems," said Assistant Dean Toni M. Fine, who directs the International Judicial Research and Training Program. "Each year, this program gives us a chance to learn from each other about the many differences—and similarities—in our systems. The relationship that the Law School has with the judiciary of the State of Pernambuco to offer this program is one of the developments in my office of which I am most proud."

The program includes sessions on introduction to the U.S. legal system, class actions, law and economics, the use of precedent and rules of stare decisis in the United States, a comparative view of law practice in Brazil and the United States, and access to justice and mediation. The sessions are taught by Fordham Law professors Howard Erichson and John Pfaff; Assistant Dean Fine; Terence Trennepohl, a graduate of Fordham's LL.M. program and a consultant at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; and Leslie Sherida Ferraz, a professor at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and a former Visiting Scholar at Fordham Law. 

Special lectures were delivered by the Honorable Denny Chin '78 of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and by Mary C. Farrington, Administrative Counsel, and Mark Levine, Deputy Administrator in Charge, of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

The delegation is also scheduled to visit several institutions in order to learn more about various aspects of U.S. law and the U.S. legal system. These visits include the Mediation Unit of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Rikers Island Prison and Bedford Hills Correctional Center, the Bronx Domestic Violence Court with the Center for Court Innovation, and the Supreme Court of the United States. The program began with a reception hosted by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP and will conclude with a celebratory dinner and certificate ceremony on June 25.