Global Connections - Volume 3, Issue 2
With a New LL.M. Class Comes a New BlogThis semester, the LL.M. program welcomed 33 new candidates who join our returning class of 112 for a total of 145 LL.M. students from more than 40 countries. This new crop of students brings with them outstanding talents and accomplishments, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the Fordham Law School community.
This semester, we are also pleased to introduce LL.M. Career Corner, the official blog of Fordham Law's Graduate Professional Development Program. While this blog is primarily geared toward current students, it contains valuable information for all job seekers. If there are topics you would like to see addressed on the blog, we welcome you to email Kandice Thorn.
New Study Abroad ProgramsFordham Law has established a fourth double degree program. Under this program, select J.D. students spend their third year at Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne and, upon successful completion of that year, receive both the J.D. from Fordham and a Diplôme d'Université en Droit from Paris I. This program is unique among the Law School's double degree programs in that it is conducted completely in French, strengthening the program's language immersion environment. The program has already proven popular, and we anticipate sending two Fordham Law students to Paris I for the 2012–13 academic year. Our other double degree programs are with Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, and Université Paris II - Panthéon-Assas.
In addition, Fordham Law has added a semester exchange program with Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School in São Paulo, Brazil. FGV was chosen as a partner due to its excellent reputation as a young but leading law school, and because of the increasing importance of Brazil in the world economy. In addition, the program offers many courses in English, including its entire Global Law Program curriculum. Our ties with FGV Law are deep: FGV Law Dean Oscar Veira was a visiting professor at Fordham Law, and several Fordham Law professors have visited at FGV.
Recent Developments in U.S. LawDesigned primarily for international lawyers, Recent Developments in U.S. Law provides participants with insights into cutting-edge developments of U.S. business law. The program will take place during the week of July 16, 2012, with an optional Introduction to the U.S. Legal System offered on Sunday, July 15.
The program, launched last year, offers presentations by leading New York City lawyers in their respective fields. Visits to law firms are accompanied by lunches and cocktail receptions, which give participants opportunities to network with each other and with New York-based attorneys. The program will also include a roundtable featuring several in-house lawyers discussing their work as corporate counsel.
The following law firms are confirmed gold sponsors for this summer’s program:
The following organizations have signed on as affiliates for this year’s program:
We are currently accepting applications for this summer’s program. Visit the Recent Developments in U.S. Law webpage for more information and updates.
Summer InstituteWe are currently accepting applications for the Summer Institute, which will take place July 9–27, 2012.
As in past years, the 2012 Summer Institute will provide an introduction to the U.S. legal system and to fields of U.S. law that are most important to today's global lawyers, including contract law, civil procedure, corporate law, antitrust law, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy law, arbitration, tort law, intellectual property law, and information technology law. The program also features legal English workshops and special sessions on applying to and preparing for an LL.M. program in the United States.
Participants will visit a federal bankruptcy court and the New York office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where they will learn about the work of several of the firm's attorneys. As always, the program will end with a celebratory dinner, where certificates of completion will be awarded.
Visit the Summer Institute webpage for more information.
International Judicial Research and Training Program ExpandsFordham Law’s International Judicial Research and Training Program will welcome a group of Brazilian judges and court personnel to the Law School from June 18–25. The program will cover topics including an introduction to U.S. judicial systems, class action litigation, judicial ethics and discipline, mediation, law and economics, and domestic violence. The participants will visit a local court and prison and spend a day in Washington, D.C. visiting the Supreme Court. The law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler will host a cocktail reception to welcome the delegation. We are delighted that a delegation of Brazilian judges has chosen to visit Fordham Law for the fourth consecutive year, and we welcome other interested judiciaries to contact us to inquire about similar programs.
Fordham Law Delegation Visits East AsiaThis spring, a delegation from Fordham Law traveled to Asia to establish alumni chapters and foster international partnerships. The delegation featured one of Fordham Law’s most distinguished alumni, the Honorable Denny Chin '78 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In addition to Judge Chin, the group consisted of Professor Thomas Lee, Professor Mark Cohen, Assistant Dean Vera T. Bullock, Assistant Dean Toni M. Fine, and Leitner Center Executive Director Elizabeth Wickeri. The trip began in Seoul, Korea; continued to Beijing and Shanghai in the People’s Republic of China; and ended in Hong Kong. Assistant Dean Fine continued on to Hanoi.
The kick-off event, attended by 50 alumni and friends, took place in Seoul on March 10. As Professor Thomas H. Lee noted in his opening remarks, only two of the attendees had graduated before he came to Fordham Law in 2002; now, the Law School boasts more than 200 Korean alumni. Some 30 Koreans come to Fordham Law every year as J.D. and LL.M. candidates, exchange students, and visiting scholars. The chapter launches in China, while smaller, were no less festive. On March 13, the Beijing chapter was launched with a reception hosted by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, where Judge Denny Chin's wife, Kathy, is a partner. The event was attended by a dozen alumni and as many friends and graduates of the University. On March 15, the Shanghai chapter was established with a reception hosted by the firm Baker & McKenzie. The launch of the Hong Kong chapter on March 17 at the exclusive China Club was hosted by the inaugural head of the chapter, Gary Wigmore '82 of Milbank Tweed and his wife, Lori. Fordham Law returned the favor by inviting Gary, Lori, chapter vice president Lawrence Zheng '09, and others to a celebratory dinner recognizing Judge Chin's return to the city of his birth and officially concluding a historic trip to the newest and most distant outpost of the global Fordham Law network.
After the delegation disbanded, Assistant Dean Toni M. Fine continued on to Vietnam, where she is developing close contacts within the country's legal community. During her visit to Hanoi, Dean Fine gave lectures at the Hanoi Law University, the National University of Vietnam, the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, and the American Corner of the U.S. Embassy. In addition, she met with the President of the Vietnam Bar Federation, the leadership of the U.S. AID STAR Plus program, and the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy.
European Alumni Chapter MeetingFollowing on the enormous success of last year’s meeting of the Fordham Law Alumni Association meeting in Rome, the European Chapter will meet June 15–16, 2012, in Barcelona—Spain’s magical port city. Barcelona is home to Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí's most impressive work, spectacular museums, Las Ramblas, and of course the sublime wine and cuisine and wine for which Spain is known! The program will include a cocktail reception at Garrigues Law Firm, an academic program at L'Illustre Collegi d'Advocats de Barcelona (ICAB), walking tours of Barcelona, and a closing dinner. Visit the alumni webpage for more information.
Law School Establishes Alumni Chapter in ArgentinaFordham Law School has launched an alumni chapter in Argentina, the first such chapter in Latin America. The chapter was launched during a visit to Argentina in fall 2011 by Assistant Dean Toni M. Fine.
The chapter will be led by a rotating presidency; the first president is Pablo Palazzi (LL.M. 2000).
Other members of the executive committee are Agustin Bence (LL.M. 2010), Professor Oscar Cuadros (Visiting Scholar 2012), Jorge Garnier (Recent Developments 2011), Matias Grinberg (LL.M. 1998), Alejandro Martinez de Hoz (Visiting International Student 2008), Lucila Pescarmona (LL.M. 2008), and Daniel Rybnik (LL.M. 1998).
The Law School is working toward establishing chapters in Brazil, Mexico, and Panama, and hopes to be able to announce these chapters in the next newsletter.
Office of International Programs Teams with Corporate Law CenterAs in the past, the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs has teamed up with the Fordham Corporate Law Center to offer the exciting Comparative Corporate Governance Distinguished Lecture Series. Recent lectures in this series include the following:
In addition, the two offices collaborated on a new lecture series, the International In-House Counsel Breakfast Forum. Co-chaired by Adjunct Professor Kent Bernard, the series brought distinguished in-house counsel to the Law School for an informal breakfast and conversation with LL.M. and J.D. students. Speakers talked about in-house practice in large multinational organizations, including issues raised by dealing with operations across multiple countries. The speakers included the following:
Mark your calendars for the week of June 25 for The Law Firm as a Business: International Master Class for Managing Partners. The weeklong master class will feature sessions taught by international thought leaders and prominent legal professionals on topics of law firm management including strategy, finance and economics, process optimization and knowledge management, and more.
LL.M. CornerAlumna Profile – Ashley Feasley
Ashley Feasley, a fall 2011 graduate of Fordham Law's part-time LL.M. program in International Law and Justice, knew she wanted to pursue a career in international law but wasn't sure about a specific career path. Feasley clerked for a judge on the United States Court of International Trade, who suggested she consider pursuing an LL.M. degree in a field of international law.
When it came time to apply for an LL.M. program, Fordham was a natural choice. "Fordham has a stellar reputation within New York City, and in the national and international communities," says Feasley, adding that Fordham's LL.M. program allowed her to take a sampling of classes in different areas of law, then narrow her specialization as her career path came into focus. "As I realized that I wanted to work in public international law, the administration and faculty of Fordham greatly aided my focus and my job search approach," she says.
Feasley used the flexibility of Fordham's LL.M. program to her greatest advantage, gaining valuable experience through internships while pursuing her LL.M. program part-time. "I have been very impressed with Ashley," says Kandice Thorn, Director of International and Non-J.D. Programs. "She was a highly dedicated student and very proactive in pursuing opportunities for growth and experience wherever she could find them."
Feasley is currently working as a legal fellow at ECPAT International in Bangkok, Thailand, focusing on legal remedies to prevent the commercial sexual exploitation of children throughout the world. She will return to Fordham in the fall as an LL.M. Teaching Fellow, teaching a course on Labor, Migration, and Human Rights. Feasley feels great about her decision to pursue her LL.M. degree at Fordham. "I utilize the skills that I learned at Fordham every day," she says. "I feel that my experience at Fordham was career-making and opened many doors for me."
Student Profile – David Reid
David Reid is not a typical LL.M. student. His distinguished career has included private and in-house practice in London and New York. He began his legal career at Allen & Overy in London, focusing on corporate and banking work, eventually being promoted to partner and moving to New York to open Allen & Overy's New York office. From Allen & Overy, he went on to Pfizer, a major pharmaceutical company headquartered in New York, where he served as Managing Director of the Legal Division, and even had a "brief fifteen minutes of fame" as Pfizer's Acting General Counsel during a vacancy in that position.
In spite of having practiced as a foreign lawyer in New York for many years, Reid decided to pursue the LL.M. degree because he wanted to gain formal education to support his practical experience. He also hopes to sit for and pass the New York bar examination, finally becoming a fully qualified New York lawyer. According to Reid, "[I chose Fordham because] I was drawn by the diversity of Fordham’s program, its reputation, and the way it is embedded in the legal life and industry of New York. Also, many of my colleagues and friends went to Fordham. I have a friend and former colleague who is an adjunct professor, so I felt a personal connection."
Thus far, he has been very pleased with his experience as a Fordham LL.M. student. "I am enjoying the program immensely," says Reid. "My fellow LL.M. students come from more than 40 countries, and the different viewpoints, languages, cultures, and experiences each of them brings enriches everyday life. I find the professors very thought-provoking and as a practitioner myself I like the mix of full-time professors and adjunct professors. That way, we have a strong intellectual, academic approach tempered by the experiences of practitioners who are specialists in their areas."
Reid has also been impressed with the involvement of members of the broader legal community in the activities of the Law School. "Four federal judges have visited my classes so far this semester, including the chief judge of the Federal District in Washington D.C., who rolled up his sleeves and taught an aspect of patent law," he recalls
What he loves most about Fordham, though, is the warm and friendly atmosphere. "The approachability and friendliness of everyone in the School stands out, something that is special in the hurly-burly of New York City," says Reid. "In a curious way, the fact that the Law School is crowded and busy and somewhat cramped at times forces people together and creates lots of opportunities for chance encounters with professors, administrators, and fellow students."
Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows ProgramEach year, Fordham Law welcomes some 100 distinguished visitors to the Law School to pursue independent research. At Fordham Law, we strive to fully integrate these visitors into our community and provide them with a complete experience—one that includes a colloquium at which visitors present their research, study groups on topics of interest to current visitors, and occasional happy hours at a local bar.
Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows Colloquium
Fordham and Yale Law Schools Team up for Academic ConferenceOn April 14, Fordham Law's Leitner Center for International Law and Justice and the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School cosponsored a conference entitled "Between Equality and Subordination: The Politics of Legal Knowledge in Global North-South Academic Exchange." The conference, organized by Fordham Law visiting international professor Daniel Bonilla, examined academic exchanges among legal academics of the Global North and South, evaluating both their valuable contributions and their shortcomings. The conference explored these themes through three panels:
In addition to Professor Bonilla, Fordham Law Professors Martin Flaherty, Paolo Galizzi, Tracy Higgins, and Robin Lenhardt participated in the daylong event at Yale Law School.
In Profile: Visiting Research FellowNarin Idriz began her visit at Fordham Law in September 2011, coming from Leiden University where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in European Union Law. Her specific research focuses on accession treaties and the challenges that arise in the process of admitting new member states to the European Union. Having completed her undergraduate work in her home country of Turkey, and an LL.M. in the United Kingdom, she is accustomed to moving to pursue her academic interests.
When asked why she chose to do a portion of her doctoral work at Fordham Law, Idriz responded that she knew she wanted to come to the United States and had been familiar with the Fordham International Law Journal. So, when she met Fordham Law Professor Roger Goebel at a conference and learned more about the Law School's Center on European Union Law, she applied here and "didn’t think of applying anywhere else."
Although moving to New York City can be daunting, Idriz remarks that once her housing was arranged, "life became beautiful! The city is amazing." Having participated in the program for over six months, Idriz observes that Fordham Law’s program for visiting scholars and research fellows is unique in the diversity of the participants' nationalities and areas of research. "The program includes Ph.D. candidates, professors, judges and other high-level government officials, and practicing lawyers."
She also notes the friendliness of the administrative team and larger Fordham Law community. When asked what the highlights of her visit have been—other than making significant progress on her thesis, of course—Idriz responds, "Assistant Dean Toni Fine’s course on Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, times spent chatting with other Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows, and exploring New York City."
Intellectual Property Institute Celebrates 20 YearsThe Fordham Law Intellectual Property Institute, directed by Fordham Law Professor Hugh Hansen, marked a special occasion with the 20th anniversary of the Annual International Intellectual Property Law and Policy Conference, held at the Law School on April 12–13. The popular event for intellectual property practitioners, regulators, and judges drew more than 500 participants from around the world to discuss and debate the most important issues of the day relating to intellectual property.
This year for the first time, the conference offered a special daylong program devoted to Understanding China’s New Environment for Intellectual Property, organized by Professor Mark Cohen. Participants in the program included David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Randall Rader, Chief Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; Denny Chin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and Zhu Li, China’s Supreme People’s Court’s IPR tribunal.
Fordham Law Mourns Passing of Adjunct Professor Joseph T. McLaughlinThe Fordham Law community is saddened by the death of Adjunct Professor Joseph T. McLaughlin. He taught domestic and international alternative dispute resolution at Fordham and was a great supporter of Fordham's graduate and international programs. Among other accomplishments, McLaughlin pioneered ADR use in the financial services industry.
As a neutral, he worked extensively on banking and investment issues worldwide, with a focus in recent years on the Far East. He used his conflict resolution expertise as an arbitrator and a neutral in accountants’ liability matters, class actions, mass torts, corporate governance issues, and securities and governmental disputes.
McLaughlin rose to prominence in the legal profession as a partner and later head of litigation at Shearman & Sterling in New York. He left the firm in 1997 after nearly 30 years to join Credit Suisse First Boston, where he served for four years as Executive Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs for four years. In 2007, he became a mediator and arbitrator at JAMS, the largest private alternative dispute resolution provider in the world. He later joined Bingham McCutcheon’s New York office as of counsel in addition to his work as a neutral.
McLaughlin served on the board of directors for the Institutional Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) for nine years and led CPR’s Executive Advisory Committee for five years. He was the chair of the organization’s Budget, Audit, and Finance Committee and is credited with creating CPR’s annual fall Corporate Leadership Award dinner in 2004. McLaughlin was a prolific advocate for best conflict resolution practices as an academic, writer, and speaker. Recently, McLaughlin served on the New York State Bar Association's Task Force on New York Law in International Matters, whose mission it was to promote New York's advantages as a venue for international arbitration. McLaughlin also devoted himself to numerous and significant pro bono projects over the course of his career.
Dean Fine’s World TravelsIn the past year, Assistant Dean Toni M. Fine has taught or lectured in the following places: