Global Connections - Volume 4, Issue 1
As we begin a new semester and welcome a new and very talented class of LL.M. students, we look back with fond memories of the past year and ahead to programs that we will offer in the coming months. These include events to take place at Fordham’s New York City campus, of course, but also in diverse venues around the world.
On campus, we are organizing numerous programs about which we are very excited: the upcoming conference on Arab Spring and Constitutionalism in the Middle East, which we will offer in partnership with the Instituto Euroarabe de Educación y Formación of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a program on Challenges and Opportunities for Chinese Companies Doing Business in the United States, which we are organizing in collaboration with the Chinese Business Law Association. Meanwhile, we revel in the excitement of already having hosted this fall International Law Weekend, the Annual Meeting of the American Branch of the International Law Association, the annual meeting of the German-American Lawyers’ Association, as well as a delegation from Vietnam composed of law professors and others who are involved in that country’s ongoing constitutional reform.
Of course we continue to offer our signature summer programs—the Fordham Law Summer Institute in New York City and Recent Developments in U.S. Law. We are delighted that some participants in the Summer Institute return to campus to take part in Recent Developments, and we hope to welcome more old friends—and new ones—to these programs next year.
This academic year, Fordham Law is strengthening its alumni outreach by visiting various cities in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. We hope to see many of you at these various events.
Our LL.M. and S.J.D. programs remain robust. We welcomed an extraordinary class of LL.M. students in the fall 2012 semester, and are excited about the students who will join our community in the spring 2013 semester. Some of these students and their work are profiled in this newsletter. In addition to the master of laws degrees we already offer, we hope to launch a new LL.M. program in International Dispute Resolution for the fall 2013 semester.
We hope that you will enjoy reading this newsletter, and we hope to see you at Fordham Law sometime soon!
Toni M. Fine
A Warm Welcome to a New LL.M. Class
This semester, the LL.M. program welcomed 145 new candidates who joined our returning class of 44, for a total of 189 LL.M. students. Our new class includes students who received their primary law degrees from 38 countries: Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, P.R. of China, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Venezuela. This new batch of students brings with them outstanding talents and accomplishments, and we are excited to see them carry on the tradition of excellence in Fordham Law’s LL.M. program.
Of the returning LL.M. students, we expect to say farewell to approximately 30 at the end of this semester as they complete their programs and join the ranks of our distinguished alumni. We look forward to having the remaining part-time candidates continue with us through at least the spring 2013 semester.
Support the Launch of LLM-UnitedDesiree Jaeger (LL.M. ’13) has launched a new online professional network for the LL.M. community. LLM-United is a community for LL.M. alumni, current students, and prospective students and has two main goals:
The network aims to maintain and cultivate relationships that were developed during the LL.M. year in the U.S. and to further establish contacts among those who already have or will obtain the degree. It is a professional network that helps share opportunities, ideas, and ultimately business. In addition, since the LL.M. program market can be overwhelming and the application process challenging, LLM-United offers guidance to prospective students in determining the right school and the right program for them and how to go through the application process. Law schools are given a platform to present themselves and to reach out to prospective students to promote their LL.M. programs.
Registration is free. New members can use their Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Gmail accounts to sign up, or they can create a new account. Once registered, members can create a professional profile.
Learn more and register at www.llm-united.com.
LL.M. Alumni Profile: Maria Francesca Ferrari (LL.M. ’10)When Francesca Ferrari (LL.M. ’10) began studying at Fordham Law, she knew it would be a life-changing experience, but she could not have anticipated just how much her experiences and the people she met through the Law School would alter the course of her career and her life.
“After my LL.M. at Fordham, everything changed,” says Ferrari. “I obtained the experience and the knowledge to develop my innate international approach to my profession, widening its borders.”
In addition to working with international law firms, Ferrari has recently founded a nonprofit organization, the World Nurture Foundation, with Monika Jablonska (LL.M. ’07), whom she met through the Fordham LL.M. alumni network.
The World Nurture Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funds to ensure the delivery of nutritious meals to hungry children around the world. The foundation supports the school feeding program through the United Nations World Food Programme and the Centre of Excellence against Hunger, located in Brasilia, Brazil.
“We strongly believe that every child in the world has the right to go to school and to have access to nutritious school meals, necessary for learning and growing up healthy and full of energy,” says Ferrari. “The school feeding program is concretely changing the environment in which children are living and supporting their families, farmers, and the local market.”
Recalling her time at Fordham Law, Ferrari says that one thing that stands out is Assistant Dean Toni Fine's welcome speech in August 2009. Says Ferrari, “I was skeptical when I heard her say that we were going to have one of the best years of our lives, to meet our future closest friends, and maybe even to get married, but she was right. I got all she predicted. Fordham has been my school and my family, and it still is. This is something that will never change.” To current and future students, Ferrari offers these words of advice: “Live your year at Fordham intensively and deeply, and take advantage of everything the School will offer you. It will change your life for the better!”
For more information about World Nurture Foundation, including its first Christmas celebration, Share the Love with Children, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro on December 13, 2012, as well as the upcoming campaign for a Christmas without hunger for children around the world, visit www.worldnurturefoundation.org.
LL.M. Student Profile: Manuel Eising (LL.M. ’13)Manuel Eising (LL.M. ’13) is an international lawyer, educated in Germany and France, with years of experience in international organizations, including positions working on war crime cases in Sarajevo and The Hague and as an internal investigator for the United Nations in Nairobi.
“After a number of years on the job, I wanted to gather in-depth academic knowledge in areas such as U.S. criminal law and procedure, human rights, and counterterrorism law,” says Eising. Having been trained in the civil law system, Eising had, for some time, wanted to augment his legal qualifications with an Anglo-Saxon, common law degree. “My wife had just accepted a new position in New York, so the timing was perfect for me to apply for an LL.M. program here,” adds Eising.
Eising was looking for a program that would allow him to start immediately in January. Additionally, he was seeking a program that would allow him the flexibility to switch from full time to part time, and to attend evening classes, in the event he was able to return to the U.N. or start working with an international NGO or foundation in New York. And, of course, the program had to be excellent in the areas of human rights, criminal law, and national security. Given these criteria, Fordham Law was a natural choice. The School offered not only the flexibility Eising required, but also the intellectual stimulation he desired, in particular through Fordham’s renowned Leitner Center for International Law and Justice and its Center on National Security, established in fall 2011.
Eising has taken full advantage of the wide range of programs offered through these centers as well as through other programs at the Law School. Eising recalls that “[d]uring the first semester, I basically lived in the Law School. My days were filled with lectures, brown-bag lunches, academic enrichment seminars, library hours, debates and presentations, the monthly cupcake and free-beer events in the cafeteria, and performances by the university's theater groups and the famous 'Fordham Follies.' I participated in a survey of the living conditions of earthquake victims in Haiti, which was organized by Fordham's Disaster Relief Network over spring break. I also had an opportunity to take part in visits by the Prisoners' Rights Group to the Juvenile Detention Facility on Rikers Island. During the summer term, I worked with an NGO providing legal aid in developing countries for which the Leitner Center granted me a generous stipend, and I took evening classes in International Human Rights.”
Since taking up a new position with the U.N. late this past summer, Eising has transferred to the part-time division, but still remains connected to the School and to his LL.M. colleagues.
"While studying at Fordham, I have had the opportunity to form friendships with students in my International Law and Justice program, as well as with people studying other areas of law, which has been very enriching," says Eising. “Although working and studying simultaneously does not leave much time, I try to attend Law School events in my fields of interest, such as the recent debate on the U.S. administration's targeted killing program and the presentation on terrorism trials, and I watched the first presidential debate between Obama and Romney together with fellow students in Fordham’s McNally Amphitheatre.”
In the future, Eising plans to remain in the international legal field, in New York or elsewhere, noting that “recent developments particularly in the Arab world have opened new opportunities for international organizations and NGOs to help in shaping a better future for the people in these countries.”
He adds: “But wherever I go, I will always stay connected with Fordham.”
S.J.D. Profile: Zehra KavameWhen Zehra Kavame began the S.J.D. program in fall 2011, she came with a passion for teaching and academia. Just weeks after graduating second in her class with a bachelor of laws degree from Bahçeşehir University in Turkey, Kavame packed up and moved to New York, where she continued her studies with an LL.M. degree from Columbia University. Following her graduation, Kavame stayed on at Columbia Law School as a postdoctoral research scholar at the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment.
Kavame's research focuses on corporations, comparative corporate law, and international financial reporting standards. As an S.J.D. candidate, Kavame has had the benefit of working under the close guidance and advisement of a member of Fordham Law's accomplished faculty.
"I have the best possible advisor, Professor Martin Gelter. He is a great fit for me, as he knows my research area very well," says Kavame.
According to Kavame, the accessibility of Fordham Law's faculty has greatly enriched her experience. "All the professors I’ve met here so far are amazing! The atmosphere is collegial and encouraging. I have already given three lectures at the Law School as a guest lecturer and enjoyed it a lot," says Kavame.
Kavame has also benefited from the S.J.D. Colloquium, an intensive seminar that introduces first-year S.J.D. candidates to U.S. legal scholarship, as well as from Fordham's faculty workshops and Corporate Law Center events led by Professor Sean Griffith.
Fordham Law Expands International Alumni EventsFollowing the enormous success of alumni events last spring in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Shanghai, Fordham Law has organized a number of other international alumni and friends events in Buenos Aires, Delhi, Mexico City, Paris, São Paulo, and Vienna.
On October 27, Assistant Dean Toni M. Fine met with friends and alumni in Mexico City, D.F.
On November 16, Michael Schiumo, the Law School’s Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations, will meet with alumni in Paris.
On December 20, Law School Professors Nestor Davidson and Clare Huntington will meet with alumni in Delhi.
Dean Michael M. Martin, Assistant Vice President Vera Bullock, and Assistant Dean Toni M. Fine will meet with alumni and friends in São Paulo on March 14, 2013, and in Buenos Aires on March 18, 2013.
Finally, on June 21 and 22, 2013, the Fordham Law Alumni Association’s European Chapter will meet in Vienna. The academic portion of the event will take place at the magnificent home of the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the United Nations in Vienna.
Our alumni are one of the Law School’s greatest resources and we hope through these events to reconnect and deepen our relationships with former students and other friends of the Law School.
For additional information about these events, please visit the Newsroom of the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs.
German-American Lawyers’ Association Hosts Annual Conference at FordhamThe German-American Lawyers’ Association (Deutsch-Amerikanische Juristen-Vereinigung) hosted its annual meeting in New York City in October. The event, co-hosted by Columbia Law School, drew more than 150 participants from both sides of the Atlantic.
Events at Fordham Law included two panels: The Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Securities Laws after the Supreme Court’s Morrison Decision and Conflicts of Legal Ethics in Transnational Cases, Proceedings, Transactions, and Negotiations.
Speakers and participants included Tom Braegelmann, Salans (Berlin); George T. Conway III, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz (New York); Kelly D. Eckel, Duane Morris (Philadelphia); Professor Heribert Hirte, University of Hamburg and Vice President of the DAJV; Professor Wulf A. Kaal, University of St. Thomas; Roberta Karmel, Brooklyn Law School; Arthur B. Laby, Rutgers Law School; Judge Jed Rakoff, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; Peter John Sacripanti, McDermott Will & Emery (New York); Daniel Schimmel, Kelly Drye & Warren (New York); Thomas Schmitz-Lippert, German Securities Commission (Bonn); Christof Seifarth, Görg (Cologne); Lee P. Whidden, Salans (New York); and Stephen P. Younger, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler (New York).
In addition, Fordham LL.M. alumna Susanne Gellert of the German American Chamber of Commerce delivered the luncheon address, “Law Made in Germany.” The Consulate to New York hosted the closing dinner at the German House.
Fordham Law Welcomes Delegation from VietnamOn October 3 and 4, Fordham Law hosted a prestigious delegation of leading law professors from Vietnam, which visited the United States to learn about the U.S. Constitution. Most of the members of the delegation are members of the national committee to consider and propose amendments to the 1992 Constitution of Vietnam. Accordingly, the main purpose of the visit was to learn about U.S. constitutionalism and the rule of law with the hope of drawing lessons for the development of a new constitution for Vietnam.
Professor Dr. Dao Tri Uc, Senior Lecturer and President of the Scientific and Education Council at the Vietnam National University Law School (VNU), headed the delegation. Professor Dr. Tri is also former Vice President and General Secretary of the Vietnam Lawyers Association and Chair of the Administrative Board and Deputy Director of the Institute of Public Policy and Law. Other members of the delegation included Professor Dr. Pham Hong Thai, Dean and Senior Lecturer at VNU; Professor Dr. Nguyen Dang Dung, Senior Lecturer and Head of the Constitutional and Administrative Law Department at VNU and Chair of the Administrative Board of the Institute of Policy, Law and Development; Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Chi, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Center for Legal Research and Legal Assistance and former Vice Dean at VNU; Dr. Vu Cong Giao, Lecturer and Vice Head of the Office of VNU-LS, Vice Director, Institute of Public Policy and Law (IPL), and Visiting Scholar at Fordham Law School; and Dr. Nguyen Van Thuan, Senior Advisor to the Chairperson of the National Assembly, former Head of the Law Committee under the National Assembly, and Vice Director of the IPL.
During their stay at Fordham Law, the delegation attended a lecture by Assistant Dean Toni M. Fine on separation of powers and federalism in the United States. In addition, a roundtable discussion was organized for the group on the question of judicial independence and accountability. This panel, which was moderated by Fordham Law Professor Ethan J. Leib, was composed of Justice Stephen G. Crane, New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division (retired); Judge Loretta A. Preska (J.D. ’73), Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; and Stephen P. Younger, Partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler and past President of the New York State Bar Association. Fordham Law Dean Michael M. Martin welcomed the group.
In addition to the academic content of the program, the delegates enjoyed lunch at a local pub and were awarded certificates upon the conclusion of the program.
Recent Developments in U.S. LawThe 2012 Recent Developments in U.S. Law program took place during the week of July 16, with an optional Introduction to the U.S. Legal System seminar offered on Sunday, July 15.
The program offered presentations by leading New York City lawyers in their respective fields. Visits to law firms were accompanied by lunches and cocktail receptions, which gave participants opportunities to network with each other and with New York–based attorneys. The program also included a roundtable featuring several in-house lawyers discussing their work as corporate counsel.
The following law firms were gold sponsors of the 2012 Recent Developments program:
The following organizations were affiliates of the program:
We are already accepting applications for the 2013 Recent Developments in U.S. Law program, which will be held during the week of July 15. Visit the Recent Developments in U.S. Law web page for more information and updates.
Sponsorship and affiliate opportunities are also available. For additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fordham Law Summer Institute in New York CityAs in past years, the 2012 Summer Institute provided 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 featured legal English workshops and special sessions on applying to and preparing for an LL.M. program in the United States.
In addition to their coursework, participants visited a federal bankruptcy court and the New York office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where they learned about the work of several of the firm's attorneys. The program ended with a celebratory dinner, where certificates of completion were awarded.
We are already accepting applications for the 2013 Summer Institute, which will take place July 8–26. Visit the Summer Institute web page for more information.
International Judicial Research and Training ProgramFrom June 18–25, 2012, Fordham Law’s International Judicial Research and Training Program hosted a delegation, organized by the Escola Superior de Magistratura de Pernambuco (ESMAPE), that included participants from four Brazilian states and 14 justices of state supreme courts. The program covered 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 visited the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Bronx Supreme Criminal Court, Rikers Island Prison Complex, and the Bedford Hills Correctional Center. In addition, they spent a day in Washington, D.C., where they toured and received a special briefing at the U.S. Supreme Court. The law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler hosted a cocktail reception to welcome the delegation. Stephen P. Younger, a Partner of the firm and immediate past President of the New York State Bar Association, spoke about the importance of alternative dispute resolution procedures.
We are delighted that ESMAPE chose Fordham Law as the venue for this program for the fourth consecutive year. We welcome inquiries from other judiciaries that may like our International Judicial Research and Training Program to develop a program that meets their specific needs and interests.
Arab Spring and Constitutionalism in the Middle EastOn November 17 and 18, Fordham Law, in partnership with La Fundación Instituto Euroarabe de Educación y Formación of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will host a conference on “Arab Spring and Constitutionalism in the Middle East.” This invitation-only program will be organized around a number of panel discussions relating to the following topics: Constitutional Design, Constitutional Provisions Relating to the Structure of the State, Controversial Subjects That a Constitution Needs to Address, and Constitutional Provisions Relating to Individual Rights.
Speakers include the following:
International Law WeekendFordham Law again this year hosted a portion of International Law Weekend (ILW), the 91st Annual Meeting of the American Branch of the International Law Association. The theme of ILW 2012 was Ideas, Institutions, and Interests – Dynamics of Change in International Law and explored the mechanisms of change in international law. The audience included more than 1,000 practitioners, professors, UN diplomats, business leaders, federal and state government officials, NGO leaders, writers, journalists, students, and interested citizens.
Fordham Law was honored to co-host this important event for the third consecutive year.
Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows ProgramEach year, Fordham Law welcomes some 100 distinguished visitors to the Law School to pursue independent research. The program strives 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 or other social events.
Recent presentations at the Visiting Scholar and Research Fellows Colloquium include the following:
Visiting Research Fellow Profile: Tom FreyTom Frey began his visit with us in January 2012. Having completed his master of law at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, he is now pursuing his Ph.D. there. His research is in the area of civil procedure law.
While at Fordham Law, Frey's research focuses on standard of proof requirements in damages claims. He hopes that a study of the U.S. system’s approach may help identify areas for improvement within the Swiss system. When asked why he chose to do a portion of his doctoral work at Fordham Law, Frey responded that a number of factors contributed to his decision. A friend who previously visited Fordham Law as a Visiting Scholar recommended the program, and the reputation and ranking of Fordham Law attracted him.
In addition, he valued the extensive library and the possibility of auditing a couple of classes. And, of course, being in the middle of New York City was a great opportunity.
Having participated in the program for nearly a year, Frey reflects that through this program “[he] could profit from an intellectual exchange with a very wide range of people” and that this enriched his stay, both professionally and personally. Individual research is the primary focus of the program, but Frey points to the seminar series as a great opportunity to bring the participants together on a regular basis to exchange ideas and foster a sense of community.
Other highlights of the program were Assistant Dean Fine’s Introduction to the U.S. Legal System course and the ability to participate in a wide range of events throughout the Law School. Considering the program itself, Frey especially appreciates Fordham's "friendly and motivating atmosphere," and, of course, the "incomparable location of New York City."
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 speakers in this series include the following:
In addition, the two offices collaborated on 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. Most recently, the program featured John Bergin, Chief Trademark & Copyright Counsel, Avon Products.
Keep an eye out for upcoming presentations in this series from Miho Kameoka, Assistant General Counsel, Lead Counsel for Japan & Korea, Emerging Markets Support; and Marianne Fogarty (LL.M. '96), Business Ethics and Anti-Corruption Officer, MasterCard Worldwide.
Welcome Kiran Chahal!The Office of International and Non-J.D Programs is delighted to welcome a new member of our team, Kiran Chahal, who has joined our office as Graduate Admissions Officer/Enrollment Specialist.
Chahal received her B.A. from the University of California–Berkeley in 2002 and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2006. While at law school, she interned with the Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Capetown, South Africa, and with the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C. She also worked as a student assistant in the office of J.D. Academic Services for more than two years and was a summer resident adviser to the 2005–2006 LL.M. class. After law school, Chahal joined the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York as an Assistant Attorney General in the Bureau of Consumer Frauds and Protection. Immediately prior to joining Fordham Law, Chahal worked as a legal officer for Jesuit Refugee Service and Boat People S.O.S. in Bangkok, Thailand, where she represented asylum seekers and refugees from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Vietnam, and Cambodia.