Global Connections - Volume 5, Issue 2
These past months have been exciting times here at Fordham Law; as you will learn in this issue of Global Connections, we have developed and continue a number of exciting and innovative programs. At the same time, we are devastated by the loss of our beloved friend and colleague, Matthew J. Dzioba, Assistant Director in the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs. Matt passed away on March 1 of complications from acute myeloid leukemia.
Matt was an indispensable member of our team ever since he began working in our office in February 2009 while he was a student at Fordham College Lincoln Center. After graduating, he returned in August 2011 and worked tirelessly and with great devotion until his diagnosis this past August. Matt was 26 years old at the time of his death.
Matt was the heart and soul of our office and his contributions are many, but he will be remembered most for his dedication to ensuring that everyone he came into contact with received a warm and friendly welcome. He was the “go-to guy” for countless LL.M. students, Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows as well as for participants in our Summer Institute and other programs. Matt made Fordham Law a better place for so many—no one more than those of us who had the pleasure and honor to work alongside him. We are enormously grateful to have had the opportunity to know such an extraordinary person.
Fordham Launches LL.M. Program in Corporate ComplianceFordham Law School is thrilled to be launching its innovative new LL.M. in Corporate Compliance. This unique program—the first of its kind in the country—prepares candidates to respond effectively to new and complex regulatory demands both in the United States and globally. Students will explore the role of in-house counsel and the corporate compliance office as well as the elements of compliance. Students will learn the basic regulatory framework, especially in the banking and financial regulatory industries, and will be trained in the skills that are essential for any compliance professional.
Course offerings are expected to include the following:
Fordham Law Announces New LL.M. Dual-Concentration OptionContinuing our tradition of offering flexible, customizable options for our students, we are excited to announce the launch of a new dual-concentration LL.M. degree option. Through this new program, students will be able to extend their stay at Fordham Law for one additional semester of full-time study (or the equivalent for part-time students) after which they will receive the LL.M. in two areas of concentration. Students may combine any of the seven LL.M. disciplines. This option allows students to further develop their academic and professional interests, both by taking classes in a different discipline and by using the additional time to take advantage of opportunities such as externship and clinical offerings that may be difficult to complete in just two semesters.
Both current students and alumni are eligible to take advantage of this new option and to ultimately receive the LL.M. degree in two disciplines (for example, a student may receive an LL.M. Degree in Banking, Corporate, and Finance Law and International Business and Trade Law).
LL.M. Student Profile: Francesco Cassinerio LL.M. ’14Francesco Cassinerio began developing a formidable understanding of international law long before coming to New York. He attended Universidad de Alicante in Spain as a participant in the Erasmus Program while pursuing his law studies in Italy. After graduating with his Laurea Specialista in Giurisprudenza from Università Carlo Cattaneo, he worked in Italy practicing in mergers and acquisitions, collaborating with foreign counterparts. As a speaker of English, French, Italian, and Spanish, Francesco was well equipped to work with offices and clients outside of Italy and to draft agreements in various languages.
As he began to expand the scope of his legal interest to include renewable energy, Francesco looked to diversify his background in international law. In March 2011, Francesco returned to Spain and converted his Italian law degree into a Spanish law degree at Universidad Católica de Ávila. His knowledge of Spanish law and language proved crucial to his employment at Agnoli e Giuggoli in Milan, where he advised—in both English and Spanish—private equity funds and companies in the field of renewable energies.
Francesco came to Fordham Law in 2013 to further enhance his education and his knowledge of comparative law. “I decided to pursue an LL.M. degree in order to attend deeply specialized courses related to mergers and acquisitions, and to understand today’s key corporate law issues in a common law setting,” he says. Fordham was for him the clear choice. “It is an excellent university, a leader among American law schools. Moreover, it is located in New York City, the world’s premier financial market, and it has a strong reputation among the top law firms in the city.”
But his choice of Fordham is not solely about amassing new knowledge: being at Fordham has also afforded Francesco the opportunity to interact with professors and J.D. students with different personal and legal perspectives, and he particularly appreciates Fordham’s welcoming atmosphere. “All the people I met here at Fordham made me feel part of a family.”
Summer Institute in New York CityAs in past years, the 2014 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 antitrust law, bankruptcy law, civil procedure, constitutional law, contract law, corporate law, evidence, financial crime and compliance, information technology law, intellectual property law, international arbitration law, labor and employment law, mergers and acquisitions, product liability law, and tax law. The program will also feature 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 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.
Corporate Compliance InstituteThe Corporate Compliance Institute (CCI) at Fordham University, a program jointly run by Fordham’s Law School and Business School, will offer a one-week intensive training program on the fundamentals of corporate compliance and the role of a compliance officer, with particular emphasis on the financial services sector. Class sessions will include lectures and case studies run by Fordham professors and industry experts. Each day will feature a luncheon with a keynote address delivered by a prominent compliance professional. This program is geared toward junior compliance professionals and audit and risk management professionals looking to enhance their skills and knowledge as well as others with law or business experience seeking to enter the compliance field.
Topics covered will include the following:
Centro de Estudios GarriguesFordham Law will collaborate with the Centro de Estudios Garrigues on a two-week program for students in its International Business Law master's degree program. The course module will feature classes taught by Fordham Law professors and local practitioners. Topics will include an introduction to the U.S. legal system, comparative law, corporate law, cross border mergers, intellectual property law, international arbitration, international bribery and corruption, litigation management, and the role of the company ombudsman. An additional session will be held on contract drafting and legal writing skills. The group will visit the law firms of White & Case and McDermott Will & Emery; Bloomberg; and the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court.
Fordham Law Organizes Program With National Foundation of Italian NotariesFordham Law is delighted to announce a collaboration with the National Association of Italian Notaries. The program anticipates a series of annual programs at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus that will train Italian notaries in comparative aspects of corporate structures, corporate governance, real estate transfers, trust and succession law, and related topics. Morning classes will be taught jointly by members of the Fordham Law faculty and by members of the Fondazione Italiana del Notariato; in the afternoon, the delegation will visit leading U.S. law firms with international portfolios where they will learn about the more practical aspects of these issues and have the opportunity to meet with distinguished New York City practitioners. Participants will have an examination at the end of the one-week program and will receive a special certification. The first of these programs is scheduled to take place in September 2014.
Fordham Law is truly honored to have been chosen by the Fondazione Italiana del Notariato as its partner in this important and innovative project. Special thanks to Professor Giuseppe Trimarchi, a notary in Milan, for conceiving and developing this exciting program.
Fordham Teams Again with Chinese Business Lawyers AssociationOn January 29, Fordham Law, in its second partnership with the Chinese Business Lawyers Association, hosted a conference on China and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Challenges for the 21st Century. More than 200 students and professionals attended the program.
Speakers included the following:
The event attracted significant media attention and was featured on Phoenix Television and in Sing Tao Daily, among other publications.
Office of International Programs Continues Collaboration 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 Professor Tobias Tröger of Goethe-University Frankfurt and Professor Pierre-Henri Conac of the Université de Luxembourg.
In addition, the two offices collaborated on the International In-House Counsel Breakfast Forum. Co-chaired by Adjunct Professor Kent Bernard, the series brings distinguished in-house counsel to the Law School for an informal breakfast and conversation with LL.M. and J.D. students. Speakers discussed in-house practice in large multinational organizations, including issues arising from operations in multiple countries. Most recently, the program featured Michael G. Mahoney of Pfizer Inc. and Michelle Johnson-Lewis (J.D. ’93) of Celgene.
Delegation from Israeli Bar Association Visits Fordham LawA delegation of more than 50 lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals visited Fordham Law in February as part of a program organized by the Israeli Bar Association. Welcoming remarks were delivered by Michael M. Martin, Dean of the Law School and University Distinguished Professor of Law, and Ms. Faina Kirshenbaum, Israel’s Deputy Minister of Interior Affairs. The first presentation was a panel of experts discussing comparative constitutional law. This panel was composed of Fordham Law Professors Martin Flaherty and Thomas H. Lee, both of whom hold Leitner Family Chairs in International Law, and Justice Yoram Danziger, a Member of the Supreme Court of Israel. The next presenter was Thane Rosenbaum, John Whelan Distinguished Lecturer in Law and the Director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society, who spoke about his book Payback: The Case for Revenge. The final speaker was the Honorable Denny Chin (J.D. ’78), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, who spoke on The Google Books Case: A View from the Bench.
Program moderators were Fordham Law Professor Russell G. Pearce, Edward & Marilyn Bellet Professor of Legal Ethics, Morality and Religion; and Daniel Sinclair, Professor of Law at the Haim Striks School of Law at the College of Management Academic Studies in Israel and Wolff Fellow in Jewish Law and Visiting Professor of Law at Fordham.
Professor Joel R. Reidenberg, Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Founding Academic Director of the Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law, delivered closing remarks.
We are delighted to have had the opportunity to welcome this group of distinguished guests to Fordham Law School.
Dean Martin and Colleagues Visit Six East Asian CitiesDean Michael M. Martin, Professor Thomas H. Lee, Assistant Dean Vera Bullock, and Assistant Dean Toni Jaeger-Fine traveled to East Asia in March for a two-week trip to meet with alumni and solidify relationships with partners.
The trip included visits to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, and Tokyo. In each city, the delegation met with local law faculties and/or law firms and organized receptions for various Fordham program alumni and friends living in the respective cities. A number of admitted LL.M. students also attended the events.
Receptions were hosted by the following individuals:
We were especially honored by the presence at our Taipei reception of Ming-Yan Shieh, the Dean of the Law Faculty at National Taiwan University, and his wife, Professor Lih-Jen Lin Shieh.
European Alumni Chapter to Reunite in AmsterdamBeginning with a cocktail reception in the center of Amsterdam, the two-day event will bring together Fordham Law program alumni and incoming students from all across Europe as well as a number of members of the Law School faculty and administration. In keeping with Fordham Law’s commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, an academic presentation on The Legal and Regulatory Challenges of Smart Cities will take place on June 28. The academic program will feature a panel of experts including:
Dean Michael M. Martin, Distinguished Professor of Law, will offer welcoming remarks. Vice Dean Sheila Foster, Albert A. Walsh Professor of Law and Co-Director, Stein Center for Law & Ethics, will moderate the program. A luncheon will follow.
On the evening of June 28, the Law School will host a dinner at a traditional Dutch restaurant, where attendees will have the opportunity to network, socialize, and enjoy some of Amsterdam’s famed cuisine.
We are looking forward to a lively reunion and hope to see you there!
Spotlight on Brazil: Fordham Alumni Talk BackWe asked some of our alumni from Brazil to let us know what their time at Fordham meant to them.
Eduardo Appio, Summer Institute 2008, Visiting Research Scholar 2008, Recent Developments in U.S. Law 2009, 2010
“I was looking for a vibrant academic environment combined with good professors and infrastructure. As a federal judge in Brazil, we are always trying to keep in contact with American law and global tendencies. I found everything that I was looking for at Fordham Law School’s superb Summer Institute. The program attracts many lawyers, professors, judges, and prosecutors from around the world sharing their own professional experiences. The program gave me the opportunity to meet great professors and visit local legal institutions, including local courts and law firms. Then I came back in 2009 and 2010 for the Recent Developments in U.S. Law program, which gave a different perspective and greatly improved my professional and academic skills. The faculty and staff always made me feel at home and Dean Jaeger-Fine creates, year after year, a friendly group of people from diverse nationalities which increases diversity and enriches everyone’s background.”
Alex Jorge, LL.M. in Banking, Corporate & Finance Law 2011
“Fordham helped me to learn how to think and write like a U.S. lawyer. The interaction with J.D. students combined with the quality of the faculty were critical for that. Most of my clients are U.S. Fortune 500 companies so what I learned at Fordham truly helped me to succeed in my career.”
“I was at Fordham Law School for the first time in 2009 as a Visiting Research Fellow for five months. I was doing detailed research on Constitutional Interpretation, using U.S. precedents as a database. I was given full access to Westlaw, and this made all the difference to my research. I also attended different classes in my field of study, which gave me a better grasp of this subject. I came back to Fordham for a short period in 2012 to do extra readings and research work in federalism. That time I gave a lecture about constitutional interpretation. The time I spent at Fordham helped me greatly to develop my classes and write articles that were later published.”
Helen Naves, Forham Law LL.M. 2009
“The Summer Institute is just like a flashlight in the hands of a foreign student, lawyer, prosecutor, or judge: it puts light on the enormously rich legal system, allowing the foreigner to improve his legal skills back home. The most precious things that I received from the Fordham Law Summer Institute were friends. From the Law School staff to the classmates, Fordham gave me dear friends from all over the globe who truly became an important part of my life. Personally, all of that was especially important to me when two years later I became a federal judge in Brazil. All that intellectual richness and all those mind-opening experiences helped me become a better judge, and, I like to think, a better person. For that I will be eternally grateful to Fordham Law School.”
Rafael Villac Vicente de Carvalho, Fordham Law LL.M. 2009
Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows ProgramThe Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows Program strives to fully integrate visitors into the Fordham Law community and to 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 social events to ensure that visitors benefit from the Fordham Law network.
Recent presentations at the Visiting Scholar and Research Fellows Colloquium include the following:
Visiting Research Scholar Profile: Pedro ZelayaDr. Pedro Zelaya holds an LL.B. from the Universidad de Chile School of Law and a Ph.D. in Civil Law (Torts) from the Universidad de Navarra, Spain. He has been a Professor of Civil Law at the Universidad de Chile Law School and the Universidad de Los Andes since 1993 and 1994, respectively. Dr. Zelaya is also a partner at the law firm of Larrain y Asociados, where he specializes in infrastructure and public works projects, insurance law, clean energy, and commercial litigation and arbitration. Dr. Zelaya’s current research focuses on insurance law and damages, particularly as they relate to hospital liability.
When asked why he chose Fordham Law School to spend his research stay, Dr. Zelaya said that he was interested in living in New York. He was familiar with a few area schools, but a friend had told him of the excellent faculty at Fordham Law School. So he chose Fordham Law and he is “convinced that [he] did the right thing.”
Dr. Zelaya said that he thoroughly enjoyed his year at Fordham Law and points to the “very positive atmosphere” and “open and friendly” staff and professors. Dr. Zelaya said that the highlight of his visit was meeting many interesting people, both at Fordham Law and throughout New York City, including many Fordham Law alumni. He also enjoyed taking advantage of seminars and programs offered at the Law School by various groups, including the Office for International and Non-J.D. Programs, the Corporate Law Center, the Urban Law Center, and the New York State Bar Association. Dr. Zelaya said that he had an academic experience that he will “never forget.”
Of course, one of the great aspects of Fordham Law is its location in New York City. Dr. Zelaya said that he would love to have stayed longer to take advantage of all the city has to offer. He said that New York City is “one of the most thrilling places” to live and it was very hard to leave.
Assistant Dean Jaeger-Fine’s TravelsIn the past year, Assistant Dean Toni Jaeger-Fine has taught or lectured in the following places: