Fordham Law

Fordham Law Launches Graduate Teaching Fellow Program

March 30, 2010

Fordham Law has established an innovative Teaching Fellow Program for graduates of the School's LL.M. program. The program will allow a select group of LL.M. graduates to teach a semester-long course at the Law School after they have completed their degree.

"This unique program will showcase our fantastic LL.M. students and complement our already robust curriculum," said Toni M. Fine, Assistant Dean for International and Non-J.D. Programs.

The chosen LL.M. graduates will teach a two-credit seminar of their own design, and the courses will be open to both J.D. and LL.M. students at the Law School. The teaching fellows will also receive a stipend and will be able to take advantage of faculty support services.

"Our LL.M. graduates are a remarkably talented group," said Dean William Michael Treanor. "Having them share their knowledge and expertise in front of the classroom with other Fordham Law students will be a boon to our academic program."

Three LL.M. graduates have been chosen as the inaugural Teaching Fellows: Lenore Horton, Roxana Popescu, and Michael Uwaechie.

Horton, from the United States, will teach a class on the Law of Peace and State-Building. A former corporate litigator, she became interested in pursuing an LL.M. in International Law and Justice after working on several pro bono cases involving criminal law, national security, and human rights. She plans on incorporating lessons learned there in her curriculum: "We will be analyzing case studies of conflicts in countries like Ireland, Israel, and Cyprus in order to put the legal rules of peace and state-building into contemporary contexts."

Popescu, a native of Romania, received her primary legal degree from Germany and later completed an internship with the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union. She will teach Harmonization of Private International Law. In designing the course, she scrutinized Fordham's existing international law offerings and identified a curricular opportunity in private international law: "This is a very important field that deals with any legal relationship that includes a foreign element, such as foreign transactions."

Uwaechie, from Nigeria, will teach Public-Private Partnerships in Anglo Africa. This course will provide a survey of the public sector engagement with the private sector and examine how different fields of law, including corporate and tax laws, inform them. Uwaechie had substantive experience dealing with these partnerships before coming to Fordham, and he is excited to teach a familiar topic: "I hope to showcase the recent trend in government procurement and management of public infrastructures and utilities with particular emphasis on its peculiarities in some Anglo African jurisdictions."

Learn more about the Teaching Fellow program.

Contact: Stephen Eichinger