Fordham Law Summer Programs

July 29, 2013

Fordham Law’s Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs offered six legal programs this summer, attracting legal professionals from all over the world who bolstered their knowledge and skills in various areas of law and legal practice. In addition, participants had the chance to broaden their professional networks by meeting colleagues from the United States and around the world. Assistant Dean Toni Jaeger-Fine, who directs these programs, said, "Our summer programs are so enriching because they bring to our campus professionals and students from a wide range of experiences and traditions."

From May 15–24, Fordham Law welcomed a delegation of 22 judges from Brazil’s Escola Nacional da Magistura for the International Judicial Research and Training Program. The program introduced the participants to various aspects of U.S. substantive and procedural law, including class action litigation, and matters of judicial administration, such as selection, accountability, and independence. The group made visits to the law firm Duane Morris, small claims court, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, CPR: The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, and Washington D.C., where they attended briefings at the Federal Judicial Center and the Supreme Court. Classes were taught by Fordham Law Professors Ethan J. Leib and Howard Erichson among others.

In June, the same program attracted 30 judges and court officials from the Centro de Estudos Judiciários of Pernambuco, Brazil. This group visited the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York, the law firm King & Spalding, John Jay College’s Center for Crime Prevention and Control, and the 9/11 Memorial. Fordham Law Professor Joseph Landau taught a class on class actions and other complex litigation while Professor Benjamin Zipursky taught tort law. Participants also learned about copyright law, constitutional torts, and privacy and data security, among other topics.

From June 9–14, Fordham Law, in collaboration with Legal Practice International, held a specialized program titled Business Law in Practice for Transnational Lawyers, which brought 10 lawyers and law students from Brazil to the Law School. The program consisted of classes taught by Toni Jaeger-Fine, Assistant Dean of International and Non-J.D. Programs, and Professor Sean Griffith, T.J. Maloney Chair in Business Law and Director of the Fordham Corporate Law Center. The attendees also visited two law firms—Ladas & Parry and Patterson Belknap—where they heard presentations on U.S. law firm practice.

Fordham Law’s inaugural Corporate Compliance Institute, held from July 8–26, attracted 27 participants, who learned the basic aspects of compliance and the role of the corporate compliance office in implementing and evaluating programs designed to comply with statutory, regulatory, and company rules, and disseminating of such programs among management. This intensive compliance training program, run by Professor Sean J. Griffith and Executive Director Carole Basri, included site visits to Morgan Stanley, Jones Day, J.P. Morgan, and Bloomberg. Attendees heard from top executives at leading businesses, including Time Warner, American Express, Dell, IBM, Citigroup, MasterCard, and many prominent law firms. Topics explored included risk assessment, attorney-client privilege, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, global codes of conduct, crisis management, deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements, and corporate social responsibility.

The Seventh Annual Fordham Law Summer Institute saw Fordham Law’s largest group to date, with 126 participants from 29 countries. From July 8–26, the group of foreign-trained lawyers and students were introduced to the U.S. legal system with classes taught by a range of Fordham Law professors. The program also offered workshops on contract drafting and negotiation, legal research, legal writing, and litigation documents. In addition, the group visited the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York and the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

Fifty-five international lawyers and students from 15 countries arrived at Fordham Law on July 14 for the Third Annual Recent Developments in U.S. Law. The group, the largest in the program’s history, was welcomed by keynote speaker Eric Grossman ’93, Chief Legal Officer of Morgan Stanley, and attended lectures on international arbitration, litigation management, cross-border mergers & acquisitions, IP law, antitrust law, among other topics. Lectures were held at the prominent New York law firms White & Case, Skadden, Davis Polk, Ladas & Parry, McDermott Will & Emery, Moses & Singer, and Morrison Foerster. Participants were able to network with local attorneys who enthusiastically discussed developments in their fields of expertise. Affiliates of the program included the New York State Bar Association and the International Section of the American Bar Association.