Global Connections - Volume 1, Issue 1
LL.M. Program Turns 20, Welcomes Largest Class Ever
Fordham Law Dean William Michael Treanor toasted the program and the alumni, faculty, and staff gathered to celebrate its milestone. Professor Thomas H. Lee and Assistant Dean Toni M. Fine spoke about the future of the LL.M. program, including a new degree in U.S. & Comparative Law. Assistant Dean Estelle Fabian was honored for her commitment to the LL.M. program since its inception. View the event photo gallery.
In the fall, we welcomed 139 students from 44 countries, including some countries not typically represented in the LL.M. program, such as Bulgaria, Guyana, Haiti, Uganda, Slovenia, and Uzbekistan.
Meet Our New FacultyProfessors Tanya Hernandez and Martin Gelter have joined the full-time faculty at Fordham Law and will enhance Fordham's strong curriculum in the increasingly important areas of international and comparative law.
The Law School's visiting professors include:
Summer Institute Brings the World to Fordham Law
The Summer Institute explored areas that are among the most important for U.S. and international lawyers in the 21st century, such as information technology, international arbitration, mediation, bankruptcy, contract drafting and negotiation, and the banking system and banking reform. Courses included Bankruptcy Law, Civil Litigation, Constitutional Law, Contract Law, Corporate Law, Intellectual Property Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Product Liability Law, and Trial Practice.
The program also featured legal English workshops, a visit to federal court, a tour of the United Nations, and a visit to New York City law firms.
The Summer Institute also provided participants with opportunities to establish friendships and professional associations around the world. Program participants came from 27 countries: Argentina, Austria, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and Venezuela.
Summer Institute instructors included Fordham Law faculty members and other leaders in U.S. law. Directors of the Summer Institute in New York City are Thomas H. Lee, Leitner Family Professor of Law, and Toni M. Fine, Assistant Dean.
The Fourth Annual Summer Law Institute in New York City is scheduled to take place from July 12–30, 2010.
Dispute Resolution Program for International Law StudentsFordham Law welcomed a group of deans, professors, and students from the law faculty of Javieriana University in Bogotá and Cali, Colombia, in May 2009 for a one-week dispute resolution program. The program included classroom lectures on the U.S. legal system, civil litigation, U.S. arbitration, international arbitration, and mediation. A special meeting with the Director of Arbitration and ADR for North America of the ICC International Court of Arbitration was also arranged. The participants were greeted at the opening lunch by the Honorable Francisco Noguera Rocha, the Consul General of Colombia in New York, and William Michael Treanor, Dean of Fordham Law School.
The group visited the Bronx Criminal Court for an in-depth look at the criminal justice system and spoke with two sitting judges, including Judge Ethan Greenberg, an adjunct professor at the Law School. They also received briefings at the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS). All participants received a certificate at the closing ceremony and lunch.
The Second Annual Dispute Resolution Program will take place June 21–25, 2010.
International Judicial Research and Training Program Launched
In addition to classes held at Fordham by members of the Law School’s full-time and adjunct faculty, the group visited the New York State Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the federal prison in Brooklyn; the group also met with representatives of the New York City Police Department. The law firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler hosted a cocktail reception in honor of the delegation, which included ten justices of the Supreme Court of Pernambuco, including Chief Justice Jones Figueiredo Alves, and the head of the judicial training institute, Justice Frederico Ricardo de Almeida Neves.
Participating U.S. judges included the Honorable Denny Chin ’78, the Honorable Ethan Greenberg, and the Honorable Eileen Bransten ’79. Fordham Law professors Thomas H. Lee, Whitmore Gray, Susan Block-Lieb, Robin A. Lenhardt, Benjamin C. Zipursky, and Hugh Hansen also participated. Attorneys included Stephen Younger of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler and Jeffrey Neuburger of Proskauer Rose.
“The Law School’s Program on International Judicial Research and Training is an umbrella for our research and training programs for foreign judges and highlights the Law School’s activities with non-U.S. judges and court officers,” said Assistant Dean for International and Non-JD Programs Toni M. Fine, who directs the program. “It was an honor and a pleasure to host this group of Brazilian judges as part of this program. We look forward to hosting similar programs for other judges from Brazil and other countries.”
New Summer Internships EstablishedFordham Law School expanded its international internship programs to offer additional summer placements for students at high national courts around the world and at leading law firms throughout Latin America and elsewhere.
The new high court placements are at Argentina's Corte Suprema de Justicia de la Nacion, Colombia's Corte Constitucional, Georgia's Constitutional Court, and Mexico's Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nacion.
"These new placements build on the enormous success of the high court placements we have already had in Ghana and Korea and will give our students additional opportunities to learn firsthand from distinguished judges in rapidly developing nations," said Associate Dean Sheila Foster. "These experiences will immeasurably enrich the J.D. experience of participating students."
Associate Dean Foster, who traveled to Latin America with Assistant Dean Toni M. Fine to establish these programs, said, "These opportunities will give our students the chance to work alongside some of the leading lawyers in private firm practice and in judiciaries in a region that is becoming increasingly important in the global legal marketplace."
Visiting Foreign Scholars, Research Fellows Abound and Present at New Seminar SeriesThe Law School’s program for Foreign Scholars and Research Fellows has expanded in recent years – both in scope and diversity. Typically, the program includes about 25 law professors, judges, and other high level legal professionals from virtually every region around the world.
Visitors over the past year included the following international legal professionals who presented at the seminar series for Visiting Foreign Scholars and Research Fellows:
Summer Programs Abroad Span Three ContinentsFordham Law School now offers three summer study abroad programs that are approved by the American Bar Association. Each of these programs, offered in different regions, offers students exceptional academic and professional opportunities.
The Fordham Belfast/Dublin Summer School Program allows students to spend two weeks at Queen's University, Belfast, and two weeks at University College Dublin. The program features courses taught jointly by Fordham professors and other internationally recognized faculty members. Offerings include a range of courses on various aspects of international and comparative law, which were supplemented by group visits to courts and other government and legal sites in both cities.
The Fordham-SKKU Summer Institute in International Law in Seoul is the second largest summer study abroad program of any U.S. law school. Classroom instruction is supplemented by field trips to legal institutions and cultural sites. Some students also enroll in a basic Korean language class during the program and take advantage of 4-to-6 week internships with Korean multinational corporations, law firms, courts, government offices, and human-rights organizations after the program.
The new Fordham-Ghana Summer Law Program in Accra, Ghana offers students the opportunity to study international and comparative law while witnessing the path of democracy and development first hand in this regional center of international business. Participants have the option of completing either an internship for two ungraded credits or a non-credit internship.