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Global Connections - Volume 2, Issue 1

This fall semester has been a time of great change at Fordham Law School. We were saddened by the departure of Dean William Michael Treanor, who has taken on a new position as Dean of Georgetown University Law Center. However, we are delighted that Michael M. Martin, University Distinguished Professor of Law, has agreed to serve as Interim Dean while the University undertakes a formal Dean search.  Dean Martin, who has been on the Fordham Law faculty since 1972 and who has served as Associate Dean and as Associate Dean for Administration, is a distinguished scholar, a gifted administrator, and a person of extraordinarily sound judgment.  All of us at Fordham feel enormously fortunate to have Dean Martin lead the Law School during this period of transition.  Additionally, we are pleased to welcome Celia Strino and Kandice Thorn as Directors in the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs.
We are also very excited about the launch of a doctoral program at the Law School. This program will augment our Master of Laws degree program and will provide a rigorous academic experience for candidates with outstanding academic qualifications and a demonstrated capacity for scholarly writing.  We also have announced two new summer programs that we hope will attract lawyers and students from around the world, and we will be commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Summer Institute in New York City in July 2011.

Thank you for reading this newsletter and keeping informed about our programs and activities.  Please feel free to send us any comments or suggestions and, of course, we hope that you will visit us at Fordham Law when next in New York City.  As the holiday season approaches, all of us at Fordham Law send to you and yours our very best wishes for a very happy new year.

Toni M. Fine
Assistant Dean for International and Non-J.D. Programs   

Fordham Launches Doctoral Law Program

The Doctoral of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) degree will augment the Law School’s robust LL.M. program by providing a rigorous academic and intellectual experience for highly qualified candidates. Fordham joins other top law schools in offering this highest degree in the field of law.

Completion of the degree requires a final project of publishable quality.  All doctoral law candidates will attend the S.J.D. Colloquium, which will introduce S.J.D. students to diverse and sophisticated research technologies, explore basic strains of legal academic thought that may inform their work, and provide a forum in which candidates can discuss their projects and elicit feedback on drafts of their work at various stages of progress. 

Admission to the S.J.D. program is highly competitive and applicants are generally expected to hold an LL.M. from Fordham or another top law school in the United States.

Visit the S.J.D. program webpage for more information.

LL.M. Program Continues to Grow

Last spring, Fordham Law School awarded the LL.M. degree to a record 161 LL.M. candidates at a diploma ceremony held on May 24, 2010, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Commencement activities were followed by a cocktail reception in honor of the LL.M. graduates and their families.

This fall semester, Fordham Law welcomed its largest class of LL.M. students, with 164 new and 55 returning students.  Our new students represent as diverse and talented a group as ever.  The fall 2010 semester also marked the first in which students enrolled in the newest master program: the LL.M. in U.S. and Comparative Law. 


Visiting International Professors

Daniel BonillaDaniel Bonilla is Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Public Interest Law Group at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. He holds a doctorate in law from Yale Law School and a law degree from Universidad de los Andes. He has been a visiting professor or lecturer at a number of institutions, including Yale Law School, Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights of Guatemala, University of Texas School of Law, Georgia State University College of Law, and Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and several awards for excellence in teaching, and is the author of numerous books, chapters, and scholarly articles. Professor Bonilla is teaching Comparative Constitutional Law at Fordham, and he recently gave a lecture on Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Rights as part of Fordham Law’s Latin American Tertulia in New York City.

Talia EinhornTalia Einhorn received an LL.B. and LL.M. at the Tel Aviv University and her doctoral degree in law from the University of Hamburg. She is the author of several books and many articles in international, European, and Israeli law journals and scientific publications. She was founder and Editor-in-Chief of European Business Organization Law Review and is currently a member of its Advisory Board. She has taught and lectured widely at universities in Israel, Europe, and the United States and has received myriad prizes for her work. Professor Einhorn is teaching Comparative Law at Fordham. 



Changes in the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs

The past months have seen numerous changes in the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs. Stacey Perkins Rock, Assistant Director, left Fordham Law in June. During her time at Fordham Law, Stacey made important and lasting contributions to the work of our office and was a joy to work with. All of us at Fordham Law were sad to see Stacey leave, but we all wish her and her family well as they relocate to Kansas City.

In happier news, the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs has welcomed two new Directors, Celia Strino and Kandice Thorn.

Kandice, who joined the Law School in June, is a magna cum laude graduate of Western Washington University and a cum laude graduate of Cornell Law School. She was an associate in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and is Managing Director of 32 Pearls of Hope, a nonprofit organization that promotes oral healthcare in developing countries. Kandice manages the daily operations of the LL.M. program, including the newly created Graduate Professional Development Program (GPDP), which helps to meet the professional development goals of our Master of Laws students and alumni. Kandice is fluent in Spanish. Kandice recently gave birth to a daughter, Audrey Claire.

More recently, Celia joined Fordham Law. Celia has numerous years of experience creating cross-border opportunities for law students and lawyers. Prior to joining Fordham Law, Celia was the Director of Special International Programs at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where she developed and directed transnational legal education programs with international partners. Celia has lectured at several foreign institutions on the U.S. legal system. She obtained her J.D. from Temple Law and completed her undergraduate studies at the American University of Rome. She is fluent in Italian. Celia is responsible for the non-LL.M. programs run out of the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs, including the programs for Visiting Scholars and Visiting Research Fellows, our summer certificate programs, our study abroad programs, the International Judicial Research and Training Program, and other initiatives undertaken by this office.

We are delighted to have both Kandice and Celia on our team and welcome them to the Fordham Law family!

Fordham Law Announces Innovative Course for Spanish Speakers

In the Spring 2011 semester, Fordham Law will offer a course on Lawyering in Spanish.  This course is designed to introduce Spanish legal terminology generally and in a range of practice areas, including contract law, banking law, criminal law, and immigration.  Lawyering in Spanish is open to J.D. and LL.M. students and to members of the public who are proficient in Spanish.
Lawyering in Spanish is taught by Katia Fach Gómez, a Professor of Law at the University of Zaragoza (Spain). Professor Fach Gómez will have recently completed her Master of Laws degree at Fordham Law School. Visit the Lawyering in Spanish webpage for more information.

Summer Institute Celebrates Fourth Anniversary

Fordham Law welcomed legal professionals from around the world in July when it hosted the Fourth Annual Summer Institute in New York City. Fordham Law faculty members taught the participants courses that began with an Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and included topics that are at the forefront of global legal practice today, including Civil Procedure and Litigation; Constitutional Law; Contract Law; Corporate Law; Information Technology Law; Intellectual Property Law; International Arbitration; International Trade; Mergers and Acquisitions; Product Liability Law; Searches and Seizures, the Exclusionary Rule, and Confessions; and Trial Practice. The program also offered a series of Legal English Workshops that explored Contract Drafting and Negotiation, Writing the Interoffice Memorandum of Law, U.S. Legal Research, Citation Form, and Litigation Documents.

Participants also took part in field trips, which included a tour of the United Nations; a visit to the courtroom of Judge Elizabeth Stong of the United States Bankruptcy Court, where they were able to learn about bankruptcy law and see bankruptcy litigation in action; and a visit to the law firm of Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius LLP.

The program opened with a welcome reception and ended with the traditional closing dinner and certificate ceremony. We also had a picnic in Central Park, located just steps from the Law School, and enjoyed the musical extravaganza Chicago on Broadway.

Summer 2011 Programs for International Lawyers and Law Students

Three programs this summer will offer international law students and professionals the opportunity to expand their knowledge. All of these programs offer networking and other social events and some include visits to legal and other institutions. We welcome you to explore these initiatives.

NEW - Summer Program in Fashion Law
May 31–June 9, 2011
The Fashion Law Institute's Summer Intensive Program, directed by Professor Susan Scafidi, is the first such program designed to educate lawyers, members of the fashion industry, and law students from the U.S. and abroad in the newly defined field of fashion law. J.D. students at Fordham and at other ABA-approved law schools may receive two (2) credits toward their degree program. Lawyers admitted to the New York State bar may receive up to 28 New York State CLE credits.  Visit the Fashion Law Institute webpage for more information.

NEW - Recent Developments in U.S. Law
June 27–July 1, 2011
This one-week program will introduce international lawyers to recent developments in U.S. law, including health care reform, financial oversight reform, international arbitration and cross-border litigation, merger and acquisitions, securities regulation, intellectual property, and privacy law. Lawyers who are admitted to the New York State bar may receive up to 26 credits. We also hope to offer this program in collaboration with several bar associations of other countries. Law students and professionals are also welcome to attend this program. Visit the webpage of the Recent Developments program for more information.

Fifth Annual Fordham Law Summer Institute in New York City
July 11–29, 2011
This three-week program introduces international law students and lawyers to the U.S. legal system and constitutional law and to various topics of U.S. law that are indispensible to global 21st century lawyers, such as bankruptcy law, contract law, corporations law, financial regulation reform, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, information technology, and a host of other topics. The program also offers optional sessions on legal English and informational meetings on applying to and choosing an LL.M. program and on preparing for an LL.M. program in the United States. Visit the Summer Institute webpage for more information.

Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows Program

Fordham Law hosts more than 60 international visitors per year during its Visiting Scholars and Reasearch Fellows Program. The Law School gives our Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows the opportunity to share their research with colleagues. Following is a sampling of lectures presented as part of our visitors program in recent months:
  • Cecilia Amiel - professor at Austral University (Argentina)
    State of the Art Defense in Product Liability Law
  • Mercédeh Azeredo Da Silveira - doctoral candidate at the University of Geneva (Switzerland)
    Authority of Domestic Courts and Arbitral Tribunals to Give Effect to a Trade Sanction in the Context of a Contractual Dispute
  • Alessandro Bianco - doctoral candidate at the Université de Politiers (France)
    Research on private comparative law
  • Vito Cozzoli - Chief Counsel to Italy’s Camera dei Deputati
    Parliamentary Groups in the Evolving Italian Political-Institutional System
  • Gloria Fernandez Arribas - professor at Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Spain)
    Research on European Union controlled military actions
  • Giacomo Gattinara - Legal Officer of the European Union Commission (Brussels)
    Judicial Implementation of WTO Law in the U.S. and the EU: A Transatlantic Imbalance?
    Jan-Peter Hix, Legal Adviser in the Legal Service of the Council of the EU and Emile Noel Fellow at NYU, presented commentary.
  • Alexander Klauser - attorney at law and professor from the University of Vienna (Austria)
    Transnational bankruptcy issues
  • Stefano Mechelli - partner at McDemott Will & Emery (Italy)
    The New Italian Class Action
  • Pierantonio Musso - LL.M. alumnus (Italy)
    Investing in Distressed Italian Companies under the Reformed Italian Bankruptcy Code
  • Matías Oteiza - graduate student at the Universidad de San Andres (Argentina)
    Research on comparative environmental law
  • Fernando Peña Lopez - professor at University of A Coruña (Spain)
    Research on financial reform in the United States
  • Emely Phelipa - graduate student at the Hague University (The Netherlands)
    Guantanamo Bay and International Human Rights
  • Shlomit Ravid - professor at Ono Law Faculty (Israel)
    Intellectual Property Rights of Creations and Inventions Developed by Employees: A Comparative Study
  • Ming-Yan Shieh - professor at the National Taiwan University (Taiwan)
    Findings on intellectual property law

International Judicial Research and Training Program Welcomes Judges from Brazil

During the weeks of June 7 and June 14, 2010, the Office of International and Non-JD Programs hosted a delegation of 37 judges, court clerks, prosecutors, and private lawyers from the State of Pernambuco, Brazil, as part of the Law School’s International Judicial Research and Training Program.

The group heard lectures from a number of Fordham Law professors on topics that included constitutional law, civil procedure, domestic violence, impact litigation, and mediation. In addition, a number of distinguished members of the bar and bench came to the Law School to meet with this group. They included the Honorable Albert M. Rosenblatt, a retired judge of the New York Court of Appeals; Judge Judy Harris Kluger, Chief of Policy and Planning for the New York State Courts; the Honorable Sherri Klein Heitler '76, a Justice in the Supreme Court of New York; and Anne Swern, First Assistant District Attorney of Kings County, New York.

The delegation also visited the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, and the Federal Judicial Center and the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C., and took a tour of the United Nations.  The social highlight of the program was Brazil’s defeat over North Korea in the World Cup, which the group watched together with much fanfare at a local sports bar.

Dispute Resolution Program for International Lawyers and Students

During the week of June 21, the Office of International and Non-JD Programs welcomed a group of 29 lawyers, professors, judges, and students from abroad for a one-week intensive program on dispute resolution in the United States. The participants, who came from Brazil, Israel, Mexico, Poland, and Russia, studied the U.S. legal system, U.S. litigation, domestic arbitration, international arbitration, mediation, and foreign litigation in U.S. courts. Program instructors included Cathy Cronin-Harris, Toni M. Fine, Birgit Kurtz, Joseph McLaughlin, and Paul Radvany.

As part of the program, the participants visited JAMS, the largest private alternative dispute resolution provider in the world, and the law firms of Crowell & Moring and Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle. The weeklong program ended with a celebratory lunch and certificate ceremony.


European Alumni Chapter Formed

On Saturday, July 10, 2010, Fordham Law launched its European Alumni Chapter with cocktails and dinner at the famed Hotel Adlon in Berlin. Alumni of Fordham’s J.D. program, Master of Laws program, Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow programs, and the Summer Institute in New York City from countries throughout Europe attended the event. 

The European Chapter is planning its next event for June 17–18, 2011, in Rome. Events will include lectures on current issues of interest by Fordham Law professors (and others), and a dinner in Rome. Further information will be posted on our website as it becomes available.

The executive committee for the European Alumni chapter consists of Wolfgang Schoenig (Germany) (chair), Juraj Alexander (Czech Republic/Slovakia), Sophie Busson (France), Ioan Chiper (Romania), Balazs Csuday (Hungary/Austria), Charles De Jager (Belgium), Maria Francesca Ferrari (Italy), Deborah Fournet (France), Cristian Oro Martinez (Spain), Pierantonio Musso (Italy), Uwe Salascheck (Germany), Georg Sotiropolous (Turkey), and Tara Waters (U.K.). All members of the Fordham Law community are welcome and encouraged to participate in chapter events. Please contact Wolfgang Schoenig to get involved.