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Global Connections - Vol 3, Issue 1

As we begin a new academic year, we look back at a busy and exciting summer. From a meeting of the European chapter of our alumni association in Rome, to our International Judicial Research and Training Program for Brazilian judges, the launch of our program on Recent Developments in U.S. Law, and the fifth anniversary of our Summer Institute in New York City, the summer was packed with activities and opportunities to see old friends and welcome new members to our community.

In addition to strengthening our existing programs, we continue to develop new programs. In particular, we are delighted to announce a program in Asset Management Practice and Regulation, offered in collaboration with the Regulatory Compliance Association. This program addresses the need for chief compliance officers and other compliance specialists as a result of new U.S. legislation responding to the financial crisis. This program offers online courses, making the certificate accessible to persons in New York and around the world. The program also features mentorships, externships, and placement assistance to give participants ample opportunities to meet and network with leading asset management professionals. 

Thank you for reading Global Connections and for your continued interest in our programs.

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

Online Program in Asset Management Practice and Regulation

Fordham Law is accepting applications for a new online program in Asset Management Practice and Regulation. This program, offered in collaboration with the Regulatory Compliance Association (RCA), is designed to train chief compliance officers for hedge fund and private equity firms—positions that will be created in large numbers as a result of legislation passed in response to the recent financial crisis.   

The program features three courses:

  • Asset Management Regulation
  • Asset Management Law and Practice
  • Compliance Process, Inspections, and Enforcement

The courses are available online, so participants from the New York City metropolitan area as well as from around the country and around the world are eligible to apply. One or more courses will be offered live at Fordham Law for interested participants. 

Each participant in the program is assigned a mentor to help guide him or her through the program and provide career advice. The program also requires each participant to complete an externship. Externships are set up by Fordham Law in collaboration with the RCA, and include placements at asset management firms, law firms, CPA firms, and the RCA.

Visit the Asset Management program webpage for application materials and additional information.

Recent Developments in U.S. Law

This new weeklong summer program, designed primarily for international lawyers, provides participants with insights into cutting-edge developments of U.S. business law, offered by leading New York City lawyers in their respective fields. The inaugural program included visits to New York City law firms—where participants networked with each other and local attorneys—as well as a roundtable discussion featuring several in-house attorneys discussing their work as corporate counsel. 

The law firm sponsors of this program were Baker & McKenzie, Crowell & Moring, Davis Polk, Milbank, Morgan Lewis, Morrison Foerster, Proskauer, and White & Case. 

The following organizations joined our program as affiliates: ABA Section of International Law, Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados, Bomchil Group, Centro de Estudios Garrigues, Deutsch-Amerikanische Juristen-Vereinigung, French-American Bar Association, Illustre Collegi d'Advocats de Barcelona, Ilustre y Nacional Colegio de Abogados de México, Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía, Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr. e Quiroga, New York State Bar Association, Peixoto e Cury, Regulatory Compliance Association, and Swiss American Lawyers Association of Greater New York.

Visit the program's webpage for information about next year's program.

International Judicial Research and Training Program

Fordham Law recently welcomed delegations of judges from Thailand and Brazil.

The delegation from Thailand, hosted in cooperation with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, focused on various matters of insolvency law. Program instructors included numerous judges from the Bankruptcy Court, as well as members of the Fordham Law faculty, including Professors Susan Block-Lieb and Richard Squire. The Law School recently collaborated again with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York during a visit from a delegation of Russian judges.

Fordham Law also hosted a group of judges from Brazil, who learned about judicial administration, small claims proceedings, mediation, stare decisis, and class action litigation. The judges came from six states and included twelve justices from the supreme courts of the States of Amazonia, Pernambuco, and Santa Catarina.

A number of Fordham Law full-time and adjunct faculty members participated in the program, including Professors Howard Erichson, Toni M. Fine, Robin Lenhardt, Ron Lazebnik, Jeffrey Neuburger, Edna Sussman, and Benjamin Zipursky.

The Brazilian delegation also met with numerous federal and state judges from the New York City area, including Justice Sherri Klein Heitler '76, Administrative Judge for the First Judicial Circuit; Judge Jeffrey Oing, New York State Supreme Court; Judge Ann Pfau, Chief Administrative Judge for the New York State Courts; and Judge Cathy Seibel '85, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The delegation also visited New York State Supreme Court and McDermott Will & Emery, where the firm's managing partner discussed the system for U.S. class actions and hosted a reception to welcome the judges.

The International Judicial Research and Training Program welcomes expressions of interest from judges and judicial organizations that may wish to develop a training program at Fordham Law. Interested parties may email Assistant Dean Toni M. Fine.

Summer Institute Celebrates Fifth Year, Most Globally Diverse Class

Summer Institute picnicSince the launch of the Summer Institute in 2007, the program has welcomed more than 450 participants from some 50 countries. 

As in past years, the 2011 Summer Institute provided 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 contract law, civil procedure, corporate law, antitrust law, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy law, arbitration, tort law, intellectual property law, and information technology law. The program also featured Legal English workshops and special sessions on applying to and preparing for an LL.M. program in the United States.

Summer Institute participantParticipants visited a bankruptcy court and the New York office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where they learned about the work of several of the firm's attorneys. As always, the program ended with a celebratory dinner, where certificates were issued.

We are already accepting applications for next year's program, which will take place July 9–27, 2012. Visit the Summer Institute webpage for more information.

European Chapter Meets in Rome and Looks Ahead to Barcelona

 Fordham Law in Rome On June 17–18, members of the Fordham Law community met in Rome for a two-day program that featured an academic program, cocktails, a walking tour of Rome, and a celebratory dinner. Special thanks to the current President of the Fordham Law European alumni chapter, Wolfgang Schönig, and to the Italian members of the organizing committee, Maria Francesca Ferrari, Pierantonio Musso, and Federica Pietrogrande, for spearheading this outstanding event.

 On June 15–16, 2012, the European Chapter will host another event, this time in the magical port city of Barcelona. Barcelona is home to Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí's most impressive work, spectacular museums, Las Ramblas, and of course the sublime wine and cuisine for which Spain is known.


 Fordham Law in Rome #2
The weekend will begin with a welcome cocktail reception on Friday evening at Garrigues, hosted by Fernando Rey, head of its Barcelona office. It will be followed by an academic event on the morning of Saturday, June 16, at the magnificent house of the Barcelona bar association (the Illustre Collegi d'Advocats de Barcelona), at which its dean, Pedro L. Yúfera, will give opening remarks. The afternoon will be devoted to sightseeing, followed by a celebratory dinner. Mark your calendars for this very special occasion. Additional information can be found here.
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Megan Smiley Joins Fordham Law

On November 7, Fordham Law welcomed Megan Smiley as Director of the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs. Megan received her master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Pennsylvania. While there, she worked as a graduate assistant in the international programs office at Penn Law. Prior to transitioning into higher education, Megan was a corporate associate in the Boston office of Sullivan & Worcester, LLP, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, securities, and financings. Megan graduated from Boston College Law School in 2006. During law school, she spent a semester studying European Union law at King’s College in London and interning at Liberty, an international civil rights organization. Megan graduated summa cum laude from Colby College in 2000, where she majored in French and international studies.   

Megan is primarily responsible for the non-degree programs run out of the office, while Kandice Thorn, the other Director, continues to manage the daily operations of the S.J.D. and LL.M. degree programs. 

We are delighted to welcome Megan to our community!

Constitutionalism in the Global South

On October 29, Fordham Law convened a group of constitutional law experts from Argentina, Colombia, India, and South Africa to discuss the question of whether the high national courts in each of these countries, through their imaginative legal theories and political strategies, are gradually creating what properly can be called a constitutionalism of the global south. The conference was organized around three panels, each dealing with important subjects of the jurisprudence of these countries' courts: access to justice, cultural diversity, and social and economic rights. 

The Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs, one of the sponsors, gratefully acknowledges the Rakin Foundation, which generously supported this conference. 

Arab Spring: A Report from Egypt

On Wednesday, September 14, the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs, along with the Global Law Society and the Muslim Law Student Association, hosted a discussion on "Arab Spring: A Report from Egypt." In the aftermath of the recent extraordinary events in the Middle East, this event considered the legal, political, and business and trade implications of the recent uprising in Egypt. 

We welcomed two special guest speakers at this event, both of whom are from Egypt and are experts in their respective fields: Dr. Yassin El Ayouty, adjunct professor at Fordham Law and founder and president of SUNSGLOW, and Mr. Basem El Hendawy.

Fordham Announces Affiliation with AZB & Partners

The Office of International and Non-JD Programs is delighted to announce a partnership with AZB & Partners, one of India's largest and most prestigious law firms. Under this agreement, the firm will host up to two Fordham J.D. students as interns in its Mumbai office. The affiliation is made possible through the generosity of the firm's dynamic managing partner, Zia Mody.

Office of International Programs Teams with Corporate Law Center

As in the past, the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs has teamed up with the Law School's Corporate Law Center to offer an exciting speaker series on topics of comparative corporate governance. This semester, the series included the following lectures:
  • Jose Ricardo de Bastos Martins, Partner at Peixoto e Cury in Sao Paulo, who spoke about "M&A in Brazil: Legal and Economic Aspects"
  • Mathias M. Siems, Professor of Commercial Law at Durham University and Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge, who spoke about "The Law and Finance of Share Repurchases"

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 7, 2012, when the speaker series will continue with a lecture by Professor Michele Perrino of the University of Palermo. 

Program on Professional Legal Ethics from a Global Perspective

On Tuesday, October 25, the Office of International Programs co-sponsored a program with the German American Lawyers' Association (DAJV) and the law firm of Crowell & Moring entitled "Multi-Jurisdictional Rules of Ethics and Professional Conduct: Coping with Conflicting Legal Rules and Privileges in a Global Business Environment." The panel featured Giorgio Bovenzi, counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell and an adjunct professor at Fordham Law; Barry E. Cohen, partner at Crowell & Moring; Bruce Green, Stein Professor and Director of the Stein Center at Fordham Law; and Anke Meier, attorney at Noerr.

LL.M. Corner

Incoming Class
This semester we welcomed 106 new Master of Laws candidates. These students joined 39 returning students, for a total of 145 LL.M. students currently enrolled. Our new class includes students who received their primary law degrees from 31 countries: Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, P.R. China, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Tanzania, Vietnam, and the United States, including Puerto Rico.
Academic Enrichment Program
This fall semester marks the launch of a new LL.M. initiative, the Academic Enrichment Program. The Academic Enrichment Program comprises a series of seminars offered to foreign-trained LL.M. students throughout their first semester of study. The program is designed to help LL.M. students succeed in their studies and make the most of their time at Fordham Law. It covers a wide variety of topics, including case briefing, outlining, using the Bluebook citation form, exam preparation, and scholarly writing.

This semester, the Academic Enrichment Program will culminate with a panel of Fordham Law professors discussing tips and strategies for succeeding on law school exams. 

The program will be offered each semester to new foreign-trained LL.M. students and is also open to exchange students and returning LL.M. students.

LL.M. Profiles

Ajay Tyagi, Bridging the Divide between the U.S. and India

Ajay Tyagi '12Ajay Tyagi '12 is no stranger to international business and the laws that govern it. As an attorney in India, he has spent more than twenty years assisting companies from abroad to found and manage start-ups and joint ventures in his home country. As his expertise grew, so did his conviction that there remains a large divide between U.S. and Indian business cultures and interests. "Every post-transaction analysis led me to the same conclusion," says Tyagi. "Indian businesses and their U.S. counterparts seem unable to appreciate each other's legal and business environments. In spite of this mismatch, the demand for business and trade relations between India and the United States will continue to grow as small and medium size businesses from the United States venture out to explore the Indian market." 

This realization led Tyagi to pursue his LL.M. degree in the United States, to become an attorney with expertise in both the Indian and U.S. markets in order to better assist companies looking to invest in India. "I hope to increase the success rate for U.S. businesses investing in India. Pursuing the LL.M. is the best means to achieve this aim,” says Tyagi. He chose Fordham Law because of the wide range of courses open to students and because of the network of support offered to LL.M. students through its various offices and initiatives.  Currently in his first semester of study, Tyagi has especially appreciated the structure of Fordham Law’s LL.M. program for foreign-trained attorneys, in particular the intensive sessions of Introduction to the U.S. Legal System offered before regular courses begin. “This structuring makes the transition to the study of U.S. law very smooth,” says Tyagi.

As a student in the International Business and Trade Law program, Tyagi is bound to gain both the broad foundation of U.S. law and the specialization necessary to pursue his goal of “initiating and increasing successful business ties between the United States and India, the two largest democracies of the world.”

Terence Trennepohl, A Truly Global Lawyer

Terence Trennepohl '12By the time Terence Trennepohl '12, a native of Brazil, decided to pursue an LL.M. degree in the United States, he was already a highly experienced practitioner in the areas of environmental and energy law. He has held positions as the Director of the Environmental Law Unit of Brazil's Martorelli law firm and as a Professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco, from which he also holds an LL.M. and a Ph.D.  He is the author of several books and articles on subjects related to environmental law, and, in 2009-2010, he was a Senior Fellow in the Harvard Electricity Policy Group at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. In January 2011, Trennepohl became affiliated with the New York office of the law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, assisting the firm's clients primarily with energy-related investments in Brazil. 

The decision to pursue a U.S. LL.M. degree stemmed from Trennepohl's desire to pursue a degree that would enable him to broaden his global practice, "to practice law here and everywhere." He chose Fordham Law mainly because of the people he met while applying to the program. "I was welcomed by the LL.M. program staff from the moment I decided to apply to Fordham Law," Trennepohl recalls. Indeed, this welcoming feeling has continued as he has progressed in the program. In his words, "I feel at home here." 

Wolfgang Schönig, A World Away, but Still Connected to the Fordham Family

Wolfgang Schonig '10"I always believed—and still believe—that lawyering as it is practiced today in Europe and throughout the world has been invented in the United States," says Wolfgang Schönig '10.  It was this belief that led Schönig to pursue his LL.M. degree at Fordham Law. An intellectual property attorney in his home country of Germany, Schönig chose Fordham Law because of the strength of its Intellectual Property and Information Technology law program and because of Fordham Law's outstanding reputation in the market.    

As expected, the LL.M. degree enhanced Schönig's professional credentials. "My Fordham education has significantly raised my awareness for U.S. and international legal issues and my ability to effectively communicate with colleagues and clients from around the world," says Schönig. He utilizes those skills daily in his position as a senior intellectual property associate in the Dusseldorf office of the prestigious U.K.-based law firm Clifford Chance, where he specializes in cross-border intellectual property litigation and transactional work.

Schönig also discovered that the LL.M. degree was a highly rewarding personal experience. "I feel very privileged that I had the opportunity to study in the U.S.," he states.  He recalls his Fordham Law experience fondly, and these days stays connected to his alma mater through his service as the President of the European Chapter of the Fordham Law Alumni Association. 

Doctoral Program Begins at Fordham Law

The inaugural S.J.D. class is made up of five outstanding candidates selected from dozens of highly qualified applicants. They hold first degrees in law from Belarus, Georgia, Greece, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, and received their LL.M. degrees from Fordham, Columbia, Harvard, Michigan, and Northwestern. 

All of the doctoral candidates participate in the S.J.D. Colloquium, a seminar led by Professor Thomas H. Lee that explores leading U.S. legal scholarship. The semester began with a celebratory welcome dinner attended by all S.J.D. candidates and their dissertation supervisors.

The S.J.D. degree augments the Law School's other academic programs by supporting the development of leading legal scholarship. 

Visit the S.J.D. webpage for additional information.

Visiting Scholars and Researcher Fellows Program

At Fordham Law, we strive to fully integrate visitors into our community and 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 happy hours at a local bar. 

Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows Colloquium

Recent presentations at the Visiting Scholar and Research Fellows Colloquium include the following:

  • Professor Ariane Morin - Université de Lausanne
    Law and Economics and Civil Contract Law: The Limits of Legal Transplants
  • Judge Menachem Hacohen - Family Court of Israel
    Family Law in Israel
  • Judge Asher Grunis
    Reflections of a Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel
  • Professor Lluís Medir Tejado - University of Barcelona
    Legal Construction of Educational Policies in the USA and Spain
  • Bianca Quatrochi Caldas Marques Martone - Catholic University of Brazil
    Aspects of the Human Assisted Reproduction and the Statute of the Human Embryo - A Comparative Law Perspective in USA and Brazil
  • Professor Bruno Amaral Machado - Centro Universitario de Brasilia
    Police-Prosecution Relations in Brazil: A Social Legal Approach
  • Emil Ruffer - EU Law Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
    Constitutional Aspects of the European Union's External Relations
  • Christof Peter - Free University of Berlin
    Constitutional Influences on Private Law
  • Professor Pavel Sturma - Charles University
    Drawing a Line Between the Responsibility of International Organization and its Member States under International and European Law
  • Professor Cecilia Amiel - Austral University
    Scientific Progress and Civil Liability: The Development Risks Issue
  • Fernando Gonzalez - Goodrich Riquelme y Asociados
    Scoring from all Angles: a Comparison between U.S. and International Sports Law
  • Joana Zylbersztajn - General Secretariat of the Presidency of Brazil
    The Secular State as a Democratic Principle
  • Judge Esther Stein - Family Court of Israel
    A New Kind of Family-Parenthood After Death
  • Alfonso Gallo Carrabba – LUISS
    Unfair Commercial Practices
  • Professor Germán Valencia Martín - University of Alicante
    U.S. Environmental Law Enforcement and Litigation in the Eyes of a Spanish Scholar
  • Sandra Maertha Elfride Lyngdorf - Reykjavik University
    The New Admissibility Criterion of the European Court of Human Rights
  • Professor André Regis de Carvalho - Federal University of Pernambuco
    The New Brazilian Federation
  • Avv. Stefano Mechelli - McDermott Will & Emery
    Class Action Arbitration
  • Professor Jan H. Jans - University of Groningen
    Administrative Pluralism in the EU: Some Comments on Access to Justice in Environmental Matters
  • Lorenzo Pasculli - University of Trento
    Measures of Prevention of International Terrorism and Criminal Trafficking

Up Close and Personal: Lorenzo Pasculli

Global Connections is happy to introduce a new interview feature to its format. Each issue will feature a Q&A with a current or recent member of our Visiting Scholar or Visiting Research Fellow community.

An Interview with Visiting Research Fellow Lorenzo Pasculli

You have a very impressive background. Can you tell us a little about it?

I took my Laurea Magistrale in Giurisprudenza at the University of Padua (Italy), one of the most ancient universities in the world (it was founded in 1222). Several illustrious scholars and scientists have taught there, such as Galileo Galilei and, at the Faculty of Law, Baldo degli Ubaldi, Norberto Bobbio, and Francesco Carnelutti. Its students have included Pico della Mirandola, Nicolò Lorenzo PasculliCopernico, Torquato Tasso, Ippolito Nievo, and Niccolò Tommaseo.

I graduated in criminal law under Professor Silvio Riondato with a thesis on "Re-education and Military Punishment," which earned the segnalazione di eccellenza ("Acknowledgement of Excellence”) and was later published on a legal studies website of the university. Right after my graduation, I started doing research under Professor Riondato and training for the legal profession in a historical law firm in Venice.

In 2008, I entered the doctoral school in comparative and European legal studies of the University of Trento, which has a very modern and international law school. In the same period, I passed the bar exam before the court of appeal of Venice with the highest score in Veneto. In 2010, I won the competition for a research fellowship in criminal law with a research project on “The Legal Protection of Unaccompanied, Trafficked and Exploited Migrant Minors: Analysis of the Present Situation and Reform Perspectives."

From 2007 to 2009, I traveled through several countries in order to get acquainted with different legal systems and to improve my knowledge of other languages. I’ve done study journeys to London (U.K.), to Freiburg (Germany), and to Iran.

During these years I’ve published several works on military criminal law, criminal aspects of biolaw, and juvenile criminal justice. Some of these articles were published as chapters for the criminal law volumes of the Biolaw Treatise and the Family Law Treatise.

What is your current research project about?

I’m currently working on a project about the Measures of Prevention of International Terrorism and Criminal Trafficking. I’m considering all of the measures of prevention of transnational crimes such as terrorism, organized crime, trafficking in human beings, etc., using information from the legal systems of the United Nations and the European Union.

The project took its cue from the famous Kadi decision of the European Court of Justice, which concerned terrorism. So the first idea was to study the prevention of terrorism. My further studies, as well as additional perspectives gleaned from research conducted in Padua on juvenile justice, later led me to broaden the project to include all other types of transnational criminality in order to get an idea of the developing international and regional crime prevention (or preemption) system as a whole.

Why did you choose Fordham Law as a place to pursue your doctoral work?

There were several reasons why I chose Fordham. First, Fordham Law School is one of the top law schools in the United States. For a young scholar, it is very important to study in a prestigious school of law. More than that, Fordham Law is, so to say, ancient in its origins and history, but young in its mentality and philosophy. The former quality gives the Law School the solid academic background that any researcher needs to build up his own thought. The latter gives the School that vitality and open-mindedness which are the main gates to education. And, in fact, one of Fordham's most inviting features is its international dimension, well reflected not only in its offering of courses and programs but also in the connections that the Law School has with universities all over the world and the value that it places on exchanges with scholars and students from different legal systems.

Another reason I chose Fordham was its Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, which has provided me with invaluable resources for my research.

Last, but not least, I wanted a university that was not an enclave. Research, especially legal research, depends on human beings, and we cannot discount the value of culture and sociality. I wanted a university that was not merely theoretical, but also very practical, since law should serve reality. Fordham is famous for its strength in legal subjects (such as corporate law, dispute resolution, intellectual property law, and international law) that in my view are the future of the legal profession. I wanted a university that dealt with the concrete world. What campus could possibly be more open to life than one in New York City, the capital of the world?

How would you describe the culture at Fordham Law, and especially among the Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows?

I would describe it as a "360-degree culture." Culture at Fordham is culture in its most comprehensive and global meaning. Moreover, with its efficient services and personnel and with its great location, Fordham makes access to culture really immediate.

The life of the Law School revolves around the Leo T. Kissam Memorial Library, which, more than just a valuable source of facilities, books and materials, easily becomes for visiting scholars a real meeting point. Every day you meet someone you know and make lunch plans, perhaps trying some exotic cuisine in a restaurant near Fordham, while exchanging ideas on the respective subjects of your research.

The nearness to Lincoln Center provides for an incomparable amount of cultural and social occasions: from the free open air concerts to the most sophisticated and precious musical events, such as a performance of Tchaikovsky’s famous Swan Lake by the New York City Ballet. Moreover, the Law School stands just a few steps from Central Park, the Upper West Side, and Midtown, making it very easy to walk to several pleasurable spots in the City, such as the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue, the Museum of Natural History Museum,  MoMA, Rockefeller Center, not to mention restaurants, bars, shops, movies, and Broadway theaters.

I would say that the location of Fordham Law is itself the most irresistible invitation to enjoy the cultural life of New York.

What have you enjoyed most about your time at Fordham Law?

The people. As I said earlier, it is people who make culture possible and who make it so special.

The Law School adheres tightly to this principle; it provides students and scholars with many social occasions, such as conferences, lunches, receptions, and parties. At Fordham, I’ve had the opportunity to meet several advisors for my research work, such as my tutor, Professor Martin Flaherty, whose suggestions and lessons are giving me significant cues for my project. Professors at Fordham are very available, and the dynamic structure of each course allows for great interactions between the class and the teacher, which surely facilitates learning and the growth of ideas.

At Fordham, I’ve also become acquainted with dozens of students and scholars from all over the world. More than that, I’ve become good friends with many of them. I’m sure that I will keep in touch with them even after this experience. To paraphrase Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, I think this is the beginning of some beautiful friendships!

What are some of the aspects of the visitors program at Fordham Law that you consider unique or special?

In addition to the richness of the legal studies, Fordham benefits from at least two features that are unique.

One is the way international programs are structured and offered. The Law School really takes care of—I dare say, coddles—visiting scholars. It guides you through your research period and makes you feel at home right from the very beginning of your experience. In a big city like New York, such a hospitable attitude is more than welcome; it is indispensable. The International & Non-J.D. Programs Office provides you with all the assistance required to experience both the University and the City in the most enjoyable way and also provides several occasions to integrate with the other visiting scholars and with the LLM students. In such a friendly and warm environment, it's inevitable that you will exchange ideas with scholars from other countries studying subject different from yours, to make precious contacts, and to make new friends.

The other special feature of Fordham Law is its location. Because of their lucky geographical position, coastal cities became the heart of international trade. Fordham Law can be considered an unequalled harbor of the many opportunities that the City offers. And, obviously, because of such a location, Fordham is perfectly served by public transportation, so it is very comfortable to move from there to every part of the City.

How have you enjoyed living in New York City?  Have you taken advantage of some of what New York has to offer?

I’ve really loved living in New York City. I found a pretty studio apartment in the Upper East Side, close to Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim.

Walking to Fordham every morning was the perfect way to start the day in a good and productive mood. From the 59th-Lexington stop of the subway to Columbus Avenue, through the green of Central Park and the hustle and bustle of Fifth Avenue, through the thousands of smells, colors, and sounds that pulsate in the City, you really can have your personal everyday Rhapsody in Blue.

I don't just take advantage of some of what New York has to offer: I’ve tried to take advantage of all it has to offer!

Diversity, they say, is one of the key features of this immortal City. So many and so different are the ways to experience New York that it would be a real shame to live here without exploring them.

Besides, you don’t even need to look for something to do, because everything finds you so quickly and easily! Every day and every night there are so many things to do that all you have to do is choose. Do you want to spend a whole day surrounded by bookshelves? Then get lost in the Strand bookstore. It's raining tonight? Why not go to one of the hidden movie theaters in the Village? Do you want to have an easy-going dinner with your friends? Try one of the many cuisines the City restaurants offer. You don’t need to go far, every corner has its very own culinary treasures. Do you want to sip a sophisticated cocktail with a lady? Many rooftop bars in Midtown offer unique views. Are you in the mood for classical music? Step into Lincoln Center or Carnegie Hall.

But even just wandering is an amazing experience in New York City. Skyscrapers do not mean lack of adventure. I have really enjoyed exploring it, walking it, tasting it, having the illusion of conquering it—with the aim of discovering each corner of it, but also with the gratifying consciousness that I’ll never get to know it completely. And that’s the magic, because, unlike many pleasures of life, that often last too short, your eagerness for the City can never be fully satisfied. Which also makes it the perfect location for those who love research: in fact, isn’t it the same with our insatiable eagerness for knowledge?

Thank you so much for your time and your insights. Mille grazie!


Former Visiting Scholar Named to Spanish Court

Former Fordham Law Visiting Scholar Maria Pia Calderon Cuadrado, a professor of procedural law at the University of Valencia, was named to the Tribunal Superior de Justicia de la Comunidad Valenciana, the highest judicial authority for the region, which includes Valencia, Alicante, and Castellón. The appointment was announced by Spain's leading newspaper, El País, on September 29, 2011. ¡Enhorabuena, Magistrada Calderon!