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Global Connections: the e-newsletter for international and non-J.D. programs
Spring 2020
Welcome to the spring 2020 edition of Global ENews, a publication of the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs of Fordham Law School.

First and foremost, we send our thoughts and wishes to all our alumni and friends around the world. All of us have been impacted by COVID-19, but some members of our community have been affected more directly. We wish all of you and your loved ones good health and spirits during these challenging times.

Needless to say, this has been no ordinary semester. In the middle of March, in-person classes at the Law School were suspended and courses for the remainder of the semester were conducted remotely. Our travel for the semester was curtailed, and many planned events had to be rescheduled or reimagined.

Graduation activities were held remotely, so sadly we could not congratulate our two S.J.D., 143 LL.M., and 22 M.S.L. graduates in person this year. You can view the Law School’s virtual 113th Diploma Ceremony and the virtual graduate student commencement event on our website.

This latter event brought together more than 200 of our graduating LL.M. and M.S.L. students and their families. We were honored that three of our graduating LL.M. students addressed their classmates at the event: Lingxia (Wendy) Liu (China) shared with us her thoughts about the importance of humility, kindness, and leadership as we all do that we can to improve the world in which we are living, to strengthen the rule of law, and to establish a truly global community of committed legal professionals. Julianne Romy (France) talked about the Fordham law family as a community that “transcends national boundaries and follows a common thread of values and ambitions.” She noted that “the Fordham family is defined by what unites us rather than what makes us different.” And Nicolas Usandivaras (Argentina) described his class as “unstoppable,” noting the “unique opportunity just in front of us.” “[T]he world is … in our hands. We have the duty to … make it even greater than what it was. This is us; this is the class of 2020.” We are so proud of all of our graduates for their accomplishments and the agility and resilience they displayed, especially in the final months of the semester.

Connecting with students remains at the heart of our mission. Toward that end, we have been hosting weekly Zoom sessions with current students. While not quite the same as meeting in person, these sessions have nonetheless allowed us to remain connected with each other from a distance.

Connecting students with alumni has never been more important. This past semester we have had face-to-face and online conversations featuring LL.M. alumni and friends who shared their experiences and insights with our current and incoming students. Our speakers (concluded or confirmed for the coming months) include the following:
  • Matthew Beaven (LL.M. ’11) (Spain) (Manager, BSA Compliance, BBVA)
  • Mary Kate Brennan (LL.M. ’17) (U.S.) (associate, Dentons, fashion and intellectual property law)
  • Cesar Briceno Lopez (LL.M. ’15) (Venezuela) (associate, White & Case, capital markets)
  • Sixtine Bousquet-Lambert (LL.M. ’15) (France) (intellectual property, art and fashion law; litigation and arbitration; immigration; and France desk, Dunnington)
  • Karl Buhler (LL.M. ’17) (France) (Sheppard Mullin, corporate and securities; French desk)
  • Tomas Casalins (LL.M. ’14) (Argentina) (partner, Fox Horan & Camerini, LatAm practice group)
  • Katerina Drisi (LL.M. ’09) (Greece) (Director for Sustainable Development, International Senior Lawyers Project)
  • Antonio Fatone (Italy) (LL.M. ’19) (international legal intern, Dunnington)
  • Roberto Gonzalez (LL.M. ’16) (Guatemala) (Senior Legal Associate, Human Rights Foundation)
  • Laura Guemes Cambras (LL.M. ’13) (Spain) (associate, Holland & Knight)
  • Jadranka Jakovic (LL.M. ’16) (Croatia) (associate, Curtis Mallet, investment treaty and commercial arbitration)
  • Doel Kar (LL.M. ’18) (India) (Director, Forensic Risk Alliance)
  • Philipp Lengeling (LL.M. ’18) (Germany) (IP/IT, Counsel, RafterMarsh, New York)
  • Rosalia Martinez Rial (LL.M. ’15) (Argentina) (associate, White & Case, merger and acquisitions)
  • Jordana Moldauer (LL.M. ’14) (Switzerland) (Senior Counsel, IPG)
  • Lucy Onyeforo (LL.M. ’17) (U.K.) (associate, Dorsey, litigation and arbitration)
  • Carolina Pineda (LL.M. ’17) (Colombia) (international legal consultant, international business affairs, Dunnington)
  • Amadeu Ribeiro (LL.M. ’17) (Mattos Filho (NYC), partner, antitrust law)
  • Scott V. Simpson (J.D. ’93) (U.S.) (partner at Skadden, Mergers & Acquisitions; co-head of Global transactions Practice; member of the firm’s Policy Committee)
  • Santiago Roca Arribas (LL.M. ’18) (Spain) (Special Legal Consultant, Clifford Chance, Washington, D.C.)
  • Edit Stelczner (LL.M. ’14) (Hungary) (Partner, The Law Office of Edit Stelczner, immigration law)
  • Judge Elisabeth Stong, United States Bankruptcy Judge 
  • Mari Tomunen (LL.M. ’17) (Finland) (associate, Sullivan & Worcester—blockchain and cryptocurrency)
  • Yang Wang (LL.M. ’18) (P.R. China) (Associate, Pillsbury Law, China Litigation Group)
We are so grateful to all of these professionals for sharing their time and insights with our students.

Our compliance program also hosted a series of interviews with the following compliance professionals remotely this spring: Doel Kar (LL.M. ’18), Director, Forensic Risk Alliance; Karen McDonald, Managing Director, FTI Consulting; Michael McMaster, Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer, BNY Mellon’s Clearance and Collateral Management Division and BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC; and Tiffany Archer, Regional Compliance Officer, Panasonic Avionics.   

Thank you to all of our alumni and friends for your generosity!

We have launched a few new programs, including an LL.M. program in Real Estate Law, which will begin enrolling students in the fall. Fordham is the only law school in New York City, and one of just a few across the country, to offer this kind of program. We also are offering a one-week remote course on Current Issues in Technology and Privacy Law run by Professors Nestor Davidson and Olivier Sylvain.

Looking ahead, we are adapting to our new realities. We regrettably had to cancel our Summer Institute in NYC for this year but plan to bring the program back in 2021. We moved our Pre-Law Institute (June 30-August 4) to an online format for this year, enabling participants from around the world to join us. We also moved our Legal English Institute (August 4-November 24) online for the fall semester, although we hope to return to an in-person program starting in January.

The faculty and administration are working hard in planning for the fall semester given the uncertainties facing all of us. While we do not know precisely what the fall semester will look like, we do know that Fordham Law will continue to offer an outstanding legal education with a commitment to service and community.

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In personal news, the third edition of my book American Legal Systems: A Resource and Reference Guide was just published.

I hope that some semblance of normalcy will soon return. I look forward to seeing many of you during my travels and when you visit New York City.

Wishing you all safety and strength during these difficult times.

Toni Jaeger-Fine
Assistant Dean, International and Non-J.D. Programs

150 W 62nd Street Suite 8-131 | New York City, NY 10023 US
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