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A note from Director of International Programs, Amber Featherstone

Greetings from Winston-Salem!

I think it may be time for me to introduce myself. My name is Amber Featherstone and I am the new Director of International Programs at Wake Forest University School of Law. I’m excited and honored to have been chosen for this position and am already feeling the warm and welcoming atmosphere of WFU that many of you know all too well.IMG_0357 (3) (1)

J. R. R. Tolkien wrote “Not all those who wander are lost.” I love this quote. I think sometimes people who travel or move frequently can be pegged as lost or without direction. This really speaks to me as I have done quite a bit of wandering in the last decade. A summer study abroad experience in Paris, France during my undergraduate study ignited a love of the world in me that has led to an international career and a lot of wandering.  From study abroad, to professional international travel, to an almost 2-year stint living and working in San Jose, Costa Rica I’ve had many experiences that have changed my life and my view of certain cultures and peoples, and I want everyone to have these type of experiences in their lives.

I have two primary goals in my new position.

  1. I want to help you wander. Whether you’re a current student looking to study abroad with us in Venice, Vienna, or London, or an international student looking to study in one of our programs here in Winston Salem – I want to help you expand your horizons and explore the world.
  2. I want to make sure that you never feel lost. Going to a new place can be scary; I’ve experienced it firsthand. But, I want you to always feel like you can come to me if you need anything and so that you don’t feel frightened or lost in your new experiences.

I have a lot to learn about Wake Forest University, the School of Law, and the many programs we offer. But, my knowledge will be useless if I don’t first get to know you – our alumni, current students, and future students!

To our alumni:

I hope that you’ll accept my invitation to email me directly to introduce yourself. I want to learn about you and your Wake Forest University School of Law experience. Where are you now and how did your time here shape your professional and personal growth? Even though we haven’t met (yet), I would love to be your connection here at WFU.

To our current students:

My door is always open to you. No question is ever too big or too small. And while I may not have all of the answers, I will certainly do my best to find them for you. Stop in if you need something. Stop in if you don’t need anything at all but a break from your studies. I look forward to getting to know you.

To our future students:

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Selecting a school for graduate studies is not an easy task! And, if you’re moving to the U.S. from another country, that makes the job of choosing the school that is right for you even more difficult and daunting. Let me help you! I don’t ever want you to have a question that is unanswered. So, go ahead…ask me!

I look forward to hearing from you or seeing you in Winston-Salem soon!

~ Amber

Amber Featherstone
Director of International Programs
Wake Forest University | School of Law
Skype: amber.featherstone

Abdullah Al Shehry, S.J.D., Presents Dissertation on Insurance Law

Ahmed Al Qurashi (S.J.D.), Abdullah Al Shehry (S.J.D.), Professor Miles Foy, Dean Richard Schneider

Ahmed Al Qurashi (S.J.D.), Abdullah Al Shehry (S.J.D.), Professor Miles Foy, Dean Richard Schneider

Abdullah Al Shehry, (LL.M. ’08) recently presented his dissertation, the culmination of his research and work as an SJD student, to faculty and fellow students. The project, entitled “The Reasonable Expectation Doctrine Knocks on the Saudi Legislative Council Door”, contained a comprehensive examination of Robert E. Keeton’s theories of insurance law. Mr. Al Shehry surveyed how Keeton’s Doctrine of Reasonable Expectations has been applied in several districts throughout the United States. He subsequently considered how such a doctrine may  be employed in a new-founded system of insurance in his home country of Saudi Arabia. Mr. Al Shehry argued that though the concept of insurance may be construed by some as against Islamic law, specifically riba and gharar (usury and gambling, respectively), by grounding new laws on the fundamentals of Keeton’s doctrine, insurance can be offered without breaking the codes of Sharia.

Abdullah hopes to use his position as Professor of Law at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh to present his research to appropriate committee members and legislators. His goal is the possible reform of current insurance law in Saudi Arabia.

LL.M alumnus Francesco Ferrini hosts John Sanders (’15) in Italian internship over summer

By Richard Schneider, Associate Dean of International Programs

The LL.M program here at Wake Forest Law for scholars with non-U.S. legal training has been in operation now for many years.  We have a large number of wonderful graduates, most of whom have returned to their home countries to pursue careers as lawyers, judges, regulators, and follow other professional pursuits. Continue reading »

Highlights of my LL.M. studies, and a new job in New York City

bernard armoo

Bernard Armoo (U.K., LL.M. ’13) in New York City

By: Bernard Armoo (U.K., LL.M., ’13)

Mr. Armoo recently graduated with a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Wake Forest Law. In November, he will be working on corporate transactions at Bryant Rabbino, LL.P., a New York corporate law firm. Born in Ghana, Mr. Armoo moved to the United Kingdom as a teenager. Prior to coming to Wake Forest Law, Mr. Armoo graduated with Honours from Leeds Metropolitan University.

What have you been up to since your time at Wake Forest?

After graduating from Wake Forest in May, 2013, I moved to New York with the aim of finding legal internship or employment.

Where are you currently working? What do you do? 

In July, 2013, I started interning as a legal intern with the General Counsel/President and Executive Vice President at the Corporate Office of NUS Consulting Group (“NUS”), an International Energy Consulting Company. At NUS, my responsibilities include reviewing and drafting international and national contracts, and carrying out research for pre-negotiation of these contracts. These contracts come in different forms, such as Energy Management Services Contracts, Brokerage/Supplier Contracts, and Non-Disclosure/Confidentiality Agreements.

However in November, I start a new employment with a New York corporate law firm, Bryant Rabbino, LL.P., where I will be working on corporate transactions.

How has your LL.M. degree helped your law career after graduating? 

My interest remains in international corporate transactional law and pursuing my LL.M. at Wake Forest School of Law gave me the opportunity to focus on this particular practice area. One of the many aspects I admire about the Wake Forest Law LL.M. program is the fact that you get to “mix and match” the subjects to correspond with your interested area of practice. I took full advantage of this opportunity to develop my interest in international corporate transactional law,

which I believe has better equipped me with the necessary skills needed to start practicing in this area. My LL.M. degree will serve to further prove my interest in this area of practice to employers. Continue reading »

End of class, exploring Vienna, and a post-class Europe trip

By: Al Suarez (JD, ’15)

Day 22:

No class. Exploring Vienna. After our adventure to Budapest it was great to have a long weekend to hang out and to finally begin to really explore Vienna. Because we have been traveling every weekend and because our time in Vienna has been preoccupied with class and exploring touristy type of things, we have had very little time to really get the full Vienna experience. Today we decided to sleep in and relax and then continue our Viennese coffee house tour at Café Hawelka. My favorite so far. Very small and quaint. Delicious espresso. Best strudel I have had yet. After coffee we wandered a bit and did a bit of shopping and ended up hanging and reading down by the canal. I checked out some of the street art that covers almost everything in the “younger more artsy” area that we live in. It is fascinating– almost every square inch along the canal is covered in elaborate graffiti, yet in all my time in the first district, I have not seen any graffiti at all. Really cool idea in my opinion. By legalizing (or at least refusing to punish) street art in certain areas it allows for expression and a sense of rebellion that not only benefits the other parts of the city, but also creates a very interesting culture and identity. Then off to yoga and to bed early to continue recouping and preparing for our post class trip.

Below is a gallery of photos from our last week in Vienna: scroll through to view captions! To view more photo highlights from Vienna, click here. Continue reading »

Lord Phillips in Vienna, Budapest, and a Viennese coffee shop tour

By: Al Suarez (JD, ’15)

Crazy to think it has already been three weeks into our European adventure and we only have one more week of class…This week was an especially adventure filled week.

Below is a gallery of photos from our third week in Vienna with Lord Phillips and our class trip to Budapest: scroll through to view captions! To view more photo highlights from Vienna, click here.   Continue reading »

Vienna Week Two: MuseumQuartier, Vienna Bar, “Beach”, Zurich

By: Al Suarez, (JD, ’15) 

Welcome back for the second week of the official blog of Wake Forest Law Study Abroad Vienna 2013. Another really busy and amazing week…

Below is a gallery of photos from our second week in Vienna and my weekend trip to Zurich, Switzerland: scroll through to view captions! To view more photo highlights from Vienna, click hereContinue reading »

Welcome to the Vienna Blog of Summer 2013!

By: Al Suarez, (JD, ’15) 

Welcome to the official blog of Wake Forest Law Study Abroad Vienna 2013. In order to give you the true vibe of the experience in Wien I decided to write our blog in a bit more of the traditional journal/blog format. I will try not to overload you with pictures or useless details but if I do… It’s our blog so you will just have to deal with it. Enjoy.

Below is a gallery of photos from our days so far: scroll through to view captions! To view more photo highlights from Vienna, click here
Continue reading »

Lord Phillips, Windsor Castle, and last days in London

By: Ashley Waring (JD, ’15)

Big Ben

Ashley in front of Big Ben

My last week in London was bittersweet.  Although, I enjoyed myself in London and I will miss it, I missed home a little bit more.  During the last week, the class attended the annual Order of the Garter and visited Parliament.  At Parliament I finally got a closer look at Big Ben.  It was very impressive.

Eye Contact with the Queen

Eye Contact with the Queen

The class and I had the opportunity to meet with the former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, Lord Nicholas Phillips of Worth Matravers.  He invited the class to his home and we had finger foods and drinks.  When he invited the class to his home we all wore business casual attire because we didn’t know what to expect.  When we arrived to his home, his wife wore a beautiful sundress and he wore a Hawaiian shirt with khakis and they offered us food, beer and wine. Continue reading »

U.K. Supreme Court and King’s College in London

By: Ashley Waring (JD, ’15) 

Students inside the U.K. Supreme Court

Students inside the U.K. Supreme Court

This is the second to last week in London and I am enjoying myself 100%.  The class visited the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and Professor Palmiter and I visited the law school of King’s College.

During our visit to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, we were given a tour of the Court, listened to oral arguments, and, after the oral arguments, we met with the Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore, one of the justices of the Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court was established in October 2009 and assumed the functions of the House of Lords.  The Lords from the former House of Lords simply moved across the street into the Court’s new location.  Well, that’s how “the move” was described by Dr. Roderick Munday, a University of Cambridge professor the class met a few weeks ago.  Unlike the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom may not strike down legislation and must rule on cases that are consistent with the European Union (EU) laws and the rights in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

UK Supreme Court Symbol

UK Supreme Court Symbol

Trying to maintain consistency with the EU laws and the ECHR has proven to be difficult because sometimes the two are inconsistent with each other.  The case that was being argued before the Court concerned whether prisoners should be given the right to vote and if the disenfranchisement of prisoners is inconsistent with the laws of the EU and the rights under the ECHR.  Unfortunately, the EU laws and the rights under the ECHR display conflicting answers to these questions.  When we spoke with Lord Kerr, he said that unlike the U.K. Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of the United States is so simple because they only have to remain consistent with one document, the United States Constitution.  This case will be a landmark decision in the U.K. and, because of its difficultly, I must admit that I am not envious of Lord Kerr at all.  A decision is expected to be made within the next few months. Continue reading »