Meet Hafiz- a current LL.M. student from Afghanistan

LL.M student Hafizullah "Hafiz" Hamid Mr. Hafizullah “Hafiz” Hamid is a current LL.M. student at Wake Forest University School of Law and will graduate in the spring of 2013. Hafiz is from Mazar-e-sharif city, Afghanistan and came to Wake Forest as a scholar from the Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. He received a Bachelor of Science in Law and Political Science from Balkh University, where he graduated top in his class. He has over five years of experience with international organizations in Afghanistan, including working as a Legal Advisor for the Afghan Woman Services Foundation and a Legal Assistant and Translator for the United Nations Development Program. He has also served as an English teacher for various governmental institutions and international organizations. Hafiz was most recently a Senior Legal Advisor in the Attorney General’s Office, which is a section of the Afghanistan Justice Sector Support Program funded by the US Department of State and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

We decided to interview Hafiz to learn why he decided to pursue his LL.M. degree at WFU School of Law.

Where is home? What is it famous for?

I am from Mazar-e-sharif, one of Afghanistan’s largest cities in the north. The Mazar-e-Sharif means “the grave of Sharif.” This name represents the Blue Mosque which is widely known to be the grave of Hazrat Ali (prophet Mohammad’s son-in-law and the fourth leader of the Islamic Empires).  The city became part of the Durrani Empire around 1750 after a treaty of friendship was reached between Mohammad Murad Beg and Ahmad Shah Durrani, the founding father of Afghanistan.

The famous poet and mystic, Jalal al-Din Rumi, was born on September 30, 1207 in Balkh. His father Baha’ Walad was descended from the first caliph Abu Bakr and was influenced by the ideas of Ahmad Ghazali, brother of the famous philosopher. Baha’ Walad’s sermons were published and still exist as Divine Sciences (Ma’arif). Rumi completed six books of mystical poetry and tales called Masnavi before he died on December 17, 1273.

Have you been to the US before?

No, I have not been to USA before. I was supposed to accompany a group of prosecutors for a professional training course in Salt Lake City at Utah University in 2008, but I was not able to make it because of a delay to my visa. Continue reading »

Afghan LL.M. student meets Sen. John McCain

WFU Law School Afghan LL.M. candidate Yama Keshawerz meets Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Check out the recent news article about the LL.M. class field trip to Washington D.C. where one of our students met Sen. John McCain:

Every spring semester, Wake Forest University School of Law LL.M. students have the opportunity to hear oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.  This year, Professor Shannon Gilreath led the students to visit the high court on Wednesday, April 18.

While in Washington, D.C., the law school’s Afghan LL.M. candidate, Yama Keshawerz, was invited to attend speech given by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) about Afghanistan at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  “It was a great event and the event was attended by many,” Keshawerz said.

Click here to read the rest of the news article.

Keshawerz also made a YouTube video about meeting Senator McCain which can be viewed here.