LLM Class of 2013

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

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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.

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Meet Amy from the U.K., a recent graduate of our LL.M. program

By: Amy Glover (U.K., LL.M., ’13) 

WFU Law School 8/17/12Ms. Glover recently graduated with a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Wake Forest Law.  She is now an intern in the U.K. office of a Texan law firm called Vinson and Elkins. Before coming to Wake Forest Law, Ms. Glover earned a First Class Honours Degree in LL.B. Law with American Law from the University of East Anglia (UEA).  At UEA, she received the Law School Prize for Exceptional Achievement in Academic Studies in 2012 and was the recipient of the Charles Herbert-Smith Prize for Highest Exam Results in 2009. She also served as the UEA Negotiations President to run the Law Society’s debate competitions and recruit students to the Society. As required by her LL.B. program, Ms. Glover spent one year as a non-degree visiting student at South Texas College of Law.  During her exchange year, she interned in the Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General in Houston and completed short internships at Dechert LLP, White & Case LLP, and Mayer Brown International LLP. Ms. Glover also interned at Bousquet Law Firm in Houston, where she focused on oil and gas law.  She attended Deusto University in Spain to pursue a diploma in International Trade Law, which peaked her interest in international commercial law.  

Where is home? What is it famous for?

I grew up in Northumberland, England – a northern county that sits below Scotland and is renowned for its Roman history. It’s also close to Newcastle– a city famous for its football and beer.

Have you been to the U.S. before?

Fortunately, as part of my undergraduate degree, I was able to spend a year at law school in Houston, Texas, studying alongside fellow JD students. During this time, I was also able to gain internships with the Office of Attorney General and a local Texan law firm – both of which were entirely different, but still fascinating.

What are the most notable differences between home and Winston-Salem, NC?

Winston- Salem is a lot quieter- which makes a nice change from bustling cities like Houston and Newcastle. However, there’s many hidden gems waiting to be found. Recently, I have discovered a fantastic bakery, a small winery, Bikram yoga, woodland jogging trails and some amazing art galleries – all within walking distance from downtown.

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Graduation Weekend: Highlights of the LL.M. and S.J.D. graduates!

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A few of the Wake Forest Law LL.M. graduates

By: International Graduate Programs Office

Wake Forest Law School conferred hoods and diplomas on 183 graduates last weekend. Out of 183 law school students, 20 are Master of Laws (LL.M.) graduates and two are Scientiae Juridicae Doctor (S.J.D.) graduates. Many of these international scholars will return to their home countries, while some will stay at Wake Forest to continue their studies in the J.D. or S.J.D. program. Several graduates will begin internships here in the United States. We have a diverse group of international graduates from all of the world. The list of countries include Afghanistan, China, Colombia, Kosovo, Nicaragua, Panama, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. To read a news story about the law school’s graduation, go here.

Here at Wake Forest Law, students enjoy a weekend of celebratory events in honor of their hard work. On Friday May 18th, the law school community gathered for a casual picnic at the courtyard in front of the school. On Friday evening, the LL.M. and S.J.D. graduates, along with their guests, enjoyed a celebration dinner. At the dinner, two LL.M. graduates, Bernard Armoo (U.K., LL.M., ’13) and Yucheng Wang (China, LL.M., ’13) were able to share encouraging thoughts about their time at Wake Forest Law.  Dick Schneider, Associate Dean of International Affairs, welcomed the graduates, their guests, and law school professors in attendance. Dean Schneider also presented gifts to the law school’s first ever S.J.D. graduates–Mohamad Basam (Saudi Arabia, S.J.D., ’13 and LL.M., ’07) and Joel De Leon (Panama, S.J.D., ’13).  On Sunday May 19th,  the law school held a hooding ceremony in Wait Chapel on Wake Forest campus. Finally, on Monday, May 20th, all Wake Forest University graduates, including the law school students, were given their diplomas at commencement.

We have included some photos taken during the graduation weekend to highlight in this post. To view more photos, check out the links below:

International Programs Graduation Weekend Highlights: 

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A bird’s eye view of Hearn Plaza on Commencement Day

 

LL.M. Graduates at Friday's Dinner

LL.M. Graduates at Friday’s Dinner

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Catalina Garzon, a Colombian LL.M. student, shares about her Wake Forest Law experience

Catalina Garzon (second to the left) is pictured with Mauricio Zuluaga (Colombia, LL.M., '13), Maria Travers (Nicaragua, LL.M., '13) and Joel De Leon (Panama, S.J.D., '13)

Catalina Garzon (second to the left) is pictured with Mauricio Zuluaga (Colombia, LL.M., ’13), Maria Travers (Nicaragua, LL.M., ’13) and Joel De Leon (Panama, S.J.D., ’13)

Ms. Catalina Garzon Serna is a scholar from LASPAU, which administers the portion of the Fulbright Program that provides grants to individuals from Latin America and the Caribbean for graduate study in the United States.  Ms. Garzon is a member of the Colombian Bar and the Legal Director of Personal Banking and Banking for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses at Bancolombia S.A.  Previously, she was a Senior Lawyer at Leasing Bancolombia and a Lawyer at Banco de Occidente S.A. She has also taught Leasing Contracts (Banking Law) at Universidad CES. Ms. Garzon earned a degree in Law and Political Science and a post-graduate degree in Financial and Business Law from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. She has focused her LL.M. studies on banking, corporate finance, and securities law. Because only six out of ten Colombian citizens have access to financial products, Ms. Garzon’s goal is to return to Bancolombia and make financial products, such as savings accounts and loans, more accessible to everyone. Ms. Garzon will graduate from the Master of Laws LL.M. program in May of 2013.

Where is home? What is it famous for?

My home country is Colombia, located in South America. It is famous for producing the finest coffee in the world, huge variety of flowers and for its beautiful landscapes.  The country is also well known for its friendly people and their entrepreneurial spirit. I am from Medellín, the second largest city in the country. In 2012 Medellín was awarded by the Wall Street Journal as the innovative city of the year, before other cities like New York and Tel Aviv.

Have you been to the U.S. before?

I visited the U.S. two years ago with the aim of improving my English skills.  I took an English course in Delaware. At that time I had decided that I was going to pursue a master degree in the U.S., having in mind the quality of education and the variety of opportunities that this country offers.

 What are the most notable differences between home and Winston-Salem, N.C.?

One of the most notable differences between Winston-Salem and my hometown is the peaceful environment that offers a small city like Winston, in comparison with a vast city like Medellín with more than two million people. Furthermore, the landscapes are totally different, my hometown is surrounded by mountains and the weather is warmer than here.  In Winston-Salem you can feel that you are breathing clean air due to its huge trees and all the nature you can see all over the city.   Continue reading »

Meet Kreshnik, an LL.M. student from Kosovo

Wake Forest University School of Law LLMKreshnik Radoniqi, a current LL.M. student, has come to Wake Forest as one of the first Justice Abroad Scholars sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Pristina and the U.S. Department of Justice.   His most recent position was a Legal Advisor for the European Union Law (EULEX) Mission to Kosovo and was based in the District Court of Peja. He worked exclusively on serious criminal cases, specifically murder, organized crime, and war crimes. He recently completed the training program for judges and prosecutors at the Kosovo Judicial Institute and was appointed as a judge. Kreshnik will graduate in May of 2013.

Where is home? What is it famous for?

I am from a small city called Peja in Western Kosovo. Its location is on the edge of the scenic – panoramic view of the beautiful “Rugova” Mountains also known as “The Damned Mountains”. Historically the name of the city changed; during the roman time it was called Pescium and Siparantum, and in Greek Episkion. During the Ottoman Empire the name changed to Ipek, because of the silk production at that time.In Slavonic the name is Pec. It was named because of many caves in the surrounding mountains.

Because of the mountains surrounding, the city of Peja is mostly known for hiking, skiing and resting areas in the Rugova Mountains. It is also know for one of the best and biggest brewery in the region called “Birra Peja”, which means Peja Beer.

Have you been to the US before?

I have never been to US before. This is my first time to live in the US.

What are the most notable differences between home and Winston-Salem, NC?

 First of all in my hometown everything is of a walking distance, no need to use cars for everything. Then the weather is quite different. I am used to cold and snowy winter, and hot arid summer. Otherwise, the common thing between my town and Winston Salem is the beautiful green nature. Continue reading »

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

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 »