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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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 »

Your Guide to Winston-Salem

By: Allysen Mahaffey
Administrative Assistant, International Graduate Programs

Skyline of Winston-SalemWinston-Salem, North Carolina is the home of  Wake Forest with a population of about 225,000 people. It is located in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad and within hours to the Blue Ridge mountains and NC coastal beaches.  Although Winston-Salem is mid-sized and not a large city, I was surprised by how much there was to do and see in this area when I first moved here from California two years ago. The amount of local art galleries, parks, festivals and concerts alone can keep you busy just about every weekend. I cannot promise I have been to all of the places or venues below. I definitely cannot promise I have been to any of the golf courses.  But I can promise that you will be pleasantly surprised like I was with the things to do and the friendly people you’ll find here-and perhaps also relieved that there is almost no traffic and plenty of parking downtown.  You may also be interested in information about restaurants, bars or coffee shops.

Here are extra links for additional guides to Winston-Salem:

If you’re looking to travel outside of Winston-Salem, you’re also in luck as it is close to several cities and not far from mountains and beaches. Check out these websites for places within driving distance from Winston-Salem:



Art Galleries

Place Address Phone
Artworks Gallery 564 North Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 723-5890
Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery (WFU) WFU Campus- Scales Fine Arts Center 758-5795
Delta Arts Center 2611 New Walkertown Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27105 722-2625
Delurk Gallery 207 W. 6th St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 486-3444
Diggs Gallery (WSSU) Winston-Salem State University: 601 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Winston-Salem, NC 27110 750-2458
Ember Gallery 690 Trade St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 703-5214
Inter_Section Gallery and Art Space 629 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 817-1248
The Other Half 560 North Trade St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 407-4262
Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery 601 N.Trade Street Winston-Salem, NC 27101 725-1516
The Sawtooth School for Visual Art 251 North Spruce Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 723-7395
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106 725-1904
Swift Wade Gallery 560 North Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Womble Carlyle Gallery at the Milton Rhodes Art Center 251 N. Spruce Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 725-8916
Downtown Gallery Hop (summer and fall event) Between 5th and 7th street on Trade Street

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A Guide to Winston-Salem Restaurants

By: Allysen Mahaffey
Administrative Professional, WFU Law International Graduate Programs

Downtown Winston-Salem (

Moving to a new city can be overwhelming, exciting, and frustrating all at the same time. I moved from southern California to Winston-Salem, North Carolina in August of 2010 for a new job and adventure. Luckily, the World Wide Web has made moving across the world, or moving across the country in my case, a little bit easier. One of my favorite things to do is to go out to eat or get coffee with friends, which can be hard to do if you don’t know what restaurants, bars, or coffee shops you’re looking for.  After some google and yelp research, as well as asking local friends for advice, I’ve spent the last year and a half trying out new places to eat and hang out in Winston-Salem. It’s become somewhat of a tradition of mine now- to try out new places every week for lunch with a friend who went to Wake Law school and knew his way around better than I. Additionally, my friends and I take advantage of downtown restaurant specials who participate in the “Big Eat” every Tuesday during the months of January and February.

English Conversation Club lunch at Rose’s Deli

Also, here at the WFU Law International Graduate Programs office, we decided to reignite the “English Conversation Club” with our LL.M., S.J.D. and V.I.R. students by going out to lunch once a month. The students practice their conversational English skills and we all get to try out a local restaurant. Between trying out new places with friends, taking advantage of the “Big Eat” specials, and organizing the English Conversation Club lunches, I have been pleasantly surprised by the amount of good, local establishments with pleasant atmospheres and friendly people. To help new students out with finding places to eat and hang out, I have compiled a list of recommended restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and bars.  I love a good atmosphere, reasonable prices, and unique dishes.

Sit-down restaurants (some also have bars)

Kimono Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

4910 Old Country Club Road

It’s cheap, fast service, and the shrimp sauce is to die for. Favorite dish: Hibachi Chicken

Fourth Street Filling Station

871 4th Street

American southern food.-The atmosphere is great, especially when it’s nice outside. Drink specials include half-off wine Wednesdays. They also have a great Sunday brunch.
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