BU Law Director's Message, featuring John Riccardi (‘91), Assistant Dean, Graduate and International Programs
“My overall experience studying abroad in Leiden was superb. I cannot overstate how the experience colored my law school career, and I imagine will impact my entire life.”
“I have returned to BU Law after my months in Madrid feeling somehow more whole, more mature . . . possibly more worldly? To say the very least, it was the best decision I’ve made in law school.”
“I have my study abroad experience in Argentina to thank for leading my career path in an exciting new direction.”
So read the foreign dispatches we receive from J.D.’s who study abroad. While I take no offense that I’ve never received a “Wish you were here!” post card, I take great pride in knowing that our students have transformative experiences when they study at any of our 13 foreign programs. Each year, about 20 – 25 J.D. students immerse themselves in a foreign legal culture and return with an entirely new perspective on their studies, the law, their paths and, no doubt, themselves. (Check out Kathryn Potalivo’s (’07) interactive travelogue of her Beijing experience, just to grab a taste.)
Keeping pace with the increasingly global dimension of law means there’s never a dull moment at the Office of Graduate and International Programs -- whether we’re “exporting” BU Law’s students or faculty to foreign lands, or “importing” international students and perspectives to the Law Tower.
On the outbound side, our study abroad programs truly span the globe – in Europe, the Middle East, South America and Asia. We now have three English-language programs in Asia alone -- in Beijing, Hong Kong and, most recently, in Singapore, at the National University of Singapore – a region that is capturing increased attention among our J.D. students.
Our newest addition is in Switzerland. Beginning in fall 2009, our students will have an opportunity to study at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, the most acclaimed center for international human rights and humanitarian law on the European continent. A truly international city, Geneva is home to over 200 international organizations, including the WHO, the WTO, the U.N. High Commission on Refugees, the International Red Cross, and dozens of other nongovernmental organizations – and thus presents innumerable internship opportunities for our students who are interested in international work.
Working with the CDO, we recently launched a new Summer International Internship Program -- an innovative initiative to support J.D. summer internship opportunities outside the United States, specifically, at the overseas law firms, companies and organizations where BU Law alumni work. This summer, students will be interning in such offices as Clifford Chance in London and at International Bridges to Justice in Switzerland through this program.
For the sixth consecutive year, this summer we’ll be exporting the excellence of BU Law’s faculty to foreign lands. Our Summer Legal Institute in London will welcome 50 or so international lawyers to BU’s South Kensington campus, where they’ll learn about U.S. law from our Professors Robert Volk, Connie Browne, Dan Partan, Mark Pettit, Kevin Outterson and Virginia Greiman.
On the inbound side, the Office of Graduate and International Programs (OGIP, for short) is preparing for the arrival of 75-plus international lawyers who will join BU Law’s LL.M. in American Law Program. Over the past thirteen years, the program has graduated nearly 700 students from more than 65 countries. If your work (or travel) interests require a connection in a foreign land, let us know and we’d be happy to link you with any of the program’s graduates. I frequently hear from our LL.M. alumni about their unforgettable year in Boston – and I know they relish keeping alive their connection to BU Law.
What else takes place at OGIP? We support the administration of BU Law’s four graduate (LL.M.) programs – in Banking and Financial Law, Taxation, Intellectual Property, and American Law (for foreign-lawyers) – which welcome over 150 new students each fall. To that end, I’m pleased to announce three exciting developments.
Beginning July 1st, our Graduate Tax Program will welcome Dan Berman as its new director. Dan takes over from Associate Dean Ern Haddad, who will be assuming responsibilities in alumni development and special projects after several years of distinguished service to the program. Dan is an expert in international tax, with vast experience in tax planning, tax controversies, tax policy and tax treaties. He has worked in both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government, as well as in private practice, most recently as a partner with Thalen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner in Washington, D.C.
Another exciting development is the arrival of Sara Marshall as OGIP’s assistant director for LL.M. Career Advising. Sara has a unique background in law and higher education. She received her J.D. with honors from New England School of Law, where she was senior editor of New England Law Review and graduated second in her class. She is now completing her Masters of Education in Higher Education at Suffolk University. After law school, she worked as a corporate associate at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo in Boston. Prior to BU Law, she was a career advisor at MIT. Sara will be the point person for employers seeking to recruit LL.M. students and will be the principal advisor for current LL.M. students and alumni. You can look forward to hearing from Sara (firstname.lastname@example.org) about our impressive pool of LL.M. talent.
Last and certainly not least is the arrival in May of Alexis McBride (email@example.com) as OGIP’s new assistant director, replacing Jessica Teague, who relocated with her husband to North Carolina. Most recently, Alexis was the assistant director of Student Care at Lesley University’s Office of National Programs. Before that, she was the internship coordinator at Berklee College of Music in Boston. No stranger to the law world, for four years prior to entering academic administration, Alexis was a paralegal in Boston at Foley Hoag and at Dechert, LLP. An honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (majoring in Spanish), Alexis studied abroad in Alicante, Spain, and while in college, she worked on programming initiatives for Wharton’s international MBA students. She’ll be engaged in all things LL.M. and international at BU Law.
OK, enough about us. Time to talk about you – and how you can help us!
1. If your firm or organization has an overseas office that would be interested in hosting a BU Law J.D. student for a summer internship – paid or unpaid – please encourage it to sign up for the Summer International Internship Program.
2. Please let Sara Marshall know of placement opportunities for our LL.M. students – for domestic Graduate Tax Program students and Banking and Financial Law students, as well as our international students, many of whom seek short-term post-graduation internships before returning to their home countries.
3. Let us know about how your worlds, as practitioners, are changing in the global economy – and how we can best prepare our graduating students to thrive in today’s “borderless” world. What are the skills, perspectives and backgrounds you look for as employers of new talent, given the growth of cross-border and cross-cultural transactions? I’d welcome hearing from you directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are proud of our leading position in global legal education and grateful that, in this rapidly changing world, one constant remains: our appreciation to you for your continued support and friendships. Enjoy the rest of this issue of the Alumni Newsletter!
My warmest regards,
John N. Riccardi (‘91)
Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs
Director, Office of Graduate and International Programs
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- July 23: YAC Boston Trivia Night
The Elephant & Castle, Time TBD
- August 7: Reception in conjunction with the ABA Annual Meeting
6:30 p.m., Hilton New York
- August 20: NYC Young Alumni Reception
Time and location TBD
- October 10-11: Renunion 2008
Times and locations TBD
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In 1941, Elizabeth Holloway Marston (Class of 1918) became the inspiration for the character Wonder Woman who made her debut in All Star Comics. Her husband, William Moulton Marston, created the character, who triumphs with love instead of fists or firepower, based on his wife.