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Welcome from Assistant Dean
John Riccardi

Dear Friends:

Greetings from BU Law!

John N. Riccardi

It is impossible to capture the full dimension of BU Law's international activities in a single newsletter. So I won't even try. There is simply too much to share, whether about the global engagement of our faculty, the achievements of our alumni around the world or the transformative experiences our J.D. and LL.M. students enjoy when they take advantage of the extraordinary range of international programs and opportunities we offer.

So here, in this inaugural edition of BU Law's International Law Newsletter, I'll give but a taste—a brief introduction to just a few of the people, new programs and recent events that make up the rich, international tapestry of our School. You'll hear from us again in the fall with a second edition of the newsletter, which will include updates and features on our faculty's international scholarship and global engagements. I hope you'll get a sense of what makes BU Law a dynamic place to learn the law and launch a career in today's interconnected world.

Welcome to the world of BU Law.

Warm regards,

John N. Riccardi
Assistant Dean for Graduate
and International Programs

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Adam Peltz ('11): Preparing for a career in international law and development

Adam Peltz
Adam Peltz ('11)

In today's global environment, it is no surprise that J.D. students are increasingly drawn to BU Law for its expansive international portfolio—from the School's foreign study options to its international law concentration, dual degree programs, overseas internships, clinical programs, International Law Journal and International Law Society, to name but a few.

What distinguished Adam Peltz ('11) from other students was that he didn't choose from among these options once he arrived on campus. He pursued nearly all. Currently a legal fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in New York City, Peltz is a case study of how a BU Law student with a passion for international law can build an impressive range of experiences, position himself for a rewarding career, and have a great time doing it.

Make no mistake: Peltz had a strong sense of his international interests before he even arrived at BU. During his undergraduate days at the University of Chicago, he interned one summer at the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka, working on economic development issues. He also spent a semester abroad in Tanzania.

"Those two experiences exposed me to the vast divide in the world between developing and developed countries," says Peltz, now 28. "I decided over time that working on that divide was what I wanted to do with my life, and I thought that law was a pretty good way to go about it. The reason I chose BU is that I knew I could tailor a program there that would meet my interests and enable me to start working on these issues in a practical way."

Peltz enrolled in BU's dual degree program in International Relations, which allowed him to earn both a J.D. and a master's degree in three years. He quickly came to value looking at international issues through multiple lenses. "I appreciated the opportunity to get a very different perspective on similar issues that I was studying both on the law school side and the graduate school side."

Outside of the classroom, he seized numerous opportunities to engage in things international. He regularly attended International Law Society events, serving as the group's treasurer his second year. He enrolled in the Africa i-Parliaments Clinic, helping African parliaments draft and enact more effective legislation. He became an articles editor for the International Law Journal.

The summer after his 1L year, Peltz took advantage of BU Law's vast network of international connections to find an overseas internship. With the help of Professor Emeritus Robert Seidman, Peltz joined the Legal Resources Centre in Accra, Ghana, an NGO that focuses on human rights and justice issues. There, he helped launch a community radio station in the northern part of the country, assisting the community through the permitting process to obtain a broadcast frequency.

Adam Peltz leads a discussion with community members at the Legal Resources Centre in Ghana.
Adam Peltz leads a discussion with community members at the Legal Resources Centre in Ghana

As a 2L, Peltz witnessed a very different side of international development through two other internships. In the fall, the Office of Career Development and Public Service (CDO) connected Peltz with the Gold Standard, a nonprofit carbon credit certifier whose mission is to ensure that projects designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions make measurable reductions and contribute to sustainable development. Peltz interned in the Gold Standard's Boston office throughout his 2L year, an experience that culminated in a trip to Istanbul, Turkey, over spring break to help deliver a training workshop to stakeholders.

That summer, Peltz secured an internship with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a small federal agency based in Washington, D.C., that provides loans to businesses seeking to invest in the developing world. At OPIC, he shepherded loans through the approval process and helped evaluate credit risks associated with different countries.

"I wanted to get a better sense of the money side of things," he explains. "In my studies, I had come to realize that all of the ideas about international development are fine, but nothing happens until the money comes."

Taking full advantage of BU Law's foreign study options, Peltz spent his 3L fall term in Geneva at the University of Geneva's Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, continental Europe's premier venue for advanced studies in public international law, international human rights and humanitarian law. In the spring, he was back at BU Law, where he finished his coursework, wrote a major research paper for his international relations program and began to focus on post-graduation plans.

Just as he was beginning his job search in earnest did another tantalizing opportunity arise. Aware of both the scarcity of entry-level public interest jobs and strong J.D. interest to work at underfunded agencies and NGOs, Dean Maureen O'Rourke made a commitment to fund public service fellowships for ten members of the Class of 2011. Peltz applied and was awarded ten months of funding for his current position with EDF, which he joined soon after graduation.

Peltz's work at EDF focuses on a variety of international climate and energy issues—precisely the type of work he had dreamed of while plugging away at BU. He assisted with EDF's preparations for the recently completed climate talks in Durban, South Africa. He is also involved with EDF's efforts to reduce environmental impacts from hydraulic fracturing, a controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale.

Looking back at his time at BU, Peltz is thankful for the opportunities he was given—and grateful for the encouragement he received along the way, whether it was from his professors, the CDO or the Office of Graduate and International Programs. "One of the things that I appreciated the most about my experience at BU," he recalls, "was that everyone I spoke to was incredibly supportive of what I wanted to do and went out of their way to help me do it."

Peltz tells a story to prove his point: In December of his 2L year, he received funding to attend the Copenhagen climate conference, an important gathering of international environmental policy makers. The conference fell in the middle of his law school exams, which should have made it impossible for Peltz to attend, except that Dean O'Rourke and Associate Dean Christine Marx stepped in and helped him rearrange his finals schedule, allowing him to go.

For Peltz, that example is just one of many. "Everyone at BU seemed to be pulling for me," he says. "And that's a great feeling. I don't think that every school provides such amazing support services for their students."

BU Law Podcast Series: An interview with John Riccardi ('91) and Johan Ellefsen (LL.M. '11) about BU Law's graduate programs for international lawyers

BU Law has offered a post-graduate legal education leading to the Master of Laws degree for more than 125 years. In this BU Law podcast, host David Yas ('93), a BU Law alumnus and V.P. at Bernstein Global Wealth, welcomes John N. Riccardi ('91), BU Law’s assistant dean for graduate and international programs, to discuss the School’s graduate programs for international lawyers. Later in the program, they are joined by former student Johan S. Ellefsen (LL.M. '11), who talks about his experiences in the LL.M. in American Law Program.


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School News

Executive LL.M. Program: A successful first year

Members of the Executive LL.M. class (orange session), August 2011
Members of the Executive LL.M. class (orange session), August 2011

In January 2011, BU Law expanded its leadership in global legal education through the launch of an innovative new degree program—an Executive LL.M. Program in International Business Law.

Barely a year underway, the program has already captured a global audience: the 26 students currently enrolled represent 15 countries and 5 continents. The professional credentials of the participants are equally impressive, as they typically possess 10 to 15 years of work experience, and in some cases considerably more. May 2012 will see the first graduates from this program, representing the Philippines, Indonesia, Honduras and the U.S.

Designed to meet the needs of busy practitioners who are unable to enroll in a traditional residential LL.M. program, the Executive LL.M. offers U.S. and foreign-trained attorneys a rigorous and practical immersion in international business law as taught from the U.S. perspective. It features a unique blended-learning format, coupling intensive two-week classroom sessions in Boston with online learning before and after each residency period. Four residential sessions take place each year, providing a flexible format that allows practitioners to complete the program in less than a year or to fulfill the requirements at their own pace over as many as five years. The curriculum includes the following classes, all taught by members of BU Law’s regular full- and part-time faculty, as well as a colloquium series on “Current Issues in U.S. Business Law”:

  • U.S. Contract Law for International Lawyers
  • U.S. Corporate Law for International Lawyers
  • U.S. and Trans-Border Securities Regulation
  • U.S. and Trans-Border Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Finance with U.S. and International Reporting
  • International Business Transactions and Agreements
  • U.S. and International Intellectual Property
  • International Arbitration

To learn more about the Executive LL.M. Program, including how to apply, visit the program webpage.

Study Abroad expands: New programs in London and Madrid

BU Law’s leadership in foreign study continues to grow, with new offerings at University College London and Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid.

University College London

LondonIn Fall 2011, BU Law launched a new foreign study program with the Faculty of Law at University College London (UCL), one of the world’s most acclaimed educational institutions (currently ranked #7 in the QS World University Rankings). The Semester in London Program immerses students in full-time studies through UCL’s comprehensive graduate (LL.M.) curriculum, which features 150+ international, comparative and foreign law topics in both the private and public spheres. It also exposes participants first-hand to the vibrant legal market of London, one of the world's financial centers, where they have opportunities to make direct contact with potential employers.

“From the classes to the people to the city as a whole, the Semester in London Program was a valuable experience that I will never forget,” said Leung. “The classes were varied and rigorous. The professors were thought-provoking and encouraging. I took classes about feminist legal theory, libel and privacy in media law, judges and courts, European policy and law regarding climate change, and competition law. The diversity of my class schedule kept the program interesting, as nothing was ever repeated from class to class. In addition, taking such a wide range of classes all in one semester brought to bear the awesomely wide-ranging applications of the law.”

Other classes the students pursued included banking law, corporate finance, international arbitration, international energy law, international trade law, international law of foreign investment and a comparative course on U.S. antitrust law and EU competition law.

BU Law is one of only four U.S. law schools to offer this opportunity (joining company with Cornell, Michigan and the University of Texas law schools). The program at UCL represents BU Law's fourteenth semester-abroad offering.

(Left to right) Professor Salomé Adroher Biosca, ICADE’s vice dean of international and institutional relations; Assistant Dean John Riccardi; University Rector José Ramón Busto Saiz; and Professor Sánchez Graells, director of ICADE’s LL.M. program

Madrid—Also in Fall 2011, BU Law finalized an agreement to launch a new international dual degree (J.D./LL.M.) program in Madrid with Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE), a long-standing exchange partner. Beginning in 2012-2013, J.D. students will be eligible to spend their entire third year enrolled in ICADE’s LL.M. in International and European Business Law Program, at the end of which they will receive the BU J.D. and ICADE’s LL.M. degree. ICADE’s LL.M. program—taught in English—is designed to prepare lawyers from the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Asia and elsewhere for cross-border work, with a particular focus on the EU. Second- and third-year BU Law students who choose not to spend an entire year in Madrid may pursue a single semester of LL.M.-level studies in English through ICADE’s LL.M. program and/or study law in Spanish through ICADE’s regular curriculum.

The new international dual degree program with ICADE is BU Law’s third such program, complementing the School’s J.D./LL.M. in European Law with the University of Paris, Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and J.D./LL.M. in Asian Legal Studies with the National University of Singapore. To learn about these and BU Law’s other foreign-study opportunities, visit the Study Abroad page.

New relation with University of Basel

BU Law has established a new link with the Faculty of Law at the University of Basel, Switzerland’s oldest university (founded in 1460) and one of its leading research institutions. The initial agreement is a “one-way exchange,” permitting Basel students to spend a semester at BU studying American law topics and the U.S. legal system. Visiting students become eligible for advanced standing in BU Law’s LL.M. in American Law Program if they return to BU after receiving their Swiss law degrees. In Spring 2012, BU Law has welcomed the first two students through the exchange program: Rebecca Schori, who is a second-year graduate student in the Master’s in Business Law program at the University of Basel; and Ella Waldmann, who is in her final year of undergraduate law studies at the University of Basel. Three students will visit BU Law in Fall 2012.

Assistant Dean Riccardi meets with Basel Professor Markus Schefer; Fall 2012 visiting students Bernadette Hirtenlechner and Eliane Haas; and Professor Peter Jung, dean of Basel’s Law Faculty


Foreign LL.M. post-graduation internship program rolls into second year

Tatiana Saldanha Estigarribia (LL.M. '11)

In Spring 2011, the Office of Graduate and International Programs (OGIP) launched its “American Law Experience” program—a pilot project designed to provide LL.M. in American Law graduates with short-term professional experiences in the U.S. legal market. After commencement, Marine Krief (LL.M. ’11) from Paris interned with the law offices of Christine Tour-Sarkissian in San Francisco, during which she attended court proceedings, met with clients, conducted legal research and prepared documents. Tatiana Saldanha Estigarribia (LL.M. ’11), a Brazilian attorney, received an internship at Brainscape in New York City, where her responsibilities included conducting an intellectual property risk assessment, reviewing contracts and researching copyright and other intellectual property issues.

A March kickoff presentation for the 2012 American Law Experience program featured talks by Tibby Cail, OGIP’s assistant director for professional development, and Kate Moore, executive director at the Academic Internship Council (AIC), BU Law’s partner in this initiative. AIC is a not-for-profit educational organization that designs and implements customized internship programs. It is the North American counterpart to European Study Abroad, the European internship organization with which Boston University has had a relationship for more than 25 years.

Summer Legal Institute in London: New focus on global business transactions; gearing up for an Olympic experience in 2012

Participants in the 2011 SLI in London program

Summer 2011 marked the ninth anniversary of BU Law’s Summer Legal Institute in London—and the launch of a new, innovative program design and focus. The 2011 program focused on “Legal English and Global Business Transactions: Practical Skills in Structuring, Drafting and Negotiating International Business Agreements in English from a U.S. Law Perspective.” Twenty-seven students from 18 countries attended the three-week session. Without exception, they praised the program for the practical skills it provided and the close, personal instruction they received.

The 2011 program trained students on how to structure, draft, negotiate and analyze the critical provisions common to a range of agreements that global lawyers encounter in English. Taught by BU Law professors Ginny Greiman, Robert Volk and Connie Browne and CELOP instructors Michael Feldman and Lynn Bonesteel, students received practical training in the contractual aspects of international business transactions and in the use of legal English, in both written and oral communications. Unlike in prior years, where legal English instruction and substantive law courses each took place in separate three-week sessions, the 2011 program introduced a new “fully integrated” approach: students improved their legal discourse and English communications skills in the context of learning the legal aspects of cross-border deals.

“The model we hit upon was exactly what students wanted,” said Volk, the director of BU Law’s First-Year Writing Program and a long-time instructor at the Summer Legal Institute. “The hands-on instruction was practical, personal and immediately useful to the students. They were able to return right away to their work, using what they learned.”

Based on last summer’s success, BU Law will repeat the offering for the Summer 2012 program, the final week of which will coincide with the Summer Olympic Games. For more information on the Summer 2012 program, see this brochure (PDF). For application instructions, click here.

Summer international internships expand

As more and more J.D. students seek real-world experience in international practice settings, BU Law continues to expand its Summer International Internship Postings (SIIP), a valuable resource that identifies opportunities to work at overseas law firms, companies and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, including many where BU Law’s foreign LL.M. alumni work. Compiled by the Office of Career Development and Public Service, the postings identify organizations interested in hosting rising second- and third-year students for summer engagements.

In Summer 2011, the J.D. students who interned abroad included:

  • Margalit Faden (’12) in Hanoi, Vietnam, at Russin & Vecchi LLC
  • Erin Hogan (’13) in Sierra Leone at Timap for Justice
  • Mirela Hristova (’12) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at M & M Bomchil
  • Joshua Katz (’13) in Tianjin, China, at Wang Jing & Co.
  • Amon Purinton (’12) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, at Russin & Vecchi LLC
  • Michael Sears (’12) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at Moreno Crotto & Associados Abogados
  • Jenny Small (’13) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at M & M Bomchil
  • Richard Xu (’12) in Shanghai, China, at The Global Law Office

Reflecting on his experience in China, Katz said that working at Wang Jing & Co. taught him skills that are fundamental to an international legal career—skills that go beyond substantive law. “For example, I learned how to establish strong cross-cultural professional relationships with clients and co-workers,” he explained. “I also discovered the critical difference in China between the ‘law on the books’ and the ‘law in practice,’ and I even developed my Mandarin language skills, which fostered clear communication in the office and strong friendships outside. My experience confirmed for me that an international legal practice would be both exciting and rewarding.”

Next fall, Katz will continue to develop his understanding of foreign law by participating in BU Law’s study abroad program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Overseas organizations interested in hosting J.D. students as summer interns should email Michelle Grossfield or visit the SIIP webpage.

An international semester-in-practice at UNHCR in Geneva

Victoria Starrett ('12, center) with her UNHCR externship supervisors, Simone Schwartz-Delgado (left) and Tamar Kikava (right)

BU Law's Semester-in-Practice Program knows no boundaries. Launched in 2009, the program allows J.D. students to spend a semester working full-time for credit at an externship placement outside of Boston—or the U.S.—giving them hands-on experience to further their specific career and academic goals.

A passion for refugee work sparked Victoria Starrett (’12) to spend this spring—her final term of law school—in Geneva, pursuing BU Law’s Semester-in-Practice Program at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN agency that leads and coordinates international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide.

Since arriving in February, she has provided support to UNHCR staff who act as liaisons to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), a mechanism within the UN responsible for the “Universal Periodic Review” of member states’ human rights situations. Among her many responsibilities, Starrett has attended HRC sessions and drafted reports for the UNHCR field offices so the countries can hear back on how issues of concern are being addressed at UNHCR’s headquarters.

“My experience at UNHCR has been phenomenal," she reports. "I've seen how my personal work has given advocates tools to improves the lives of refugees and other vulnerable populations. I had a chance to attend Treaty Body and Special Procedure meetings, which exposed me to the structure and functions of the bodies of the main international instruments. I've learned a tremendous amount about international refugee law and its particular challenges. After my semester here, I realized that I would like to pursue a career abroad in international refugee law and have made many important contacts for that purpose."

Since its launch in 2009, thirty students have participated in the Semester-in-Practice Program across a range of venues. In addition to UNHCR, students have pursued government lawyering externships in Washington, D.C., death penalty externships in Atlanta, and multiple customized, individually crafted externships. Click here for more information about the program, including profiles of other students who have completed semesters-in-practice.

Graduate Tax Program announces new online LL.M. in taxation

In Fall 2012, BU Law's Graduate Tax Program (GTP) will launch an online version of its LL.M. in Taxation.* International tax lawyers who cannot undertake full-time studies in Boston will now be able to obtain through online study the same advanced degree that BU Law has conferred since 1959 on students in residence.

“This is an exciting initiative that will allow both domestic and internationally trained lawyers to advance their careers while maintaining their practices, either outside of Boston or overseas,” said Professor Dan Berman, director of the Graduate Tax Program. “The online program offers the same rigorous training as our residential program, but delivered in a much more flexible format that suits the needs of busy practitioners, including those in foreign markets.”   

“Students will learn from the same highly experienced instructors who teach in Boston,” added Berman, himself an expert in international tax.

Students will be able to begin the program in any of the three online sessions—fall, spring or summer—and can complete the degree in anywhere from four to nine sessions of part-time study. More information is on the GTP’s website.

* ABA acquiescence pending

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LL.M. Class Snapshots

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LL.M. in American Law students tour the
Massachusetts State House in March

More than 120 foreign-trained lawyers from 30+ countries have joined BU Law's LL.M. programs in American Law, Banking and Financial Law, Taxation and International Business Law during the 2011-2012 academic year, bringing to the law tower an extraordinary range of backgrounds and experiences. This year's graduate students include—for the first time—lawyers from Armenia, Iran, Kazakhstan and Trinidad and Tobago.

Humphrey fellows and Fulbright students

This year, the law school has welcomed several accomplished professionals through BU's continuing support of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program and the Fulbright Foreign Student Program—Hongmin Ju and David Tomadze as Humphrey Fellows and Galina Petkova and Duong Quynh Nga as Fulbright students.

Hongmin Ju
Hongmin Ju

Hongmin Ju is the deputy director of the Financial Services Commission in South Korea. Previously he worked for seven years in the Ministry of Finance and Economy, where he was involved in facilitating a Korea-U.S. free trade agreement and planning financial policy. He graduated from Korea National Open University in Seoul in August 2010 with a Bachelor of Laws degree. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Seoul National University. Ju is focusing on developing his expertise in banking and financial law through coursework in BU Law's Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law.

David Tomadze
David Tomadze

David Tomadze, a citizen of the Republic of Georgia, has served as the head of the Office of Tax Appeals for the Georgian Ministry of Finance since 2008. He received an LL.M. in Public International Law from the University of Helsinki in 2007 and a Master's degree in International Law and International Relations from Tbilisi State University in 2004. Through Graduate Tax Program classes, Tomadze is studying the U.S. approach to tax administration, gaining knowledge that will help him introduce a more balanced and fair tax system for Georgian taxpayers and enhance his country's economic standing.

Galina Petkova
Galina Petkova

Fulbright student Galina Petkova worked as an associate at Penev LLP in Bulgaria before joining the LL.M. in American Law Program. Her practice at Penev focused on mergers and acquisitions, competition law and commercial litigation and arbitration. After several years of practice, Galina, a 2006 law graduate of the University of Sofia, sought out U.S. graduate studies in order to enhance her competencies in transnational litigation and arbitration and to gain a comparative perspective on international dispute resolution. In addition to studying International Business Arbitration with Professor William Park, she is also studying antitrust at BU Law in furtherance of her career as a competition lawyer.

Duong Quynh Nga
Duong Quynh Nga

Duong Quynh Nga, a Vietnamese lawyer, worked as an associate at Hogan Lovells LLP in Hanoi before she joined the BU Law Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law. Previously, she had worked in the Hanoi office of YKVN Lawyers as an associate in the banking and finance practice group. She received her LL.B. from Hanoi Law University in June 2007. Her focus at BU Law is on improving her understanding of international banking regulations, structures and standards. After graduation, she plans to resume her practice in Vietnam, where she hopes to work closely with regulators to improve the country's banking and financial legal framework.

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BU Law Plays Host To...

Hon. Aharon Barak, former president of Israeli Supreme Court, as Distinguished Visitor

The Honorable Aharon Barak
The Honorable Aharon Barak

BU Law's Distinguished Visitor for 2011 was the Honorable Aharon Barak, former president of the Supreme Court of Israel.

Hosted by Professors Wendy Gordon and Pnina Lahav, the former chief justice presented two public lectures to members of the BU Law community, titled “On Law and Judging: A Judicial Point of View" and “Proportionality." In addition, BU Law screened the documentary The Judge, which explores Barak's life as a Holocaust survivor and pioneering jurist. The film was followed by a question-and-answer session with the guest of honor.

Over his distinguished career, Barak served as dean of Hebrew University's law school and attorney general of Israel (1975–1978). He was appointed as justice of the Israeli Supreme Court in 1978, and served as president of the Court from 1995 until his retirement in 2006. A prolific scholar and recipient of several awards and honorary degrees, he currently is a professor of law at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya and a visiting professor at Yale Law School.

As Professor Lahav expressed, Barak is “one of the world's leading scholars in constitutional law and human rights. During his service on the Supreme Court of Israel he developed an Israeli jurisprudence of rights and liberties that attracted international attention. One cannot reflect on judicial review, the relationship between democracy and national security or the meaning of proportionality without consulting Professor Barak's work."

Created in 2009, BU's Distinguished Visitor program is a multidisciplinary endeavor that welcomes a prominent individual for a week of formal and informal interaction with students and faculty. To view videos of the 2011 Distinguished Visitor program, please visit this webpage.

BU Law holds bankruptcy training workshop for senior Thai judges

Members of the Thai judicial delegation visit BU Law, May 2011
Members of the Thai judicial delegation visit BU Law, May 2011


In May 2011, BU Law hosted a delegation of 36 visiting judges from Thailand for a judicial workshop on U.S. bankruptcy law. The judges included many senior members of the Thai judiciary, including the president of the Bankruptcy Division of the Supreme Court, several presiding justices of the Supreme Court, and the chief justice of the Central Bankruptcy Court. Organized by BU Law's Executive LL.M. office, the three-day workshop included two days of lectures on the fundamentals of corporate and personal bankruptcy, delivered by Professor Fred Tung and three BU alumni: Scott J. Greenberg (CAS '99), Zachary H. Smith ('03) and Joseph V. Zujkowski ('07), all attorneys at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in New York City. The third day included a visit to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, where participants met with Chief Justice Frank Bailey and the regional U.S. Trustee, William Harrington.

The Thai judges also participated in a panel discussion at WilmerHale, hosted by Mitchel Appelbaum ('91), partner and co-chair of the firm's Debt Finance Practice Group, and John Sigel, chair of the firm's Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Practice Group.

At the end of three busy days, Watchara Neitivanich (LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law '00), secretary of the delegation and judge of the Office of the President of the Supreme Court of Thailand, expressed gratitude on behalf of the Thai judges: "[We] obtained legal knowledge from both academics and practitioners, which we found very informative and useful….We look forward to participating in great training programs like this again."

BU Law welcomes U.S.-China Legal Exchange Foundation

Participants in the Workshop on American Law, July-August 2011


From July 25 to August 2, 2011, BU Law hosted 31 Chinese law students and academics for a six-day workshop on fundamental U.S. law topics, including constitutional law, contracts, tax, alternative dispute resolution and banking and financial law. The delegation visited BU under the auspices of the U.S.-China Legal Exchange Foundation (UCLEF), a U.S.-based nonprofit established to strengthen and promote legal communications and cooperation between the Chinese and the U.S. legal communities.

Several BU Law faculty presented—including Professors Daniel Berman, Stacey Dogan, Steve Marks, Wally Miller, Mark Pettit, David Webber and Jay Wexler—as well as LL.M. directors Martin A. Lacdao (LLM in Banking and Financial Law '04), associate director of the Banking and Financial Law Program; John Riccardi ('91), assistant dean for graduate and international programs; and Ian C. Pilarczyk ('95), director of the Executive LL.M. in International Business Law. The program's last day featured a visit to the U.S. District Court (which included a tour of the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, attendance at a judicial hearing, and a discussion with Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler), presentations at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP on reverse mergers with Chinese companies, and a farewell banquet. Organized by BU Law's Executive Program office, the program was the inaugural event of what BU Law and UCLEF hope to be a long-term, expanded cooperation.

In fact, UCLEF has already returned. In February 2012, 17 students in UCLEF's Outstanding Chinese Law Students Visiting Program attended a talk by Assistant Dean Riccardi on legal education in America. An expanded nine-day program in American Law is in the works for July 2012.

U.S. law workshop for Chungnam National University

In January 2012, BU Law presented a special three-day program on U.S. law for students and faculty from Chungnam National University's College of Law, one of Korea's top law schools. Topics included contracts (taught by Professor Walter Miller), civil procedure (taught by Professor David Webber), corporations (taught by Professor Steve Marks) and the U.S. legal system (taught by Ian C. Pilarczyk, '95). The program concluded with a field trip to the U.S. District Court, where the group viewed both civil and criminal cases and engaged in lively question-and-answer sessions with two judges, followed by a panel discussion and presentation at the law firm of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. Organized in collaboration with Chungnam Professor Y. John Kong ('92), BU Law will host another group of Chungman students and faculty in July 2012.

Chungnam National University students with Professor Y. John Kong ('92) and Professor Wally Miller
Chungnam National University students with Professor Y. John Kong ('92) and Professor Wally Miller

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