LL.M. students visit Williams Mullen Law Firm in Raleigh to observe a U.S. law firm and to hear a discussion on international law

In March of 2008, the Wake Forest University School of Law LL.M. students visited Williams Mullen law firm andResearch Triangle Park (RTP) near Raleigh, NC. Invited by Mr. Mark Thomas, a Partner in the firm and a WFU J.D. alumnus, the LL.M. students met attorneys in the RTP office and other offices around the country. Williams Mullen is one of the largest law firms in the Southeast, with offices in North Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C., and London. The law firm provides legal advice in areas such as labor and employment, corporate finance and securities, litigation, tax, government relations and more for clients in industries such as financial services, health care, transportation, technology, insurance, and real estate and development.

The students observed a U.S. law firm in action and were allowed to observe some of the private offices and conference rooms. After lunch with the host attorneys, the students heard a program that included presentations by Tina Val Ducanas, Vice President of the RTP Park Foundation, and Mr. Ted Abernathy, the Chief Operating Officer of the RTP Partnership. Dean Barclay, an attorney in the International Section of Williams Mullen, gave an interesting presentation on the various aspects of international trade law projects conducted out of the firm’s Washington D.C. office. The trip was concluded by taking a bus tour around Research Triangle Park during which the students could see the actual companies and industries that Williams Mullen attorneys work with everyday.