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Students learn about unusual career paths during 2010 International Law and Practice Panel

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The WFU International Law Society and the North Carolina Bar Association International Law and Practice Council sponsored the 2010 International Law and Practice Panel at Wake Forest University School of Law on Nov. 3.

North Carolina attorneys shared their unusual paths to international law and their experiences in the field, which include facilitating business deals among multinational corporations, meeting with foreign dignitaries in the pursuit of legal and business work, and extensive travels around the world. The speakers advised students on preparing for careers in international law and taking advantage of opportunities when they are presented.

Laura Burton, an attorney at Smith Moore Leatherhead LLP in Greensboro, spoke of her international law experiences.  As a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in immigration law, Burton counsels a variety of companies and individuals regarding all aspects of their business immigration needs.

Peter Evenson is a Wake Law alumnus, director of Tuggle Duggins & Meschan, P.A. in Greensboro, and co-chairman of the NCBA Law School Liaison Committee of International Law and Practice Council.  Evenson spoke of his significant experience, including his focus on international procurements and his work as a senior officer of a large international construction company with projects in the Middle East, Caribbean, and Africa.

William Harazin, the principal of William D. Harazin, PLLC and the only sole practitioner on the panel, discussed his legal practice in business and international law.  In addition to his practice, Harazin recently served on the U.S. Foreign Service Selection Board and as the chairman of the board of the World Trade Center North Carolina

A large number of students, faculty and staff attended the event to hear the speakers’ experiences and to ask questions about their paths into international law.  As Evenson said, “this was one of the best attended and well organized events that we have had during the past three or four years of the program.”

“The feedback I received (from law attendants) was overwhelmingly positive,” said Robert Abb, president of the WFU International Law Society.  “Everyone seemed to enjoy the panel and found it very informative.”

The presentation was followed by an informal lunch where law students interested in international law could speak with the presenters.