Assistant Dean Susan Montaquila serves as NCBA delegate in Turkey

Wake Forest University School of Law Assistant Dean Susan Montaquila spent a portion of her summer in Turkey as a delegate to the North Carolina Bar Association’s Attorney Exchange program.

As the head of the law school’s International Graduate Programs, Montaquila’s trip was both educational and provided an opportunity to share information on Wake Forest’s Master of Laws and Scientiae Juridicae Doctor degrees.

While in Turkey, Montaquila and 14 other North Carolina lawyers and judges visited many of the country’s centers of law and legal education. She met with professors from both the University of Istanbul and the University of Bahçeşehir.

“Members of the Turkish government and courts at the highest levels all hosted the delegation as honored guests,” Montaquila explained. “An added plus to the experience was getting to share the adventure with interesting and accomplished North Carolina Bar practitioners and judges. Two members of the delegation were also WFU School of Law alumni: Dick Heidgerd (’72) and Richard Gabriel (’75).”

While touring, the group visited the Grand National Assembly — Turkey’s Parliament — and the Bar Associations of both Istanbul and Ankara. The trip was not all business though: Montaquila was able to take in some culture and history while on outings to Ephesus, Hagia Sophia, and the spice markets of Egypt, among other stops.

Montaquila is a well-known and experienced administrator and educator in the field of the education of foreign lawyers in American law. She has served on the scholar interview and review boards for programs sponsored by Open Society Institute of the George Soros Foundation in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and for the Institute’s Palestinian Rule of Law Program.  She has also taught the Institute’s Pre-Academic Summer Program in Istanbul, Turkey.

Prior to joining Wake Forest, she was an associate and partner with a law firm in Winston-Salem and a member of the Legal Department of RJR Nabisco, where she worked in the litigation, corporate, finance and securities sections. Her community service activities include serving as a board member of the Ronald McDonald House and the Children’s Cancer Patients Support Program of Brenner Children’s Hospital and formerly as a member of the United Way Loaned Executive Program and a Board member of the Winston-Salem Urban Arts Council.