Wake Forest Law welcomes new group of international students for 2014-2015

The Wake Forest Law welcomed its newest group of international students during orientation beginning Aug. 11, 2014.

The incoming class for the 2014-2015 year represents international graduate students from more than a dozen countries, including Saudi Arabia, China, Argentina, England, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Korea, the Dominican Republic, Ghana and Russia.

Saud Alabdulkarim (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

Mr. Alabdulkarim graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Law from the College of Law and Political Science at King Saud University. During his time at law school, Mr. Alabdulkarim was active in several organizations, including serving as Student Association President and a member of the Law Library. Shortly after his graduation, Mr. Alabdullarim was hired as a legal researcher by the Bureau of Experts at the Council of Ministers. His duties there included preparing draft laws, reviewing amendments to current laws and conducting background research and analysis for senior officials. After receiving a scholarship from the Bureau of Experts to study for his LL.M degree, he successfully completed an English as a Second Language Program at the University of Washington and Interlink UNC Greensboro before coming to Wake Forest Law. Following completion of the LL.M. program, Mr. Alabdulkarim would like to continue on with to pursue his SJD.

Omar  Almuqrin (Alahsa, Saudi Arabia)

After graduating in 2010 with a Second Class Honors Degree in Sharia Law from Al Imam Mohamed Ibn Saud IslamicUniversity, Mr. Almuqrin went onto complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies from the Institute ofPublic Administration in June 2012.  Following completion of the Post Graduate Diploma, he was selected as a teaching assistant for his alma mater, Al Imam Mohamed Ibn Saud University and taught several classes in Introduction to Saudi Law and ResearchMethodology. Selected as the recipient of a scholarship to study for his LL.M. and SJD abroad, Mr. Almuqrin completed his English as a Second Language Training at the University of Denver, Colorado where he was active in both the Saudi Club and as a volunteer for the Colorado Conversion Homeless Center. During his time at Wake Forest Law, Mr. Aluqrin hopes to focus his studies in the area of Administrative Law and will continue to pursue his research in “Preventing Public Officials from Engaging in Business,” a topic he first examined as part of his graduate thesis for the Institute of Public Administration.

Ramy   AlShebl (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

Mr. Alshebl graduated in 2010 with a B.Sc. in Management & Information Systems from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran. After graduation, he started working as a systems analyst in the human resources department of the Saudi Electric Company where his duties included training new employees in the information systems, analyzing and developing informational reports related to HR services and implementing projects to improve systems performance. In 2011, Mr. AlShebl decided to return to school and began studying for his Bachelor’s degree in Sharia Law from Al Imam Mohamed Ibn Saud University. Following his graduation in 2013, Mr Alshebl decided to pursue his post graduate studies in the U.S., noting that there was a vast difference between Saudi Law, which is based on Islamic or Sharia Law and other countries especially as regards International and Civil Law. Upon completion of his LL.M., Mr. Alshebl hopes to continue with his SJD studies and eventually teach at the University level upon his return to Saudi Arabia.

Fawaz Bineifan (Jazan, Saudi Arabia)

In 2012, Mr. Bineifan received his Bachelors of Science in Law from King Abdulaziz University.Saudi Arabia. After completing afour month internship at Bin Talib Law Firm and Consultation, Mr. Bineifan was selected in 2012 to be a teaching assistant in the College of Law at Jazan Univerisity. Awarded a scholarship to pursue both an LL.M. and S.J.D., Mr. Bineifan comes to Wake Forest Law after completing his English as a Second Language  ( (ESL) studies at Interlink, UNC Greensboro. During his LL.M. Mr. Bineifan hopes to focus his studies in the area of Commercial Law.

Sarah Turner (Norwich, England)

After working for several years as a legal paralegal, Ms Turner graduated in 2014 from the University of East Anglia with a four year Bachelors of Law degree. As part of her LL.B, with a concentration in American Law, Ms Turner spent one year at the University Of South Texas College Of Law (STCL) where she was able to take various U.S. style law classes in addition to completing a one year internship at the Gulf Region Advocacy Center (GRACE) which assists indigent prisoners charged with capital crimes.  By completing her LL.M. degree at Wake Forest Law, Ms Turner hopes to focus her studies in the areas of Employment and Natural Resources Law in addition to preparing to sit for the New York Bar exam.

Ezequiel Cazanetz Dick (Argentina/ U.S.)

Mr Cazanetz Dick graduated in 2007 from Universidad Nacional Mar del Plata University, Argentina with the degree “Titulo de Abogado” or title of Lawyer.  In 2012, he successfully completed Duke University’s Paralegal Certificate Program, and received his NC State Bar Paralegal Certification. Mr. Cazanetz has worked as an immigration paralegal, interpreter, and document translator for a law firm in Greensboro.  In addition, he is also an immigration paralegal for Faith Action International House, a non-profit organization providing services to the immigrant population in Greensboro, NC. Prior to moving to the U.S. in 2010, Mr. Cazanetz Dick worked as an associate lawyer in Argentina where he litigated various civil, commercial, and criminal law cases. While in law school, Mr. Cazanetz Dick interned for over two years in the District Attorney’s Office, where he assisted in the prosecution of felony and serious misdemeanor crimes.

Ning Ding (Harbin, China)

Ms Ding graduated in June 2014 from North China Electric Power University (NCEPU) Beijing with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law.While in law school, she completed a summer internship at Zhong Tong Ce Cheng Law firm where her duties included undertaking legal research and evidence collection, and English translation of legal documents. During her time at NCEPU, Ms Ding was also very involved in on campus activities to include being a member of the law school’s winning Moot Court competition team, Office Director of the Students Union, and Assistant Counselor, managing student’s schedules and extracurricular activities.  In addition, she took part in several community projects and legal clinics and was awarded several scholarships to include “Outstanding Student Leader”. After graduation from the LL.M. program, Ms Ding hopes to sit for the New York Bar exam and return to China to work in an international law firm.

Mohammad “Reza” Faiq (Kabul, Afghanistan)

After graduating in 2006 as one of the top ten students of his class from the faculty of Law and Political Science at Kabul University, Mr. Faiq was admitted to a ten month parliamentary internship program where he worked with the Commission on Legislative Affairs of the Lower House of Parliament. Following his internship. Mr. Faiq was employed at the Afghan Civil Society Forum, where he worked on securing amendments and approval of a law advocating the Rights and Privileges of Persons with Disabilities. In his current position as part of the Aid Effectiveness Policy Specialist Team at the Ministry of Finance, he is responsible for aid management policy formulation and implementation.  After completion of the LL.M. degree program, Mr. Faiq hopes to rejoin the Afghan Civil Society Forum-organization where he will advocate for the reform of various laws, to include Family Law and the Law of Investigation on Children’s Violation. In addition, he hopes to impart the skills and knowledge that he has gained during the LL.M. to other Afghan lawyers by teaching at a university law faculty.

Arian Gashi (Gjakovo, Kosovo)

Mr. Gashi received his law degree from the Public University of Pristina in 2003 and completed his bar exam in 2007. He iscurrently pursuing his Masters in Civil law from the Public University of Pristina, Kosovo. Since completing his law studies, Mr. Gashi has held various legal positions and is currently serving as a state prosecutor in the Basic Prosecution Court, Gjakovo. His previous positions have included Legal Advisor for the European Union Rule of Law mission EULEX, Kosovo where his duties involved review and analysis of complaints/requests on civil/penal cases received by EULEX and drafting of reports on legal assessment and advices on issues pertaining to the complaints. In addition, he has also worked as a professional assessment unit officer for the Independent Judicial and Prosecutorial Commission, judicial auditor for the Kosovo Judicial Council and Head of Division for Probation and Parole in the Ministry of Justice of Kosovo. Upon completion of the LL.M., Mr. Gashi will return to his position as a state prosecutor where he hopes to share this knowledge with his colleagues so as to improve the Kosovo judicial system.

Bashkim Hyseni (Ferizaj, Kosovo)

Mr. Hyseni holds both a Bachelor of Law (2002) and a Masters of Penal Law (2011) from the University of Pristina and in 2004, completed his bar exam training through the Kosovo Judicial Institute. Mr. Hyseni began his legal career in the Kosovo Customs Office and became a lawyer or “professional associate” in the Municipal Court, Ferizaj in 2005. After successfully passing the entrance examination required of all judges in Kosovo in 2006, he was appointed a Judge in the Criminal Municipal Court, serving from 2006 to 2010. He went onto become President or Chief Judge of the Municipal Court from 2010 to 2012. Since early 2103, Mr. Hyseni has served as President or Chief Judge in the Basic Court, Ferizaj where his duties include “supervision of all activities of the judges in the court offices with the aim to provide effective and efficient legal services”. In addition to his responsibilities as a Chief Judge, Mr. Hyseni has served as a lecturer of Legal Practice and a Lecturer of Criminal Law at Kosovo Judicial Institute.

Hyoyeon Kim (Seoul, Korea)

Ms Kim received both her Bachelor of Law (1994) and her Masters in American Law from Konkuk University, Korea.  Aftersuccessfully passing the Korean Bar exam, Ms Kim completed her required two year legal training with the Judicial training Institute. Ms Kim has extensive experience working in the Korean financial systems and prior to coming to the U.S., she worked for the National Assembly Research Service (NARS) as a Legislative Researcher in the Finance and Foreign Exchange Team. Her duties included review of finance related bills and regulations and conducting research analysis on the financial situation in Korea for lawmakers. She is a member of several professional organizations and has held several positions of responsibility to include Editing, Executive Director of the Korean Financial Laws Academy, and Director of the Korea Banking Academy.  She is also a member of the Korea Securities Law Academy. Ms Kim has published several articles to include: Improvement Direction of Home Mortgage Loan regulation for Loan Consumers in Korea, Economy Law Review vol. 12, 2013, Legislation and Policy Issues for Korea Covered Bond Act, Ilkam law Review vol. 25, 2013 and Legal study on the dual currency deposit with currency swap option issued by banks from a point of view of the Capital Markets and Financial Investment Business Act, Korean Journal of Banking and Financial Law Vol. 2, 2009.

Liying Lan (Beijing, China)

Ms Lan Recently graduated from China University of Geosciences with a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Engineering.  With an interest in Intellectual Property Law, Ms Lan undertook an internship as an assistant lawyer at Y& M Law firm in ZheJiang where she conducted research on patent information and participated in the drafting of patent applications. In addition, she assisted in trademark registration and undertook research in the related industry sector. In addition to her experience in a private IP firm, Ms Lan also interned at the Legal Aid Center for the Judicial Bureau of Longyou County where her position involved assisting low income clients by explaining pertinent laws and regulations. During her LL.M. program, Ms Lan hopes to focus her studies in the area of Intellectual Property and Commercial Law.

Yang Liu (Yinchuan, China)

Ms Liu graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Law degree from Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou. After successfully passing the Chinese National Bar exam, Ms Liu worked for two years as an attorney in one of the largest law firms in Yinchuan,where she was worked primarily on civil cases providing legal consultation, preparing indictments, and participating in trials as an assistant defense lawyer. In addition to her work in the law firm. Ms Liu also completed an internship as a court clerk at the Yinchuan People’s Procuratorate where her duties ranged from organizing files to visiting clients in detention and supervising their case investigation. Ms Liu as very active in school activities, volunteering for the legal clinic of Zhejiang Gongshang University where she provided free legal consulting and document preparation for the local community.  In addition, she was a group leader for the Moot Court Team, where her duties included selecting cases, preparing memos and successfully participating in the oral arguments.

Yimeng Lu (Beijing, China)

Mr. Lu graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors Degree in Law from Beijing International Studies University (BISU). While at BISU, Mr. Lu undertook several internships to include three months at Amway, China; a summer at Citibank Beijing; three months at Mercedes-Benz; an assistant Lawyer position at one of the top three law firms in Beijing and with a Judge at the Chaoyang Court. During his internship at the law firm, Mr. Lu had the opportunity to participate in a case involving a state owned company’s investment in Southeast Asia. Mr. Lu noted that this internship which allowed him to utilize both his knowledge of International law and English skills, clearly showed him the advantages and disadvantage of his Chinese Law school education and only strengthened his determination to study for a post graduate law degree abroad. While at BISU, Mr. Lu was involved in several activities to include organizing and participating in Moot Court, competitions, answering student’s questions as to how laws and regulations can assist them as speaker of the Legal Promotion Association and member of BISU Undergraduate Debate Team.

Shu Lu (Shanghai, China)

Having graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from East China University Political Science and Law, Ms Lu wentonto to successfully pass the rigorous National Judicial Bar Examination and obtain her National Lawyers Certificate.  Since starting the practice of law in 2003, Ms Lu has over ten years of experience in law, real estate, contract management, administration and human resource management.  Prior to coming to Wake Forest Law, Ms Lu worked as Legal manager of Golden Concord Holdings Limited,  which is China’s largest non-state-owned power producer and the world’s largest photovoltaic material manufacturer.  She was responsible for the company’s contract management and risk control. Ms Lu has held increasing positions of responsibility as both a legal affairs specialist and a legal manager for various companies. In addition to her work she has also worked extensively in the Human Resources Arena, and successfully completed the National certificate of Human Resource Managers. During her LL.M. studies, Ms Lu hopes to focus her studies in both Energy Law and Intellectual Property.

Jinglu Ma (Ningbo, China)

Ms Ma recently graduated top of her class and grade from Zhejiang University of Technology (ZUT) with aBachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts in English. During her studies she completed two internships as a judicial assistant at the Ningbo Jiangdong District People’s Court and Ningbo Yinzhou District People’s Court. Both internships allowed her to research cases, record the court hearings and prepare the papers of judgement, reconcillation agreements and written verdict. During her studies at Zhejiang University of Technology, Jinglu received several awards and scholarships to include 3rd Prize at a National English Contest for College students and both 1st and 2nd prize academic scholarships. She was also involved in volunteer activities to include being group leader of a summer project focsusing on intellectual property protection rights and as a legal advisor to community residents and migrant workers. With an interest in Business and Commercial Law, Ms Ma hopes to sit for the New York Bar exam and retuen to China to work in an international law firm after completing her LL.M.

Nidia Mercedes (Dominican Republic / U.S.)

Ms Mercedes graduated in 1993 with a Bachelors Degree in Law from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henrique Urena in the Dominican Republic. For several years Ms Mercedes represented numerous business and private clients in various courts throughout the Dominican Republic.  In addition she was general counsel at a large construction company, president and legal counsel to a company dedicated to the collection of bank debt and operated her own law firm. After her arrival in the U.S in 2011, Ms Mercedes volunteered and was later hired as a part time immigration legal assistant at the Faith Action International House which serves low income individuals in the Greensboro area. In December 2013, Ms Mercedes successfully completed the Paralegal College Certificate course at UNC Chapel Hill and passed the NC State Bar paralegal certification exam in April 2014. After completing the program, Ms Mercedes hopes to sit for the New York Bar with the goal of working as an immigration lawyer.

Bujar Muzaqi (Podujeve, Kosovo)

Mr. Muzaqi graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Pristina University Kosovo. After five years working in private law firms, Mr. Muzaqi successfully passed the National Jurisprudence Examination. He continued practicing lawyer in Pristina until 2012, when he successfully passed that National Judge Examination and was appointed a Judge in Basic court, Pristina Branch, Podujeve. Mr. Muzaqi has completed several training courses and received certificates in Trial Advocacy from that National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the Impact of EU law on National Law, from EIPA and Training Program for Candidate Judges of Kosovo from the Justice Academy of Turkey.  As a judge, Mr. Muzaqi work is in the Civil Courts and he plan to focus his studies in that area during his LL.M. degree

Anna Otchere (Kumasi, Ghana)

Anna received her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 2008. As part of Ghana’s required law training, Ms Otchere continued with her studies at Ghana School of Law, obtaining a Barrister at Law Certificate in 2010.  She was admitted to the Bar, Ashanti Region, Ghana later that year. Prior to coming to the U.S. Ms Otchere worked as an assistant state attorney where her responsibilities included criminal prosecution, representation of government agencies and bodies during civil suits and undertaking legal research and writing legal opinions on dockets. As part of her year of National Service, Anna worked at the Attorney General’s Department where she prosecuted criminal cases.  Ms Otchere has a strong interest in Environmental and Energy Law and she hopes to focus her studies in that arena along with Health Law.

Agron Qalaj (Ferizaj, Kosovo)

Mr. Qalaj graduated in 1988 from Pristina University, Kosovo with a Bachelor of Law. He started his law career in Croatia at the District Court, Silavonska Croatia and passed the Croatian Bar Examination in 1990.  In 2000, he started working as a legal assistant in the Municipal Court, Ferizaj and in 2003 was appointed as a public prosecutor in the court in Ferizaj. After seven years he was appointed district public prosecutor for the District Prosecutor Court and then chief prosecutor for the Basic Prosecutory Court, Ferizaj in 2013. Upon completion of the LL.M., Mr. Qalaj will return to his position as chief prosecutor where he hopes to share this knowledge with his colleagues so as to improve the Kosovo judicial system.

You Qu (ShenZhen, China)

Ms Qu graduated in the top 5% of her class at Zhejiang Gongshang University with a Bachelors of Law.  Her superior academic performance earned her several top honors to include awards for English and debate, in addition to a “Brilliant Student of the Law School” scholarship, an award given to just 10 out of 560 students in the law school.  Ms Qu was active in various activities to include, vice president of the University Debate Team, planning director for the Law Society, planning director for the law schools Summer Social Practice in NingBo province and academic monitor for her class.  In addition, Ms Qu was able to complete two internships as a judge’s assistant for the Superior Court of Guizhou Province and an internship with prosecutors in the HangZhou Province. Ms Qu is interested in focusing her LL.M. classes in the commercial or financial area, especially as regards IPO’s.

Bizhan Roshan (Kabul, Afghanistan)

Mr. Roshan graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in Law and Political Sciences from the Diplomacy & Administration Department, Kabul University.  During his Studies at Kabul University. Mr. Roshan worked as a student’s representative to the Aga Khan National Council for Afghanistan, in addition to being an active member of Legal Committee of that same organization.  In preparation for completing a post graduate degree program, in 2011 Mr. Roshan completed a ten month intensive English & Preparatory Program in Tajikistan. Prior to coming to Wake Forest Law, Mr. Roshan worked  as a program officer for NGO- FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, an affiliate of Aga Khan Development Network where his duties included tracking the progress and achievements of various projects in addition to representing FOCUS in front of Donors, and other stakeholders such as the Government, International NGO’s and community leaders. In addition to his work at FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, Mr. Roshan volunteers with the Conciliation and Arbitration Board of the Aga Khan National Council providing conciliation services and free legal aid to those who are unable to afford or access formal legal institutions.

After completion of his degree, Mr. Roshan plans to use his new legal skills to work with both the Government and Ministry of Justice to bring justice to the Afghan people. In addition, he hopes to impart these skills to other Afghan lawyers by teaching at a university law faculty.

Sergey Vdovin (Russia / North Carolina)

In 2007, Mr. Vdovin completed a five-year Bachelor’s of Civil Law at Penza State University, Russia. After graduation, Mr.Vdovin held several legal positions to include head of the legal department for Penza Ministry of Sport where his responsibilities included reviewing, drafting partnership agreements, litigation representation and meeting with other governmental organizations.  Later, he was recruited to the purchasing department in Penza State Agriculture Academy where he was primarily involved in drafting commercial contracts and acting as deputy chief counsel. Since arriving in the U.S. in 2012, Mr. Vdovin has worked as an intern at a law firm where he prepared legal documents and as an office assistant for an office supply company. After having been a professional soccer player in Russia for over three years, Mr. Vdovin continues to work as a volunteer soccer coach for FC Sparta in Charlotte, N.C.

Qiuge Xiao (Xi Ning, China)

Ms Xiao graduated in 2012 from East China University Political Science and Law with a Bachelor’s degree in Law.  While at school, Ms Xiao completed several internships to include prosecutor’s assistant at the Qinghai Xining People’s Procuratorate, legal assistant at the Qinghai Xining Law Aid Center, judges assistant at Qinghai Xining Chengdong District Local Court and legal assistant at the Xinwei Law firm. Following graduation, Ms Xiao worked for two years as a lawyer’s assistant for private law firm before coming to Wake Forest Law. During this time, she was actively involved in over thirty legal cases, both civil and criminal. She also enhanced her legal writing skills by preparing numerous legal documents to include complaints, defense and appellate petitions. As a lawyer assistant, her duties also included interviewing clients and undertaking legal research for cases. Ms Xiao is very interested in Human rights and hopes to secure an internship in this area following completion of her program.

Xue Xu (Ningbo, China)

In July 2014, Ms Xue graduated from Ningbo University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law. During her time at Ningbo, she received several academic awards and recognitions to include “Outstanding Law Graduate” which is given to just the top 10% of students, and two consecutive “Second Class Scholarships for being in the top 25% of students. In addition to her academic success, Ms Xu completed several legal internships to include two as a lawyers assistant in a Law firm, and one as an intern in the Public Prosecution Department of the Ningbo Peoples Procuratorate.  Active in the law school community, Ms Xu was vice captain of the law school team/clinic which provided legal assistance for people in the university and community, in addition to be a representative of law school for Ningbo University’s Student Congress.  After graduation from the LL.M. program, Ms Xu plans to take the New York Bar exam and pursue work in the area of International Business and Trade Law.

Linna Yi (Beijing, China)

Ms Yi has a background in Common Law, having completed both her LL.B at the University of Kent in 2009 and a Legal Practice Course at Kent College of Law in 2010. During the summers, Ms Yi had several internships to include a placement in the legal department of Manulife Financial, Hong Kong in 2007 and three month placements in the foreign investment department of King and Wood, LLP, Guangzhou in 2008 & 2009.  In addition she spent a month at Allen & Overy, Hong Kong.  Following her graduation from Kent College of Law in 2010, Ms Yi held several jobs until taking a position at BASF (China) Company Ltd., Beijing as a human resource Business Partner for all of the foreign delegates.