Congressional delegation from Moldova to visit Wake Forest Law on Thursday, Oct. 2

Group photo of members of the Moldova Congressional Delegation in Raleigh

Members of the Moldova Congressional Delegation visited N.C. government officials in Raleigh on Monday, Sept. 29. From left: Oxana Gumennaia, Vitalie Mester, Deputy N.C. Secretary of State Rodney Maddox, N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Brian Anderson, Brian Anderson, Ana Furtuna, Natalia Molosag and Alexandra Sian

A U.S. Congressional Open World Delegation from Moldova is scheduled to visit Wake Forest Law on Thursday, Oct. 2, as part of Adjunct Professor Ellen Gelbin’s arbitration and mediation course.

Members of the delegation, which is being hosted by Suzanne Stafford, include Anisoara Furtuna, executive director of the Non-Discrimination Coalition; Oxana Gumennaia, chair, Council for Preventing and Eliminating the Discrimination and Ensuring Equality; Vitalie Mester, executive director, The Center of Juridical Assistance for Persons with Disabilities; Natalia Molosag, public defender; and Alexandra Sian, Small Enterprise Development Program specialist for the Peace Corps, who is the facilitator of the delegation.

All the Moldovan delegation members are from Chisinau, the country’s capital. According to Mester, members of the delegation want to visit the law school to exchange ideas and information about U.S. models of laws and policies for anti-discrimination proceedings for potential use in their own country, which only recently became independent from Russia.

Because having the freedom and liberty to advocate has come only recently to Moldova, the delegation is also  “searching for a partnership with an American organization that can cooperate with Moldova in appropriate advocacy of human rights,” Mester added.

Associate Dean for International Affairs Richard Schneider will welcome the delegation and provide them with an overview of the law school’s clinical programs beginning at 1 p.m. in Room 1312 of the Worrell Professional Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“I will also speak a bit about legal education in the United States and introduce some information about our programs for foreign lawyers, including our LL.M. program,” he said. “I’m looking forward to this event and to meeting the folks from Moldova.”

Gelbin plans to discuss arbitration and mediation in North Carolina. Gelbin is an experienced mediator who serves as an Administrative Law Judge for the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and presides over North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration hearings. She also arbitrates cases in the Forsyth County District Court.

A former instructor at Forsyth Tech, Stafford, who is the founder and director of the nonprofit Moldova-House for Economic, Trade and Educational Ventures and Visibility, has been hosting Congressional delegations for 15 years, according to Gelbin.

Stafford created the North Carolina-based nonprofit for stimulating economic development for and investment in Moldova as well as a focus on education and tourism development. According to Stafford, the creation of teh Moldova-House helps the state of North Carolina fulfill its pledge in its N.C.-Moldova Peace Initiative.

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In 2009, Wake Forest Law hosted an informational session for a group of law students from Moldova State University to observe a U.S. law school in operation.