Helen Naves LL.M. ’09 and I first met in New York City in the summer of 2007 when we participated as summer associates in different law firms. In the fall, we became LL.M. classmates at Fordham; that was when we really connected and developed not only a close friendship but also a sense of community toward Fordham. We were both students of the banking, corporate and finance law program. The program was extremely helpful for us to expand our legal knowledge and also a great opportunity to create a network of legal professionals formed not only by our peers but also by Fordham’s top-notch professors. The LL.M. at Fordham has opened new professional opportunities to us, and we have been fortunate to be able to work as international associates in prestigious New York law firms following our LL.M. graduation. Being Fordham Law alumni certainly helped to open those doors, especially in the midst of the financial crisis.
Upon our return to Brazil, we continued our professional paths in the challenging local legal market; despite a very competitive setting, we have so far succeeded. We are now both partners of well-positioned law firms that regularly deal with international matters. Being proud members of Fordham’s LL.M. alumni community, we have created a local alumni chapter to foster the interaction with Fordham’s local community and to share our experience and others’ with Fordham and the life-changing opportunity it offers to those who are willing to have such an experience.
Rafael Villac LL.M. ’09, Partner, Peixoto & Cury Advogados
I attended Fordham Law 1999–2000. After receiving my LL.M. I stayed in New York City until 2001 working as a foreign associate in a law firm.
The Law School’s physical location in Manhattan and the city’s many cultural and professional offerings are definite benefits to attending Fordham Law School. The breadth of course offerings and the quality of teaching are what make Fordham stand out among other law schools. At Fordham Law I received a first-rate education by instructors of the highest caliber in a diverse peer group who pushed one another to think at a higher level. The relationships I formed with my colleagues (both J.D.s and LL.M.s) and also with professors are some of my most valuable professional relationships; it is rare that I do not meet up with them when I come to New York. My Fordham Law degree has opened multiple doors for me both in the United States and internationally, because Fordham law is synonymous with excellence. Several years later I was asked by Toni Jaeger-Fine to return to Fordham to teach a summer program on comparative IP law. I was honored and privileged to be able to give back to the a community that has given so much to me.
Pablo A. Palazzi LL.M. ’00, Partner, Allende & Brea