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Moritz Welcomes First LL.M. Class
The 10 students hold law degrees from 9 different countries
August 17, 2007
Contact: Barbara Peck, (614) 292-0283
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law welcomed its first class of students working toward earning a Masters in Law (LL.M.). The students come from around the globe and all earned their juris doctor degrees from non-U.S. law schools. Two of the program’s primary goals are to immerse foreign lawyers in a year of U.S. legal education and to foster interaction between American J.D. students and the LL.M. students.
Timur (Tim) Alamanov is from the Kyrgyz Republic. He earned his law degree in 2002 from Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University in Bishkek City. Tim will be enrolled in the program part-time, completing the degree in two years while he continues his work at Manheim, the world’s largest provider of automotive remarketing services with operations in 14 countries. Tim is primarily interested in business courses.
Alexis Nguyen Gage earned her J.D. from Bond University in Queensland, Australia in 2005, with a post-graduate diploma in legal practice in 2006. She has just completed a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She started life in Ohio, but grew up in Europe and hopes to return to Australia to practice law.
Orsolya Hamar-Hilt currently works as a paralegal and administrative assistant in the Ethics Department at the Columbus Bar Association. She earned her earned a J.D. in law and political science at the Peter Pazmany University of Law in Budapest, Hungary in 2000 and has a LL.M. degree in taxation from St. Thomas Law School in Miami, Florida. Orsolya would like a more general background in the U.S. legal system and is interested in participating in the reform of the Hungarian legal system.
Soraya Montano is a native of Cali, Colombia. Since 2000, she has worked in community development and outreach in the Hispanic Ministry in the United States. She practiced family law for eight years in Colombia after earning her degree in law from the Universidad Santiago de Cali in 1992.
Sofia Paramés is a 2007 law graduate from Portuguese Catholic University in Lisbon. She has also completed a post-graduate program in Human Rights and Democratization at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. Sofia has a strong record of volunteer work, including four months in Mozambique, and is interested in dispute resolution and international law.
Chatchamont (Cherry) Piyatanont earned her law degree from Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand in 2002. She has experience as a Legal Officer at the Thai Ministry of Justice, in the securities industry, and with her own company. Cherry will be concentrating her coursework in intellectual property and business.
Amy Xiaoyi Sun comes to us from Indiana University in Bloomington, where she completed an LL.M. in 2006. She is pursuing a second LL.M. degree in order to specialize in dispute resolution. Amy earned her law degree with First Class Honors from the Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongquing, People’s Republic of China. She has experience in a private law firm and served the equivalent of a judicial clerkship with the Bureau of Justice of Yubei District, China.
Peerapun Suwannabatr earned his law degree from Chulalongkorn University in Bankok, Thailand in 2000 and became a Barrister in 2005. He has worked in Bankok law firms doing labor law, contract work, and litigation. He also has experience in the Office of Civil Liability of the Ministry of Finance and as a consultant to the Standing Committee on Interior Administration of the Senate in the Thai Parliament. His primary interest is business and commercial law, and he hopes to pursue a political career upon his return to Thailand.
Vecdet Tasel began his education in Turkey at Ankara Gazi University, served in the NATO forces, completed a M.S. in Economics from Northeastern University in Boston in 1997 and earned his J.D. from Universidad América Latina in Mexico. Vecdet has extensive experience in business and consulting. He comes to us from AVSA Commercial and Investment Consulting, a global business development firm based in Guadalajara, Mexico.
David Weru earned his LL.B. from the University of Nairobi, Kenya in 2002. He practiced law for two years in Nairobi and is admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. He came to the United States in 2004 and has been working at P.R.W.T. Services, a firm that handles child support affairs for the State of Ohio.