Syracuse University College of Law Welcomes 13 LL.M. Students for Spring 2021
In January 2021, the College of Law welcomed a new group of 13 students enrolled in our Master of Laws (LL.M.) program. "Despite the continued barriers and uncertainties caused by the coronavirus pandemic, this new spring cohort includes foreign lawyers representing the legal systems of five countries," says Assistant Dean of International Programs Andrew S. Horsfall. "These students will join the 11 returning LL.M. students who began their studies in this past fall and spring, along with three visiting scholars."
The LL.M. cohort will maintain its wide reach across time zones and locations; with seven students located in Syracuse, another five located elsewhere in the Eastern Time Zone, and 12 located abroad in Brazil, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, India, and Mexico.
"Our LL.M. students will continue to receive outstanding academic advising from members of our law faculty, including professors Todd Berger, Chris Day, Doron Dorfman, Shubha Ghosh, Antonio Gidi, Margaret Harding, Arlene Kanter, Suzette Melendez, Robert Nassau, and Cora True-Frost," says Faculty Director of International Programs Arlene Kanter.
In addition, the LL.M. students and visiting scholars will receive advising support from International Programs Academic Coordinator Kate Shannon and LL.M. student mentors Audrey Fick, Mazaher Kaila, Kylie Mason, and Troy Parker.
LL.M. Students (Spring 2021 Cohort)
Sumayyah Alanazi (Saudi Arabia) obtained her LL.B. in 2015 from Al Jouf University in Saudi Arabia. She is a member of the Saudi Bar Association. She intends to study intellectual property and technology law.
Amani Alosaimi (Saudi Arabia) obtained her LL.B. from Taif University in Saudi Arabia in 2013. Since graduating, she has held an internship at International Legal Systems in Taif before coming to Syracuse to study legal English at Syracuse University’s English Language Institute. Alosaimi intends to study corporate and family law.
Samuel Alvarenga Goncalves (Brazil) obtained his LL.B. from the University of Itaúna and a master of laws degree from Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paolo, both in Brazil. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Law from Brazil’s Federal University of Minas Gerais. Alvarenga Goncalves serves as a state prosecutor in the state of Rondônia where he specializes in public health matters. He intends to study class actions and civil procedure.
Eduardo Cândia (Brazil) earned his LL.B. from Dom Bosco Catholic University, in Brazil. He also holds masters and doctoral degrees in “Social Relations Law”, and is pursuing a PhD in Economic, Financial and Tax Law, all from the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paolo. Mr. Cândia has worked as a public prosecutor in Brazil for 17 years and has published law review articles and books. He plans to enroll in courses that will prepare him for the New York Bar Exam.
Hugo Carrasco Soulé López (Mexico) obtained an LL.B. and Ph.D. in Law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He is a professor of law at UNAM, where he teaches civil procedure, contracts, class actions, and health law. He has published law review articles and books. He is also in-house counsel for Johnson & Johnson. He plans to study constitutional law, civil procedure, and courses that will prepare him for the New York Bar Exam.
Israel Correa Da Costa (Brazil) obtained his LL.B. degree from Metodista University in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2016. Since graduating, he has worked as a partner in his own firm where he practices consumer litigation. Costa will study business and corporate law, as well as courses to prepare him for the New York Bar Exam.
Milena de Oliveira Guimaraes (Brazil) holds an LL.B. from Maringá State University in Brazil. She also obtained masters and doctoral degrees from Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paolo. She is a professor and a lawyer in Brazil, where she most recently served as a law clerk in the criminal law court for the Brazilian State of Mato Grosso. Guimaraes will enroll in courses in Commercial Law, Torts, and Civil Procedure.
Ana Sylvia Espinoza (Mexico) is finishing her LL.B. at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and comes to us under a dual-degree program. She held an internship position at Baker McKenzie’s Mexico City office and for a private attorney. She plans to study tax law, corporate compliance, and international business transactions.
Zaiden Geraige Neto (Brazil) obtained his LL.B., Masters, and Ph.D. from Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paolo. He has also studied at Harvard University. Geraige Neto is an attorney at a hospital in Sao Paolo, where he handles contractual and litigation matters. He will study class actions and civil procedure.
Vitus Imo (Nigeria) obtained his LL.B. from Ebonyi State University in Abakaliki, Nigeria, in 2018. He also graduated from the Nigerian Law School in 2019. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association. Imo has worked in private practice since graduating and plans to enroll in courses that will prepare him for the New York State Bar Exam.
Sajid Masih (Pakistan) obtained his LL.B. in the University of the Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan, in 2017. He has worked for a local branch of the police authority in his state. He has also been an active member of NGO PEACE Pakistan, an organization that focuses on education and human rights. Masih plans to enroll in courses that focus on human and civil rights.
Paola Ontiveros Vazquez (Mexico) obtained her LL.B., LL.M., and Ph.D. from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). As a professor of law, she has written extensively about mediation and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. She will enroll in courses that will expose her to mediation and negotiation practices in the United States.
Sebastian Valenzuela (Mexico) is finishing his LL.B. at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and comes to us under a dual-degree program. During his studies, he has worked as a legal assistant for a casino management company as well as with a federal court. He will study constitutional law, civil procedure, and administrative law.
Returning LL.M. Students
Ahmed Al Shattawi (Iraq) obtained his LL.B. from Al-Nahrain University in Baghdad, Iraq. Soon after his LL.B studies, he emigrated to the United States, settling in Syracuse, where he obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering and works for Anaran, a local engineering and technology company. He will focus on courses that will expose him to American business law and culture along with subjects tested on the New York Bar Exam.
Alanood Alhammad (Saudi Arabia) obtained her LL.B. from Al-Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh. She worked at the Saleh Abdurhman Alatrum law office before coming to the US in 2019 to study Legal English. Alhammad plans to deepen her understanding of business law while enrolled in the LL.M. Program.
Saad Alqahtani (Saudi Arabia) obtained a LL.B. from King Saud University in Saudi Arabia in 2010. He has worked as a legal investigator in the Public Administration for Legal Affairs in the Ministry of Transportation in Riyadh since 2011. Alqahtani intends to pursue courses in labor law, international law, and criminal law.
Vein Barazi (Syria) completed her LL.B. at Damascus University in Syria in 2007. She worked as a lawyer in Syria for six years before relocating to the US. In her practice, she focused on transactional law, civil litigation, and intellectual property. She will enroll in courses that will prepare her for the New York Bar Exam.
Fildous Hamid (Ghana) obtained both a diploma in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Ghana. She also obtained an LL.B. from MountCrest University College in Ghana in 2018. Hamid is interested in labor law and international criminal law. She is currently living in Germany while her husband is there for work, and she plans to sit for the New York Bar Exam upon completion of her LL.M. degree.
Karla Lellis (Brazil) obtained a LL.B. from the Metropolitan University of Santos in 2001. Before joining the LL.M. Program, she was living in Boston, MA, where she volunteered her time in an immigration and family law practice. She intends to take classes that will help prepare her for the New York State Bar Exam.
Lorena Martinez (Mexico) is finishing her LL.B. at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and comes to us under a dual-degree program. She served as a research assistant for the co-director of the World Trade Organization in Mexico where she focused on international commercial law. Martinez will enroll in tax law and arbitration courses.
Carolina Mendez de Leon (Dominican Republic) completed her LL.B. at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic in 2015. Upon graduation, she worked as a case manager at R. Mendez & Associates in Santo Domingo. She intends to pursue courses in intellectual property, wills & trusts, corporate law, and bar-tested subjects.
Kwabena Mensah (Ghana) is the recipient of the J&K Wonderland Scholarship. He obtained three degrees from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana: a Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Human Values, and Philosophy; a Master of Arts in Communication Studies; and a bachelor of laws. He currently works as a broadcast journalist with an emphasis on telling the stories of persons with disabilities in Ghana. Mensah received the 2018 Ghana Journalists Award for Best New Reporter in 2018. He intends to study disability law, media law, and courses that will prepare him for the New York State Bar Exam.
Isaac Onyango (Kenya) is the recipient of the JAF Foundation Scholarship. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Nairobi in Kenya in 2016 and a postgraduate diploma from the Kenya School of Law in 2018. He is an advocate with the High Court of Kenya and has worked as a Human Rights Advocate and Strategist with the Down Syndrome Society of Kenya for the last three years. He will pursue courses in disability law and international human rights.
Ersi Qeva (Albania) obtained LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from the University of Tirana in Albania. He emigrated to the United States in 2015 with his wife and has been living in Albany, NY. He plans to study criminal law and take the New York State Bar Exam upon graduation.
Spring 2021 Visiting Researchers
Dr. Smitha Nizar is a Fulbright Post-Doctoral Visiting Scholar from India. In her post-doctoral research, she examines the need to align India’s national laws with the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and to uphold the basic rights for persons with disabilities.
Hojin Choi is a 2016 alum of Syracuse University College of Law’s J.D. program. As a student, he participated in the LondonEx summer program, served as the Research Assistant to Professor Aviva Abramovsky, and pursued courses and internships in disability law. Upon graduation, Choi remained in Syracuse to pursue employment with the local disability rights community. He is currently pursuing research projects supervised by Professor Arlene Kanter as well as conducting research for the Burton Blatt Institute.
Mohammad Ali Akbari Shandiz (Iran) obtained his LL.B. and LL.M. from Tehran University’s School of Law, in Iran, in 2010 and 2013, respectively. He worked in Iran for several years as a researcher and lecturer. From 2016 to 2017, he was a Visiting Scholar at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, where he focused his efforts on a research project titled: The Approach of the U.S. Legal Regime to Protect Geolocation Data Privacy. He earned a second LL.M., with a focus on intellectual property law, from George Washington University’s School of Law in 2018. He is currently working to pursue a PhD at the University of Turin’s School of Law with a continued focus on intellectual property and geolocation data privacy issues. During his research visit, Shandiz will engage in the study and research of data privacy in autonomous vehicles under the guidance of Professor Shubha Ghosh.