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CAROLA Director Joseph Page visited Buenos Aires on Nov. 13-23, 2005.  He spoke to prospective LL.M. applicants at five law firms and delivered a paper at a conference on "Sixty Years of Peronism" at a conference sponsored by the Universidad Tres de Febrero.  He also dined with Manuel García-Mansilla (LL.M. 2001), Javier Pereira-Amigo (LL.M. 1999), Diego Dedeu (LL.M. 2000), María Sofia Sagués (LL.M. 2003) and Jorge Fiorito (LL.M. 1999).

Professor Susan Deller Ross, Director of the Law Center's Women's International Human Rights Clinic, traveled to Guatemala City in July 2005 to help launch the University of San Carlos’ master degree program in gender, women’s rights and access to justice.  The program is a project of the Women’s Legal Rights Initiative (WLR) of Chemonics International Inc., a USAID contractor.  Professor Ross reviewed the results of the inaugural year of WLR’s diploma program in gender and the law,  and made recommendations to strengthen it.  She also gave a presentation on the importance of gender expertise in advancing women’s human rights and conducted a human rights seminar for the master’s students.

María Sofía Sagués, LL.M. 2003, has published a chapter entitled "Los acciones positivas en el derecho constitucional argentino a la luz de la reciente jurisprudencia de la Suprema Corte de Estados Unidos de America" in Una década de la reforma constitucional, 1994-2004, edited by Germán J. Bidart Campos and Andrés Gil Domínguez.

Congratulations to Adriana Casas Motta, LL.M. 96, Legal Counsel of Oleoducto de Crudos Pesados in Quito. Ecuador, Roberto Dormond-Cantú, Chief Counsel, Andean, Central American and Caribbean Regions, Kraft Foods - Latin America, in San José, Costa Rica, and Carolina Machado, LL.M. 1995, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of JP Morgan Chase & Co. in Mexico City, for having been named among the top corporate counsel under 40 years of age in Latin America in Vol. 4, Issue 4 of Latin Lawyer.

Professor William Bratton spoke on "Comparative Corporate Governance: Convergence and Cross-Reference" at a conference on The Legal Future of MERCOSUR,  held by the Center for Legal, Economic aqnd Political Studies (CEDEP) in Asunción, Paraguay, on June 24, 2005.  Administering the conference was Carlos Ruffinelli, LL.M. '00, CEDEP's Executive Director.

Associate Dean Vicki Jackson spoke on "Judicial Independence" at the law firm Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the morning of June 22, 2005.  The talk was arranged by Ricardo Ramírez Calvo and Manuel García Mansilla, LL.M. 01.  That evening she hosted  a dinner for constitutional law professors and lawyers with an interest in constitutional law.  On June 24 and 25 she attended a meeting of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) (of which she is Vice-President) and a Roundtable on Constitutionalism and Emergencies, sponsored by the IACL and the Arrgentine Association of Constitutional Law in Córdoba, Argentina.

Twenty-six Georgetown law students will be doing internships in Latin America this summer, as part of a program administered by the Placement Office.  Twelve will work in law firms, five will work for the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR), seven will work for non-governmental organiations, one will work for the Inter-American Court and one will work for a government agency.  Destinations include Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Venezuela.

Seven Georgetown alumni appeared on a list of the top lawyers under 40 years of age in Central America, in an article published in Latin Lawyer in February 2005.  They include Francisco Arias, LL.M. '89 (Panama City, Panama); Terencio García Montenegro, LL.M. '93 (Managua, Nicaragua); David Gutiérrez, LL.M. '97 (San José, Costa Rica); Rolando Laclé Zuñiga, LL.M. '94 (San José, Costa Rica); Vicente Lines, LL.M. '99 (San José, Costa Rica); Claudia Lucia Pereira Rivera, LL.M. '97 (Guatemala City, Guatemala); Mauricio Salas, LL.M. '99 (San José, Costa Rica).  Congratulations!

Manuel José García-Mansilla, LL.M. '01 (Buenos Aires, Argentina) has published articles on "Separation of Powers Crisis: The Case of Argentina"  in 32 Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law 307 (Spring 2004), and "La Corte Suprema y el juicio político" in the June 4 and June 7, 2004, issues of El Derecho: Diario de Doctrina y Jurisprudencia (Buenos Aires).  He has also just assumed the position of in-house counsel for Vintage Oil Argentina, Inc., in Buenos Aires.

Nazhla Abad, LL.M. '04, has completed her internship in women's rights in Tanzania, and has been accepted into the Foreign Service of Chile.  She is about to undergo an 18-month preparation program as a prelude to becoming a diplomat.

CAROLA Director Joseph Page, Assistant Dean Susan Gurley of the International and Graduate Programs Office, and Kimberly Willis of the Admissions Office visited São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in November 2004 to recruit applicants for Georgetown's LL.M. program.  Our heartfelt thanks to the many Law Center alumni/ae whose unstinting efforts made this trip a great success.

An article entitled "Form Versus Substance: A Comparison of Brazil's Tax System to the Tax System of the United States" by Roberto Ferreira, LL.M. '03 (São Paulo, Brazil) has been published in 35 University of Miami Inter-American Law Review 311 (Spr. 2004).

A group of Law Center alumni hosted a dinner for Professor Vicki Jackson in Santiago, Chile, on Jan. 13, 2004 . In attendance were Patricio Leyton, LL.M. '00; Cristian Eyzaguirre, LL.M. '02; Rodrigo Benítez, LL.M. '02, Claudio Campos, MLCL '98, and several young Chilean lawyers who had been accepted into the LL.M. program at the Law Center.  Professor Jackson was in Santiago to participate in the World Congress of the International Association of Constitutional Law. She also delivered a lecture at the Escuela de Derecho de la Universidad Alberto Hurtado.





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