Class of 2010

KYRGYZSTAN - Aizhamal is a senior lawyer in the Ministry of Defense of Kyrgyzstan, where she has worked since July, 2004. She directs overall operations of the ministry and consults on labor law, government and military regulations. She performs consultations on labor law, constitutional law, and the law of social providing. Aizhamal is also part of a team that works on new military draft laws and amendments, additions to the acting laws of Parliament and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. She earned her bachelor’s degree with distinction from Osh State University. She also attended International University of Kyrgyzstan. After receiving her LLM degree she would like to participate in the public decision-making process in Kyrgyzstan, and work for a non-governmental organization such as UNDP, OSCE and the EU regional delegation office. She is interested in poverty reduction, educational improvement, regional security, and economic development.
SAUDI ARABIA - Hatem graduated from the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia in 2007. As an undergraduate, Hatem worked in the Royal Private Services in Riyadh. Working for the Saudi Arabian government enabled Hatem to interpret the laws in his country, especially those relating to foreign policy. After graduating, Hatem decided to advance his law studies and study in the United States. He spent one year developing both his academic reading and writing at the University of Irvine in California. Hatem is particularly interested in international business law. With the background to interpret both Saudi Law and international law crucial to the global economy, Hatem seeks to advocate and represent those people who have been misrepresented in society.
SWITZERLAND - Dr. Alain graduated from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, with a bilingual Master of Laws in 2003 (German/French). From 2003 – 2005 he worked as a research and teaching assistant at the Chair of Civil and Commercial Law of the University of Fribourg. Bieger passed the bar exam of the Canton of Aargau, Switzerland in December 2007. Since then, he has worked as an attorney-at-law for the law firm Schumacher Baur Hürlimann in Zurich, Switzerland, focusing mainly on contract and corporate law and litigation. In 2008 Alain finished his doctoral thesis about the notification of defects in Swiss contract law and received his Doctorate (Dr.iur/Ph.D) from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland in early 2009. After receiving his LLM at UH, he seeks to return to Schumacher Baur Hürlimann in Zurich.
CHINA - Narenhua earned an LLB in Xinjiang. She worked as a coordinator for the China- Australia HIV/AIDS Protection Program through the local government, and got involved in "HIV and AIDS Prevention Related Advocacy and Capacity Building within the Regional Justice System" which supports legal aid and staff in Xinjiang for people who are affected by HIV or who are at risk of contracting HIV. She found that there are interesting ways in which the law overlaps with other disciplines such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, philosophy, geography, and medicine. This inter-disciplinary perspective on the law has inspired her to think critically about how the law affects individuals, particularly in developing countries. After the LLM program, she wants to practice international law and human rights in non-governmental organizations.
VIETNAM - Son is an associate at Vietnam International Law Firm (VILAF – HONG DUC), one of the first business law firms formed after Vietnam opened its doors to foreign investment in the early 1990’s. With more than 60 lawyers and legal experts, and offices in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, VILAF – HONG DUC has the largest and most experienced team of commercial lawyers in Vietnam. Son has been involved in a wide variety of legal fields, including litigation and corporate governance. Previously, Son was Program Manager of several NGOs, such as World Vision Vietnam, and Save the Children Sweden. Son got his LLB from the Hanoi Law School in 1999. After earning his LLM, Son wants to become a commercial lawyer focusing on foreign investment in Vietnam.
ECUADOR - Elena has an A.A. in Liberal Arts, a B.A. in Mathematics and an M.B.A. in Finance. She earned a law degree at the Universidad de la Americas in Quito, Ecuador, a multicultural school that encourages bilingual learning. She speaks 10 foreign languages and seeks to transfer to the JD Program after completing the LLM. After law school, she plans to practice law in an area where she can assist clients who do not understand English.
KOREA - Jong-Wan graduated from the college of law at Kyung Hee University (KHU) in Seoul, Korea. After working in the legal department of a large engineering and construction company in Korea for a couple of years, he earned a Master’s degree in law at KHU. He wrote three academic papers in Korean law journals, and hopes to publish another thesis dealing with environmental refugees in a US law journal in 2009 or 2010. After the LLM Program, Jong-Wan plans to take the New York bar examination. As a researcher and lawyer, he plans to work at the UN ESCAP, located in Bangkok. He is interested in international law and comparative legal regimes, in particular, international human rights law and international environmental law in the Asian-Pacific region.
FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA - Lorrie is currently an Assistant Attorney General under the Litigation Division for the FSM National Government Department of Justice. In June, 1997, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Law from Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida. In 2002, she completed an LLB degree from the University of the South Pacific School of Law in Port Vila, Vanuatu. In 2006, Lorrie became a member of the FSM Bar Association. In May 2008, Lorrie was hired by the FSM Department of Justice and became the only local female attorney at the national level. She is currently on educational leave to pursue an LL.M Degree in environmental law and litigation practice. She hopes to return to the FSM upon completion of her degree.
SWEDEN - My most recently worked as an associate at Wistrand Advokatbyrå which is one of the largest law firms in Sweden, with about 115 lawyers divided between its offices in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Malmö. Wistrand is engaged in Corporate, M&A, Arbitration and Litigation, Banking and Finance, Real Estate and Construction, and Environment and Energy issues. At Wistrand, My mainly worked in environmental law with a special focus on the manufacturing industry. My graduated with an LLM in International Law from the University of Gothenburg in 2008. When she returns to Sweden she plans to serve as a law clerk at a district court for two years and then go back to working in environmental law at a law firm or working on the legislative side, possibly at the Swedish Ministry of the Environment.
VIETNAM - Hung is a legal advisor at the Hanoi Department of Justice in Vietnam. Hung has been involved in a wide variety of legal fields, but has mainly handled civil cases where he is especially strong in laws of inheritance. He earned his LLB from the Hanoi Law School in 2001. Hung has also participated in public activities, such as the Lifegap program funded by USAID, the aim of which is to educate the public about the negative impact of drugs, HIV/AIDS and to provide condoms and needles, free of charge to vulnerable groups including prostitutes and drug addicts. For his efforts, he has received several Merit Awards from Tay Ho and the Hanoi Youth Union. After receiving his LLM, Hung will return to Vietnam to practice law.
BRAZIL - Leila earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Salvador and joined the Brazilian Bar Association in 2007. After working as an intern at JCL Telles Attorneys at Law while attending law school, Leila was later hired by this same firm and in 2008 became a partner. She specializes in property and real estate law, and has worked for major construction, hotel and agricultural companies in Brazil. Currently she is on leave from her position to pursue her LLM at the University of Hawai’i. The resources and experience acquired in her LLM courses will help Leila to better fulfill her clients needs, especially those investing and developing projects in the U.S.
BRAZIL - Marcelo has worked for several top law firms in the United States. For the past three years he worked as an international contract attorney for O’Melveny & Myers, the 19th largest law firm in the world and one of America’s top twenty most prestigious law firms. At O’Melveny, Marcelo participated on the plaintiff side of a high profile global anti-trust case, analyzing and providing counsel relating to Brazilian laws and their applicability to the U.S. legal system. Reviewing tenders and procurement contracts, he was also responsible for the Latin America portion of the case and applied his expertise in English, Portuguese and Spanish. He earned a B.A. in Law from University Santa Ursula in Brazil in 1998 and a specialization “latu sensu” in civil procedure at University Candido Mendes in Brazil. Marcelo was admitted to the Brazilian Bar in 1999. After the LLM Program he hopes to transfer into the J.D. program at the University of Hawai’i, then later practice environmental and international Law.
CZECH REPUBLIC - Hana graduated from the Charles University in Prague in 2006 and earned the qualification to practice law in The Czech Republic. While in college, she worked as an assistant attorney at Pokorny, Wagner a spol., one of the most prestigious Czech law firms. After graduation, she joined Interpol, the organization operating through international police cooperation. She used her communication skills to monitor economic crime on an international level. In 2007, she became an associate at Mgr. Jan Boucky law firm, which handles a wide range of international and domestic cases mainly concerned with business law, but also civil and criminal matters. Hana was involved in a variety of legal fields, especially complex corporate law cases. In July 2009 she extended her education by postgraduate studies focused on corporate law and damages. After receiving her LLM, Hana plans to return to Prague, pass the Czech Bar Association exams and work in the corporate law field of electricity purchases and renewable power sources.
JAPAN - Kazumi has been working as a Japanese legal advisor with U.S. military attorneys at the U.S. Naval Legal Service Office in Yokosuka Japan for six years. The office provides legal assistance and defense services to the U.S. military, civilian employees and their dependents. Kazumi provides legal assistance services to individuals on their personal Japanese legal issues, such as marriage, divorce, adoption, auto accidents, minor criminal issues, legal disputes with local residents, Japanese immigration laws, etc. Kazumi earned her LLB from the Chuo University Correspondence Division with honors in 2004. After receiving her LLM, Kazumi will return to her post in the U.S. military.
CHINA - Wang earned his bachelor’s degree in law from East China University of Political Science and Law. He has been participating in an internship as an assistant of the in-house counsel at Urban Development Co., which is a leading real estate corporation in Shanghai. Wang researched, analyzed and compared different hotel management contracts and advised the company CEO on drafting a contract for Holiday Inn in China. He also assisted the in-house counsel on the various laws regarding public housing development. After the LLM Program, Wang seeks to take the New York bar examination and intern at a U.S. law firm before returning to China to practice commercial law.


Spencer Kimura '96

Director of LLM and Summer Programs
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