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LL.M. Student Profiles

Since Vanderbilt founded its LL.M. program for foreign attorneys in 2002, students from nations on every continent have benefited from a year of legal study here. Read about the experiences of several LL.M. graduates at Vanderbilt and after graduation here:

Susi Foerschler
Susi Foerschler LLM '17
Class of 2017
Germany

Associate, DWF Germany, Berlin
Kammergericht Berlin, Second State Exam (specialty: EU Law)
Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, First State Exam (specialty: International Law)

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Neha Joshi
Neha Joshi LLM '17
Class of 2017
India

Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), University of Mumbai, India
Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com), University of Mumbai, India
Company Secretary, Institute of Company Secretaries of India, New Delhi
Attorney, J. Sagar Associates, Mumbai
Research Assistant, Professor Randall Thomas, Vanderbilt Law and Business Program
Presently working as Independent Contractor, Clear Diligence LLC

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Vedika Khandewal
Vedika Khandewal LL.M. ‘17
Class of 2017
India

LL.B., B.B.A., Christ University Bangalore
Internship, Senior Counsel, Supreme Court of India

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Shaobo Li
Shaobo Li LLM '17
Class of 2017
China

Beijing International Studies University, Bachelor of Laws
Legal Advisor, Vestas Wind Technology, Beijing
China Legal Specialist, The Mosaic Company, Beijing
Attorney Assistant, Lee and Li-Leaven IPR, Beijing
Admitted to the Bar, China

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Maiko Miyara
Maiko Miyara LLM '17
Class of 2017
Japan

Attorney-at-law, Nishimura & Asahi, Tokyo
J.D., Bachelor of Laws, University of Tokyo
Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan
Admitted to practice law in Japan in 2011

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Nikki Chamberlain
Nikki Chamberlain
Class of 2016
New Zealand

Senior Associate, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
LL.B. (Honors), B.A. University of Auckland
Experienced commercial litigator

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Sebastian Pepin
Sebastian Pepin
Class of 2016
United Kingdom

LL.M. Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands
Master 1 and License, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
LL.B. English and French Law, King's College, London
Maciel Salazar
Maciel Salazar
Class of 2016
Mexico
Law degree, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Clerk for Associate Justice Arturo Zaldívar Lelo de Larrea of the Mexican Supreme Court
Master's in international law, focusing on human rights and democracy, at the Facultad Latinoamercana de Ciencias Sociales, Mexico

José Eudes Lima Uchoa
Jose Eudes Lima Uchoa
Class of 2016
Brazil
Founding Partner, L. Uchoa & Figueiroa Advocacia Empresarial
Bachelor in Civil Law, Catholic University of Pernambuco
GVlaw, Fundação Getúlio Vargas (graduate certificate program in infrastructure contracts)
Experienced commercial litigator
 
Max Weber
Max Weber
Class of 2016
Germany

Law Degree (First State Exam), Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in law at Goethe University
Researched "Private Contracts and Systemic Risk" at the Center for Financial Studies, House of Finance, Frankfurt

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Mariana Briceno
Mariana Briceno
Class of 2015
Venezuela
Project Manager, LMN Consulting, Washington, D.C.
Member, Bar Association of the Central District, Venezuela
J.D. Universidad Central de Venezuela
Law & Business Track
 
So Yeon Jeon
So Yeon Jeon
Class of 2015
Republic of Korea
Senior Associate, Yoon & Yang, Seoul
B.S. Seoul National University
Licensed member of the Korean Bar, Judicial Research and Training Institute
Steve Nuyts
Steve Nuyts
Class of 2015
Belgium
Junior Associate, Baker & McKenzie, Brussels, Belgium
LL.M. (Business and Corporate Law), LL.B. University of Antwerp
Licensed airline transport pilot
LL.M. Representative, Vanderbilt Bar Association
Jorge Saucedo
Jorge Saucedo
Class of 2015
Mexico

Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Associate, Cantú Estrada y Martinez Abogados
Professor, Universidad de Monterrey
Masters in International Commerce Law, Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II.
Masters in Corporate Law, Universidad de Monterrey
Licenciado en Derecho with honors, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

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Wouter Vaassen
Wouter Vaassen
Class of 2015
Belgium

Associate, Praetica, Brussels
Teaching Assistant, Methodology of the Law, Catholic University of Leuven
Member of the Brussels Bar
Catholic University of Leuven, Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Law, specializing in civil, international and European law

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Asuka Fukushima
Asuka Fukushima
Class of 2014
Japan
Official, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan, since 2007

B.A. in Law, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

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Nicoletta Milanesio
Nicoletta Milanesio
Class of 2014
Italy
Assistant General Counsel, Comau, Detroit, Michigan
J.D. Università degli Studi di Torino, 1996
Faculté Internationale de Droit Compare Robert Schumann (postgraduate study, international comparative law)
Member, Italian Bar, 2000-present
Member, New York Bar
Fluent in English, French and Italian
Vigdis Sigurdardottir
Vigdis Sigurdardottir
Class of 2014
Iceland
Lawyer, Icelandic Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources, Reykjavik
6 years' experience in the legal department of Landsbankinn, Reykjavik, Iceland
M.A. and B.A. in Law, University of Iceland
Toured as a member of Bjork's back-up choir
Member, Icelandic Bar

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Rony Yaacoub
Rony Yaacoub
Class of 2014
Lebanon

Fulbright Scholar, 2013-14
Summer 2014 international intern, Holland & Knight
Graduated first in his law class from Lebanese University
Earned a Certificate in International Criminal Law and Procedure at the Asser Institute and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, The Hague, through the Inter-University Program
Fluent in Arabic, French and English

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Maximilian Zahn
Maximilian Zahn
Class of 2014
Germany
Fulbright Scholar, 2013-14
Ph.D. candidate, University of Würzburg
Graduated in the top 10 percent of his law class
Fluent in English, French and German

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Samuel Hartman
Samuel Hartman
Class of 2013
Sweden

Assistant Judge, Court of Appeal for Western Sweden
LL.M. University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Passed the New York Bar Exam

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Oliver Peglow
Oliver Peglow
Class of 2011
Germany
Attorney, Bass, Berry & Sims, Nashville, Tennessee
Licensed to practice in Tennessee and Germany
Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, First State Exam, 2001
District Court (Landgericht) Frankfurt am Main, Second State Exam, 2006
Admitted to Tennessee Bar 2012

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Kamila Bury
Kamila Bury
Class of 2007
Poland
Milena Georgieva
Milena Georgieva
Class of 2007
Bulgaria
Hideyuki Matsuo
Hideyuki Matsuo
Class of 2007
Japan
Adriana Guerra Montemayor
Adriana Guerra Montemayor
Class of 2007
Mexico
Mayumi Ikawa Tani
Tani
Class of 2007
Japan

Sachindra Upadhyay
Sachindra Upadhyay
Class of 2007
India
Chloe Xu
Chloe Xu
Class of 2007
China
Deborah Rubbens
Deborah Rubbens
Class of 2006
Belgium
Giorleny Altamirano
Giorleny Altamirano
Class of 2005
Nicaragua
Thomas Fetzer
Thomas Fetzer
Class of 2003
Germany