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Pettit College of Law celebrates 10-year anniversary of L.L.M. Program in student discussion

Howard Fenton discusses the many challenges of foreign law during Tuesday's discussion. (photo/Communications & Marketing)

Howard Fenton discusses the many challenges of foreign law during Tuesday's discussion. (photo/Communications & Marketing)

Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law hosted a ceremony celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the L.LM. (Master in Law) Program on November 1. This celebration focused on the Democratic Governance and Rule of Law, a program designed for foreign lawyers practicing in the public sector and committed to promoting governance and law reforms in their home countries or abroad. 

Assistant Director of the L.L.M program Brian Anderson explained his enthusiasm for the celebration. He stated, “We are excited to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the Rule of Law at ONU. Our L.L.M Program has more than 130 graduate students in almost 40 countries working to improve the Rule of Law abroad.”

The event hosted the former director and the founder of ONU’s program Howard Fenton, the current director and Assistant Professor of Law Karen Hall, and Associate Professor of Law Jean-Marie Kamatali. The speakers answered various questions posed from the moderator and from the audience, as well.

Each speaker discussed his/her experiences in the foreign countries and the challenges that faced them during their training. 

The biggest challenge in fully understanding the legal culture of the country you are working in is appreciating the differences between the culture and the American legal culture. The greatest reward is working with talented, committed young lawyers on improving their country's legal system," Fenton commented during his discussion. 

Hall, who served in Afghanistan in 2007, specified, “This [ONU's program] is the only L.L.M. Program in the nation focused on this subject.”

What this means is that ONU is the only school who has this specialized concentration, which makes it unique among other law schools around the country.

Kamatali also described his experience about the corruption in some countries, including many African countries. He stated, “The formula of using 20 lawyers and 20 judges, looking for a perspective of law, has arrived at some solutions recreated within societies that currently have no tools, no law, and no rules.”

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