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Guests assembled for the International Career Panel and Networking Reception
sponsored by CUA Law and held at the Polish Embassy on March 6, 2014. 


Students Hear Expert Advice on Launching International Legal Careers


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  The Embassy of the Republic of Poland was the fitting venue on March 6 for the “International Career Panel and Networking Reception” sponsored by the Columbus School of Law’s Comparative and International Law Institute. 

The annual event once again drew a sizeable mixed crowd of current law students, alumni, faculty and staff members, and diplomats, who gathered to mingle and listen to a panel of international trade experts discuss what it takes to succeed in that area of legal specialty. 

The panelists offered students a blend of experiences and perspectives. 

Jerry Erickson is the managing partner and senior immigration attorney at Erickson Immigration Group, which offers immigration services in areas such as guidance and counsel on I-9 compliance issues and assistance with securing work authorizations and U.S. permanent resident status for employees. Erickson’s advice to students was to “Be open to reinventing yourself. How you start out may be a very different place/field then where you end up. Be willing to stand out.”

Khaliunaa Garamgaibaatar, a 2012 graduate of Catholic University’s law school, is an investigative analyst for the East Asia and Pacific Team of the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency, where she investigates allegations of fraud, corruption and collusion in World Bank financed/administered projects in Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines and Indonesia.  Garamgaibaatar’s insight for students was to take advantage of externship opportunities. She recommended moot court experience as a great way to learn how to think on your feet.  

Robert Heilferty, a 1988 alumnus of CUA Law, serves as deputy chief counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce, where he manages an office of 26 attorneys involved in trade remedy proceedings. Heilferty is also a former adjunct lecturer in the law school’s Comparative and International Trade program. He urged students to consider government work as a great opportunity to learn and grow, as well as a career path that offers the ability to move into other sectors or the private sector. 

The program was moderated by Washington-based trade lawyer and political consultant Patrick Mulloy, former assistant secretary of Commerce and former commissioner on the joint House/Senate U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission. Mulloy is a member of the adjunct faculty at the law school of the Catholic University of America.
Introductory remarks were offered by Dr. Ryszard Schnepf, Ambassador of Poland to the United States of America; Dr. James Brennan, Provost of The Catholic University of America; Daniel Attridge, Dean and Knights of Columbus Professor of Law, and Professor Rett Ludwikowski, Director of the Comparative and International Law Institute, and Director of the International Business and Trade Summer Law Program, Columbus School of Law.
Now in its 29th year, Catholic University’s Comparative and International Law Institute has a long history of ties to Poland and by extension, to its embassy in Washington. Since its inception, the institute has graduated more than 500 students with extensive experience in the international arena.
CUA Law’s International Business and Trade Summer Law Program, often referred to as the Cracow Program, was established in 1992 to expose students to the wide range of skills required for success in the rapidly changing international arena. Students receive intensive training in the global aspects of modern trade and business law as they study side-by-side with some of Poland’s finest young legal minds.