Current LL.M. Student Profiles
Class Of 2019
Raphael Ng’etich (Kenya)
Raphael Ng’etich holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Strathmore University and a Certificate in International Criminal Law from the Nuremberg Academy. As a law student, he served as a teaching assistant to several law professors and worked as an Undergraduate Research Assistant at the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law. His dissertation was published in the first special issue of the Strathmore Law Review, where he was the Guest Editor-in-Chief. After graduating in 2016, Ng’etich worked as a Graduate Assistant at Strathmore Law School and a Graduate Editorial Assistant at Strathmore University Press. In 2017, he attended the Kenya School of Law for a postgraduate Diploma in Law, and undertook pupillage in 2018 at a Nairobi firm. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Ng’etich has authored several journal articles on property law and conflict management, and co-authored a textbook on property law in Kenya, “Property Law,” published in 2016 by Strathmore University Press.
Jiaxian Chen (China)
Jiaxian (Wayne) Chen received his Bachelor of Law degree and Master of Law degree respectively in 2010 and 2014 from East China University of Political Science and Law, where he also participated as an exchange student in 2008 at City University of Hong Kong. After postgraduate study, Chen practiced as an associate for Jincheng Tongda & Neal Law Firm in Shanghai, China. His legal work focused on mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investments, and general corporate matters. Chen provided legal services to multinational companies and Chinese domestic enterprises in a broad range of industries, including energy and natural resources, aviation, financial services, and manufacturing. While at Notre Dame Law School, he intends to focus on corporate law and financial transactions.
Clarissa dos Santos Toledo Vieira (Brazil)
Clarissa dos Santos Toledo Vieira earned her Bachelor of Laws degree from Centro Universitário de Brasília, Brazil. Her practice experience includes time with Infraero, the federal airport administration agency responsible for airport infrastructure, and with the Presidency of the Republic. While at the Presidency of the Republic, she held the position of Deputy Executive Secretary of the Commission of Public Ethics, a committee whose purpose is to promote ethics within the Federal Executive Branch. Toledo Vieira served with the Special Secretariat of the Investment Partnerships Program, which was created to strengthen the coordination of investment policies in infrastructure through partnerships with the private sector. Prior to her public service career, Toledo Vieira taught English as a Foreign Language for 13 years at the Casa Thomas Jefferson, the largest Binational Language Center in Brazil. She is keenly interested in ethics, public policy, and anti-corruption issues.
Yue Yu (China)
Yue Yu, “Yedda,” graduated from Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, China with an LL.B. and a bachelor’s degree of Economics in 2015. After graduation, she worked at Deloitte Financial Advisory as a Senior Associate in the Merger & Acquisition Transaction Services department. Her practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate social responsibility, and the Chinese telecommunication, media and transportation industry. While with Deloitte, she consulted with outside law firms to structure both Chinese domestic and crossboundary deals. In addition, Yu served as a project manager on pro-bono strategic consulting projects for the corporate social responsibility departments of two major Chinese corporate foundations: Didi Co. and Alibaba Foundation. Her legal interests lie in banking law, security law, and environmental law.
Nina Oldehaver (Germany)
Nina Oldehaver is a graduate of the University of Heidelberg, Germany, receiving her LL.B. in 2016. In law school, she volunteered for a pro bono legal clinic, advising clients with employment and social security law related problems. During that time she developed a website which connects businesses with refugees looking for employment. Oldehaver’s mandatory two year traineeship in Germany focused on dispute resolution and employment law while working for international law firms including Allen & Overy and Baker & McKenzie, both in their Frankfurt, Germany, and Singapore offices. Her goal this year is to become more familiar with the American legal system, particularly employment law, and American culture. Her interests range widely from reading books and watching movies to hiking and dancing. Oldehaver will spend her second semester with the London LL.M. program.
Xueyi Zhang (China)
Xueyi Zhang comes from Shanghai, China. She obtained her Bachelor of Law degree in 2018 from East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL). While studying at ECUPL, she participated in a semester exchange program at Temple University, Philadelphia and interned at a major law firm where she worked on transactional practice in various fields, including corporate mergers and acquisitions. Zhang clerked with the Shanghai Jing’an District Court, whose docket focuses on cases involving insurance and lending matters. Beyond her academic work, she was EUCPL’s campus coordinator for Junior Achievement and was an active member of the Junior Achievement - University Student Committee of Shanghai. Zhang’s legal interests reside in corporate law and financial law.
Cody Stanton (United States)
Cody Stanton received his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from The Ohio State University in 2014, where he was a Provost Scholar. He received his J.D., with honors, from Ohio Northern University College of Law in 2017, where he was a Hon. Frank B. Willis Scholar and Distinguished Corporate Law Scholar. Stanton served as Articles Research Editor on the ONU Law Review and worked as a legal intern at Ohio Northern’s Corporate -Transactional Legal Clinic. After graduation, Stanton worked at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies in Washington, D.C. where Stanton conducted legal research in various issues of constitutional and criminal law, and contributed to Cato’s amicus briefs in three cases currently before the United States Supreme Court. Stanton also gained regulatory experience while working in the compliance department of a local bank in Alexandria, VA. Stanton is licensed to practice law in Ohio and is an active member of the Federalist Society, the American Bar Association, and the Ohio State Bar Association.
Fernanda Gianesella Bertolaccini (Brazil)
Fernanda Gianesella Bertolaccini earned her law degree in 2008 from São Paulo University School of Law. She also has a master’s degree in international trade law from USP, with a thesis on the impact of voluntary sustainability standards on international trade. Bertolaccini worked for several years at the Center for International Trade and Investment, a think tank at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in São Paulo. During her stay, the Center served as the WTO Chair in Brazil, and she served as the Coordinator of Sustainability and Trade where she advised Brazilian trade associations and domestic and international governments. She then worked as a consultant for the Brazilian government on agribusiness market access and investment attraction. Bertolaccini is currently a Ph.D. candidate at USP, with a dissertation on the accountability and compliance footprint of private entities that produce voluntary sustainability standards. Apart from legal interests, she is active in movements advancing LGBTQ political rights and social visibility, and fighting domestic violence against women and children. As part of this work, she has been part of documentaries and urban artistic initiatives, and promoted social gatherings for experience validation and network building.
Wanjun Sui (China)
Wanjun Sui received her Bachelor of Law degree from Southwest University of Political Science and Law in 2017, where she participated in the exchange student program at Chung Cheng University of Taiwan. While a law student, Sui interned with two law firms in Heilongjiang province and the First Intermediate People’s Court of Chongqing, China. Sui attended a summer session taught at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, located in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Outside her academic work, she dedicates herself to serving the needy, advocating for cultural diversity. She is an amateur of Chinese zither and an avid reader. Her main interests are intellectual property law and human rights law.
Matheus Lima (Brazil)
Matheus Lima received his law degree in 2013 from the Federal University of Maranhão, in Brazil. Lima was an elected student representative and received scholarships for his innovative research from the Ministry of Education and from the National Council for Scientific Research. After graduating, Lima received his Master’s degree in law from the University of São Paulo Law School, with a concentration in Civil Procedure, presenting a dissertation titled “Standards of Proof in Brazilian Law.” At Notre Dame Law School, Lima continues his research on his topics of interest, which include civil procedure, evidence law, and behavioral analysis of the law. Lima is the 2018-2019 Aviles-Brazil Fellow, a fellowship established by Jim Aviles and Milena Goes which seeks to form lawyers who will be a part of the authentic development of the rule of law in Brazil. Lima intends to return to Brazil to practice and teach law and methods learned at NDLS.
Jiayin Chu (China)
Jiayin Chu graduated with Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Political Science and Law in 2018. He complimented his legal studies with a year-long internship at the Beijing office of the prestigious international firm Dentons law office. In his last year of law school, he again interned at Beijing Dentons and in the Shanghai Allbright Law Offices, working on directional add-issuance deals, mergers and acquisitions, and privately offered funds. Chu is interested in using domestic and international law to benefit ordinary citizens during this current period of Chinese social transition. Outside his professional practice and academic work, he played for the law school’s basketball team, winning the school championship. His interests lie in scuba diving, underwater photography, and rap music.
María Paz Madrid San Martín (Chile)
María Paz Madrid received her law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in 2016, graduating with honors. Her dissertation Origins of the Concept of Academic Freedom in the American Academy (1890-1915) was evaluated summa cum laude. During her studies she served as a research assistant to various academic projects, while also acting as a teaching assistant of the Philosophy of Law Department. She has presented, and later published, multiple papers on legal theory in different international seminars. Madrid has worked as the Coordinator of the PUC Law, Science and Technology Program and the Coordinator of the International Seminar on Natural Law Board. She has served as an Adjunct Law School Instructor of the Philosophy of Law Department at her alma mater since 2016. Madrid is interested in gender law and education law, and the impact of Chilean public policies on their application.
Giulia Vescovi (Italy)
Guilia Vescovi received her law degree in 2010 from the University Pantheon Sorbonne in Paris. Her field of study was in Business Law. She obtained a Master in Economics from the University of Bologna in 2013 with a final dissertation that analyzed and compared the role of central banks in setting economic policy focusing on the European Central Bank (ECB) and the United States’ Federal Reserve. She also holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Bologna. Her legal interests reside in patent and copyright law, and law and economics. Outside of legal interests, Guilia holds a diploma as a professional tailor, and sews clothes in her spare time, and is a certified swim instructor.
Alejandro Vargas (United States)
Alejandro Vargas is from San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2012, he obtained his B.A. from Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., majoring in Political Science with a concentration in Legal Studies. In 2017, he was awarded his Juris Doctor degree from the Inter-American School of Law in San Juan, P.R. While in law school, Alejandro became a member of the institution’s Law Review. He also served as a legal intern for the Violent Crimes Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico. During his last year as a law student, he was a judicial intern for the Hon. Brian K. Tester at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Puerto Rico. His interests and objectives, while at Notre Dame Law School, are aimed towards the business and corporate law field. Outside the law, Alejandro enjoys golfing, bowling, fishing, and the beach.