Current LL.M. Class
Arie Lipinski (United States)
Arie Lipinski received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University – Bloomington in 2009 and his J.D. from Valparaiso University Law School in 2012, where he served as an executive board member for the Valparaiso University Law Review and the Moot Court Honor’s Society. While in law school, Lipinski’s law review note was published in the Valparaiso University Law Review and he was honored as Valparaiso Law Review’s Case Comment Competition winner for receiving the highest score in the Law Review’s write-on competition. Since graduating law school, Lipinski has practiced business and civil litigation in the Indianapolis, Ind., area. Lipinski served as outside counsel for the State of Indiana in condemnation matters for a major road construction project. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Indiana and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association, Business and Professional Exchange and Young Professionals of Central Indiana.
Xiaotong Li (China)
Xiaotong Li received her Bachelor of Law degree from Shenyang Normal University (SNU) in China and a Bachelor of Art degree from Fort Hays State University (FHSU) in Kansas, United States, where she was an extended exchange student. While at SNU, she directed student art programs and interned with two Shandong law offices. Li also completed an internship at Shandong Zoucheng District Court. Her published work includes the paper “Review Paper of Buffalo Creek Disaster,” which examines the disaster from a legal viewpoint. Outside of studying law, she enjoys composing music and giving piano lessons.
Julio Huerta Anguiano (Mexico)
Julio Huerta Anguiano was born in Mexico City. He graduated with honors from the LL.B. (2009) and L.L.M. (2013) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He served as research assistant at the UNAM Legal Research Institute in the area of Philosophy of Law, where he focused on issues relating to judicial reasoning, theory of legal proof, and legal argumentation theory. From 2011 to 2017, he worked as Regulation Prospective Head of the Office and Criteria Deputy Director in the area of Regulations and Consultation at the Instituto Nacional de Transparencia, Acceso a la Información y Protección de Datos Personales (INAI), a public federal entity aimed to guarantee the rights of access to public information and personal data protection in Mexico. He supported the development of the draft “General Law of Personal Data Protection held by Liable Parties (Public Sector)” submitted by the INAI to the Mexican Federal Congress. Julio is a recipient of a Fulbright – García Robles Scholarship. His interests range from Philosophy of Law to National Security Law.
Maryssa Gabriel (Bermuda)
Maryssa Gabriel entered law school at age 16 and earned her LL.B. from Trinity College, Dublin in 2010. She was awarded the Appleby Legal Scholarship after completing her LL.B. and went on to pursue a master’s degree in Law and Anthropology at the London School of Economics. Her master’s thesis focused on patent law, bioethics, and human rights. In 2013, Gabriel started her practice as a trainee solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons LLP in London. During this time, she worked on a variety of projects, including collaborating with the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development on the review and reform of the Kazakhstan Corporate Governance Code and the law on Joint Stock Companies. Gabriel returned home to Bermuda in 2015 to practice in a boutique law firm where she worked on a range of corporate, insurance and commercial matters. She was admitted as a solicitor of England and Wales in 2015 and is a licensed attorney admitted to the New York State Bar and the Bermuda Bar. Her primary interests are in human rights, bioethics, philosophy of law and international law.
Jennifer Fiegel (United States)
Jennifer Fiegel is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Law School (MLS) in Australia. While at MLS, she was a member of the Melbourne Journal of International Law and, for two years, worked at a boutique law firm in the city that specialized in property law and wills and estates. She has also worked for Henry Zhuang & Partners in Shanghai, China, and Kansas Legal Services. Fiegel earned her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science from Loyola University Chicago, before joining Teach for America in Dallas, Texas. She is a member of the New York State Bar and has worked as a foreign policy briefer for President William J. Clinton at the Clinton Foundation. Her legal interests are in foreign policy as well as international law, criminal law, and the intersection of the two.
Yitian Cheng (China)
After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Management, Yitian Cheng changed his major to Law in graduate school. He was awarded a law degree from Sun Yat-sen University School of Law in 2016. While in law school he participated in several research projects, producing reports on “Standardization of the People’s Jury System,” and “Research on Legislation of Grassroots Social Administrations.” He received the National Scholarship for Graduate Students, the highest award for graduate students in China and published several articles examining civil law and civil procedure. As chairman of his school’s Volunteer Association, he cooperated with the local government to provide long-term assistance for people in need. Having passed the Chinese Bar in 2014, he committed himself to practicing family law and working with victims of domestic violence. Acting on his belief that attorneys should be responsible and care for the vulnerable, Cheng devotes himself to volunteer jobs and providing social services to those in need.
Débora Barbosa Lima Aboudib (Brazil)
Debora Barbosa Lima Aboudib received her law degree from the Centro Universitário de Brasília, in Brasília, Brazil. She then pursued an LL.M. in Corporate Law at the Brazilian Institute of Stock Market, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a postgraduate degree in Legal Order and Prosecutors at the Prosecutors Foundation School in Brasília, Brazil. Following graduation, Aboudib explored various legal fields, both public and private. She worked at the Superior Court of Justice and the Brasilia’s Public Defender’s office, and was a corporate attorney in a multinational company. She is now interested in learning about the American legal system, particularly corporate and transactional law.
Giulia Vescovi (Italy)
Guilia Vescovi received her law degree in 2010 from the University Pantheon Sorbonne in Paris, concentrating on 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 B.A. 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, she is a swimming instructor, holds a diploma as a professional tailor and sews clothes in her spare time.
Wuyue Wang (China)
Wuyue Wang comes from Wuxi, China. He earned his Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree from Southwest University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL) in 2017. While studying at SWUPL, he interned in Beijing Dentons Law Offices, LLP, working on bankruptcy and anti-trust cases. Joining with the Judicial Case Academy of the Supreme People’s Court, he co-authored research on Uber and legal implications of its business model in China. Wang is interested in using the domestic and international law to benefit ordinary citizens during the current period of Chinese social transition.
Gastón Vilela (Argentina)
Gastón Vilela was awarded his law degree from the Catholic University of Argentina in 2010. As a student, he was a teaching assistant to Professor Santiago Legarre, a frequent visiting professor at Notre Dame Law School. While in law school, he also studied for a semester at Boston College and served as an intern for the Government of Buenos Aires City and for the Telefonica Group`s legal department. Vilela currently is a teaching assistant in the Department of Economic and Business Law at the University of Buenos Aires and works as a law clerk to a Judge of the Federal Court of Appeals for the Buenos Aires Circuit.
Eliane Suter (Switzerland)
Eliane Suter is from Vordemwald, Switzerland. She graduated with Bachelor of Law from the University of Lucerne. While in school, she worked as an academic assistant to the Chair for Legal Sociology, Legal Theory and Private Law. An active member of the University of Lucerne’s primius program, a program dedicated to highly motivated and talented students, her legal interests lie in corporate and international criminal law. Outside her academic work, she was a volunteer caregiver for an autistic child. Her goal is to become more familiar with the common law system and the American culture. Her interests range widely from painting to travelling to hiking, snow-boarding, and scuba diving.
Sandro Stich (Switzerland)
Sandro Stich graduated from University of Lucerne in 2016 and entered its LL.M. program the same year. In law school, he participated in the Lucerne Moot Court in private law in 2015, receiving awards for the best written pleading and the best oral defense. He served as academic assistant to the chair for Private and International Private Law and worked as a paralegal at Pfister-Ineichen, a Lucerne law firm focused on private and inheritance law. Stich also participated in the University of Lucerne’s primius program for highly motivated and talented students. His is interested in private and corporate law with a special focus on international business and transportation law. Outside of his studies, he enjoys various outdoor and indoor activities, especially hiking, scuba diving, and boxing.
Sadaf Saddique (Pakistan)
Sadaf Saddique earned his LL.B. degree in 2003 from Quaid-e-Azam Law College, an affiliate of The University of the Punjab, Pakistan. After graduation, he established a successful law practice focusing on family law and human rights advocacy. In addition, Saddique founded a non-profit organization, "The Justice Foundation,” to empower all clients to seek justice, regardless of religion or social status. In addition to his practice in human rights issues, Saddique is interested in constitutional and international law.
Xiangdong (David) Qu (China）
Xiangdong (David) Qu is from Beijing, China. He earned his Bachelor of Law degree in 2007 from Northwest University of Political Science and Law and a master’s degree of Law in 2010 from Southwest University of Political Science and Law. Following graduation, he worked as assistant judge for three years before his appointment as a Judge in Beijing’s Fengtai District Court. He served as Research Associate in The Supreme People’s Court of China from 2015 to 2016. During this time, Qu participated in several judicial reform projects. He is also a Ph.D. candidate for Law and Economics in China Capital University of Economics and Business. He is director of the Science and Technology Law Association of Beijing Law Society and member of Entertainment Law Association of Beijing Law Society. Qu’s legal interests are in civil procedure, contracts, law and economics.
Peiqian (Vivian) Qian (China)
Peiqian (Vivian) Qian is from Shanghai, China. She received a Bachelor of Law degree in 2011 from East China University of Political Science and Law, where she participated as an exchange student at City University of Hong Kong. After earning the Chinese lawyer’s certificate, Qian worked for a Chinese law firm as a litigator in civil and commercial areas. In 2013, Qian joined Cargill (the largest privately owned company in United States) as an in-house attorney, where she contributed to a wide variety of company projects, including mergers and acquisitions, trademarks, litigation, customer credit, labor, and other related matters.
Marcelo Pontes Vianna (Brazil)
Marcelo Pontes Vianna earned his Bachelors in political science in 2005 from Universidade de Brasília and his law degree in 2013, from Faculdade Processus, both in Brasília, Brazil. In 2014, he participated in the “Theory and Operation of a Modern National Economy” Certificate Program at George Washington University, where he was chosen the Francisco Coelho Minerva Scholar in recognition for his outstanding performance. Since 2006, Pontes has served a Federal Auditor of the Ministry of Transparency of Brazil where he was appointed to successive high rank positions within the Ministry. Most recently, Pontes was appointed Deputy Head of the National Disciplinary Board and was directly involved with the implementation of the Brazilian Clean Companies Act. His interests range from ethics, administrative law, public policy, corporate compliance and anti-corruption. He is the 2017-18 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.
Fatima Nasir Raja (Pakistan)
Fatima Nasir Raja completed her LL.B. from the University of London’s external program in 2014. Her initial legal experience included litigating in the lower courts of Islamabad, where she specialized in matters relating to telecommunications and family law. She then worked in the development sector, focusing on rights relating to children and women, while working at Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC), a highly regarded non-profit organization in Pakistan. Her published works include an extensive contribution in the report “State of Pakistan’s Children 2015,” published by SPARC. Subsequently, Nasir was selected to manage an LL.B. program at The Millennium University College University in Rawalpindi. At TMUC, she taught courses in Constitutional law and the English Legal System. Raja has an avid interest in constitutional law, philosophy of law, and government procurement.