August 31, 2012
Three McGeorge students served externships in Central American countries at the conclusion of the law school's 4th Annual Summer Inter-America Program, which was held May 26 to June 16 in Antigua, Guatemala.
Maria Cristina Andrade, '13, and Chet Goldman, '13, worked for Costa Rica's highest court, the Supreme Court of Justice, in the nation's capital of San Jose. They handled research and writing assignments for one of the court's four branches, Sala Constitucional, from June 17 through Aug. 7.
"We worked together on appellate cases for seven weeks and were treated as professionals by the court staff," said Andrade, who was born in Ecuador. "We were involved in several cases, the highlight of which may have been preparing a 15-page brief on which the court relied heavily."
"It was a fantastic experience," Goldman said. "I got to put all those years of Spanish I took in college to good use. It was a very productive summer doing actual important legal work."
Meanwhile, Evening Division student Neha Mac, '13, stayed on in Guatemala to serve an externship with that country's office of CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement) Secretariat for Environmental Matters that deals with the nexus of environmental protection, foreign trade and investment.
Forty American and Guatemalan law students took courses in the Inter-American Program itself, which was co-sponsored by Seattle University School of Law and University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The six-member program faculty included Professor Fred Galves, who taught Comparative Litigation in the Americas (in English), and Professor Raquel Aldana, director of the entire summer session, who co-taught Legal Spanish for Lawyers (in Spanish and English) with Luis Mogollón.