The field of Law uses, many times combined, formal and informal methods of training and assessment. Also, adjusts techniques of teaching and working based on the realities of life and society, and switches as needed between incremental goals and approaches with studying the big picture and judging things from the largest of perspectives. It is a field in which you need to be flexible, completely dedicated, open, quick, compassionate, firm, idealistic but completely grounded in reality, strong, personable, a good communicator and a good leader, and always a student as well as a teacher.
Law is a very interactive, Socratic field, in which “question and answer” is the way to learn, and immediate feedback is usual and necessary. The feedback needs to be clear and concise, fair, and nuanced. Critical thinking is needed and highly praised, as it is required for weighing and distinguishing between situations and contexts with very slight differences or with barely perceived, but deeply important, likenesses. Interpersonal skills are vital, and a very good handle on psychology is critical.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
• American and EU Law, International Cooperation Procedures
• Higher Education Pedagogy, Teaching and Learning Techniques
• Research Methods in Comparative Law, Globalization of Law
• Transitional Justice Strategies, Mediation and Conflict Management
2016-2018 LLM Master of Laws, Washington University in St. Louis, School
2017-2018 Certificate in Higher Education Pedagogy, Harvard University
1991 – 1996 B.A. Law (Licentiate in Law) University of Bucharest, Law School
1990 – 1991 Jora Foundation School of Journalism, Bucharest, Romania
2014 - present Director of Growth Care at Cherokee Christian Schools,
2009 – 2014 Office Coordinator at Cherokee Christian Schools, Woodstock, GA
2002 – 2009 Volunteer Immigration Translator and Interpreter, Atlanta, GA
1999 – 2001 Foreign Legal Consultant at Forestar Group, Inc., Roswell, GA
1997 – 1999 Trial Attorney with Cristian Tornea Law Firm, Bucharest, Romania
HONORS, AWARDS, AND FELLOWSHIPS
Standout Student Grant, 2016, Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law
Excellence Award, 2015, UNIFERO Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, for Outstanding Contribution in Promoting Romanian Cultural and Educational Values in the United States of America
VDT Magazine Fellowship, 1994 - 1995, Bucharest, Romania
Adevarul Newspaper Fellowship, 1992 -1993, Bucharest, Romania
STUDENT SUPERVISION AND MENTORING
Cherokee Christian Schools-based mentoring, grades K-12 – designed to build self-confidence and establish strong goals, improve social skills and communication, deal with emotional issues and overcome behavioral problems that are affecting student’s learning and the way they are relating to peers and teachers.
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Romanian Lawyer’s Union (Uniunea Avocatilor din Romania)
Bucharest Bar Association (Baroul Bucuresti)
Translators Without Borders
MANUSCRIPT OR WORK IN PROGRESS
“Smiling Through Tears”, a novel about friendship, survival, personal struggles while living under extreme pressure and societal scrutiny during the Communist regime in Romania
Pro bono legal support and services for The Archway Foundation, an American charitable organization based in Connecticut helping homeless, AIDS affected and at risk children in post-communist Romania, 1998 – 2000
Pro bono translator and interpreter services, immigration forms preparation guidance for the Romanian community in metro Atlanta area, starting in 2002
FOREIGN LANGUAGES COMPUTER SKILLS
English – Excellent MS Office – Word, Excel, Outlook, Access
French – Beginner Google Drive –Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms
Romanian – Native Spreadsheets – Open Office, Pivot Tables,
Comparative Analyses, Link to Database
France, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Bulgaria
Literature, History, Legal Research, International Relations, Interpersonal Intelligence, Classical Music, Writing
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