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Moscow meets the Mississippi in international law student exchange

Loyola press release - July 12, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law has thrown out the welcome mat for a group of Russian students who arrived in town on July 4.

For the second year in a row, a group of law students from Moscow State University are visiting Loyola to learn about law in the states and partake in some ‘N’awlins’ culture. These trips stem from an “agreement of cooperation,” signed in April 2010 with the assistance of College of Law Professor James Klebba, director of the Summer Legal Studies Program in Moscow.

In addition to attending lectures and presentations by Loyola law professors, local judges, and even U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, the students will tour Orleans Parish Prison, visit civil district court and have the opportunity to meet new College of Law Dean María Pabón López, J.D. Other activities include an evening at Rock N’ Bowl, a plantation tour and a dinner with Loyola University New Orleans President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., and Provost Edward Kvet, D.M.E.

The students, who will stay in Buddig Residential Hall, will again be accompanied by MSU associate professor Gayane Davidyan, who traveled here last summer. Davidyan’s daughter Ashken Kazaryan will make the trip again this year, but with a different purpose. Kazaryan will be interning this summer with New Orleans law firm Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles.

“I know a lot of the students who are coming this year, and we’ve had conversations about classes and must-see places in New Orleans. After my visit in 2010, I wrote a big article about our trip for MSU’s law journal, so everybody knows what to expect from this amazing trip,” says Kazaryan. Still, there are bound to be some surprises for the new arrivals.

“Everybody in our group last summer was impressed to see a highly developed order in the city’s legal system as well as a very clean jail with computers and different programs for inmates to use. In Russia, it’s much worse than the states. Even though I’ve given them some idea of what to expect, I think the students this year will be very stunned by what they see.”

For more information on the visit, contact Klebba at 504-861-5669 or klebba@loyno.edu.