St. Thomas LL.M. grad's next stop is Rome

Have LL.M., will travel. And do ground-breaking work.

Take Mauricio Duarte, who got his LL.M. last year from University of St. Thomas School of Law — Minneapolis. As part of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), Duarte will spend the next six months in Rome helping create an international convention for the enforcement of judgments. That could stand as a standardized law nations around the globe can use, the school reported.

“This convention will try to unify different procedures and principles from all over the world to create one convention that can create efficiency for the enforcement of judgments,” Duarte told the school's news service. “The short-term intention is to create a good product that states can incorporate. The long-term impact hopefully will be that this convention promotes efficiency, cuts costs and avoids undue burdens to enforce judgments that come from a different country in which enforcement is being sought.”

About 25 lawyers from around the world take part in the St. Thomas LL.M. program yearly. Duarte earned his law degree in his native Guatemala.

“The biggest lesson that I’ll be taking [from St. Thomas] is that cultural intelligence is a necessary tool in a globalized world,” Duarte said.  “As a lawyer interested in international arbitration, I’ve had the opportunity to work with foreign attorneys from all over the world and, most importantly, with U.S.-trained lawyers.”