Historically, Latin American-based DU LLM graduates have thrived on their return to their home countries. This pattern was conclusively proven yet again at the recent Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation International Institute, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Let me briefly share some highlights from our program's graduates that I spoke with in Buenos Aires:
- Miguel I. Rivero Betancourt (Caracas, Venezuela, 2003 graduate), is a partner with Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque in Caracas.
- Katia Castillo (Lima, Peru, 2008 graduate), is an assistant general counsel for Minera Barrick in Lima.
- Manual Fumagalli (Santiago, Chile, 2002 graduate), is general counsel for Minera Barrick in South America.
- Marina Marti (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2008 graduate), is an associate with Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal in Buenos Aires.
- Leonardo G. Rodriguez (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2008 graduate), is an associate with Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal in Buenos Aires.
- Unfortunately, Daniel Altikes (Santiago, Chile, 2001 graduate), general counsel for Antofagasta Minerals S.A. in Santiago, and I were unable to meet up. However, we are hoping to sometime later this year.
This is a very impressive group indeed! Each is making his or her own important contribution to environmental and natural resources law in South America, and each is already among the continent's (and the western hemisphere's for that matter) "best and brightest" young lawyers.
I hasten to note that there are many other LLM graduates all across South America; these just happen to be the ones I met with in Buenos Aires.
Buen suerte a todos desde Denver a nuestros graduados en sud america! (Y perdon por mi espanol; yo estoy aprendiendo espanol!)