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Over 200 Turkish-American Lawyers Practice in the U.S.

By Cemil Ozyurt - According to TurkofAmerica’s research on Turkish-American lawyers in the U.S., the most experienced lawyer is Elizer Kapuya, who has practiced since 1975 in Los Angeles. Kapuya graduated from the University of West Los Angeles. After Kapuya, the second-most experienced lawyer is Aydın S. Çağınalp, who has practiced in New York since 1976. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America. Melih Doğan also has practiced since 1979 in New York. İskender Cemaletin has also practiced immigration law for over 26 years and has maintained his main office in the same building, located in downtown New York City.

New York is a home for Turkish-American lawyers. According to our research, 82 lawyers have practiced in New York State, 38 lawyers are located in California, and 25 lawyers have practiced in Washington, DC.

The most popular law schools for the lawyers are Brooklyn Law School, Touro Law School, Seton Hall University School of Law and Suffolk University Law School. The most preferred practice areas are immigration, business law and international law.

In addition to Turkish-American lawyers, there are plenty of American lawyers who target the Turkish-American community and they are very active in it. Considered as friends of Turks, Michael E. McMahon of Herrick, Feinstein, LLP, Andrew P. Johnson, David Saltzman of Saltzman & Evinch P.C., and John Driscoll of Eaton & Van Winkle LLP are well known American lawyers in Turkish-American community.  

The list includes Armenian, Greek, and Jews of Turkish descent as well as lawyers who married Turks, such Vanessa Seçkin in New York, Staci Cazanne Pirnar of Bellinger & Suberg, LLP in Dallas, TX, Rachel Cerqueira Denktaş of Saltzman & Evinch, P.C. in Washington, DC, and Christina Angelena Çorbacı of Joyce & Associates, P.C. in Boston, MA.

There are approximately 20 lawyers who have dual law school degrees from both Turkey and the U.S. Cahit Akbulut is the pioneer of the Turkish lawyers who started to practice in the U.S. after obtaining a law degree in Turkey. Mine Gür of The Law Office of H. Mine Gur, Mehmet Fırat Polat of Polat Law Firm, and Betül Ü. Dışkaya of Pinci & Bianchini Law, have obtained dual law degrees from both Turkey and the U.S.

Some owners of boutique law firms expand their offices to different cities. Seda Aktaş of Aktas Law Firm, and Ayhan Ögmen of Ogmen Law Firm have three different offices in three different cities. Seda Aktaş has offices in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando.   

Some lawyers work at as partners in respected large law firms such as Barbaros Karaahmet of Herrick, Feinstein, LLP, a New York based renowned law firm with 170 lawyers and it has existed since 1928, Berin S. Romagnolo of Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP, founded 1980 in Boston, Demet Başar of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP, founded in 1888, and Gülgün U. Mersereau of Hawkins Delafield & Wood, LLP, based on Portland, OR with more than 100 lawyers in eight cities.

The highest ranked person among Turkish-Americans in the legal professions is Jay Ceyhun Karahan, who is a judge in the Harris County Criminal Court in Houston, TX. He has been re-elected twice since 2003. Elizabeth Munisoğlu is the Commissioner of the Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles and Mehmet K. Konar-Steenberg is the Dean of William Mitchell College of Law School in Saint Paul, MN.

While most lawyers prefer to run their own offices, some of them work for companies as in-house legal advisers for companies such as IBM, Blackberry, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, American Express, Morgan Stanley and Travelers.

Some experienced lawyers are also very active in Turkish-American community. Günay Evinch of Saltzman & Evinch was former President of American Turkish Association Assemble; Sevil Özışık of Tooma & Ozisik LLP was President of Turkish American Chamber of Commerce Industry and Remzi Güvenç Kulen of Kulen Law Firm was President of Turkish American Cultural Center in New Jersey.

The younger generation also has a bright future in their careers, including Ayşe Kuzucuoğlu of Vedder Price, a San Francisco based law firm, Ekin Senlet of Hiscock & Barclay LLP in Albany, NY, and Petek Günay of Gunay Law Firm in New York.
 

Great Initiative by US Aid "U.S Global Development Lab"

Ali Cinar-New York - Young Dynamic Leader-41 yrs old- Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the establishment of the U.S. Global Development Lab yesterday in New York City. Former Secretary Hillary Clinton was a main speaker at the event  along with many high ranking officials and partners.

Bavyera'da T

Prof Dr. Faruk Sen - Bavyera Almanya’da sert bir göçmen politikası uygulayan, buna karşılık ekonomisi her zaman düzgün giden bir eyalettir. Bavyera dış politikada da Almanya’nın diğer eyaletlerinden ayrılır ve kendi ağırlığını büyük bir ölçüde koyar. Bavyera’da büyük sayıda Türk yaşamaktadır ve Türklerin ağırlıklı olduğu yer Münih’tir. Münih’te Türklerin kurumsallaştırmasına baktığımız zaman eskiden Bayern Münih Türk gücü ciddi bir kurumdu, maalesef iç çekişmelerden dolayı dağıldı. Daha sonra Münih’te kurumsallaşmış bir Türk kurumunu söylemekte güçlük çekiyorum. Bazı restoranlar başarılı bir şekilde çalışmalarını sürdürürken, çok fazla da el değiştirdiklerini gözlemliyoruz.

The Only Turkish University Ranked Among the Best 500 Universities in the World

By Ali Cinar - Jia Tong University, in Shanghai in China, is accepted as the most effective evaluation authority in the area of higher education.  It provides a ranking of ‘’ the best 500 universities in the world’.” Istanbul University was the only university from Turkey that entered into the ranking of 2010. Istanbul University has made a big push into the foremost 500 universities in the world in 2010. It has risen from the rank of 410th to 404th.

Cok Dunyali Gencler Nasil Yetisir?

Göknur Akçadağ - Günümüzün en önemli katalizör gruplarından birisi, bilimsel alanda çalışanlardır. Bilim arabulucuları, kendi aralarında ve toplumla kurdukları bağlarla topluma yol haritası çizenlerdir. Çünkü bireysel olarak ilerlemenin içinde yer alsak bile, ilerlemenin yönü, işbirliği ve diyaloglarla oluşacaktır. Bilgi havuzları oluşması ve bilimsel akışkanlık giderek artmaktadır.

The Future of Turkish Universities

By Cemil Ozyurt - The first permanent English settlement in North America was established by the Virginia Company at Jamestown in what is now the state of Virginia in 1607 and only 29 years after the arrival of first colony in America, Harvard College was founded. After Harvard, the College of William & Mary was founded by the Virginia government in 1693.

What An Eight Years!

By Cemil Ozyurt - cemil{at}turkofamerica.com
When we decided to publish the first Turkish American business magazine eight years ago, nobody believed that we would survive ever for three or four issues. Despite the doubters, the issues have followed each other and almost eight years have passed. When I think about what we have done in eight years, I am really proud of our team and their work. 

Potential Interest to Turkish Investors: Distributed Generation Technologies

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Jeanene Mitchell, researcher at the Columbia University Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy (CEMTPP).
By Ali Çınar -
Upon graduating from Georgetown University, Jeanene Mitchell moved to Istanbul as a Fulbright fellow to conduct research on legal issues relating to the sea and navigation in the Straits. She said that she was fortunate to stay for two more years after that as a research assistant on marine law and policy for Professor Nilufer Oral at Istanbul Bilgi University. “I absolutely loved the three years that I lived in Turkey, and consider Istanbul to be my second home,” she said.  

Turkey's Biggest Trump Card in the 21st Century

By Cemil Ozyurt - Countries that have taken steps toward development or that are developing have certain characteristics that differentiate them from other countries.  Japan is a country of islands with limited natural resources, and Korea a peninsula with the same lack of resources, and they have developed their strengths in technology. Italy has its fashion and design, Germany its heavy industry and engineering, Saudi Arabia its oil, Turkmenistan its natural gas, and the USA its production and consumption power.  These countries stand out.
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