Albanian ambassador to take part in Cooley panel discussion

As a way to increase awareness about international democracy and foreign relations, Albanian Ambassador to the United States Floreta Faber will take part in a panel discussion at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus. The panel discussion is being held with support from the Albanian American Bar Association, Friday, Feb. 2, 12:30–1:30 p.m.

 In November 2017, WMU-Cooley Law School student Laura Ivezaj was selected by the Albanian Embassy in the United States to take part in “An Albanian Day in Washington D.C.,” a program which introduces graduate students to government organizations, institutions and representatives who contribute to and influence relations between Albania and the U.S. Its purpose was to open the doors for future leaders of the Albanian American community to discuss how to further strengthen foreign policy and international diplomatic relations between the countries. Through Ivezaj’s work, Faber offered to visit WMU-Cooley and join a discussion on international relations.

Panelists include:

• Floreta Faber: ambassador, Albanian Embassy in United States of America

• Erika R. Breitfeld: auxiliary dean and associate professor, WMU-Cooley Law School
Faber has served as executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Albania since its opening in 2000. In this capacity, she works closely with representatives of the Albanian and American government, international organizations and the European Union, as well as business organizations in the U.S., Europe and beyond. Faber has been instrumental to the organization’s development of functions like the advocacy capacity of the business community in Albania. Her experience in public and government relations; roundtables and negotiations; managing organizations; advocacy to the highest levels of government, international organizations and diplomatic circles; and bringing American and other international experiences to the Albanian environment has led her to become well-known as an expert in several fields.

Breitfeld joined the WMU-Cooley full time faculty in 2013. Previously, she served as a visiting professor 2011–2012, and before that as an adjunct professor beginning in 2009. Breitfeld now teaches Criminal Law, Advanced Writing, Research and Writing and the Genesee County Prosecutor’s externship class at the Auburn Hills campus. Before coming to WMU-Cooley, Breitfeld was an assistant prosecuting attorney for Macomb County. As a prosecutor, she worked in the district, circuit and family court divisions. She also served as the 37th District Drug Court assistant prosecutor providing alternative sentencing and substance-abuse treatment for non-violent criminals.