International Law Section 


Note from the Editor of the May International Law Section Newsletter

Welcome to the June edition of the International Law E-Newsletter! With the 2014 FIFA World Cup now in full swing, we hope you too have had a great kick-off to the summer!

Included in your summer travel plans should be a trip to San Diego, which is also the location of choice for the 2014 State Bar Annual Meeting, September 11-14, 2014. The State Bar and its various Sections will showcase innovative courses and host exciting social activities. The International Law Section is represented with six cutting-edge programs and is looking forward to connecting with you at the event. Please save the date and watch out for upcoming E-Newsletter announcements over the summer.

Summer is also a good time to catch up with your CLE credits, and the International Law Section’s vast arsenal of on-line webinars can help make this a breeze. Please do not forget to catch the free waves of 6 Hours of Self-Study CLE in the Specialty Areas -- Complimentary for Members of the International Law Section.

This edition of the E-Newsletter also includes a recap of our successful Looking South program and subsequent Networking Mixer held in San Diego a couple of weeks ago. If you were unable to attend, a recording will be made available soon.

As always, the E-Newsletter also provides you with information on how to become actively engaged with the International Law Section and connect with our Executive Committee members and advisors. The International Law Journal currently solicits articles on public international law for the next edition, our Programs Committee welcomes webinar proposals, and the E-Newsletter cordially invites you to send in your photographic impressions of foreign jurisdictions for a “Note From Abroad.” We thank Immediate Past Chair Jeff Daar and Executive Member Michael Newman for sharing their trip to Edinburgh, Scotland with us!


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6 Hours of Self-Study CLE in the Specialty Areas -- Complimentary for Members of the International Law Section!

As a 2014 benefit of Section membership, we are pleased to offer six hours of MCLE credit, offering credit in all of the MCLE subfields.

The Section thanks you for your membership!If you were purchasing these courses individually in our Online Catalog, they would cost $210 -- so that's your Section membership more than paid for, and then some!

Just watch these programs, and keep a record of having done so in the event you're audited for MCLE compliance.

You can access these programs and the accompanying written materials any time this year in the Members Only Area.

Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession

  • Navigating Diversity

Detection and Prevention of Substance Abuse and Emotional Distress

  • Coping with the Unique Challenges of Legal Practice

Legal Ethics

  • Avoiding the State Bar Disciplinary System
  • Client Trust Accounting Fundamentals
  • Ethical Implications for Lawyers in Cyberspace and Social Media
  • Ethics and Civility: Want an Extension? Forget about It!

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Upcoming Events

Registration is Open: The 2014 State Bar Annual Meeting -- San Diego, September 11-14, 2014The State Bar of California 87th Annual Meeting, September 11-14, 2014, Grand Hyatt San Diego

The State Bar of California 87th Annual Meeting
September 11-14, 2014
San Diego, California

Annual Meeting PreviewYou can now REGISTER ONLINE for the Annual Meeting.
Early-bird Pre-Registration Deadline (Save $100): August 13

The State Bar of California returns to San Diego for the 2014 Annual Meeting. The new meeting logo “My Annual Meeting” simply states that this is your annual meeting: an event for legal professionals that blends business, education, entertainment and the opportunity to meet and engage with law professionals from throughout California.

The four-day meeting will showcase an education agenda consisting of 143 MCLE seminars covering a variety of substantive topics, legal technology, access to justice, UPL, attorney advertising, and other key areas of interest.

The Annual Meeting Preview is now online! Be sure to see Special Events for information about luncheons, social events, the California Women Lawyers Annual DinnerAnnual Exhibit Show62st Annual Bench & Bar Art ExhibitConference of California Bar Associations (CCBA), and Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities. See Hotel and Travel for information about the Annual Meeting hotels, airline and rental car discounts.See the schedules for individual days for a chronological list of all programs, with descriptions: Schedule for ThursdaySchedule for FridaySchedule for SaturdaySchedule for Sunday.

The Section is presenting:

Program 5

Basics of Global Trade Compliance for the Defense/ Aerospace Client

Program 16

Laws Concerning International Music and Games, Digital Licensing and Distribution Contracts

Program 27

Update on International Treaties on Discrimination Against Women and Civil & Political Rights Laws in California

Program 37

Ethics and the Globalization of California Legal Practice

Program 73

Cross-Border Litigation and Arbitration Developments and Strategies

Program 140

Employment and Immigration Compliance Issues for International Corporations in the United States

We look forward to seeing you in San Diego.

Careers in International Law Programs

Over the years, the International Law Section has been presenting the Careers in International Law programs at various law schools throughout California. Each program, geared towards both law students and practitioners, features a panel of seasoned attorneys in the international law arena, and the panelists speak about their career paths to pursuing an international law practice, provide advice about starting or growing an international law practice, and answer questions from the program attendees. In collaborating closely with the law schools which host the programs, the International Law Section continues to expand and deepen the relationships with various law schools and law students in California.

The American Bar Association's Section of International Law has continued to serve as a co-sponsor of the programs, and we are grateful to the ABA Section of International Law for their continued support of the programs.

We are very glad that the law schools' interest in holding the Careers in International Law programs continues to grow.

This year, thus far, we presented the Careers in International Law programs at the following eight law schools in California: University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and University of California Davis School of Law (in February); Trinity Law School, USC Gould School of Law, and University of San Francisco School of Law (in March); and Golden Gate University School of Law, McGeorge School of Law, and Southwestern Law School (in April). The programs were very well received.

We will continue to hold the Careers in International Law programs at various law schools in California. If you know of any law school in California that may be interested in holding the program in the Fall 2014 and in the Spring 2015, please contact Harumi Hata, and please include the contact information for the faculty/administrator at the law school who will serve as the lead contact for us.

Also, if you are interested in serving as a panel speaker in the future, please contact Harumi Hata.

Thank you for your interest and participation in the Careers in International Law programs.

We look forward to your continued interest, support and participation.

Have a nice summer!

Upcoming Co-Sponsored Events

ABA Section of International Law: 2014 Fall Meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina -- October 21-25, 2014

The ABA Section of International Law invites you to attend our 2014 Fall Meeting in the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 21-25, 2014. The 2014 Fall Meeting will bring together over 1,000 leading attorneys, corporate counsel, government officials, academics and NGO lawyers for a conference unlike any other. World-class speakers and international legal experts will lead over 70 continuing legal education sessions on international legal and ethics issues including sessions on Business / Regulation / Compliance; Dispute Resolution / Litigation; Environmental / Energy; Human Rights; Legal Practice / Ethics; M&A / Finance / Tax; and Public International Law / Rule of Law.

2014 Fall Meeting attendees will have limitless opportunities to network with colleagues, decision makers, and potential clients from around the world and will also have ample time to experience the sights and sounds of Buenos Aires at planned social events, receptions, and outings. All registrants will take home a free bottle of Malbec wine and leather iPad holder and will have the opportunity to sign up for a several activities around Buenos Aires, including free tango lessons and a home hospitality night. There will also be planned entertainment for registered guests, spouses, and significant others.

The State Bar of California International Law Section is a Cooperating Entity on this event and members can register for the conference at the discounted ABA Section of International Law Member Rates by using the hardcopy registration form.

Register before September 8th to save on your registration with Early Bird Rates. Registration rates are further discounted for young lawyers (35 years and under), full time government and NGO employees, academics, law students, corporate counsel, solo / small practice and retired attorneys.

Please visit for more information on programming, hotel accommodations and the latest updates on the 2014 Fall Meeting.

Recent Events

"Looking South" -- San Diego, June 6, 2014

Photo of Elizabeth Foster at Looking South ProgramOn June 6, 2014, the International Law Section presented "Looking South: A one day primer on international legal skills for the international practitioner with clients from Mexico or doing business in Mexico." Panelists from the U.S. and Mexico discussed topics of interest relating to Intellectual Property, Trade, the FCPA and Money Laundering, Taxation and Litigation. The event also included the signing of a Friendship Agreement between the State Bar of California and ANADE, the premier Mexican professional organization of business lawyers.

Photo of panelists and students at Looking South Program which took place on June 6 in San DiegoThe Section is grateful to sponsors AMICORPS, ANADE, Ernst & Young LLP, Northwestern Mutual, RBC Wealth Management, and the law firm of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, who hosted the event and reception at their offices in downtown San Diego.

A Note from Abroad: Edinburgh, Scotland

Immediate Past Chair Jeff Daar goes formal on his business in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In May, Jeff Daar and his law firm partner, Michael Newman (an ILS Executive Committee Member), definitely went native in their kilts in the heart of Scotland. Jeff reports that putting on the traditional Scottish garment for the first time was quite an elaborate process that took him more than forty minutes. Why did it take him so long? "It has so many parts. It takes time to figure out how to put everything on or what to do with all the parts: The kilt itself comes with two internal waistbands, the Ghillies (shoes without a tongue but very long laces), the kilt hose (very long socks), the garter flashes that tuck into the socks, the small dagger that goes into the socks, the outside decorative belt, the sporran (the bag or purse), the shirt and tie, vest, jacket and decorative sword that is pinned to the kilt."

In the end, all the labor and attention to detail paid off as you can see in the pictures. Jeff even had tourists wanting to take their picture with him! Also pictured is Kazuhiko Nishihara from Osaka Japan, who spoke two years ago at the State Bar Annual Meeting in Monterey on an international litigation and arbitration panel with Jeff. Both Michael and Jeff clearly had fun while on their business trip.

Jeff Darr in Kilt and traditional Scottish garb Jeff Darr, Kazuhiko Nishihara and Michael newman in kilts. Photo of the Exterior of St. Mary's Cathedral

Spotlight on Members: Rahul Soni

I'd like to introduce myself to the membership, since I've just joined the International Law Section! My name is Rahul Soni, and I practice Corporate Immigration at Loke Walsh Immigration Law, located in the Pacific Palisades, CA. I provide immigration assistance to corporations, individuals, entrepreneurs, universities, research institutions, and families in all aspects of United States Immigration and Nationality Law. I prepare a diverse range of cases, including entertainment, athletics, investor, business, academic, and marriage-based non-immigrant and immigrant visa petitions, in addition to applications for U.S. citizenship.

Submitted by Rahul Soni

Get Involved with the International Law Section

The E-Media Committee is responsible for the Section's website, this E-Newsletter, and our Section's social media presence on Facebook and Twitter. Contact the Chair Diana Mack or Vice-Chair Pamela Fulmer.

The External Relationships Committee is responsible for the Section's relationships with foreign and domestic bar associations and other international law and business groups, including establishing new relationships. Contact the Co-Chair: Enrique Hernandez and Michael Newman.

The International Law Journal Committee is responsible for The California International Law Journal. The Committee Chair is the Editor-in-Chief, who is assisted by Co-Managing Editors and Associate Editors. Section members may seek appointment as Associate Editors. Contact the Chair and Editor-in-Chief: Will Pao.

The Law Student Outreach Committee is responsible for outreach to law students, including administering our Careers in International Law programs. Contact the Chair: Zahirah Mann.

The Programs Committee is responsible for the education programs and networking events for the Section. We welcome our section members to work with our Executive Committee to develop more webinar programs. If you wish to submit a proposal or have a question about any program, please contact Program Committee Chair William T. Gay. The content and the time of the program need to be approved by William T. Gay. All the webinar programs must meet MCLE program requirements. All the programs need to have international content. The content of the program should not be duplicative or conflicting with existing programs (for at least 6 months). The timing of the program should not be conflicting with any time slot of existing programs or black-out dates of state bar annual meeting.

Introducing the Public International Law (PIL) Committee: This new committee will focus on topics in public (vs. private) international law. We will develop Section programs and initiatives related to public international law, including international human rights, within California and worldwide. At this early stage, we are looking for additional members and fresh ideas for PIL projects and activities. The PIL Committee will have monthly telephonic meetings. Contact the Chair: Mary Hansel.

Participation on one of our Committees is also a great way to determine if you would like to seek appointment to the Section's Executive Committee.

For more information about the International Law Section's activities, please see our website at and our Facebook page at

The California International Law Journal

California International Law JournalThe next issue of the California International Law Journal will focus exclusively on issues related to public international law, including international human rights. As always, standard articles range from 15-25 pages, double-spaced. Short articles range from 4-8 pages, double-spaced. While most articles are geared toward practitioners and professionals, we also publish academic articles that may be of interest to our readers.

If you are interested in submitting an article on a public international law topic, please send us your proposed topic or manuscript by September 15, 2014 to If selected for publication, we will assign an editor to work with you on finalizing your article.

New! Advertisement Spaces Available

The California International Law Journal publishes two times a year and has a circulation of about 1,500 copies. The Spring/Summer 2014 issue is coming up, and there are advertisement spaces available for the businesses that would like to reach an audience of California lawyers who practices in various areas of international law.  For a half-page ad, rates are as low as $300 per issue and $720 for three issues.  If you or someone you know are interested in more information, please reach out to Ellie Kim or Julie Martinez.

Meet Your Executive Committee

The International Law Section is managed by its Executive Committee, which is comprised of individuals with a broad range of legal specialties who share a dedication to the expansion of cross-border and international practice. Contact information for our Officers, Members, Advisors, and Advisors Emeritus can be found HERE. For information on becoming a Member of the Executive Committee in the future, click HERE.

Online CLE for Participatory Credit - Available Anytime!

Online CLEInternational Law Section past programs are available over the internet for participatory MCLE credit. For the entire catalog of the International Law Section's programs available for MCLE credit, please see online CLE and select International Law. Be sure to check out CLEtoGo if you're interested in downloadable podcasts.


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