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- Note from the Editor of the February 2014 International Law Newsletter
- New International Law Section Member Benefit for 2014! 6 Hours of Free MCLE in 2014
- Connect with Us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter
- Spotlight on Members
- Upcoming Events
- Request for Nominations for Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Annual Award - Due March 23!
- Webinar: The EU Approach to Copyright Protection, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (Pacific)
- Webinar: Fundamentals of Representing an Alien in Removal Proceedings, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Pacific)
- Webinar: Global Ethics and Compliance, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. (Pacific)
- Careers in International Law Programs
- Save the Date: Networking Mixer with the Shanghai Bar Association Delegation -- Los Angeles, May 1, 2014
- Co-sponsored Events
- Recent Events
- Get Involved with the International Law Section
- California International Law Journal
- Meet Your Executive Committee
- Online CLE for Participatory Credit
Note from the Editor of the February International Law Section Newsletter
Greetings from the International Law Section! With the excitement of the Olympic Games now behind us, please let us know if any of you happened to have travelled to Sochi and would like to share your impressions and photographs in a Note from Abroad. The Executive Committee also has some success stories to share for the short and sweet month of February. In conjunction with the ABA Section of International Law, we sent a delegation to conduct our popular Careers in International Law Programs at UC Berkeley and UC Davis for seasoned international lawyers to share their diverse sets of experiences with scores of students interested in a career path in International law. From the reports we have received, the occasions have been a big hit. If you were not able to make any of these events, please take a peek at the Law Career Days scheduled in the near future at a law school near you.
Of course, we also have many events scheduled in the coming months, so please scroll down on our newsletter for upcoming webinars, networking mixers and jointly sponsored events with other organizations. Please remember that if you happen to be in New York for the ABA Section of International Law, Spring Meeting, stop by for the California State Bar ILS Breakfast Meet & Greet and enjoy a complimentary breakfast.
As always, we welcome you to get involved with our section, either by joining us for one of our programs and events, or to help us shape future programs and webinars. We look forward to hearing from you!
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.
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
Detection and Prevention of Substance Abuse and Emotional Distress
- Coping with the Unique Challenges of Legal Practice
- 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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The International Law Section is now on LinkedIn. Please join the International Law Section LinkedIn Group at http://www.calbar.org/ils/linkedin. Connect with us today and also share our new LinkedIn Group with your LinkedIn connections.
In addition to LinkedIn, the International Law Section also has its own presence on both Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CalbarILS and Twitter at https://twitter.com/CalbarILS. For the latest cutting-edge information and news from the International Law Section, connect with us on social media!
Spotlight on Members
Introduce Yourself to the Membership
Members are encouraged to introduce themselves and their areas of practice and/or service. Introductions will be included as received, subject to editing at the discretion of the Newsletter Editor and/or the State Bar. Send introductions in an e-mail to Editor Diana Mack with "Spotlight" in the "Subject" line. Feel free to include a photo of yourself!
Movers and Shakers -- International Law Section Executive Committee
The International Law Section Executive Committee is working hard to bring its members a wide array of legal updates and services, ranging from top-notch educational programs to valuable networking opportunities on a global scale. As in previous editions, we are pleased to introduce several of your fellow International Law Section Members and Advisors who serve on our many committees. We cordially invite you to connect with them and share your ideas and suggestions.
Mark Danis, Member of the Executive Committee
Mark Danis is a litigation partner at Morrison & Foerster. He is a trial lawyer with 20 years of experience handling patent, trade secret, and other complex litigation matters. He represents clients in a variety of industries, including software, hardware, consumer electronics, medical devices, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
Mr. Danis was resident in the firm's Tokyo office from 2006 to 2010. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Danis served as a managing partner for operations of the firm. Prior to that, he was a founder of the firm's San Diego office, where he served as managing partner from 1999 to 2003.
Mr. Danis clerked for Judge Lawrence W. Pierce of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he served as the senior articles editor of the Hastings Law Journal. Mr. Danis received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Between college and law school, Mr. Danis wrote financial software for Automatic Data Processing.
Mary Hansel, Chair of the Public International Law Committee
Mary Hansel, a member of the Executive Committee, serves as Managing Editor of the California International Law Journal and Founding Chair of the Public International Law Committee. Mary is an associate with Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg, P.C. in Los Angeles, where she practices complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts. She holds a Master of Laws in Public International Law from the London School of Economics. She has worked in the non-profit sector on international human rights issues and published widely in this area.
Alexandra Darraby, Member of the Executive Committee
Alexandra Darraby is a founder and principal of The Art Law Firm, counsel to creative sectors in the arts, new media, performance, entertainment, publishing, nonprofits, technology and architecture. Ms. Darraby's clients and projects span five continents and include institutions, museums, individuals and foundations representing many cultures from the Mid-East, Asia, the European Union, Singapore, Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Ms. Darraby functions as outside general counsel to non-profit organizations, including universities, foundations, and arts organizations, and as a consultant to governmental agencies on general and diverse matters, including portfolio and collections management, moral rights, rights of privacy and publicity, corporate and nonprofit law, international transactions, trade deals and purchase and sale, antiquities and war-era materials, authenticity, risk management, ethics and first amendment. She has served pro bono as counsel to national arts organizations, African American collections and museums.
The U.S. Department of State appointed Ms. Darraby a Specialist for Russia. She Co-Chairs the Intellectual Property Legal Frameworks in the Innovation Working Group for the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission. In addition to a Master's Degree in East Asia, Ms. Darraby has handled museum and exhibition matters in China, is a Delegate to China-U.S. SIPO Bar Counsel, and the co-Leader on Joint Task Force on Comments to China's Copyright Law Revision. The Uniform Law Commission appointed her an advisor to a Drafting Committee.
Ms. Darraby is the founder and Division Chair of the Forum on Entertainment & Sports Industries. She is credited with rekindling the relationship between the International Law Section of the California State Bar and the International Section of the ABA as Liaison, and continues to cultivate organizational outreach as a member of the Executive Committee.
Ms. Darraby's comprehensive legal treatise Art, Artifact, Architecture & Museum Law, Volumes 1 & 2 (17th ed. 2014) published by Thomson Reuters West, is acknowledged in developing the field of art law. Her new book, A Guide to Digital Art and New Media, is scheduled for publication.
Request for Nominations for Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Annual Award
The International Law Section annually recognizes and honors a California Lawyer for distinguished service in the promotion of the rule of law internationally or for significant achievement in the practice of international law. The winner of the first such award was given to the late Warren M. Christopher and subsequently the award was named in his honor.
Nominations for the award to be presented in 2014 (our 4th Award) are now being accepted. All members of the International Law Section are invited to submit nominations for the 2014 award. Nominees must be members of the State Bar of California. There is no requirement that a nominee be a member of the International Law Section. Please keep all nominations confidential.
Please send nominations, accompanied by any material supporting the nomination, to the International Law Section International Lawyer of Year Award, c/o Jeffery J. Daar, at email@example.com or at Daar & Newman, 21700 Oxnard Street, Suite 350, Woodland Hills, CA 91367. Nominations must be received by Jeff Daar or Daar & Newman by March 31, 2014. International Law Webinars:
The EU Approach to Copyright Protection
Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (Pacific)
This program offers1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.
An expert in European Copyright Law will provide a concise and extensive overview of how European Copyright laws are enacted, their implementing rules, and how national copyright laws can vary in their application and practical effect. In addition, recent key cases in the European Court of Justice will be reviewed. This program will provide both practical advice and a concrete introduction to current issues and trends in European copyright law protection.
Moderator: Anne Hiaring Hocking, Hiaring + Smith, LLP
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Axel Nordemann, Co-Editor and Author, Fromm/Nordemann: "Copyright Law "(2013); author on national and international copyright law for Loewenehim "Handbook of Copyright Law ( 2009) . Dr. Nordemann is Co-Chair of the Academic Committee of the International Trademark Association, a former member of the Board of Trustees Copyright Society of the USA, and a member of the Association LItteraire et Artistique Internationale. He is an honorary professor for copyright law at the University of Constance.
Fundamentals of Representing an Alien in Removal Proceedings
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Pacific)
This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.
A presentation covering the basic steps and procedures in representing a detained and non-detained Alien being removed from the US, starting with requesting bond, pleading to the charges, challenging the governments allegations, and applying for relief from removal.
Louis Piscopo is an officer and principal at NICASTRO PISCOPO, A Professional Law Corporation in Costa Mesa, CA where he has practiced Immigration and Nationality Law for almost 20 years. He is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law. Mr. Piscopo and his firm handle a wide variety of immigration matters, including family-based and employment-based petitions, adjustment of status, naturalization, citizenship and waiver applications, and consular processing.
Jordan Pollock, Equal Justice Works Fellow/ Staff Attorney at Public Counsel in Los Angeles
Global Ethics and Compliance
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. (Pacific)
This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit in Legal Ethics. You must register in advance in order to participate.
Large or small, U.S. companies doing business outside the U.S. are subject to regulation of their conduct under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as an increasing number of country specific global anti-bribery and anti-corruption legislation, which result in a myriad of rules and best practices for corporate gift-giving and similar acts that clients may not be sensitive to. All in-house and general outside corporate counsel need to understand the basic rules, how to ensure corporate policies reflect those regulations, conduct investigations when violations occur, and provide strategic training for employees with a view toward education and protection of clients in their business activities outside the U.S.
Moderator: Anne Hiaring Hocking, Hiaring + Smith, LLP
Speaker: Andria Bouskos is Corporate Counsel at Symantec, where she runs the global investigations program for Symantec's Office of Ethics and Compliance. Her role includes compliance investigations of alleged violations of laws such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, other anti-bribery and anti-corruptions laws. Andria is expert in corporate Codes of Conduct and Anti-Corruption Policies. Before taking on this corporate compliance role, she practiced white collar criminal defense in a law firm setting, and she has antitrust experience at the Federal Trade Commission as well as working on international competition law in Brussels.
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.
We are very glad that the law schools' interest in holding the Careers in International Law programs continues to grow.
This Spring, starting February 2014, we are presenting the Careers in International Law programs at eight law schools in California.
We held the programs at the following law schools this month: the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and the University of California Davis School of Law, and the programs were very well received.
In March and April, 2014, we will be holding the programs at the following law schools:
- Trinity Law School on March 20, 2014;
- USC Gould School of Law on March 24, 2014;
- University of San Francisco School of Law on March 27, 2014;
- Golden Gate University School of Law on April 3, 2014;
- McGeorge School of Law on April 14, 2014; and
- Southwestern Law School on April 23, 2014.
If you are interested in serving as a panel speaker at any of these programs, please contact Harumi Hata. We would like to hold the Careers in International Law programs at various law schools in the Fall 2014. If you know of any law school in California which may be interested in holding the program next Fall, 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.
We thank many of you for your interest and participation in the Careers in International Law programs, and we look forward to your continued interest, support and participation.
Save the Date: Networking Mixer with the Shanghai Bar Association Delegation -- Los Angeles, May 1, 2014
Please join The State Bar of California International Law Section for a social networking mixer with the Shanghai Bar Association Delegation. The reception will start at 5:30 p.m. on May 1st, 2014.
Sheppard Mullin, Los Angeles
333 South Hope Street, Forty-Third Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071.
For those who are interested in attending the event, advance registration is required for building security purposes. Please RSVP to Qiang Bjornbak.
Upcoming Co-Sponsored Events
International Law Section and Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association Joint Program in Tokyo: Attorney-Client Privilege and In-House Lawyers' Roles and Related Matters
Monday, March 3, 2014, 1 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.
Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association Lecture Hall (Bengoshi Kaikan 12F)
1-1-3, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
Since entering into a friendship agreement on April 30, 2007, members of the Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association and the International Law Section for the State Bar of California have visited each other and planned several joint events. In May 2010, the Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association held the first joint seminar discussing "Japan-U.S. Cross Border International Dispute" and "Comparison between Litigation and Arbitration Procedure" with the visiting group of six (6) members from the State Bar of California. In November 2011, eleven (11) members from Japan visited Los Angeles to attend a seminar discussing "Intellectual Property Issues Facing Japanese Companies and Cross Border Business."
We are pleased to inform you that we are going to hold the third joint seminar discussing "Attorney-Client Privilege and In-House Lawyers' Roles and Related Matters."
This seminar is a part of continuous opinion exchanges and joint projects between the ILS and the Tokyo Daiichi Bar Association. We hope many members will join the seminar. For a registration form, contact Michael Mullen, Sections Internet Coordinator.
International Law Section and Osaka Bar Association Joint Program in Osaka: Current Trends of U.S. M&A and Cases Utilized M&A as Asian Market Entry Methods
Based on the friendship agreement between the International Law Section for the State Bar of California and the Osaka Bar Association, signed in October 2012, the two bar groups are holding an upcoming joint seminar regarding mergers and acquisitions, and related legal issues affecting lawyers in California and Japan. The program will be held:
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Osaka International Convention Center 12F Conference Hall
(5-3-51, Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, TEL 06-4803-5555)
The speakers have experiences in, among others, the following countries: ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore), India, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Arab countries (Saudi Arabia, UAE), Israel, Eastern Europe (Ukraine, Russia, Czech Republic, Romania), Europe (France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, U.K., Spain, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Greece), Africa (Egypt, South Africa), Canada, Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, Panama, El Salvador) etc.
Based on the practice experience in the above countries, attorneys will run panel discussions in this seminar regarding the following issues:
- Material issues in cross border M&A and current trends of U.S. M&A
- Cases utilized M&A as emerging market entry methods
- Commentary and discussion on M&A practice in Asian countries etc.
For a registration form, contact Michael Mullen, Sections Internet Coordinator. We hope a lot of members will join the seminar.
ABA Section of International Law, Spring Meeting, New York City -- April 1-5, 2014
The American Bar Association Section of International Law's 2014 Spring Meeting will take place on April 1-5 and will include more than 60 continuing legal education programs and a number of social events and networking opportunities.
California State Bar International Law Section members can register at a discounted rate. To receive the discounted rate, check off the "Member of Cooperating Organization" and list the California Bar Association, Section of International Law. Registration form is available here.
California State Bar ILS Breakfast Meet & Greet during the ABA ILS Spring Meeting: A complimentary breakfast will be served on April 3, 2014 from 7:30-9:30am in the Vanderbilt Room. ABA and California Bar ILS section members are cordially invited to stop in at any time between 7:30am-9:30am to network with others attending the spring meeting.
Please visit ambar.org/ilspring2014 for information on programming, registration, and hotel accommodations.
Annual Chinese New Year Dinner in Pasadena
The Section's Annual Chinese New Year Dinner in Pasadena was a great success. We had more than 70 guests, and from all accounts, everyone had a wonderful time celebrating and networking throughout the evening.
See larger versions of the photos on our Facebook page.
Careers in International Law Program at U.C. Berkeley
The Careers in International Law Program at U.C. Berkeley this past month was a great success. We had over 90 students (JD and LLMs) in attendance! They asked great questions and the panel stayed for an additional 30-45 minutes after the program talking with the students. Both the University personnel and students really enjoyed the diversity and candor of the panelists. Due to the success of the program, the University has expressed an interest in conducting similar programs in the future. The ILS section materials for both the ABA and the California Bar were also a big hit!
Photographic Impressions of the Careers in International Law Program at U.C. Davis
See larger versions of the photos on our Facebook page.
L to R -- Director of the California International Law Center Professor Anupam Chander, Matthew Goldberg, Tomme Young, Karla Haynes, Ann Kanter
L to R -- Tori Patel '14, Prof. Chander, Matthew Goldberg, Tomme Young, Karla Haynes, Eric Zaarour '16, Megha Bhatt '15, Ann Kanter, Niki Farrahi '14
L to R -- Tomme Young, Ann Kanter, Matthew Goldberg, Karla Haynes
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.
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 annual Student Writing Competition, our Careers in International Law programs, and our International Law Society Advisory Committee. 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 both Program Committee Chair William T. Gay and Program Committee Vice Chair Qiang Bjornbak. The content and the time of the program need to be approved by both William T. Gay and Qiang Bjornbak. 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 http://international.calbar.ca.gov/ and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CALBARILS.
The California International Law Journal
The California International Law Journal is currently soliciting articles for its upcoming issues. 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. Topics may include anything that pertains to public or private international law, including transnational commercial disputes, procedural rules for international litigation, international criminal cases, immigration matters and international human rights issues.
If you are interested in submitting an article, please send us your proposed topic or manuscript as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can approve and, if selected for publication, assign an editor to work with you on finalizing your article.
New! Advertisement Spaces Available
The California International Law Journal publishes three times a year and has a circulation of about 1,500 copies. The Winter 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!
International Law Section past programs are available over the internet for participatory MCLE credit. For more information, see online CLE and select International Law. Be sure to check out CLEtoGo if you're interested in downloadable podcasts.
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