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Upcoming Webinars

Immigration Executive Action: Election Year Updates on DACA and DAPA

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Since its announcement on June 15, 2012, Pres. Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program has provided a lifeline to over 800,000 law abiding undocumented youths in school or with high school diplomas, allowing them to legally work in the U.S. and travel abroad without fear of deportation.  On November 20, 2014, Pres. Obama announced an expansion of DACA (DACA II) to cover undocumented non-citizens who had arrived as children regardless of their current age, along with a separate program, Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), to protect U.S. citizen children from losing their law abiding undocumented parents to deportation.  Although DACA remains in force, DACA II and DAPA is currently enjoined and the legality of the program is now before the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Texas.  A decision is expected this term, with oral argument in April 2016.

In the final year of Pres. Obama’s second term, and with a possible 4-4 split decision looming out of the Supreme Court, no one can say for sure which way executive action is heading.  Will a new President extend or expand the program?  Will the Supreme Court leave only DACA standing?  Will a new President cancel all executive action programs and related benefits for all 800,000 undocumented beneficiaries?  What then? 

This Webinar will confront this uncertain practice environment head on, providing the latest updates on Pres. Obama’s executive action programs, along with practice tips to preserve future green card eligibility, avoid deportation, and overcome criminal and security grounds of ineligibility.

Moderator: Merle Kahn

Speaker: Daniel Shanfield

Updates in Australian Trademark Protection & Enforcement

Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

This webinar is an update on Australian trademark protection and enforcement and the pitfalls to watch out for in Australian trademark matters.

Moderating: Anne Hiaring Hocking

Speaker: Alison McGinn, Banki Haddock Flora

The Big Changes in Movieland: Chinawood and Sinking Independents,

Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Learn what a legally binding contract is in a China deal. Re-think “signing” the deal; how the CEO can’t help. How to get the contract chopped and by whom Chinese Constitution and  contractual enforcement clauses. Arbitration Clauses: Hong Kong and Singapore. Avoiding legal traps for the unwary and uninformed.

Moderator: Alexandra Darraby
Speaker: Peter Dekom

A Quick Run Around the Immigration Track – A Survey of Non Immigrant Employment-Based Visas

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

For attorneys interested in learning more about immigration law, this is an ideal opportunity to take a survey through the most common employment based work visas.

Speakers: Greg Berk and John C. Nelson

FCPA Update: New DOJ Guidance, Panama Papers, and More

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act continues to be in the headlines. In early April, the so-called Panama Papers were made public and exposed prominent world leaders to allegations of corruption and abuse of the international financial system. FIFA, already enmeshed in a massive bribery scandal, was also caught up in the allegations. The U.S. government and its international partners have announced their intentions to investigate.

Such investigations are being commenced in the context of an already vigorous enforcement environment. And if anything, investigations are likely to proliferate, particularly in light of the "Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Plan and Guidance" (the "Guidance"), that the U.S. Justice Department issued on April 5.

The Guidance underscores that the U.S. government is committed to prosecuting FCPA violations – including against individual wrongdoers – and working with its international counterparts to do so. Perhaps of most interest, however, is the DOJ’s announcement in the Guidance of a pilot program designed to encourage self-disclosure and cooperation in the context of an FCPA violation.

In this timely program, our panelists will provide insight into these and other developments with a particular focus on how companies should proceed in the current enforcement environment. In particular, our panel will address whether the Guidance really moves the needle on the benefits of self-reporting and, in any event, how this impacts compliance professionals on a day-to-day basis.

Moderator: Cheryl Palmeri
Speakers: Ethna Piazza and Thad McBride

Introduction to Visa Options for Creative and Artistic Professionals

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

This webinar will cover the primary O and P visa classifications for artistic professionals as well as touch on the P-3 and Q visas.  In addition to the basic requirements and eligibility criteria, we will review common obstacles, timelines, and how to work with creatives from various artistic backgrounds and professions.

Speakers: Sharon Brenner and Joshua Surowitz

Plus "On Demand" Courses

Many of the webinars previously presented by the International Law Section are available in our online catalog.

Sponsorship Opportunities from the International Law Section

The International Law Section of The State Bar of California has membership of approximately 1,500 practitioners who practice in the field of international law.  From corporate, to intellectual property, to employment, to immigration, to cross-border litigation, to tax, to many other areas, the Section’s members comprise an audience of international practitioners whom vendors, law firms and other professional service providers cannot easily target at once in any other way.

In an effort to better integrate interested vendors, law firms and other professional service providers with the Section’s members, the Section offers an annual corporate sponsorship for $5,000.  For more information the many benefits of sponsorship, see Sponsorship Opportunities.

Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award

Hon. John V. RoosThe Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award is presented annually by the International Law Section of The State Bar of California to a California Lawyer for outstanding achievement within the field of public or private International Law.

In 2015, the award was presented to the Honorable John V. Roos, the 28th United States Ambassador to Japan from August 2009 to August 2013. The award was presented in October at the State Bar Annual Meeting in Anaheim.

The State Bar of California International Law Section acknowledges, with gratitude, the following Platinum Reception Sponsors: O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; and the following Bronze Reception Sponsors: Golbert & Associates, Honyaku USA Inc, and Japanese American Bar Association (JABA).

Additional Sub-Committee Updates

Law Students

As we have done in the past, the International Law Section is presenting the “Careers in International Law” programs at various law schools throughout California this year.  READ MORE

External Relations

The International Law Section has been working with various bar associations in foreign countries, including exploring opportunities to co-present programs, webinars and other events in California and abroad. READ MORE

American Bar Association Section of International Law

The International Law Section has been working with the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law in exchanging information and supporting each other’s programs and events. READ MORE

Thank You for Being a Section Member - Here's 6 Hours MCLE in Legal Ethics!

We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.

Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.

International Law Section Mission Statement

The International Law Section recently updated its Mission Statement, as follows:

The International Law Section is dedicated to facilitating global and domestic outreach by California lawyers to attorneys, students and others interested in international law and the legal systems of other nations, and contributing to a dialogue between the members of the State Bar of California and the lawyers around the globe to enhance mutual understanding and facilitate client representation.

International Law Section Mission goals include: READ MORE

The California International Law Journal

California International Law Journal mastheadThe California International Law Journal would like to solicit articles for its 2016 editions. While most articles offer practical advice and strategies for practitioners handling transnational matters, we also would like to publish academic articles that may be of interest to our readers. Topics may include anything that pertains to private or public international law, including commercial transactions and developments, arbitration and litigation, immigration, intellectual property, privacy, data protection, criminal, environmental, and human rights. Standard articles range from 15-25 pages, double-spaced. Short articles range from 4-8 pages, double-spaced.  If selected for publication, we will assign an editor to work with you on finalizing your article.

If you are interested in submitting an article, please send your proposed topic or manuscript to Editor-in-Chief Mark W. Danis or Managing Editor Peter M. Friedman at

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.

Contact Us

International Law Section
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639

The International Law Section is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider.