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International Law Section


Upcoming Webinars

Expanded I-601A Regulations

Wednesday, October 19, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit and 1 hour legal specialization credit in Immigration and Nationality Law. You must register in advance to participate.

The Obama Administration has announced changes to the Provisional Waiver of Inadmissibility for unlawful presence. Effective August 29, 2016, these changes expand the eligible pool of applicants in significant ways, including making the waiver available to parents and spouses of Legal Permanent Residents and eliminating eligibility restrictions, such as final orders of removal. Most significantly, the Provisional Waiver is now available regardless of immigrant visa classification. Employers will now have a

meaningful opportunity to petition for undocumented workers. Our presentation will explain how these affect options available to undocumented immigrants and their employers.

  •  Comparison to 2013 Version
    • Expansion of Eligibility
    • Elimination of Restrictions - Visa Classification, DOS Action Date, Final Order of Removal
  • Options for use by Employers
  • Overview of Process, Timing and Visa Availability Issues


  • Eric Husby
  • Daniel Shanfield

Plus "On Demand" Courses

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

Sixth Annual Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year: Constance de la Vega

Professor Constance de la VegaThe International Law Section of The State Bar of California has selected the recipient of this year’s Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award.  Professor Constance de la Vega of the University of San Francisco School of Law will receive this year’s Award.  

In addition to her position as the Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, Professor de la Vega is the Academic Director of the International Programs and the Director of the Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Law Clinic at the University of San Francisco School of Law. 

The Award will be presented to Professor de la Vega at a reception presented by The State Bar of California International Law Section on October 1, 2016, as part of The State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting in San Diego. 

The State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting

My Annual MeetingThe State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting
September 29 - October 2, 2016
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

San Diego, California

Early Bird Pre-Regsitration and Hotel Registration Deadline: August 30, 2016 
Pre-Registration Deadline: September 8, 2016

The State Bar of California returns to beautiful San Diego for the 2016 Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is a multi-day showcase of continuing legal education courses, celebrity speakers, and noted legal scholars. Each day gives you several choices of courses and special events.

The Annual Meeting registration fee is structured to make it affordable to attend. You can select either a Full Meeting Pass or a 2-Day Pass. Special fees are available for Young Lawyers and New Admittees.

Register by August 30, 2016 to take advantage of preferred pricing. Your registration includes:

  • 111 MCLE courses 
  • Up to 19 Hours of MCLE and Legal Specialization credit 
  • Dynamic Opening Day and Closing Day General Sessions 
  • Free Networking Lunch, Morning Coffee Breaks and Evening Happy Hours in the Exhibit Hall 
  • Social events hosted by the State Bar and its various Sections, local bar associations and law school alumni groups

The Section will be presenting:

Program 4

Recent Trends and Developments in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Enforcement

Program 15

Overview of Immigration Visa Options for Investors, Innovators & Entrepreneurs

Program 27

Recent Developments in Global Trade Compliance: What Every Lawyer in Today’s Global Economy Should Know

Program 96

Protecting Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights Outside the United States

You can REGISTER ONLINE until September 8. For full information, see The State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting.

Transnational Law Summit: International Law in the 21st Century

image of John Chiang, California State Treasurer, and Grammy nominated pianist David Benoit.Save the Date! Friday, November 4, 2016

Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza
251 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, Ca 90012

The International Law Section will present an all-day CLE conference covering current and cutting-edge global topics with speakers from the public/government sector and the private/business sector, including government officials, global company in-house counsel, and international lawyers. The Summit speakers and attendees will include lawyers from various foreign countries based upon the Friendship Agreements between the International Law Section and the foreign bar associations. There will be great networking opportunities throughout the day. The Summit will also feature a keynote address by the Honorable John Chiang, California State Treasurer, and a special jazz performance by Grammy-nominated pianist David Benoit.

Save the date and join us for this exciting and informative event. Visit the International Law Section website for details as we get closer to the date!

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.

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.