International Law Section 


Note from the Editor

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the International Law Section, we send you warm Fall greetings!  As we do every month, this newsletter gives you updates on the Section’s latest happenings and our many upcoming events and activities. So grab a cup of hot cider and enjoy!

With the daylight hours getting shorter and the evenings cooler, what nicer way to end your day than opening up our section’s vast library of webinars to immerse yourself in the latest legal developments in international law!  Please remember to take advantage of the six hours of complimentary CLE credit that is available to our members.  We also encourage you to connect with our Programs Committee and give us feedback about your online webinar experience, as we always strive to give you the most valuable online education experience.   We would also like to hear from you about webinar suggestions that are of interest, and you can send in your ideas to our Programs Committee Chair, Bill Gay. If you have legal expertise in a special field of international law and are interested in holding a webinar, we would love to have you drop us a note!

We also wanted to remind you that the deadline for submission of an article to The California International Law Journal is November 21, 2014. The focus of the next edition is exclusively on issues related to public international law, including international human rights.

Also in this newsletter, you will find information about co-sponsored and other events that lead you around the globe:

You will additionally find below information about our upcoming Careers in International Law Program at Stanford Law School as well as our next co-sponsored Happy Hour in San Francisco. We hope to see you at one of these upcoming events!

Lastly, I encourage you to send me interesting legal newsflashes or a Note From Abroad from around the world for consideration for an upcoming newsletter.

Thank you for being a loyal member of the section – Enjoy!

Diana Mack's Signature

Note from Our New Chair, Brian Arbetter

Welcome to all new members of our Section. As we begin our new Bar year, the Section has many exciting plans in motion. From networking mixers, to in person and webinar cle programs, to law student career programs, to our journal, to our growing partnerships with foreign bar associations, we have a LOT going on. Please reach out to any Advisor or Executive Committee member with your ideas and requests for what you want to see the Section do. We welcome your ideas and participation. Come out to one or more of our events and join us!

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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Spotlight on John Kamm -- Business and Human Rights Do Mix

Photo of John Kamm taken at "Women in Prison: An International Symposium on the Bangkok Rules" in February this year in Hong Kong.The following interview was conducted by The California International Law Journal Editor-In-Chief Will Pao and E-Media Chair Diana Mack

John Kamm is an American businessman and human rights campaigner active in China since 1972. He is the founder and chairman of The Dui Hua Foundation. Kamm was awarded the Department of Commerce's Best Global Practices Award by President Bill Clinton in 1997 and the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights by President George W. Bush in 2001. In September 2004, Kamm received a MacArthur Fellowship for "designing and implementing an original approach to freeing prisoners of conscience in China." Kamm is the first businessman to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. Since his first intervention on behalf of a Chinese prisoner in May 1990, Kamm has made more than 100 trips to China to engage the government in a dialogue on human rights, focusing on the treatment of prisoners and conditions in prisons.

Q. John, thank you for sitting down with us today. To start off, could you tell us about how you got started in your advocacy and human rights work?

A. Sure. I arrived in Hong Kong in 1972, which was the year of the Nixon visit, and eventually found myself doing business in China as it was opening up. I made four trips to China before Chairman Mao died in 1976. When the events of June 4, 1989, took place in Beijing, I was First Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce, in line to take over the presidency, which I did in 1990. In 1990, by way of background, under the Trade Act of 1974, designated non-market economies had to have their Most Favored Nation Trade Status renewed every year, and China was one of those countries. By sheer coincidence, because China was first granted Most Favored Nation on June 4, 1979, it had to have its status renewed every year, no later than June 3 -- which, of course, was not very fortuitous for China. So that year, 1990, as it was coming up for renewal, members of Congress made it known that they were going to, in effect, withhold granting Most Favored Nation for China, or at least impose very strict conditions on renewal, and to this end legislation was introduced. The first hearing on Most Favored Nation took place in the House of Representatives on May 15 and 16, 1990. I was invited to testify at the first hearing.

Prior to my departure for the hearing, I was invited to a banquet, along with other members of the business community, by the senior Chinese official in Hong Kong, and in the course of that banquet I asked the official to release a young political prisoner. He wasn't too happy about it, he reacted quite angrily, but in any event I went, I testified, and it was a success. The student was released within a few weeks of the intervention. That was more than 24 years ago and that was the beginning of my activism.

Q. Did you always have an interest in China? What led you there in the first place?

A. Certainly I've had an interest in China for a very long time. I was admitted to Princeton University out of high school, and I entered with the class of 1973 in 1969. As it turns out Princeton was, in those days, one of the few universities that offered Chinese language. So at the urging of my dear mother I took up what she called an "exotic language." Her theory was that I could always find a job if I learned an "exotic language." She always liked China, she always felt the two peoples liked each other. Even though the two governments were hardly getting along in those days, she encouraged me to take up Chinese, which I did when I entered Princeton.

Q. Since that fateful day in 1990 when you began your advocacy work, out of all the great work you've done since, what is the one thing that you're proud of most?

A. That is tough... READ MORE

Upcoming Events


Business Immigration Law - Trends and Topics: 2014 Year-end Review and Look Ahead

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

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

This program will review the hottest business immigration trends and topics of 2014. Learn how general immigration trends affect certain business visas including common issues facing entrepreneurs, international transfers and start-ups as well as M&A and corporate compliance issues. With speakers J. Anthony Smith, Alan Tafapolsky and moderator John C. Lemacks, II.

International Law Professionals’ Happy Hour – San Francisco, Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Public International Law Committee of the International Law Section of The State Bar of California, The American Society of International Law, and International Justice Resource Center are joining forces to host this networking night out for those working in, or interested in learning about, the practice of international law.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco

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 pursue 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 Section is a co-sponsor of the programs.

We recently held programs at the University of California, Hastings College of Law and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

Our next Careers in International Law program will be held at Stanford Law School on November 5, 2014.

If you are interested in serving as a panel speaker at any of these programs or know of any law schools in California that would be interested in holding a program, please contact Karla Haynes. For law school programs, please be sure to 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.

Upcoming Co-Sponsored Events

ABA 2014 North America Regional Forum: Doing Business within the Region and Collaborating Abroad Conference - Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 17-18, 2014

This one-and-a-half day conference will feature two parallel tracks on best practices for international companies doing business in North America and for North American companies working internationally. It will begin with a joint plenary on Cross Border Ethics in the Digital Age and will be followed by a series of panels presented by international legal experts on the latest in key topics such as privacy issues, enforcement of judgments, antitrust and compliance. This program will also offer a unique forum for international lawyers to explore and expand their networking activities as well as meet colleagues from all over the world. The State Bar of California International Law Section is a Cooperating Entity for 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.

California’s Super Region of Innovation – 11th Annual Global California Conference – Santa Cruz, CA, December 3, 2014

11th Annual Global Conference logoDon’t miss the 11th annual Global California conference ‘California' Super Region of Innovation - Environment, Education, Inspiration = the Innovation Region of the World – San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Monterey Bay’, to be held at the historical Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz, CA on December 3, 2014.

The event is produced by the Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA) and, in partnership with the Bay Area Council, China Silicon Valley, and Brand Monterey Bay.

Special attention at this year's conference will be given to the relationship between China, California and this super region. With a population of almost 8 million people this 'Super Region' of California is a magnet for trade, investment and tourism of businesspeople from around the world.  For years the public and private sectors have built trade and investment bridges between these two great economies. Today those bridges have morphed into "green, innovation superhighways" with a focus on sustainable technologies and services as well as investment, telemedicine, eco-tourism, and e-Commerce.

Join us for an information packed day presented by the leaders from both the public, private and institutional sectors of this 'Super Region', who are the architects and operators of the unique and original formula that has been proven so successful in the global landscape of innovation. Become a part of the global audience for this event and learn and see first-hand how you can become an innovation leader of your own.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St – Santa Cruz, CA 94060
Time: 8:30 am registration - 9:00 - 4:30 pm conference
Exhibit space: $350 incl. 1 pass

More information, agenda, registration, exhibit and sponsorship opportunities at

ILS on the Move and on the Map "Hops the Pond": The International Law Section will team with the Litigation Section for the 26th anniversary of A Week in Legal London April 19-24, 2015

A Week in Legal LondonBuilding on the Section’s relationship with the Law Society of England and Wales, the International Law Section is collaborating with the Litigation Section to establish our presence as part of "A Week in Legal London" program scheduled April 19-24, 2015. The program is in its 26th year. The opening of this exciting program will be with The Right Honorable The Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, who will welcome The State Bar of California to the Royal Courts of Justice on Monday morning. We are the guests of the Lord Chief Justice during our week in England. The Supreme Court will be in session while we are in London, and on Wednesday the President (Chief Justice), Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, currently Master of the Rolls, will welcome us to his court, and discuss the new Supreme Court's purpose and function. Also arranged are Supreme Court Justices to meet individually with small groups. International Law Section envoy for this first-ever joint jump across the pond, and in the banner year celebrating the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta, is Executive Committee member Alexandra Darraby.

One trip earns all 3 years of MCLE credit!  Space is limited to 60, and guests of attorneys are welcome, and separate events and programming are planned for them.  If you are interested in reserving space, contact Michelle McFadden at

or (80) 278-3641, and for more information visit the website:


Recent Events

2014 Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award

2014 Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award

The State Bar of California International Law Section honored Robert E. Lutz, Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School, as the recipient of the 2014 Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award. This Award is presented annually by the International Law Section to a California lawyer for outstanding achievement within the field of public or private International Law

The Award was presented to Professor Lutz by outgoing Section Chair Elizabeth Foster and 2014 Award Committee Chair Jeff Daar. Elizabeth Foster is pictured here with Professor Lutz and the crystal globe representing the Award.

Elizabeth Foster and Robert Lutz

A reception celebrating Professor Lutz and the Award was held during the State Bar's Annual Meeting in San Diego on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Members of the International Law Section, guests from the Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association and the Osaka Bar Association, and Southwestern Law School students were among the attendees.

The Special Guest Speaker was Dean Susan Westerberg Prager of Southwestern Law School, pictured here with outgoing Section Chair Elizabeth Foster and Professor Lutz.

 Dean Susan Westerberg Prager of Southwestern Law School, pictured here with outgoing Section Chair Elizabeth Foster and Professor Lutz

The International Law Section is grateful to our Platinum Sponsors for helping to make it a great success:

Southwestern Law School

Southwester University LogoFounded in 1911, Southwestern Law School reflects the vibrancy of Los Angeles and provides an ideal setting for law study. With a long-standing emphasis on diversity, public service and curricular innovation, Southwestern has far reaching ties to the legal, business and civic sectors as well as the entertainment industry, and an award-winning campus featuring the world-renowned Bullocks Wilshire landmark. It is the only law school to offer four JD courses of study that differ in scheduling and instructional approach, including full- and part-time programs, as well as the oldest two-year accelerated JD curriculum. Concurrent three- and four-year JD/MBA programs are also offered in partnership with The Drucker Graduate School of Management. Southwestern is fully approved by the ABA and is a member of the AALS.

Jenner and Block LLP

Jenner and Block  LLP LogoFounded in 1914, Jenner & Block is a national law firm of approximately 450 attorneys. The firm has been widely recognized for producing outstanding results in corporate transactions and securing significant litigation victories from the trial level through the United States Supreme Court. Companies and individuals around the world trust Jenner & Block with their most sensitive and consequential matters. Its clients range from the top ranks of the Fortune 500, large privately held corporations and financial services institutions to emerging companies, family-run businesses and individuals. The Los Angeles office of Jenner & Block helps companies and individuals meet their West Coast needs and provides an exceptional platform from which its lawyers in California, and across the firm, are able to serve their clients, the bar and the community. Given its position on the Pacific Rim, the Los Angeles office represents clients from Asia in their U.S. legal matters and manages international arbitration proceedings around the Asia-Pacific region.

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 Diana Mack with “Spotlight” in the “Subject” line. Feel free to include a photo of yourself!

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 November 21, 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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