International Law Section 


Note from the Editor

Welcome to the July 2014 Edition of our E-Newsletter!

Hard to believe, but it is almost time to countdown to the highly anticipated 2014 State Bar Annual Meeting, to be held on September 11-14, 2014, where the State Bar and its various Sections will showcase innovative courses and host exciting social activities. The International Law Section is proudly represented with six cutting-edge programs and its Fourth Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award Reception. We will honor Robert E. Lutz, Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School, and cordially invite all members of the International Law Section to attend the event. Please register and make your travel arrangements to beautiful San Diego as soon as possible. This is a weekend not to miss out on!

For those of you who cannot wait to connect with us until September, we also have planned an Orange County Networking Mixer in August. All are welcome! 

Carpe Aestatem! Those long summer days are also a perfect time for enjoying beautiful California sunsets from your front porch -- while you take advantage of our on-line webinars from the International Law Section’s vast on-demand library! If you have not already done so, claim your free 6 Hours of Self-Study CLE in the Specialty Areas -- Complimentary for Members of the International Law Section

We sincerely hope to connect with you at one of our upcoming events and look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting in San Diego. In the meantime, the E-Newsletter also provides you with information on how to become actively engaged with the International Law Section. 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 enourages you to send in your photographic impressions of foreign jurisdictions for a “Note From Abroad.”

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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

International Law Section Webinars

Webinar: Current Trends in Consular Processing at the US Embassy in London and at US Consular Posts in Europe Wednesday, August 20, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

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

This webinar will focus on and discuss current trends in the adjudication of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications at the US Embassy in London and consular processing in Europe in general. The webinar will focus on the following:

  • Current trends
  • Nonimmigrant visa adjudication
  • E visa adjudication o Petition based visa adjudication
  • B visas including B-1 in lieu of H
  • Direct I-130 filing and Immigrant visa adjudication
  • Inadmissibilities and waivers
  • Administrative and security delays
  • Visa denials and remedies


  • Paul Samartin
  • Charlotte Slocombe

Networking Mixer - Costa Mesa, August 20, 2014

Back by popular demand, the International Law Section cordially invites you to a Networking Mixer at Mastro’s at 633 Anton Blvd in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, August 20 at 6 p.m. All are welcome!

Save the Date: The State Bar of California International Law Section Honors Professor Robert E. Lutz, Southwestern Law School, as the Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year – San Diego, September 13, 2014

The State Bar of California International Law Section will honor 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.

One of legal education’s foremost authorities on international public and private law studies, Professor Lutz has held the top posts in the most influential organizations in the international law community, including Chair of the International Law Sections of the American Bar Association, Association of American Law Schools and Los Angeles County Bar Association, and was co-founder of the State Bar of California International Law Section and Chair of the ABA Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services. He has created and edited major legal publications --The International Lawyer, The Ecology Law Quarterly, the "Year in Review of International Law", and The California International Practitioner. His many pioneering contributions in each of these positions and others, and his efforts on behalf of the American legal profession to liberalize transnational practice internationally, are significant accomplishments that have greatly benefitted the international profession.

A reception celebrating Professor Lutz will be held during the State Bar’s Annual Meeting in San Diego in the Mission Beach Foyer at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 6 - 7:30 p.m. All members of the International Law Section and all Annual Meeting Delegates are invited to attend and celebrate with us. Special Guest Speaker: Dean Susan Westerberg Prager of Southwestern Law School.

Watch for more details on our Facebook Page, LinkedIn Group, Twitter, website, as well as in our August E-Newsletter.

Platinum Sponsor: Southwestern Law School

Founded 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.

Sponsorship opportunities for Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Reception are available -- please click here to learn more!

Registration is Open: The 2014 State Bar Annual Meeting -- San Diego, September 11-14, 2014

State Bar Annual Meeting You 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 Dinner, Annual Exhibit Show, 62st Annual Bench & Bar Art Exhibit, Conference 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 Thursday, Schedule for Friday, Schedule for Saturday, Schedule 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 Contacts

The International Section of the State Bar of California invites you to a pioneering program it is sponsoring on  Laws on International Music & Games, Digital Licensing and Distribution Contracts Thursday September 11, 2014, 2:30 pm to 4 pm.  Join us in welcoming this panel of authors from the music and licensing worlds of corporate, royalty rights, music publishing and private practice.

Meet our Panel at the September 11 program:


  • Jeffrey Brabec, BMG Chrysalis US,  Vice President - Business Affairs,
    Co-author: Music Money and Success: the Insiders Guide to Making Money in the Music Business (7th edition/560 pages/Schirmer Books),
  • Todd Brabec,     Entertainment Law attorney;   USC Adjunct Associate Professor,      Music Licensing, Music Publishing and Film, Television and Video Game Scoring and Song Contracts Music Money
  • Corey Field,   Ballard Spahr
    Entertainment Law: Forms and Analysis (Law Journal Press of New York)

Moderator, Alexandra Darraby, Art Law Firm
Art, Artifact Architecture & Museum Law (2014) Thomson Reuters West

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.

Upcoming Co-Sponsored Events

2nd Biennial IBA Silicon Valley from Start-up to IPO/Exit Conference:
The Growth of Venture Capital and Private Equity in Silicon Beach and Beyond

Presented by the International Bar Association North American Regional Forum

September 17-19, 2014
Hotel Casa del Mar, Santa Monica, California
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This exciting and timely conference will examine new issues, trends and strategies for the forming, funding, expanding and ultimately exiting from a start-up company. The program will explore the rise of “Silicon Beach”, a hotbed of Southern California companies in entertainment, media and technology, among other industries. Other regions building on the original Silicon Valley model -- including Boston, Toronto and Tel Aviv -- will also be examined. Panels will bring together venture capitalists, private equity players, entrepreneurs, government, legal and academic experts to focus on the various stages in the life-cycle of a successful start-up, including a profitable exit for its founders and investors.

Topics will include:

  • Where are the next Silicon Valleys?
  • New trends in funding and exiting the start-up investment
  • Do’s and don’ts while raising funds
  • Pros and cons of crowd funding and internet-based investing
  • Developing an app -- vital elements for success
  • The role of intellectual property
  • Financing of films, television and media
  • Silicon Beach success stories

Who should attend?

Lawyers in private practice or in-house counsel, C-level officers, private equity bankers, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and others having an interest in how the original Silicon Valley model for creating, funding and growing companies has spread to other regions, and how that model can be successfully employed in the technology, media and entertainment industries.

For more details and to register, see 2nd Biennial IBA Silicon Valley from Start-up to IPO/Exit Conference or contact Elizabeth Foster, Conference Co-Chair.

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

International Law Section Holds Reception for Guests from the China Law Society (CLS) Delegation – Los Angeles, July 11, 2014

Photo of Dragon Statue On Friday, July 11 the External Relations Committee of the International Law Section hosted a reception for guests from the China Law Society (CLS) at the State Bar offices in Los Angeles. ILS Executive Member Michael Newman opened the event with a presentation about the State Bar and the International Law Section and included a segment of an ILS program on drafting of international arbitration provisions. An active dialogue ensued about the function and structure of the CLS and subsequently led to a discussion of friendship relationships.

Delegates of the China Law Society included: Wang Kaixiang (Vice President of the Law Society of Shandong Province), Wang Wei (Director of the Overseas Liaison Department, CLS), Wang Guangjun (Vice Prosecutor-General, People’s Procuratorate of Henan Province), Kong Xianggui (Vice President of the Law Society of Sichuan Province), Fang Weinan (Vice President of the Law Society of Jiangsu Province), and Zhang Bingsheng (Dean of the Law School of the Ningbo University).

Mareike Lucht, German Intern at Daar & Newman, as well as David Marzban, Fulbright Scholar and guest of the US China Business Institute, also attended the reception.

Group photo of China Law Delegation and International Law Section Executive Commitee Members A small dragon figurine is presented to the International Law Section as a symbol of friendship

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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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.