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Message from the Editor of the International Law Section E-Newsletter - by Harumi Hata

Harumi HataDear International Law Section Members:

Welcome to the Summer 2015 issue of the International Law Section E-Newsletter!

I am the current Vice Chair of the International Law Section, and I served as the Editor of this issue of the E-Newsletter. We would like to thank the prior Editor, Diana Mack, who served as the Editor in the past several years.

As indicated in the Message from the Chair, below, we will distribute the E-Newsletter three times a year -- the Spring issue, the Summer issue, and the Fall/Winter issue.

In between each issue of the E-Newsletter, please visit the International Law Section website and also follow the email from the International Law Section regarding the webinars, the live programs and the networking events we present. We hope that you will attend the webinars, the live programs and the networking events, as well as the International Law Section programs and reception at the State Bar of California Annual Meeting in Anaheim in October 2015.

We look forward to your continued readership and seeing you in person at the International Law Section programs and events.

Harumi Hata
International Law Section 2014 - 2015 Vice Chair

Message from the Chair - by Brian Arbetter

Brian Arbetter Dear International Law Section Members:

Our Section Leadership hopes that you are having a great Summer. As you may have noticed, we have changed the frequency of our e-newsletter and Journal publications. Going forward, our e-newsletter will issue three times a year, and our printed Journal will issue once a year.

In addition to our publications, we hope that you are connected with the Section on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

In the coming months, we will be updating our Section’s website and including regular postings of upcoming events. We hope that you will join us at one or more of the events. READ MORE

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 masthead We have been working on the 2015 edition of The California International Law Journal, and we are planning to publish this year’s edition in August 2015.

The California International Law Journal would like to solicit articles for its 2016 edition. 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

Webinar Updates

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

Currently, the International Law Section is planning to present the following webinars, and we hope that you will register and attend the webinars: 

  • Webinar: Avoiding Immigration-Related Discrimination in the Onboarding Process...Even if Your Company Does not Sponsor Foreign Workers

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

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

    The anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) prohibits four types of conduct: (1) citizenship or immigration status discrimination with respect to hiring, firing, and recruitment or referral for a fee by employers that have four or more employees; (2) national origin discrimination with respect to hiring, firing, and recruitment or referral for a fee, by employers with more than three and fewer than 15 employees; (3) unfair documentary practices related to verifying the employment eligibility of employees; and (4) retaliation.

    Many employers do not understand their obligations under this provision, especially as they pertain to unfair documentary practices related to verifying employment eligibility verification. Employers (using the Form I-9 or E-Verify, or both) are required to verify their employees work authorization in a way that does not discriminate on the basis of national origin or citizenship status. This applies to all work-authorized employees, not just those who require sponsorship.

    This webinar will address the issues that arise from an employer's processes and procedures in completing the Form I-9 and the E-Verify system to ensure compliance with the anti-discrimination provision of the INA. Even if you are not familiar with this law, this webinar will provide very useful information that all employers need to know. Join our speakers, as they discuss the ways that employers can ensure that their policies and procedures are in compliance.

    With complaints and investigations on the rise, this webinar will give you a great introduction into an area that is often overlooked but which can have serious consequences for employers.


    • Alberto Ruisanchez, DOJ, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices
    • Marcine Seid, Law Offices of Marcine Seid

    Moderator: Sharon Mehlman, Mehlman Barnes LLP

    Webinar: Immigration for Healthcare Professionals

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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

    Webinar covers the following topics: US immigration laws provide a mean for obtaining temporary working visas and permanent residence for most foreign-born healthcare professionals. Physicians generally obtain J visas to do medical residencies/fellowships in the US, and then practice in medically-underserved areas in H-1B status before obtaining green cards. For registered nurses, it is more difficult to apply for a temporary visa, but much easier to get a green cards. Physical and occupational therapists, medical technologists, speech language pathologists and other healthcare professionals generally obtain H-1B visas before becoming permanent residents. Sponsorship is always through their employers.

    Speaker: Rajkrishna Iyer

    Moderator: Carl Shusterman

    Live Program Updates

    The International Law Section presented the 2015 International Arbitration program on February 20, 2015. This year’s program, entitled “Effective Advocacy in International Arbitration: From Commencement to Enforcement,” was held at UC Berkeley School of Law. We plan to present the International Arbitration program in 2016.  If you are interested in becoming involved with the 2016 International Arbitration program, please contact Jeff Daar at

    The International Law Section cooperated with the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California to provide one of the programs at “A Week in Legal London -- Celebrating the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta” held in London, England, in April 2015. The International Law Section contributed the program entitled “Wanted Dead or Alive: Publicity Rights on Both Sides of the Pond” held on April 22, 2015. This program was made possible because of the Friendship Agreement between the International Law Section and the Law Society of England and Wales. We are in the process of coordinating the official signing of the Friendship Agreement with the Law Society of England and Wales.

    2015 Annual Meeting of The State Bar of California (October 8 - 11, 2015)

    My State Bar Annual MeetingAs we have done in prior years, the International Law Section will present programs at the State Bar of California Annual Meeting this year. This year’s Annual Meeting will be held on October 8 - 11 in Anaheim, California. At the Annual Meeting, the International Law Section will present the following five programs:

    •  “Aerospace, Defense and Export Controls: A Regulatory Minefield” on Thursday, October 8, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    • “International Law: EB-5 Immigrant Investor Update” on Friday, October 9, 10:30 am - 12 noon
    • “Unaccompanied Minors: An International Law Approach to the Humanitarian Crisis at the U.S. Border” on Friday, October 9, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    • “On-line Sales to EU-Customers Under The 2011 Directive on Consumer Rights” on Saturday, October 10, 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
    • “International Law: Protecting Clients’ Trademark Rights Worldwide” on Saturday, October 10, at 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. READ MORE

    Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award Reception at the Annual Meeting Honoring John V. Roos

    Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year
    Award Presentation and Celebration Reception

    Presented by The State Bar of California International Law Section
    in conjunction with
    The State Bar of California 88th Annual Meeting

    Reception Date, Time and
    Saturday, October 10, 2015
    from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Anaheim Marriott
    700 West Convention Way
    Anaheim, California 92802

    This year’s Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award
    is being presented to the Honorable John V. Roos,
    the 28th United States Ambassador to Japan
    during August 2009 - August 2013
    Hon. John V. Roos

    The 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.

    Admission to the Reception is free, and prior RSVP is not required.

    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

    Article: "ALERT:  Is There a Future for Facebook in the European Union?  A Privacy Perspective"

    By Alyssa Cervantes, Delphine Charlot, and Jan Dhont

    Around 80% of Facebook’s active users are in a contractual relationship with Facebook Ireland, which offers services everywhere except the United States and Canada. With increasing pressure from EU privacy regulators, and from consumer suits in Europe, Facebook Ireland is facing an increasingly uphill legal battle to continue to operate within the EU.  Writing from Brussels, Alyssa Cervantes and two of her colleagues provide an excellent update on the EU privacy and data protection challenges confronting Facebook.  Alyssa, a recent graduate from McGeorge School of Law, joined us this past spring as a panelist at our “Careers in International Law” program at McGeorge.

    See full article at ALERT:  Is There a Future for Facebook in the European Union?  A Privacy Perspective.

    Note from Abroad: Cross-cultural Reflections atop the Heidelberg Tun

    by Diana Mack

    The Heidelberg TunIt is always a great pleasure to look at my native country, Germany, through the lens of my two favorite Americans, i.e. my husband and son. My husband’s background in architecture and structural engineering and my son’s enthusiasm for visiting historic places and meandering through medieval castles shed new light on my own perspectives.

    Combining a business trip with a “Bildungsreise”, this year’s spotlight was the beautiful university town of Heidelberg, with its exquisite artisan shops, great restaurants, and historic sites. No visit to Heidelberg would be complete without a train ride with the “Heidelberger Bergbahn” funicular up to the famous Heidelberger Castle ruin. Like the popular “Oktoberfest” in Munich, Heidelberg and the castle are well known among Americans who appreciate the “Old World Charme” of the hauntingly beautiful castle ruin that witnessed almost a thousand years of European history.

    As soon as I posted a picture of my husband and son online, my American friends commented “and now a prosit” or “time for a giant keg party”.  Of course, they were alluding to the fact that the Heidelberger castle harbors the world’s largest wine barrel. Built in 1751, “The Heidelberg Tun” contained within the cellars of the Heidelberg castle has a near capacity of 58,000 U.S. gallons and was referenced in world literature such as Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables” and Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”. READ MORE

    6 Hours of Self-Study CLE in the Specialty Areas -- Complimentary for Members of the International Law Section!

    As a 2015 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

    • Understanding the Role of the Interpreter – One More Way to Eliminate Bias in the Courtroom

    Competency Issues

    • Staying Healthy and Mentally Competent Throughout a Long Legal Career

    Legal Ethics

    • Advertising Your Expertise and Experience: What Can You Do to Build Your Practice While Meeting Your Ethical Obligations?
    • Conflicts of Interest and Disqualification Arising from Prior Client Representation: What are the Rules?
    • Ethics Update 2014: Significant Development in the Law of Lawyering
    • Lawyering on the Outside: Electronic Communications & Social Networking vs. Ethics & Professional Responsibility

    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! 

    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.