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Upcoming Webinars

Accountable Care Organizations, Chronic Conditions and International Law

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 12 noon - 1:15 p.m.

This program offers 1.25 hours of participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Healthcare as right under international law and how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is an incremental movement towards that goal will be described. 

The key mechanism for people with chronic conditions under the ACA in the form of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and treatment of chronic conditions under the Veteran’s Administration will also be covered.  This will move us to a discussion of the treatment of Chronic Conditions in the European Union based on work within the World Health Organization. We will close with a brief discussion of where we go from here.


  • Bryan Miller, J.D., LL.M. (Public International Law), M.S.P.H. (Public Health)
  • Stephen Zollman, J.D., LL.M. (Health Law)

Emerging Markets and Emerging Challenges

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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

How changes to U.S. regulatory policy and changes in the world economy are creating new opportunities and also new challenges for compliance.


  • Bethany L. Hengsbach
  • J. Scott Maberry

Cuba Sanctions

Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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

This seminar will address current legal and practical issues in connection with doing business in Cuba in light of the historic decision by the Obama administration to chart a new course in bilateral relations with Cuba.

Speaker: J. Scott Maberry

Plus "On Demand" Courses

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

A Conversation Between U.S. and Mexican Jurists on National and International Law and Rule of Law Reform

Judge Margaret McKeown and Magistrado González Oropeza

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, Harbor Terrace
1 Market Place
San Diego, CA 92101
4:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. PST
Cocktail Reception Immediately Following Program

The International Law Section is a cooperating entity in this ABA Section of International Law program featuring a conversation between two distinguished jurists seasoned in rule of law work and the role of international law in domestic courts.

Judge Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit serves as Chair of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative Board. Magistrado Manuel González Oropeza serves as a member of the Sala Superior of Mexico's Federal Electoral Court, as well as a member of the Council of Europe's Venice Commission, assisting countries that seek advice to bring their legal and institutional structures into line with international experience in the fields of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Advance registration required. To register, click here.

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

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

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.