International Law Section 


Note from the Editor

Welcome to the International Law Section monthly newsletter, and on behalf of the Executive Committee of the International Law Section, I hope you had a happy and relaxing Labor Day weekend.

As much as we enjoy and savor the summer months, we are counting the days 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 will be presenting six cutting-edge programs you will not want to miss: Overview of Laws Concerning International Music and Games, Digital Licensing and Distribution Contracts; Update on International Treaties on Discrimination Against Women and Civil & Political Rights in California; Ethics and the Globalization of California Legal Practice; Basics of Global Trade Compliance for the Defense/Aerospace Client; Employment and Immigration Compliance Issues for International Corporations in the US; and Cross-Border Litigation and Arbitration Developments and Strategies.

In addition to these great programs, we are delighted to invite all members of the International Law Section to attend our Fourth Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award Reception on September 13, where we will honor Robert E. Lutz, Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School. The event presents a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the career and work of this extraordinary lawyer. We also extend a warm welcome to the members of the Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association, who will fly in from Japan to join us. Don’t forget to register and make your travel arrangements to beautiful San Diego.  This is a weekend not to miss out on! 

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

Aside from bringing you opportunities to travel the world, the Executive Committee also brings you the world to your fingertips! We are excited to announce that the International Law Journal should arrive shortly in your mailbox and trust that you will find the articles inside both fascinating and enlightening. As always, I would like to encourage you to 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.

Please peruse the E-Newsletter below to learn more about all of our events, and we invite you 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 encourages you to send in your photographic impressions of foreign jurisdictions for a “Note From Abroad.”

In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting in San Diego!

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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

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

State Bar Annual Meeting Registration will be in the Grand Hyatt San Diego, Harbor Ballroom Foyer (2nd floor), beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 11.

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.

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.

Jenner and Block LLP

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

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 will continue to serve as a co-sponsor of the programs.

This fall, we are presenting the Careers in International Law programs at the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco and UC Berkeley. The UC Hastings program will be held on September 23, 2014. The distinguished panel of international law practitioners includes Michael Lewis, U.S. Regional Intellectual Property Attaché for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. In conjunction with the program, Section leadership has made arrangements for Mr. Lewis to visit the Patent Law class taught by Professor Jeffrey Lefstin! The UC Berkeley program will be held on November 4, 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.

Additional programs are being planned for the fall, and we'll look forward to updating you in the next newsletter! 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

What's Happening with Tech, Venture, Media & Entertainment in Silicon Beach Today?

Attend the International Bar Association's "From Start-up to IPO/Exit Conference" on "The Growth of Venture Capital and Private Equity in Silicon Beach and Beyond" to Find Out. Members of The State Bar of California can register at a special discounted rate.

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. Join over 1,000 leading attorneys, corporate counsel, government officials, academics and NGO lawyers for a conference unlike any other. The 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 discount code “ICFM1021” on the checkout page of the online registration portal.

During the 2014 Fall Meeting, 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.  Executive Committee member Alexandra Darraby and ILS 2014 Award Honoree Robert Lutz are featured panelists on “The Ethics of Transnational Practice,” and Alexandra moderates a program on “Global Digital Licensing of Entertainment,.”  Fall Meeting attendees will also have limitless opportunities to network with colleagues, decision makers, and potential clients from around the world and will 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 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.

Save on your registration by taking advantage of early bird rates before September 8th! 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.

Click here for the full conference agenda including programming, speakers and social events. Please visit to register and for more information on programming, hotel accommodations and the latest updates on the 2014 Fall Meeting.

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.

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

Building 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:    

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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