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Upcoming Webinars

K-1 Fiancée Visas – Overview and Update

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

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

The K-1 Visa is a unique visa that allows for U.S. Citizens to sponsor their fiancées to enter the country and marry within 90 days. With over 40 years of combined experience, brothers Mark and Jim Daly will discuss how to best represent clients in this area by quickly and thoroughly researching the substantive law and procedural rules. We will show you our intake procedures, filing the petition with the USCIS and how to navigate the Department of State and Embassy rules and requirements. We will also touch on recent developments and avenues to challenge denials of the petition by USCIS and the refusal of visas by Department of State.

Moderator: Mark C. Daly
Speaker: James T. Daly

Introduction to Visa Options for Creative and Artistic Professionals

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

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

This webinar will cover the primary O and P visa classifications for artistic professionals as well as touch on the P-3 and Q visas.  In addition to the basic requirements and eligibility criteria, we will review common obstacles, timelines, and how to work with creatives from various artistic backgrounds and professions.

Speakers: Sharon Brenner and Joshua Surowitz

Coming to America: A Guide for Non-US Citizens Who Wish to Register a US Aircraft

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

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

Whether you are thinking of purchasing your company a Boeing 787-Dreamliner, or you are an individual who just wants to acquire a 1966 Piper Cherokee for your collection, the rules are the same. An aircraft cannot be operated in the United States unless it is registered (49 U.S.C. §44101).

Regardless of how one intends to operate their aircraft, Regulation 49 U.S.C. § 44102 creates some stringent limitations on foreign ownership of US registered aircraft. For those of us who assist foreign clients in the acquisition of US registered aircraft, statutory and regulatory compliance is an in-depth process. This webinar will provide an overview of the steps you must follow in such an endeavour.

Moderator: John T. Van Geffen
Speaker: Michael L. Dworkin

Plus "On Demand" Courses

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

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

Thank You for Being a Section Member - Here's 6 Hours MCLE in Legal Ethics!

We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.

Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.

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.