International Law Section 


Note from the Editor

The Executive Committee of the International Law Section sends you warm November greetings and a Happy Thanksgiving! As always, this latest edition of the E-Newsletter is stuffed with valuable information about upcoming webinars and co-sponsored events.

As part of our Edition for the month, we are also happy to provide you a news flash from Greg Berk on the potential impact that recent immigration announcements may have on your corporate clients. We also give special thanks to Marguerite Ethier, who submitted her article on copyright trolls, as well as Huy Do for his pictorial impressions of the historic merchant seaport city of Hamburg, Germany.

We also wanted to remind you that the deadline for submission of an article to The California International Law Journal is extended to December 31, 2014. The focus of the next edition is exclusively on issues related to public international law, including international human rights.

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

Last, we would like to ask you to take a very brief survey to help us better serve you with our publications.

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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.

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Upcoming Events


Business Immigration Law - Trends and Topics: 2014 Year-end Review and Look Ahead

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

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

This program will review the hottest business immigration trends and topics of 2014. Learn how general immigration trends affect certain business visas including common issues facing entrepreneurs, international transfers and start-ups as well as M&A and corporate compliance issues. With speakers J. Anthony Smith, Alan Tafapolsky and moderator John C. Lemacks, II.

Webinar Replay: Ethics and the Globalization of California Legal Practice

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit, including .5 hour credit in Legal Ethics, and 1 hour legal specialization credit in Legal Malpractice. You must register in advance in order to participate.

This program will focus on legal ethics in cross-border transactions. Panelists will address a variety of topics including how to access networks of experts, lawyers, arbitrators and specialists here and abroad and utilize their services consistent with ethical guidelines. With speakers John Amberg, Alexandra Darraby and Suzanne Burke Spencer.

Webinar Replay: Global Ethics and Compliance

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

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

Large or small, U.S. companies doing business outside the U.S. are subject to regulation of their conduct under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as an increasing number of country specific global anti-bribery and anti-corruption legislation, which result in a myriad of rules and best practices for corporate gift-giving and similar acts that clients may not be sensitive to. All in-house and general outside corporate counsel need to understand the basic rules, how to ensure corporate policies reflect those regulations, conduct investigations when violations occur, and provide strategic training for employees with a view toward education and protection of clients in their business activities outside the U.S. With speaker Andria Bouskos and moderator Anne Hiaring Hocking.

Webinar Replay: Ethics for Cross-Border Practice

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

This program offers 2 participatory MCLE credits in Legal Ethics. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Globalism requires California lawyers to affiliate with overseas attorneys, and vice versa. Learn about the ethical requirements to advise international clients, whether cross border, multinational, or individual foreign client. Speakers will cover a lawyer's due diligence, from referrals to retention, confidentiality, settlements, trust accounts and judgments, and more. With speakers John Amberg, Maria Chedid, Alexandra Darraby, Leah Harhay and David Parker.

Webinar: Music Licensing in the Global Marketplace

Wednesday, February 4, 2015,  12 noon - 1 p.m.. 

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

Music licensing, never an easy field to understand, has become even more complex in an age of traditional media now joined by new media. This webinar will discuss current deals, negotiations and rate setting mechanisms, both traditional and digital, for songs and sound recordings used in motion pictures, television series, video games, download and streaming services, physical product sales, radio, television and live performances, advertising commercials, musical theatre, e-cards and interactive dolls and toys, among other areas. The webinar will also review the role of Copyright Boards and Tribunals, litigation, voluntary agreements and Consent Decrees in the rate setting process. With speakers Jeffrey Brabec and Todd Brabec. Moderated by Alexandra Darraby.

Save the Date: February 20, 2015 - Effective Advocacy in International Arbitration From Commencement to Enforcement

The International Law Section program will feature five panels on international arbitration, a keynote speaker at lunch, and a networking reception.  The program will be held at UC Berkeley School of Law. More details forthcoming soon.

Upcoming Co-Sponsored Events

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.

California's Super Region of Innovation -- 11th Annual Global California Conference -- Santa Cruz, CA, December 3, 2014

Don’t miss the 11th annual Global California conference ‘California' Super Region of Innovation - Environment, Education, Inspiration = the Innovation Region of the World -- San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Monterey Bay’, to be held at the historical Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz, CA on December 3, 2014.

The event is produced by the Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA) and, in partnership with the Bay Area Council, China Silicon Valley, and Brand Monterey Bay.

Special attention at this year's conference will be given to the relationship between China, California and this super region. With a population of almost 8 million people this 'Super Region' of California is a magnet for trade, investment and tourism of businesspeople from around the world.  For years the public and private sectors have built trade and investment bridges between these two great economies. Today those bridges have morphed into "green, innovation superhighways" with a focus on sustainable technologies and services as well as investment, telemedicine, eco-tourism, and e-Commerce.

Join us for an information packed day presented by the leaders from both the public, private and institutional sectors of this 'Super Region', who are the architects and operators of the unique and original formula that has been proven so successful in the global landscape of innovation. Become a part of the global audience for this event and learn and see first-hand how you can become an innovation leader of your own.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St -- Santa Cruz, CA 94060
Time: 8:30 am registration - 9:00 - 4:30 pm conference
Exhibit space: $350 incl. 1 pass

More information, agenda, registration, exhibit and sponsorship opportunities at

International Human Rights Mixer -- San Francisco, CA, December 10

Celebrate Human Rights Day 2014 with defenders of human rights, civil rights, and social justice from across the Bay Area.

In 1950, the United Nations established Human Rights Day to publicize and commemorate the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Now, 64 years later, it is an opportunity to reflect on these shared values, learn about efforts to address human rights violations in our own communities and abroad, and connect with people working on a wide range of fundamental rights issues.This event is co-sponsored by Human Rights Advocates, Amnesty International, Bay Area International Link (BAIL), the Public International Law Committee of the International Law Section of The State Bar of California and the International Justice Resource Center.

Wine and light appetizers will be served. RSVP here: 

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

A Week in Legal London 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:

Newsflash: How Will the White House Announcement on Immigration Affect Your Corporate Clients?

By Greg Berk

Most companies will be impacted by the immigration initiatives announced by the White House this week.  It will take up to several months for the initiatives to be implemented in order to give the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) time to ramp up.  And some of the initiatives are aspirational in nature so the end result and timing is unclear at this time.  Be advised that because these are executive actions, they are subject to repeal in the future.   The impact to employers includes the following:

  • I-9 Issues from Legalization:  Many undocumented workers will be eligible to apply for and receive a work permit.  They will then go to Social Security and apply for a social security number.  As a result, many will come forward to Human Resources and request that their HR records be updated with their actual name and newly obtained social security number.  Therefore, a new I-9 will need to be completed and stapled to the old one along with an explanatory memo.  Also be advised that in California an employer cannot terminate or otherwise discipline an employee for the prior misrepresentation at the time of hire regarding his name and SSN where he now comes forward with new work authorization as a result of temporary or permanent legalization of status.

  • STEM Majors and H-1B Cap:  Foreign students who graduate from a U.S. college already receive a 12 month work permit after graduation --known as Optional Practical Training (OPT).  If they are a STEM major (science, technology, engineering, or math), they can already extend their work permit for an additional 17 months so long as the employer uses E Verify.  The White House announced that it will lengthen the STEM extension beyond 17 months, but did not specify the length.  The result will be that employers will be less dependent on filing H-1B petitions for their software developers and engineers.  This is welcomed by the business community given that the annual quota for H-1B visas is way too low to meet market demand.

  • Entrepreneurs:  In a promising but very abstract announcement, the White House said it will seek to allow entrepreneurs to enter the U.S. without a visa (which means parole them in) in order to establish and build a company, create jobs etc.  This will benefit entrepreneurs from countries such as China and India where no E-2 non-immigrant investor visa treaty exits between the two countries.

  • Talent Support:  DHS has advised it will adjust the criteria to make is easier for employers to sponsor highly talented individuals for permanent residency based on a national interest waiver of the usual requirement to prove a shortage of U.S. workers for the position.  In addition, DHS advised that employers who need to transfer workers from overseas affiliates that possess specialized and critical proprietary skills will be able to transfer them with greater ease.

  • Deferred Action for Parents (DAP):   As part of the announcement, undocumented parents will be allowed to obtain a work permit and temporary status as long as they have a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident child of any age as of 11/20/2014 and the child is living in the U.S. The parent must also have been physically present in the U.S. since 01/01/2010 (almost 5 years).

  • DACA Expansion:  In 2012, the White House announced its program known as “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) granting work permits and temporary status for individuals who had entered the U.S. before age 16 and before 06/15/2007,  had graduated from a U.S. high school, and were age 30 or younger at the time of application.  This past week, the White House announced that the age cap would be eliminated and the entry date would be changed from 06/15/2007 to 01/01/2010.   

There are many pro bono or low cost assistance centers that can assist these parents of U.S. Citizen children.  Catholic Charities runs one of the largest  immigration clinics in the U.S. and has an excellent reputation.  In addition, local bar associations frequently have a close working relationship with a reputable  public law center.  Applicants must be careful to avoid “notarios" and other operators who may seek to take advantage of them.

For more details from DHS about the White House initiatives, see:

Greg Berk is Special Counsel for Immigration matters at Sheppard Mullin.  He can be reached at  or 714 424 2877.  He also serves on the Executive Committee of the International Law Section of the State Bar of California.

Newsflash - Copyright Trolls vs. Subscriber Information:   The Approaches Taken by Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

By Marguerite Ethier

Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom have all taken different approaches to the problem of copyright trolls seeking subscriber information from ISPs for the purpose of pursing potential litigation against those individuals.  Frequently, the plaintiffs are participants in the adult film industry.  In such cases, it is common that the disclosure of subscriber information does not lead to actual litigation but rather only to nuisance settlements and attempts by potential defendants to avoid embarrassment.  However, whether or not the plaintiff is involved in the adult film industry, the disclosure of subscriber information mandates a balancing between the privacy interests of the potential defendant versus the copyright ownership interest enjoyed by plaintiff.

The approaches taken by the Courts in Canada, the US, and the United Kingdom are somewhat different, while still balancing the privacy interests and those of the copyright owner.  In California, early discovery may be granted to determine “John Doe” identities in accordance with the principles in Gillespie v. Civiletti, 629 F. 2d 637, 642 (9th Cir. 1980).  However, in response to the flood of lawsuits by copyright trolls, judges have expressed concern at the use of the judicial subpoena power as an instrumentality of a business model that may not be entirely on the up and up, as was most colorfully observed by Judge Wright in Ingenuity 13 LLC v. John Doe, 2013 WK 1898633 (CD Cal, 2013).

For example, in Hard Drive Productions Inc. v. Does 1 – 90,  2012 US Dist LEXIS 45509 (ND Cal, 2012), an order for early discovery for subscriber names was refused, in part because the disclosure of subscriber names would not necessarily lead to naming of defendants.  In that case, the Court noted that the plaintiff was unaware of a single instance where early discovery orders resulted in a John Doe being named as a defendant.  The Court concluded that it was not willing to assist the plaintiff to obtain information through the discovery process so that it could extract settlement payments from potential (but not actual) defendants.

In Canada, discovery against a non-party is granted sparingly, even after litigation has commenced.    In the context of copyright plaintiffs seeking subscriber information, the Courts have resorted to “Norwich” Orders, so named after a decision of the United Kingdom House of Lords in Norwich Pharmacal v. Customs & Excise Commissioners [1974] AC 133.   Although the United Kingdom generally does not permit discovery in civil litigation, the House of Lords there adopted the doctrine of an “equitable bill of discovery” to require the names of potential patent infringers to be disclosed to a plaintiff.   The Court described the applicable principle as essentially the duty of an innocent third party to assist a person wronged by disclosing the identity of the wrongdoers.  According to Lord Reid in Norwich Pharmacal, justice requires that the third party should cooperate in righting the wrong if he or she unwittingly facilitated its perpetration.

Since the original Norwich Pharmacal case, the UK courts have adopted Norwich orders in a variety of situations, but it will be ordered only where it is a “necessary and proportionate” response in all the circumstances.  It is not necessary that the plaintiff intend to bring an action to enforce its rights, it is enough that the plaintiff demonstrate an actionable wrong, see e.g. Rugby Football Union v. Consolidated Information Services [2013] 1 All ER 928 (U.K.S.C.), and Golden Eye (International) Ltd. et al. v. Telefonica UK Limited [2012] EWHC 723 (Ch).  In order to obtain a Norwich Order in Canada, the plaintiff must show (1) that it has a bona fide case on the merits (as opposed to the higher standard of a prima facie case); (2) a non-party has information on an issue in the proceeding; (3) the Court Order is the only reasonable means of obtaining the information; (4) fairness requires that the information be provided prior to trial; and (5) the order will not cause undue delay, inconvenience or expense to the third party or others.

Canada has largely avoided the flood of copyright troll litigation that has occurred in the United States.  However, a recent example of application of the Norwich Order to copyright infringement occurred in Voltage Pictures LLC v. John Doe et al., 2014 FC 161.  Voltage Pictures was seeking disclosure of subscriber information for the purposes of pursuing copyright litigation against approximately two thousand potential defendants.  The Court granted a Norwich order, but with strict conditions.  Of particular import was the concern that the Court had with respect to the US litigation conduct engaged in by this and other copyright plaintiffs, as noted above.

After a consideration of both the UK and US jurisprudence, the Federal Court of Canada fashioned an order requiring that the litigation costs of the ISP be paid by the plaintiff before the subscriber information would be disclosed.  The order also required that any letter to be sent to the subscribers be approved by the Court, in an attempt to prevent litigation misconduct tantamount to ‘speculative invoicing’.  In Canada, attorney fees and disbursements are usually awarded to the successful party, albeit not to the level of full compensation.  The costs order imposed in Voltage Pictures, which requires pre-payment of costs, is somewhat unusual and may act as a significant disincentive for plaintiffs who are merely engaged in judicially sanctioned shakedowns.

If subsequent Courts follow the approach taken in the 2014 Voltage Pictures case, Canada may soon become an unfavorable jurisdiction for copyright trolls to extract settlements.

Submitted by Marguerite F. Ethier.

Note from Abroad: Hamburg, Germany

A warm hello from the beautiful city of Hamburg.  Germany is increasingly gaining prominence in Vietnam.  The amount of trade from Germany to Vietnam has ballooned in the past years, becoming the largest FDI into Vietnam from Europe.  More recently, Vietnam has sent high-level government and business delegations to Germany.

The relationship between the two countries has blossomed to the point that Vietnam will be the host country of the 14th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK) November 20-22 for the first time since the inaugural APK in 1986.  The APK has evolved into the largest German networking event in the region attracting political as well as business leaders from Germany and Asia.  We hope to see you there!

Photo of Hamburg Germany

Submitted by Huy Do.

Recent Events

International Bar Association’s Annual Conference in Tokyo, Japan in October 2014

The State Bar of California International Law Section is honored to be party to Friendship Agreements with each of the Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association and the Osaka Bar Association.  To further these friendships and our cross-Pacific collaboration, the delegation of the International Law Section attended the events hosted by our Japanese friends during the week of the International Bar Association’s annual conference held in Tokyo, Japan in October 2014.

The Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association invited our delegation to its lunch joint seminar entitled “London to Tokyo:  Olympic Games and the Law” with The Law Society of England and Wales on October 21.  Elizabeth Foster (ILS Immediate Past Chair), Brent Caslin (ILS Advisor Emeritus), Huy Do (ILS Member), and Miwa Shoda (ILS Executive Committee Advisor) attended the seminar, and exchanged tokens of appreciation with the Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association at the conclusion of the seminar.

The Osaka Bar Association held an “Osaka Bar Association Friendship Meeting” which they invited some of the other bar associations they have friendship agreements with, including us, the Seoul Bar Association, The Law Society of Hong Kong, and the Barcelona Bar Association.  Elizabeth Foster, Brent Caslin, and Miwa Shoda attended.  The meeting started with the Japanese traditional kagami biraki ceremony.  Brent Caslin was invited to join this congratulatory ceremony to break up a top of a sake barrel.  Elizabeth Foster spoke as the ILS representative and exchanged tokens of appreciation with the Osaka Bar Association.

We are planning to have joint seminars in California with the Osaka Bar Association in late 2015, and with the Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association in early 2016.  We look forward to have more collaboration events with them in the future.

Elizabeth Foster visited Kuboi & Partners Law Office in Osaka. Pictured here with (Left to Right) Ai Kuroda, Kazumasa Kuboi and Yusuke Kono.

Elizabeth Foster was hosted to a wonderful tempura lunch in Osaka by Osaka Bar Association members (left to right) Nobuaki Matsuoka, Hiroe Toyoshima, Kazuto Yamamoto and Michitoshi Mori.

Elizabeth Foster and Miwa Shoda join Kazuto Yamamoto of Daiichi Law Office in a sake toast during the Osaka Bar Association Friendship Meeting. Elizabeth Foster with Kyoko Kondo of Shinwa Law Offices enjoying an Italian lunch (and a surprise rainstorm!) along the Yodo River in Osaka.

Elizabeth Foster and Miwa Shoda join Kazuto Yamamoto of Daiichi Law Office in a sake toas t during the Osaka Bar Association Friendship Meeting.

Elizabeth Foster (right) with Kyoko Kondo of Shinwa Law Offices enjoying an Italian lunch (and a surprise rainstorm!) along the Yodo River in Osaka.

Former International Law Section Executive Committee Member Arnold Quittner passed away

Arnold Quittner passed away on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. He was a member of the ILS Executive Committee from 2000-2003. The ILS Executive Committee extends its sincere condolences to his loved ones!

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 Journal The 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 December 31, 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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The International Law Section (ILS) is considering reducing the number of printed issues of International Law Journal.

An alternative under consideration is to create a periodic email publication (E-Journal) that wil include shorter academic articles, as well as information on events, programs, and other news of interest to ILS members.

If we do that, we would eliminate the monthly E-Newsletter in its current format. However, we want your feedback before we take any action and will greatly appreciate your input.

The survey will be open until Wednesday, December 3.

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