October has been a very special month for ABA International. It began with our participation in the Opening of the Legal Year (OLY) in London. We coordinated a reception for ABA President Bill Robinson and many other bar leaders from around the globe, as part of the OLY festivities.
More than sixty Section members joined us in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for an ILEX briefing trip that focused on Northern Ireland’s changing legal landscape. Then, more than 1,100 people joined us in Dublin for our largest, and best, Fall Meeting ever. We heard from terrific speakers such as Ireland’s President Mary McAleese, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, former Irish President Mary Robinson, former Chief Justice of the Irish Supreme Court John Murray, and Kingsley Aikins, the former CEO of the Worldwide Ireland Funds. We had terrific events at the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin City Hall, the offices of Matheson Ormsby Prentice, and the Mansion House. Special thanks and congratulations go to the Fall Meeting Co-Chairs Gabrielle Buckley, Tony Burke, Kieran Cowhey, Elisa Kearney, and Mark O’Sullivan and the Steering and Planning Committees for planning and executing a sensational program. We’re grateful that ABA President Bill Robinson, his wife Joan, ABA President-Elect Laurel Bellows, and ABA President-Elect designee (and former Section Chair) Jim Silkenat attended at least a part of our programming in Belfast and Dublin. We also owe our thanks to the Law Society of Ireland, the Bar Council of Ireland, the Law Society of Northern Ireland, and the Bar Council of Northern Ireland for their terrific support of our programs.
And, just this week, we had a great audience for the 12th annual “Live from the SEC’ program co-hosted by ABA International and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. “Live from the SEC” is an interactive video conference linking the SEC headquarters in Washington, D.C., with practitioners around the world. The Commission uses “Live” as a principal means for disseminating information on international securities regulation issues. As a compliment to “Live,” ABA International, along with the Law Society of England and Wales will, on December 7, host a program in London on the future of international capital markets.
ABA International was also pleased to be a sponsor of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative Dinner this month where United Nations Under-Secretary-General Michelle Bachelet received its 2011 Rule of Law Award. The Section was represented at the dinner by Liaison Officer Lisa Savitt, Communications Officer Steven Richman, Rule of Law Officer Jason Matechak and Lelia Mooney, Deputy Rule of Law Officer. Bachelet is also a former President of Chile and Executive Director of the UN Women.
ABA International will be represented at the International Bar Association Meeting in Dubai at the end of this month. Several Section Officers (led by Chair-Elect Bart Legum) will be attending and the Section will be an exhibitor at the meeting.
October has been a busy month with a great many members working collectively to achieve what none could achieve individually. That’s one of ABA International’s great strengths—how members from different locations and legal disciplines work together to develop blockbuster programming, projects, and publications. Our outreach to the next generation of international lawyers is paying real dividends. In October, we sponsored six Pathways to Employment in International Law programs at law schools across the United States — in addition to one held at the Dublin Fall Meeting. To date, these inspirational programs have reached more than 1,500 law students and young lawyers. I encourage you to share your international career experience at a Pathways event near you. I also encourage you to volunteer to mentor our younger members—in this tough economy, being a mentor is an easy and effective way to give back. For more details, contact the Section's Membership Director, Angela Benson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Remember to send any news of achievements to Steven Richman (email@example.com), Communications Officer, for inclusion in upcoming issues.
Mark Wojcik and Steven Richman chaired a panel at the International Law Student Association International Law Weekend conference in New York last weekend. The Section is a supporter of the International Law Weekend.
Former Section Chair Don DeAmicis has left Ropes & Gray and is now General Counsel of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. Government’s foreign development finance institution.
The Section submitted comments with the Intellectual Property Law Section on the Proposed Trademark Law as issued for consultation by the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.
Click here for a full list of upcoming Section and co-sponsored programs.
Mark your calendars now for the Section’s Spring Meeting in New York, April 17-21, 2012.
World Bank: Law, Justice and Development Week 2011: Innovation and Empowerment for Development
Section Members receive a 20% discount. However, this discount is only available if one is a member of the Section or the ABA and registers with the ABA through the access link below. Members who register on the World Bank website will not receive this special discount or receive compensation for the discount. ABA and Section Members Discounted Rate is $400. Register Now.
Interested law students should email firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions. Questions can also be directed to this email address.
There will be an ABA Section of International Law Reception on November 15, from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at the World Bank Atrium. Special guests include:
The Section is offering 50 FREE TICKETS to attend the RECEPTION ONLY! These tickets are being issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. A ticket to the reception does not provide access to the conference. Click here to registerfor the reception only.
A special thanks to sponsoring firms: Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, Paul Hastings LLP, and Winston & Strawn LLP!
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The 2012 Competition is underway; the topic is “The Restatement (Third) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States is Being Revised. What Section or Group of Related Sections of the Restatement, Should be Revised, Why and How?”
The deadline to submit an essay is Friday, January 20, 2012. First Prize is $1,000 for First and Second Place Winners and a $1,000 travel Stipend for each winner to attend the Section’s Spring Meeting in New York City, April 17 -21, 2012.
To find out essay guidelines and submission details please go to www.americanbar.org/intlaw
Upcoming Committee Programs
Monday October 24th 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Antitrust in Latin America: What’s Going On? A non-CLE teleconference sponsored by the International Antitrust Committee, and cosponsored by the Latin America & Caribbean, and Mexico Committees
Tuesday October 25th 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Anti-Corruption Investigation Insurance: Risk & Solutions Beyond D&O Coverage
Thursday October 27th 11:00AM – 12:30 PM. Human Trafficking: Is the Solution Beyond the Scope of Domestic Legal Mechanisms?
How to Publish with the Section
Written for legal professionals who deal with foreign investments and real property transactions in China, this book discusses the key laws and regulations relevant to foreign investment in various types of transactions involving real property rights and to illustrate the application of those laws through an examination of exemplar projects. For non-People's Republic of China (PRC) trained lawyers, understanding China's unique real estate system can be challenging. Consequently, this book has been organized to provide an integrated view of how China's real property regime is organized, particularly as it relates to foreign investment in real property projects.
2011 PC 5210214 $134.95 - regular price/$99.95 -- International Law Section member price
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