The ABA Midyear Meeting was a tremendous success for the Section of International Law. Former Chairs Josh Markus and Salli Swartz led a group of very dedicated leaders in a very productive strategic planning session. Many of new ideas were discussed—and each idea will bring the Section closer to its goals of better serving our members and being the preeminent US-based international legal organization.
Programs Officer Adam Farlow organized two substantive CLE programs with Julien Meyer and Brian Wallace – one titled “Rescue in Deep Water: Legal Liability for Rescue Efforts in Catastrophic Accidents” and the second titled “Two Years After the Gulf Oil Spill.” Each program was well-attended and well-received, and topical to the Gulf Coast location of the meeting.
Former Section Chair Jim Silkenat was nominated to become ABA President-Elect, and will be President of the Association in the 2013-2014 ABA year. We’re all very excited for Jim, and his plans for the Association.
The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation honored former Section Chair Mike Byowitz and former Board Liaison Sharon Gertsmann with the Outstanding State Chair Award for their efforts as Co-Chairs for New York chapter of the Foundation
The Council met and considered a number of requests for co-sponsorships from ABA entities with policy recommendations before the ABA House of Delegates. The Section-initiated policy, R&R103, co-sponsored by the Section of Intellectual Property Law, Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and the New York State Bar Association, on cross-border data privacy was passed by the ABA House of Delegates on a close vote. Congratulations to Ken Rashbaum, the primary author of the recommendation and report, and our International Litigation Committee that supported this effort from the start. Thanks is also due to former Section Chair Mike Byowitz and Steve Younger, Co-Chair of our International Mediation Committee and the Immediate Past President of the New York State Bar Association, for their speeches on the floor of the House of Delegates in support of our recommendation and report.
The Section now has its eye firmly on the 2012 Spring Meeting, which will be held April 17-21 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York. The Meeting Co-Chairs—Fiona Schaeffer, Chad Schmerler, and Lisa Ryan—the Planning Committee and staff have put together a fantastic program. We will have more than 70 CLE programs and great networking events and receptions, including a gala reception at the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We expect more than 1,500 attendees—and I hope that you will join us. The early bird deadline for Spring Meeting registration is February 27th so please make sure you are registered if you are planning to attend—visit http://ambar.org/ILspring2012 for more information.
Finally, our congratulations to Section Staff Membership Director Angela Benson who welcomed son Ryan Connor to her family on February 6th.
Michael E. Burke
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Member Get A Member Campaign
This year’s campaign allows current members to earn rewards for their recruitment efforts:
Note: The member ambassador is limited to receiving only 1 iPod Touch or 1 iPad. Incentives will be awarded at the conclusion of the campaign (May 31).
ABA members will be able to track their referral success through a special website (www.ambar.org/ABARewards4Referrals) which tracks a members’ progress against a campaign reward. This site will help members with sample messages to send through email and social media to prospective members, they are also able to print additional cards if needed.
The Section submitted comments with the Section of Antitrust Law (1) in response to the United Kingdom Office of Fair Trading (OFT) regarding its draft detailed guidance on the principles and processes for applications for leniency and no-action in cartel cases; (2) in response to the United Kingdom Office of Fair Trading (OFT) regarding its draft revised guidance as to the appropriate amount of penalty; and (3) in response to the European Commission's consultation its Technology Transfer Blanket Exemption Regulation and Guidelines on the application of the EU Treaty Article 101 to Technology Transfer Agreements.
UPCOMING SECTION PROGRAMS
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NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT! REGISTER TODAY FOR THE 2012 SPRING MEETING! The meeting will be held April 17-21, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt New York. The meeting will feature over 70 CLE programs led by world-class experts, twice-daily networking breaks, daily luncheons with keynote speakers and evening social events at top New York City venues including the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For more information and to register, please visit: http://ambar.org/ILspring2012. Early Bird Registration Closes February 27th so register today to get the best rates!
SAVE THE DATE: Mexico City, June 14-16, 2012 “Legal Challenges and Opportunities of Mexico’s Increasing Global Integration: Finance, Investment, Trade and Competition Law” - Registration to open soon!
World Bank Doing Business Project
If you are interested in serving as a Contributor, please contact Jacqueline Gichinga at Jacqueline.Gichinga@americanbar.org.
The Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) will hold their 22nd Annual Meeting and Conference in New Delhi at the Taj Palace Hotel February 29 – March 3. For more information, please click here.
The American Society of International Law (ASIL) will hold its 106th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, March 28 – 31, 2012. ABA IL members may attend at the ASIL member rate. The Section will be represented at the conference by Section liaison to ASIL liaisons Lelia Mooney and Division Chair Mark Wojcik. See www.asil.org/am12 for details.
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) will hold their Mid-Year Corporate Counsel Conference in Jersey City March 28 – 31. For more information, please click here.
Pathways to Employment in International Law
Upcoming Committee Programs
Monday February 6th 2012, “Careers in International Anti-Money Laundering”
Tuesday February 7th 2012, 12PM – 2 PM. “Finding & Recovering Stolen Assets: Money-Laundering, Corruption and Kleptocracy”
Wednesday February 15th 2012, “Live from ITC”
Wednesday February 22nd 2012, “Nuclear Export Controls – Part 2: Meet the Regulators”
Thursday February 23rd 2012,. “2nd Annual Live from L”
Thursday February 23rd 2012, “Law Firm Management: An East West Perspective”
Monday February 27th 2012, “High Tech, High Risk – Implications for Anti-Corruption Compliance”
Tuesday March 20th 2012, “Live from USAID”
International Family Law Desk Book
International family law has emerged as an important subject in its own right and has become part of the everyday work of family court judges and family law practitioners across the country presenting a myriad of puzzles along the way. This book takes a broad approach to the subject, bringing together the law applicable to a wide range of cross-border family issues. Designed to serve as a compact and useful resource and reference tool, the chapters that follow address marriage, divorce, the financial aspects of divorce, parentage and parental rights, custody and child abduction litigation, child support and intercountry adoption. Each chapter builds on the foundation established by treaties and uniform acts, and incorporates case law, the Restatements, and important secondary sources whenever possible. Included are extensive discussions of the international treaties that have come to form the basis for reciprocal relationships between the United States and more than 85 other nations, but it focuses on the law applied to these transnational family issues in the United States. Although written primarily for U.S. practitioners, it will hopefully also be of use to foreign lawyers and judges with an interest in understanding the U.S. system.
Co-published with the ABA Family Law Section
February 2012 7x10 300 pages Product Code: 5210215
International Law News
Upcoming ILN themes and deadlines:
The International Lawyer
Individual articles from the Year in Review 2010 are now online. To view a copy of your committee’s submission to the YIR, please click here.
Program Support Fund
J-1 Visas for Visiting International Lawyers