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Member News
Send in Your News Items
IMPOWR Update
Alessandra Tarissi De Jacobis Receives Marisa Bellisario Award
Young Lawyer Member Profile of the Month
Mentorship Program
Pathways to Employment in International Law Program
Buenos Aires City Chapter Update

Policy
Section Policy Comments
Policy Implementation

Upcoming Section Programs
Moscow, Russia, September 21
The 13th Annual LIVE from the SEC, October 2
2012 Fall Meeting Registration Now Open
SAVE THE DATE! Brussels, Belgium, November 11-13
SAVE THE DATE! London, United Kingdom, November 29
Now accepting Program Proposals for the 2013 Spring Meeting

Highlighting our International Partners
Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)
International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)

Committees
Upcoming Committee Programs
Join a Committee!
Commitee Homepages

Publications
International Law News
The International Lawyer

Rule of Law Activities
Partnership with the World Bank’s Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development
Program Support Fund
J-1 Visas for Visiting International Lawyers

Michael E. Burke

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are enjoying your summer, and have made plans to attend the 2012 Section Retreat, at Chicago’s Union League Club on August 1 and 2. The Retreat will be held just before the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting, also in Chicago.  I enthusiastically recommend participating in the Retreat – it is a great opportunity to make new and renew old acquaintances and to learn more about getting involved in the Section. You’ll learn more about the Section’s Strategic Plan and how you can contribute to the Section’s success.  We’ll hear from ABA President-Elect Laurel Bellows and Executive Director Jack Rives on the Association’s plans for the upcoming year.  We’ll also recognize Committee achievements (at a luncheon featuring Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe) and get a head start on Committee planning for the next ABA year.  You don’t have to be a Committee leader to attend the Retreat—you just have to be interested in investing in the Section’s future success.

The Retreat is famous—or, rather, infamous—for one other reason: the roast of the outgoing Section Chair. I’ve participated in a few of these send-ups, but I’m now the one in cross-hairs and it’s not an entirely comfortable position. This is a statement against interest, but, in addition to the reasons stated above, you should attend the Retreat in order to see me take my medicine.

The Section is very pleased to be sponsoring three extraordinary Presidential Showcase programs at the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting (all will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago):

  • Nuremberg Revisited, Thursday August 2 at 10:30 am;
  • Human Trafficking - Modern Day Slavery on a Global Scale, Friday August 3, at 10:30 am; and
  • Dealing with Diversity Directives in a Global Environment, Sunday August 5 at 10:30 am.

Through the great work of Michael Traison, the Section also is hosting the program “Comparative Constitutional Law: North America and the Middle East” that will feature Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and Salim Joubran, Israeli Supreme Court. This program will be held at Hyatt Regency Chicago CLE Centre on Friday, August 3rd at 2:00 p.m.

To register for the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting, click here.

My thanks to the Co-Chairs (Patrick del Duca, Leslie Alan Glick, Joaquin Rodriguez, and Juan Carlos Velazquez de Leon), the Mexico Committee  and Section staff on a very successful program in Mexico City June 12-14 on “Legal Challenges and Opportunity of Mexico’s Increasing Global Integration: Finance, Investment, Trade and Competition Law.”  The more than 100 attendees participated in a day and a half of substantive programming and networking opportunities.

I look forward to seeing you in Chicago.

Michael E. Burke
Chair


MEMBER NEWS

Reminder: Send items for “member news” to Steven Richman (smrichman@duanemorris.com), Communications Officer, using “SIL Member News” in the email subject line, for inclusion in upcoming issues.

IMPOWR Update
The Section’s International Models Project on Women’s Rights (IMPOWR) was nominated for the 2012 Katerva Award! The Katerva Awards are the pinnacle of global sustainability recognition. Through the awards, the best ideas on the planet are identified, refined, and accelerated toward impact at the global level. The awards are given annually to excellent sustainability ideas and initiatives in ten categories: food security; behavioral change; economy; protected areas; gender equality; materials & resources; human development; energy & power; transportation; and urban design. The award review process is quite extensive and nominees undergo a rigorous evaluation process. Finalists will be select from the 100 nominees. We hope that IMPOWR will be one of those ten finalists!

We need your help! This summer IMPOWR’s website and concept will be reviewed by Katerva’s network of multi-disciplinary scientists and researchers from around the world, as well as a panel of experts of impact investors, consultants, corporate sustainability officers and policy experts. We'd like to showcase IMPOWR's work and push to input as much data and information into our Research Database as possible. Currently we have less than 5% of the database subtopics completed, but with your help we'd like to double it by September 1. If you don't already have an IMPOWR username, sign up now! If you would like an assignment for the database, please email impowr@americanbar.org. Your work will contribute to IMPOWR's foundation and exciting time for IMPOWR!

Alessandra Tarissi De Jacobis Receives Marisa Bellisario Award
Alessandra Tarissi De Jacobis was presented with the twenty-fourth annual Marisa Bellisario award earlier this month. The event took place in Rome and Italian Prime Minister, Mario Monti, Italian Minister of Welfare, Elsa Fornero, Minister of Justice, Paola Severino, Minister of Education, Francesco Profumo, and Rome’s Mayor, Gianni Alemanno all attended.  The award was created in 1989 to commemorate Marisa Bellisario, the former CEO of Italtel. It recognizes women who become professionally renowned through hard work, either in the public sector, the private economy or in the social field.  Alessandra was among 16 other young women who received a special plaque for the achievements she has made in her field.

Young Lawyer Member Profile of the Month
Section Member Reid Whitten is an International Trade Associate at the law firm of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP in Washington, D.C.  Reid has been a loyal advocate of the Section and has worked on many initiatives to mentor other young lawyers and students in advancing their career and to actively participate in Section events.

In addition to speaking on numerous Pathways to Employment in International Law Programs over the last two years, Reid is currently mentoring law student members via the Section’s Mentorship Program and just successfully submitted a Program Proposal to the Fall Meeting in Miami, co-sponsored by the International Trade Committee titled: Navigation Without Maps: The Young Lawyer and the New Industry of International Anti-Bribery Compliance and Investigation.

Reid is also a member of the Export Controls and Economic Sanctions, Trade and Young Lawyers Interest Network Committees.  If you are interested in connecting with Reid he can be reached at RWhitten@sheppardmullin.com.

Mentorship Program
The second round of the Section’s Mentorship Program will be coming to a close at the end of June.  There were more than 50 mentor-mentee matches in this round.  Round three will begin in July and we are currently looking for mentors to expand the program so we can assist more students and young lawyers.  Mentors provide a vital resource in using their experience and knowledge to guide the next generation of attorneys.  If you are interested in serving as a mentor please contact Director of Membership Angela Benson at angela.benson@americanbar.org

Pathways to Employment in International Law Program
The 2012-2013 Pathways Program will kick-off with a joint program with the International Law Students Association on July 31st at the John Marshall School of Law in Chicago.  Pathways Programs bring students and young lawyers together with experienced practitioners to explore career options in the profession.  More programs will be added to the schedule in the coming year.  If you would like to speak or host a program contact Director of Membership Angela Benson at angela.benson@americanbar.org.  Upcoming programs include:

  • John Marshall Law School – July 2012
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law – September 2012
  • Phoenix School of Law – Fall 2012
  • Fall Meeting in Miami – October 2012

Buenos Aires City Chapter Update
Hernán D. Camarero: Lawyer with Richards, Cardinal, Tützer, Zabala & ZaeffererMembership Country Representative and Section Member Hernan Camarero for Argentina, in conjunction with the Buenos Aires City Chapter, the United States Embassy and the Buenos Aires Bar Association hosted a lecture by Professor Stephen Holmes.  Professor Holmes, Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, is co-author of the book "The Cost of Rights" and spoke on the “Rule of Law and Social and Economic Growth” in Buenos Aires on May 11.

This is the second event in which the Chapter worked with the U.S. Embassy to bring a distinguished speaker to the Buenos Aires legal community.  It is the first time the Chapter co-sponsored an event with the Buenos Aires Bar Association and represents the culmination of efforts initiated last year by Chapter members to work with Argentina’s largest bar association. This co-sponsorship will allow the Chapter to approach – through the Buenos Aires Bar Association- approximately 75,000 local lawyers.  This is significant step in the Chapter’s efforts to reach out to Argentina’s legal community and to inform that community of ABA Section of International Law and Section membership benefits.

The Buenos Aires City Chapter was founded two years ago by Section members representing 12 local firms. Dedicated to bringing the Section to the local legal community (and disseminating the message that you do not have to be a US-admitted attorney to be a Section member), the Chapter is open to all Section members.  During its first two years, the Chapter organized events involving a wide variety of topics and distinguished speakers, including anti-money laundering rules in Argentina, court administration, renewable energy and the reconstruction of the Middle East’s  legal system.

The Section is looking to build other local chapters around the world.  If you are interested in helping to create a new chapter, please contact Angela Benson, Staff Membership Director, (angela.benson@americanbar.org).


POLICY

Identifying and influencing public policy issues important to international law, global business, and international institutions is a key Section goal. We engage in regular review and recommendation of policy issues, such as proposing model laws, commenting on private international law treaties, and regularly interact with government officials to improve the practice of private international law.  The Section is a leader in the development and execution of policy on key international law issues, and our Committees are a primary engine of Section policy development.  For more information on developing policy, click here.

The Section submitted joint comments with the Section of Intellectual Property Law to the National Copyright Administration of the People’s Republic of China on China’s draft copyright law.

The Section also submitted joint comments with the Section of Antitrust Law to (1) to the Canadian Competition Bureau’s regarding its Draft Updated Enforcement Guidelines on the Abuse of Dominance Provisions; and (2) to the U.K. Office of Fair Trading regarding its consultation paper entitled Review of the OFT’s Investigation Procedures in Competition Cases.

These comments can be found on the Section’s policy page.

Policy Implementation
The Section is pleased to note that the ABA House of Delegates Resolution 103 involving data privacy and discovery was at least considered by at least one case, in the Southern District of New York, and in a recent New York Law Journal article discussing the issue.  While the court may not have gone the way that proponents of data protection might have liked, the fact that the resolution is being offered as part of these motions is testament to the importance that such policy statements may have.


UPCOMING SECTION PROGRAMS

The Section develops and provides cost-effective, cutting-edge, timely programs with world class speakers and materials on issues that enhance members’ professional skills including professional ethics.  Our Committees are the engine driving program development. For more information about the Section’s programming calendar and information on how to develop a program, click here.

Moscow, Russia, September 21, 2012 “The 4th Annual Conference on the Resolution of CIS-Related Business Disputes” – For more information and to register, please visit http://ambar.org/moscow2012

The 13th Annual LIVE from the SEC, October 2, 2012 “Recent Developments in International Securities Regulation and Enforcement”  – For more information and to register, please visit: ambar.org/SEC2012

Registration for the 2012 Fall Meeting in Miami October 16-20 is now open.  For more information and to register, please visit ambar.org/ilfall2012

SAVE THE DATE! Brussels, Belgium, November 12-13, 2012 “Increasing Access to Justice Through Class Actions: A Conference for Litigators & Policy-Makers” presented by the International Human Rights Committee More information and registration will be available soon

SAVE THE DATE! London, United Kingdom, November 29, 2012 “Capital Markets in the 21st Century” More information and registration available soon

From May 16 until June 25 we will be accepting program proposals for the Section’s 2013 Spring Meeting, which will take place from April 23 – 27, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, DC.


HIGHLIGHTING OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS

Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) will hold its Canadian Legal Conference and Marketplace in Vancouver, August 12 – 14.  For more information, please visit: http://www.cba.org/cba/vancouver2012/main/.

Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) will hold its 37th Annual Convention in Seattle, August 22 – 25.  The Section will be represented by Finance Officer Marcelo Bombau. For more information, please visit: http://www.hnba.com/news-events/annual-convention/.

International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
The International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) will hold its 50th Annual Conference in Barcelona August 28 – September 1.  The Section will be represented by Section Chair-Elect Bart Legum and Former Section Chair Salli Swartz.  For more information, please visit: http://aijabarcelona2012.org/.


COMMITTEES

Upcoming Committee Programs
Registration for the following Committee programs will be available on the Section website under the Events and CLE tab. To submit a non-CLE program proposal, please click here.

Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session One: Legal Regimes, Deal Structures and General Legal Considerations, June 19, 2012
A non-CLE teleconference presented by the International M&A Joint Venture Committee. This is the first of seven sessions on this topic; registration is available for each individual session, or a “package pass” for all seven sessions and their recordings for the price of six sessions.

Antitrust Enforcement in South East Asian Countries: State and Trends, July 3, 2012
A non-CLE teleconference jointly presented by the International Antitrust Law Committee and the Asia/Pacific Committee.

Recent Development in CBP’s Penalties Branch, July 10, 2012
A non-CLE teleconference and in-person program presented by the Customs Law Committee

Recent Developments in Insider Trading and Market Abuse Regulation in the US, EU and Asia, July 11, 2012
A non-CLE teleconference presented by the International Securities and Capital Markets Committee

Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Two: Non-Disclosure Agreements, July 18, 2012
A non-CLE teleconference presented by the International M&A Joint Venture Committee. This is the second of seven sessions on this topic; registration is available for each individual session, or a “package pass” for all seven sessions and their recordings for the price of six sessions.

Antitrust Enforcement in African Countries: State and Trends, September 5, 2012
A non-CLE teleconference jointly presented by the International Antitrust Law Committee and Africa Committee

Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Three: Letters of Intent, September 6, 2012
A non-CLE teleconference presented by the International M&A Joint Venture Committee. This is the third of seven sessions on this topic; registration is available for each individual session, or a “package pass” for all seven sessions and their recordings for the price of six sessions.

Migration and People Movement: Front-Line Insights on Business Practices for India, China and the United States, September 18, 2012
A non-CLE teleconference jointly presented by the China Committee, Immigration and Naturalization Committee and the India Committee

Humanitarian Uses of Patents, September 27, 2012
A non-CLE teleconference presented by the International Pro Bono Committee

Join a Committee!
Membership in our committees is free, and it is never too early to get involved and start making contacts. Join a committee today!


PUBLICATIONS

The Section provides high-quality, timely, and practical publications on key international law issues, and our Committees are empowered to develop high-quality, timely, and practical publications. For more information about the Section’s publications activities, click here.

International Law News

Fall Issue Deadline: June 27, 2012
Theme: Information Privacy and Security (including Wiki law)

Winter Issue Deadline: October 22, 2012
Theme: International Anti-Bribery Compliance and Investigation

International Law News (ILN) publishes high-quality submissions on topics in our field. ILN editors are especially interested in articles related to each issue’s theme.

Submissions must follow the “ILN Author Guidelines” to be considered. The guidelines are posted here. For guidance or to submit an article, please contact ILN@americanbar.org. Ideas for future themes and articles are welcome.

The International Lawyer
The latest edition of The International Lawyer is now online. To view a copy of volume 45:4 please click here (must be a member of the Section to access).

Individual articles from the Year in Review 2011 are now online. To view a copy of your Committee’s submission to the YIR, please click here (must be a member of the Section to access).


RULE OF LAW ACTIVITIES

The Section actively promotes the global acceptance and just implementation of the rule of law.  The Section, through ABA policy mechanisms and the Section’s rule of law activities, promotes and defends the rule of law around the world, including, but not limited to, defending the independence of the profession and the judiciary around the world. The Section is an active participant in the Association’s Center for Human Rights and related entities, and continues to support the ABA-UNDP International Legal Resource Center. The Section’s rule of law activities include technical legal assistance, pro bono legal services, legal services for the poor, capacity building, and other governance and human development activities. Committees are a primary engine of the Section’s rule of law activities. For more information about the Section’s rule of law activities, click here.

Partnership with the World Bank’s Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development
The Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development (“GFLJD”) aims at facilitating the identification, discussion, production, and sharing of innovative and customized legal and institutional tools to address global, regional or national development challenges. It seeks to: (1) promote a better understanding of the role of law and justice in the development process, through structured South-South and North-South dialogues amongst relevant stakeholders and a research agenda that will facilitate and support the co-generation of knowledge; (2) strengthen and better integrate legal and judicial institutions in the development process, through the carrying out of relevant  capacity building initiatives; and (3) provide access to  an open repository of knowledge. The GFLJD will set measurable, sustainable goals for itself in these areas, and evaluate its progress.

The Section is an Intellectual Partner providing in-kind contributions on a number of thematic topics. The topics will be coordinated through thematic working groups on these overarching themes:

  • Justice Reform/Rule of Law Reform
  • Private Sector Development and Finance
  • Environmental Law & Natural Resources
  • Governance and Anti-Corruption (GAC)
  • Inclusion and Equity for Vulnerable Groups

If you are interested in contributing to any of these abovementioned themes, please contact us at introl@americanbar.org.  For more information on GFLJD, please review this PowerPoint presentation.

Program Support Fund
The Section’s Rule of Law Activities are supported by the Section Support Fund under the ABA Fund for Justice and Education, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (donate online). The Section Support Fund is used for activities that fall under ABA Goal IV: “to advance the Rule of Law.” The Section undertook its first overseas project in 1986 and, in the more than twenty years since, ABA International has implemented numerous short- and long-term legal capacity building projects around the world. The Section’s Rule of Law Officer, Jason Matechak, and Rule of Law Committee oversee ABA International’s activities in coordination with Section staff.

J-1 Visas for Visiting International Lawyers
As a U.S. government designated sponsor, the ABA Section of International Law’s International Legal Exchange Training Program (“ILEX”) certifies international lawyers’ eligibility for exchange visitor status under the J-1 visa. International attorneys with a training offer from a U.S. law firm or legal office can apply for the J-1 visa through ABA International’s ILEX program. Trainees must complete the ILEX application, which is then processed electronically through the U.S. Department of State. To learn more about the program, click here.