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Member News
Send in Your News Items
Member Appointment

Membership
Young Lawyer Member Profile of the Month
Spotlight on the International Family Law Committee
Pathways to Employment in International Law Program

Policy
Section Policy Comments

Upcoming Section Programs
The 4th Annual Conference on the Resolution of CIS-Related Business Disputes
The 13th Annual LIVE from the SEC
2012 Fall Meeting
Increasing Access to Justice Through Class Actions: A Conference for Litigators & Policy Makers
Capital Markets in the 21st Century
Now accepting Program Proposals for the 2013 Spring Meeting

Highlighting our International Partners
International Bar Association (IBA) & Uganda Law Society
Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)
International Law Association (ILA)
International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)

Committees
Upcoming Committee Programs
Join a Committee!
Commitee Homepages

Publications
International Law News
The International Lawyer
NEW! Global Business Immigration Practice Guide from LexisNexis

Rule of Law Activities
Upcoming Rule of Law Programs
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,

We have two very important teleconferences to offer you this month:

First, “Law, U.S. Security, and Nuclear Weapons: The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and Beyond,” July 20, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  A dialogue between Ambassador Graham, Jr., Co-Chair of the Section’s Nuclear Non-proliferation Task Force, and Rose Gottemoeller, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance.  This program furthers the policy initiated by the Section of International Law and adopted by the American Bar Association in August 2010 urging the United States to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Whether you are familiar with the CTBT or are new to the issue, and regardless of your position on ratification, you will learn much from this event. Click here to register:

Second, “Rule of Law Info Series: The Role of the Military in Advancing the Rule of Law,” July 25, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Speakers include Robert Krayinsky, Director for the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Rule of Law and Detainee Policy); John McLouglin, Regional Program Director for African programs at the Defense Institute for International Legal Studies; and Colonel James Dapper, Legal Counsel for the U.S. AFRICOM.  The discussion will focus on the role of the military in advancing the rule of law throughout Africa.  Click here to register:

Of course, early August also brings the Section Leadership Retreat and ABA Annual Meeting.  The Retreat will be at Chicago’s Union League Club on August 1 and 2. If you haven’t been before, 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.

The Section has an unprecedented three 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; Justice Morris J. Fish, Supreme Court of Canada; and Justice Salim Joubran, Israeli Supreme Court. This program will be held at Hyatt Regency Chicago, Regency Ballroom D, Gold Level, West Tower on Friday, August 3, 2012 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.  

Toronto and Chicago are only 438 miles apart. Somehow it took me more than 50,000 miles to get from last year’s Annual Meeting to this year’s meeting.  And every mile was memorable. With this, my last E-Update, I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who has made this year such a tremendous success.  We would not be the Gateway to International Law without more than 23,000 great members in more than 80 countries around the world.  I am thankful for our Committee Co-Chairs and Vice Chairs who have invested a significant amount of time in making our Committees a very special place. Our Division Chairs have been terrific. I am grateful for the great efforts made by our seasonal meeting Co-Chairs, our stand-alone program Co-Chairs, and those members who participated in planning committees for those programs.

We have the best staff in the entire ABA, and we would not be able to accomplish much without their assistance and support.  They are a truly dedicated group, and they bring great credit to the Section.

We also are very fortunate to have dedicated and talented leadership, including Chair-Elect Bart Legum; Vice-Chair Gabrielle Buckley; Finance Officer Marcelo Bombau;  Secretary Sara Sandford; Liaison Officer Lisa Savitt; Membership Officer Marilyn Kaman; Communications Officer Steven Richman; Technology Officer Robert Brown; Programs Officer Adam Farlow; Rule of Law Officer Jason Matechak; Policy/Government Officer Ron Bettauer; Publications Officer Bill Mock; Officer Gretchen Bellamy; Section Representatives to the ABA House of Delegates Mike Byowitz and Jeff Golden;, Immediate Past Chair Salli Swartz; , and ABA Board of Governors Liaison Sandra McCandless. It has been my honor to know, and serve with, all of them. They are the smartest, most impressive, and most dedicated group of people with whom I have ever worked. I know that Bart, Gabrielle, and Marcelo will, as each of them takes a turn as Chair, bring the Section to even greater success.

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.

Former Council Member Michael Scharf has been appointed Associate Dean for Global Legal Studies at Case Western Reserve Law School.


MEMBERSHIP

Young Lawyer Member Profile of the Month
Hernán D. Camarero: Lawyer with Richards, Cardinal, Tützer, Zabala & ZaeffererSection member Lisette Lavergne is CEO and Attorney at the law firm of Salmen-Navarro & Lavergne, P.C. in New York.  As an international attorney, Lisette is dedicated to diversity and practices in intellectual property law, entertainment law, and immigration law.

Lisette is actively involved in the Section and was a speaker at the Pathways to Employment in International Law program at the 2012 Spring Meeting in New York.  She is also the Chair of a program to be held at the 2012 Fall Meeting in Miami, titled “Right Before Our Eyes: Occupational Segregation and Inequalities Faced by Afro-Latinos in the Workplace.”  The program is sponsored by the Diversity, Latin America & Caribbean, International Corporate Counsel, and Young Lawyer’s Interest Network Committees.  

In addition to her speaking and programming activities, Lisette is one of the principal creators and voices of her firm’s immigration-focused radio show entitled “Hablemos De Inmigracion,” broadcast on Spanish language station AMOR FM 93.1 in New York.  Lisette is actively engaged in recruiting other young lawyers and minorities to become involved in the Section.  To connect with Lisette on her upcoming program or any other initiatives she is working on, she can be reached at: llavergne@lawsnl.com.

Spotlight on the International Family Law Committee
Hernán D. Camarero: Lawyer with Richards, Cardinal, Tützer, Zabala & ZaeffererSection Member Melissa Kucinski, a Family Law Attorney at Bulman, Dunie, Burke & Feld, Senior Advisor to the International Family Law Committee, and Deputy to the Section Chair for Task Forces organized a three- day stand-alone conference held May 24 – 26, 2012 at the ABA offices in Washington, D.C.  The program covered topics such as international family formation, international child relocation, prenuptial agreements, Islamic family law, offshore assets, and international couples in transit.

The event was a huge success with more than 75 attendees from the United States, Canada, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Tunisia.  The program also included a reception at the Canadian Embassy and luncheons at the Bank of America building and the Old Ebbitt Grill.  For more details on this exciting program please see the PowerPoint at the below link:

International Family Law Program PowerPoint

If you have an interest in joining the International Family Law Committee or connecting with Melissa she can be reached at: mkucinski@bulmandunie.com. If you are interested in developing a committee program/conference please contact the Section’s Committee Meeting Planner Curry Wilson at curry.wilson@americanbar.org

Pathways to Employment in International Law Program
Hernán D. Camarero: Lawyer with Richards, Cardinal, Tützer, Zabala & ZaeffererSection Member Alexander Jeglic of the Canadian Commercial Corporation organized a Pathways to Employment in International Law program at The University of Ottawa School of Law on February 29, 2012.  The program was very successful with over 50 participants. This is the second straight year the school has hosted a Pathways program. 

Speakers included Hon. Senator Marie-P. (Charette) Poulin, Heenan Blaikie; Gerry Stobo, Borden Ladner Gervais; Catherine McKenna, Canadian Lawyers Abroad; and D. Jeremy Hill,  The Hill Strategy Group Inc.  The program was co- sponsored by the Canadian Commercial Corporation and the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Common Law Section.  To see images from the event click on the below link:

University of Ottawa Pathways Program

Alex also is actively engaged in the Section’s Canada Committee.  If you would like to connect with Alex, he can be reached at: ajeglic@CCC.Ca

UPCOMING SCHEDULED PATHWAYS EVENTS FOR FALL 2012

  • John Marshall Law School – July 31, 2012
  • SMU School of Law – Fall 2012
  • George Mason University School of Law – Fall 2012
  • Boston University School of Law – Fall 2012
  • Phoenix School of Law – Fall 2012
  • International Law Weekend/Fordham University School of Law – Fall 2012
  • The Hague University of Applied Sciences – Fall 2012
  • The University of Cincinnati College of Law – Fall 2012

For more information about the Pathways Program or to inquire about having one at your law school please contact the Section’s Membership Director, Angela Benson at angela.benson@americanbar.org.


POLICY

The Section submitted joint comments with the Section of Antitrust Law on the Colombian Superintendent’s Draft Guidelines on Trade Associations. These blanket authority comments can be found on the Section’s policy page.


UPCOMING SECTION PROGRAMS

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  – For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.ambar.org/SEC2012.

2012 Fall Meeting in Miami, October 16-20, 2012 – For more information and to register, please visit http://www.ambar.org/ilfall2012.

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. The event will be held at the European Parliament. More information and registration will be available soon on the Section website.

London, United Kingdom, November 29, 2012 “Capital Markets in the 21st Century” For more information and to register, visit http://www.ambar.org/london2012.

The 2013 Spring Meeting Co-Chairs are accepting program proposals until June 25th 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

International Bar Association (IBA) & Uganda Law Society
The International Bar Association (IBA) & Uganda Law Society will hold its African Regional Forum in Kampala, Uganda August 8 - 10 August 2012For more information, please visit: http://iba-arf.com/.

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 Law Association (ILA)
The International Law Association (ILA) will hold its 75th Annual Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria August 26 – 30.  For more information, please visit: http://www.ila2012.bamp.bg/

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.

Antitrust Enforcement in African Countries – State & Trends
September 5, 2012
A non-CLE teleconference presented by the Antitrust Law and Africa Committees

Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Three – Letters of Intent
September 6, 2012
The third session of a seven part non-CLE teleconference series presented by the International M&A Joint Venture Committee

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

Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Four – Due Diligence, September 19, 2012
The fourth session of a seven part non-CLE teleconference series presented by the International M&A Joint Venture Committee

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

Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Five – The Acquisition Agreement
November 7, 2012
The fifth session of a seven part non-CLE teleconference series presented by the International M&A Joint Venture Committee

Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Six – Differences Between Public and Private Acquisitions
January 16, 2013
The sixth session of a seven part non-CLE teleconference series presented by the International M&A Joint Venture Committee

Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Seven – Closing Logistics
February 20, 2013
The final session of a seven part non-CLE teleconference series presented by the International M&A Joint Venture 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

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.

The International Lawyer
The 2011 Year in Review is now online. To view a copy of your Committee’s submission to the YIR or the publication in its entirety, please click here.

NEW! Global Business Immigration Practice Guide from LexisNexis
Special Offer - 20% discount for Section members through September 30th, 2012!

LexisNexis and the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL) have just published “Global Business Immigration Practice Guide,” a one-stop resource for dealing with questions related to business immigration issues in immigration hotspots around the world. Written and edited by a global team of expert attorney members of ABIL, this new guide provides an overview of the immigration law requirements and procedures for over twenty countries, with practical information and tips for obtaining visas, work permits, resident status, naturalization, and other nonimmigrant and immigrant pathways to conducting business, investing, and working in those countries. This guide is ideal for human resources professionals and in-house attorneys who need to instruct, understand, and liaise with immigration lawyers licensed in other countries, as well as for business immigration attorneys who regularly work with multinational corporations and their employees and HR professionals on global mobility issues. This publication can be purchased in the U.S. by calling 800-223-1940 or online at the LexisNexis Store. For orders outside the U.S., please email nicole.hahn@lexisnexis.com or call 518-487-3004.


RULE OF LAW ACTIVITIES

Upcoming Rule of Law Programs
Registration for the following Rule of Law programs will be available on the Section website under the Events and CLE tab.

Law, U.S. Security, and Nuclear Weapons: The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and Beyond
July 20, 2012
The teleconference brings together three of the most prominent speakers on nuclear arms control: (1) Rose Gottemoeller, Acting Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. Department of State, (2) Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr., a retired senior U.S. diplomat, and (3) Jonathan Granoff, Chair of the Section of International Law’s Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation.

Section Rule of Law Informational Series: The Role of the Military in Advancing the Rule of Law
July 25, 2012
The last of the Section’s 2011-2012 series of Rule of Law Informational Sessions will discuss the role of the U.S. military in advancing the rule of law throughout Africa.

Partnership with the World Bank’s Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development
The Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development (GFLJD) aims to facilitate the identification, discussion, production and sharing of innovative and customized legal and institutional tools to address global, regional or national development challenges. The Forum seeks to (i) promote a better understanding of the role of law and justice in the development process, through structured South-South and North-South dialogues among relevant stakeholders, and a research agenda that will facilitate and support the co-generation of knowledge; (ii) strengthen and better integrate legal and judicial institutions in the development process, through the carrying out of relevant  capacity building initiatives; and (iii) 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. We will continue to provide you with details on the latest developments of this partnership. 

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.