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):
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
Reminder: Send items for “member news” to Steven Richman (firstname.lastname@example.org), Communications Officer, using “SIL Member News” in the email subject line, for inclusion in upcoming issues.
Young Lawyer Member Profile of the Month
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: email@example.com.
Spotlight on the International Family Law Committee
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:
If you have an interest in joining the International Family Law Committee or connecting with Melissa she can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in developing a committee program/conference please contact the Section’s Committee Meeting Planner Curry Wilson at email@example.com.
Pathways to Employment in International Law 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:
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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)
Upcoming Committee Programs
Antitrust Enforcement in African Countries – State & Trends
Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Three – Letters of Intent
Migration and People Movement: Front-line Insights on Business Practices for India, China and the United States
Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Four – Due Diligence, September 19, 2012
Humanitarian Use of Patents
Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Five – The Acquisition Agreement
Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Six – Differences Between Public and Private Acquisitions
Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Seven – Closing Logistics
International Law News
Fall Issue Deadline: June 27, 2012
Winter Issue Deadline: October 22, 2012
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
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Upcoming Rule of Law Programs
Law, U.S. Security, and Nuclear Weapons: The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and Beyond
Section Rule of Law Informational Series: The Role of the Military in Advancing the Rule of Law
Partnership with the World Bank’s Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development
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:
If you are interested in contributing to any of these abovementioned themes, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.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
J-1 Visas for Visiting International Lawyers