Welcome to the 2012-2013 ABA/Section year! As this is my first e-update as Chair, I ask your indulgence as I thank those who made this possible, particularly our Immediate Past Chair Mike Burke for his superb guidance and direction. He will be a hard act to follow. Fortunately the Section has a great leadership team, including Gabrielle Buckley, our Chair-Elect; Marcelo Bombau, Vice Chair; Lisa Savitt, Finance Officer; Sara Sandford, Secretary/Operations Officer; Robert Brown, Membership Officer; Adam Farlow, Liaison Officer; Steve Richman, Programs Officer; Isabella Bunn, Rule of Law Officer; Ron Bettauer, Policy Officer, Bill Mock, Publications Officer, Gretchen Bellamy, Diversity Officer, Dixon Miller, Technology Officer; Fiona Schaeffer, Communications Officer, and our Delegates Glenn Hendrix and Jeff Golden (also former Section Chairs). Our leaders ensure the high level and quality of the Section’s programs, publications, policy and projects—but our Committees and our active members are the engine that makes the Section “go.”
If you haven’t already, I hope you will register for our Fall Meeting in Miami, October 16-20. This is going to be a very special opportunity to meet with international practitioners (both in-house and outside counsel), academics, and government officials from around the world and to network with fellow Section members. Keynote speakers will include leaders of the United Nations, the US Department of Commerce and a justice of Brazil's highest court. The beautiful New World Symphony building off Lincoln Road and the spectacular Moore building in the Design District will welcome us for receptions. And over 60 panels will explore the most topical issues in international practice today. A direct link to the agenda and registration form is included under Program Updates below.
On behalf of our entire leadership team, I look forward to a terrific year.
Reminder: Send items for “member news” to Fiona Schaeffer (firstname.lastname@example.org), Communications Officer, for inclusion in upcoming issues.
Sean McMillan, a former committee leader and an outstanding corporate and IP lawyer and partner of the Greenberg Traurig firm in Los Angeles, died tragically last month when the plane he piloted crashed into an LA residential street in a courageous emergency landing that likely saved many lives. Sean was a wonderful guy and friend to many--full of life and vigor and he loved to fly; he was a philanthropist who flew many volunteer medical missions in his plane for Angel Flight for 20+ years. Those of us who knew him will miss his intelligence, good humor, cheerful demeanor and compassion; those who didn’t know him have lost forever the opportunity to know a real Mensch.
Section Member Ausra Deluard is an Associate in the global competition group at Jones Day and based in San Francisco. Ausra is our new Deputy Membership Officer of the Membership Committee and will be working this year to expand the Section’s Mentorship Program as well as find new ways to recruit students and young lawyers and encourage them to become active members of the Section.In addition to the Membership Committee, Ausra is a Vice-Chair of the Young Lawyer’s Interest Network and the Law Student, LL.M. & New Lawyer Outreach Committees. Ausra has also served as a Deputy Program Officer and was heavily involved in the organization of the 2012 Spring Meeting in New York. In addition to organizing and speaking on a program on antitrust issues in transactions around the world, Ausra planned and negotiated the After-Hours party, she also organized the Corporate Counsel Breakfast and the Young Lawyers brunch. Ausra also co-chaired a global compliance program with Fiona Schaeffer that won “Outstanding CLE Program” at the 2012 Section Retreat in Chicago. If you’d like to connect with Ausra on any of the initiatives she is working on she can be reached at email@example.com
Pathways to Employment in International Law Programs
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 E.U. 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 can be found at http://www.ambar.org/brussels2012
London, United Kingdom, November 29, 2012 “Capital Markets in the 21st Century” For more information and to register, visit http://www.ambar.org/london2012.
SAVE THE DATE! 2013 Spring Meeting in Washington, DC, April 23-27, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. For more information, please visit: http://www.ambar.org/ilspring2013
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
In the Belly of the Beast: Commercial Cargo and Security In an Era of Weapons of Mass Destruction, September 12, 2012
Mexico-U.S. Cross Border Investment Tax Issues, September 13, 2012
Migration and People Movement: Front-line Insights on Business Practices for India, China and the United States, September 18, 2012
Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Four – Due Diligence, September 19, 2012
Medical Devices Exports and Joint Ventures in India, September 24, 2012
White Collar Criminal Investigations and Proceedings in France and the U.S., September 25, 2012
Humanitarian Use of Patents, September 27, 2012
Effective Compliance Tools for Cross-Border Regulation, October 15, 2012
Update: FBAR, FATCA 8938 & Voluntary Disclosure, October 30 or 31, 2012
Tips for Navigating MOFCOM Merger Review, November 1, 2012
Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Five – The Acquisition Agreement, November 7, 2012
OFAC Facilitation: I (Don’t) Know it When I See It, November 8, 2012
Series on FATCA #2 – Impact on Banking Industry, November 28, 2012
Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Six – Differences Between Public and Private Acquisitions, January 16, 2013
Tax Treaties & Exchange of Information Agreements – Impact on Cross-Border Commerce, February 6, 2013
Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Seven – Closing Logistics, February 20, 2013
Increased Audit & Enforcement: Impact on Your Clients, May 21, 2013
International Law News
Winter Issue Deadline: October 22, 2012
Spring Issue Deadline: December 10, 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 or Managing Editor Lisa Comforty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ideas for future themes and articles are welcome.
The International Lawyer
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 email@example.com or call 518-487-3004.
Rule of Law Informational Series
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 exploring 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.
Members Contribute to the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2012 Questionnaire
Program Support Fund
J-1 Visas for Visiting International Lawyers