Around the Section of International Law - January 2019

ABA International Members,

Happy New Year! To all of our colleagues who are attending the ABA and Section Midyear Meeting at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, welcome! I look forward to meeting you, if I haven’t already.

Policies

On January 24 we celebrated the ninth annual International Day of the Endangered Lawyer, honoring legal professionals around the globe who work tirelessly, and often at great personal risk, in defense of human rights. We highlight the plight of many of our colleagues – the lawyers, prosecutors, judges and others whose job it is to ensure that governments of all kinds, including those with limited rule of law regimes - honor their human rights responsibilities and commitments. Our efforts to call attention to this critical work, led by Judge Delissa Ridgway and Rule of Law Officer Mikhail Reider-Gordon, have inspired ABA President Bob Carlson to issue a statement commemorating the International Day of the Endangered Lawyer.

Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the Section’s Annual Conference at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. from April 9 – 13, 2019! In addition to stellar programming, some great networking events are on the schedule, including receptions at a local winery and the historic Decatur House on Lafayette Square, constructed in 1818. More information and registration details

ABA Day on the Hill

During the same week as our Annual Conference, many Section members will also be participating in ABA Day on the Hill from April 9-11, during which ABA members meet their Members of Congress to express support for Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and preserving the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

City Chapters

The Section has a number of City Chapters, which provide excellent regional networking and information exchange opportunities for members and prospective members. Our City Chapters include vibrant communities of lawyers in Barcelona-Madrid, Buenos Aires, Mexico City (in formation), Paris, Quito-Guayaquil, Rome-Milan, San Diego-Tijuana, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Tokyo and Vienna.  Membership Officer Patrick Del Duca convenes calls of City Chapter leaders every two months to share best practices and common challenges.  Look for more news of City Chapter activities, such as events organized in conjunction with international meetings that draw Section and American Bar Association leadership, and with prominent national and local bar associations in the respective Chapters’ countries. We are also planning to assist our City Chapters in their efforts to reach out to LLM students returning home from studies in the United States and to organize breakfasts, lunches and dinners with stimulating guest speakers and solid content.

Technology Transition

The new ABA website, and our Section’s microsite, are now both live. It is very important to claim your ABA profile if you have not already done so, at MyABA.org. You will need to create a new password the first time you access your profile, and also make sure you are subscribed to the correct Connect groups corresponding (for the most part) to the Section committees of which you are a member. For detailed instructions on how to do this, and answers to other frequently asked questions on the new technology, see this quick guide to ABA Connect . If you experience difficulty logging in or find incorrect information in your profile, please contact ABA Member Services at 800-285-2221 (U.S.) or 312-988-5522 (international). 

Announcements

Please beware of fraudulent dues invoices purporting to come from the ABA, since some members have received them! For more information, see the ABA Twitter posts.

Remembering Glenn Ware

The Section mourns the passing of one of its long-time members, Glenn Ware.  Many in the ABA family knew Glenn for his energy and deep expertise in the international anti-corruption practice area.  As a World Bank lawyer, he introduced the practice of corporate self-disclosure, transforming the organization’s anti-corruption enforcement program.  Glenn later became a senior partner with professional services firm PwC.  He was active in the ABA, serving as a frequent speaker and author of articles within our Section and the Criminal Justice and Business Law Sections.  Glenn is survived by his two children and his wife Leslie Benton, former Co-Chair of the International Anti-Corruption Committee and also a long-time Section member.

Robert L. Brown
Chair, Section of International Law