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Member News
This Month in the Section

Section Policy Comments

Upcoming Section Programs
Section Events Calendar
World Bank: Law, Justice and Development Week 2011: Innovation and Empowerment for Development - Section Co-Sponsored Event

Highlighting our International Partners
International Bar Association
Union Internationale des Avocats

Epecially For Our Law Students and Young Lawyers
Pathways to Employment in International Law
Rona R. Mears Student Writing Competition & Scholarship Award
Mentorship Program

Upcoming Committee Programs
Join a Committee!
Commitee Homepages

How to Publish with the Section
Real Property Law in China: A Guide to Foreign Investment
International Law News
The International Lawyer

Rule of Law Activities
Program Support Fund
J-1 Visas for Visiting International Lawyers

Salli Swartz

Dear Colleagues,

October has been a very special month for ABA International. It began with our participation in the Opening of the Legal Year (OLY) in London.  We coordinated a reception for ABA President Bill Robinson and many other bar leaders from around the globe, as part of the OLY festivities.

More than sixty Section members joined us in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for an ILEX briefing trip that focused on Northern Ireland’s changing legal landscape. Then, more than 1,100 people joined us in Dublin for our largest, and best, Fall Meeting ever.  We heard from terrific speakers such as Ireland’s President Mary McAleese, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, former Irish President Mary Robinson, former Chief Justice of the Irish Supreme Court John Murray, and Kingsley Aikins, the former CEO of the Worldwide Ireland Funds. We had terrific events at the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin City Hall, the offices of Matheson Ormsby Prentice, and the Mansion House. Special thanks and congratulations go to the Fall Meeting Co-Chairs Gabrielle Buckley, Tony Burke, Kieran Cowhey, Elisa Kearney, and Mark O’Sullivan and the Steering and Planning Committees for planning and executing a sensational program. We’re grateful that ABA President Bill Robinson, his wife Joan, ABA President-Elect Laurel Bellows, and ABA President-Elect designee (and former Section Chair) Jim Silkenat attended at least a part of our programming in Belfast and Dublin. We also owe our thanks to the Law Society of Ireland, the Bar Council of Ireland, the Law Society of Northern Ireland, and the Bar Council of Northern Ireland for their terrific support of our programs.

And, just this week, we had a great audience for the 12th annual “Live from the SEC’ program co-hosted by ABA International and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. “Live from the SEC” is an interactive video conference linking the SEC headquarters in Washington, D.C., with practitioners around the world. The Commission uses “Live” as a principal means for disseminating information on international securities regulation issues.  As a compliment to “Live,” ABA International, along with the Law Society of England and Wales will, on December 7, host a program in London on the future of international capital markets.

ABA International was also pleased to be a sponsor of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative Dinner this month where United Nations Under-Secretary-General Michelle Bachelet received its 2011 Rule of Law Award.  The Section was represented at the dinner by Liaison Officer Lisa Savitt, Communications Officer Steven Richman, Rule of Law Officer Jason Matechak and Lelia Mooney, Deputy Rule of Law Officer.  Bachelet is also a former President of Chile and Executive Director of the UN Women.

ABA International will be represented at the International Bar Association Meeting in Dubai at the end of this month.  Several Section Officers (led by Chair-Elect Bart Legum) will be attending and the Section will be an exhibitor at the meeting.

October has been a busy month with a great many members working collectively to achieve what none could achieve individually. That’s one of ABA International’s great strengths—how members from different locations and legal disciplines work together to develop blockbuster programming, projects, and publications. Our outreach to the next generation of international lawyers is paying real dividends. In October, we sponsored six Pathways to Employment in International Law programs at law schools across the United States — in addition to one held at the Dublin Fall Meeting. To date, these inspirational programs have reached more than 1,500 law students and young lawyers. I encourage you to share your international career experience at a Pathways event near you. I also encourage you to volunteer to mentor our younger members—in this tough economy, being a mentor is an easy and effective way to give back. For more details, contact the Section's Membership Director, Angela Benson, at angela.benson@americanbar.org.

Michael E. Burke


Remember to send any news of achievements to Steven Richman (smrichman@duanemorris.com), Communications Officer, for inclusion in upcoming issues.

Mark Wojcik and Steven Richman chaired a panel at the International Law Student Association International Law Weekend conference in New York last weekend. The Section is a supporter of the International Law Weekend.

Former Section Chair Don DeAmicis has left Ropes & Gray and is now General Counsel of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. Government’s foreign development finance institution.


The Section submitted comments with the Intellectual Property Law Section on the Proposed Trademark Law as issued for consultation by the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.
Cover Letter | Comments

The Section submitted comments with the Antitrust Law Section to the European Commission on its draft Guidance Paper on quantifying harm in actions for damages.
Cover Letter | Comments


Click here for a full list of upcoming Section and co-sponsored programs.

Mark your calendars now for the Section’s Spring Meeting in New York, April 17-21, 2012.

World Bank: Law, Justice and Development Week 2011: Innovation and Empowerment for Development
The American Bar Association Section of International Law is a co-sponsor of the World Bank Group's Law, Justice and Development (LJD) Week 2011. The forum will explore how legal innovation and empowerment can contribute to development. LJD Week is scheduled for November 14 - 17, 2011, at World Bank headquarters in Washington DC, and will include: a three-day International Forum on November 14 - 16 with an opening session followed by parallel sessions and a plenary round table of General Counsels, and concludes with a training day on November 17. Full Agenda Details

Section Members receive a 20% discount. However, this discount is only available if one is a member of the Section or the ABA and registers with the ABA through the access link below. Members who register on the World Bank website will not receive this special discount or receive compensation for the discount. ABA and Section Members Discounted Rate is $400. Register Now.

Interested law students should email introl@americanbar.org for further instructions. Questions can also be directed to this email address.

There will be an ABA Section of International Law Reception on November 15, from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at the World Bank Atrium. Special guests include:

  • ABA President, Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson;
  • World Bank President, Robert Zoellick;
  • ABA Section of International Law Chair, Mike Burke; and
  • Mr. Ahmed Jehani, Libyan Minister for Reconstruction and Stabilization.

The Section is offering 50 FREE TICKETS to attend the RECEPTION ONLY! These tickets are being issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. A ticket to the reception does not provide access to the conference. Click here to registerfor the reception only.

A special thanks to sponsoring firms: Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, Paul Hastings LLP, and Winston & Strawn LLP!


International Bar Association
The International Bar Association (IBA) will hold its Annual Conference in Dubai October 30 – November 4, 2011. The Section will be exhibiting materials at the conference and Membership Director Angela Benson will be staffing the booth. The Section will be represented by Chair-Elect Bart Legum, Vice-Chair Gabrielle Buckley, and IBA liaison and Former Chair Deborah Enix-Ross. For more information, please visit the IBA website.

Union Internationale des Avocats
The Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) will hold its Annual Congress in Miami October 30 – November 4, 2011 as well. The Section will be exhibiting materials and will be represented by Section Chair Mike Burke. For more information, please visit the UIA website.


Pathways to Employment in International Law
Mark Your Calendar for the Pathways to Employment in International Law Program series with stops around the country. Enjoy a unique forum that brings law students and new lawyers together with experienced legal practitioners to explore opportunities for employment in international law. To host a Pathways Program at your law school contact Angela Benson at angela.benson@americanbar.org. Upcoming Programs include:

  • Howard University School of Law – November 1, 2011
  • University of Baltimore School of Law – November 3, 2011
  • Capital University Law School – November 8, 2011
  • Valparaiso Law Career Center – November 9, 2011
  • Suffolk University School of Law – Spring 2012
  • University of San Francisco School of Law – Spring 2012

Rona R. Mears Student Writing Competition & Scholarship Award

The 2012 Competition is underway; the topic is “The Restatement (Third) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States is Being Revised. What Section or Group of Related Sections of the Restatement, Should be Revised, Why and How?”

The deadline to submit an essay is Friday, January 20, 2012. First Prize is $1,000 for First and Second Place Winners and a $1,000 travel Stipend for each winner to attend the Section’s Spring Meeting in New York City, April 17 -21, 2012.

To find out essay guidelines and submission details please go to www.americanbar.org/intlaw

Mentorship Program
The Section is just about to launch the second round of mentor-mentee matches next month. If you are interested in being a mentor or a mentee please contact Membership Director Angela Benson at angela.benson@americanbar.org. Helping the next generation of attorneys and Section leaders is very rewarding and does not take up much time. A Mentorship area of the website is currently in development and will be available soon.


Upcoming Committee Programs
Registration for the following committee programs can be found at the section website under the Events and CLE section.

Monday October 24th 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Antitrust in Latin America: What’s Going On? A non-CLE teleconference sponsored by the International Antitrust Committee, and cosponsored by the Latin America & Caribbean, and Mexico Committees

Tuesday October 25th 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Anti-Corruption Investigation Insurance: Risk & Solutions Beyond D&O Coverage
A non-CLE live in person program and teleconference sponsored by the International Anti-Corruption Committee.

Thursday October 27th 11:00AM – 12:30 PM. Human Trafficking: Is the Solution Beyond the Scope of Domestic Legal Mechanisms?
A CLE live in person program and teleconference sponsored by the International Human Rights Committee, and cosponsored by the Africa, India, NGO & Not-for-Profit Organization, Women’s Interest Network, International Criminal Law, International Pro Bono, National Security, Corporate Social Responsibility, International Refugee Law, International Employment Law, and the Russia-Eurasia Committees as well as the ABA-IRR Women’s Rights

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!


How to Publish with the Section
Publishing remains a high priority for the Section and excellent way to credentialize yourself. Books can range from forty page monographs to more extensive volumes, including multiple authors. Please let William B.T. Mock, Publications Officer(7mock@jmls.edu) and/or Russ Dombrow, Deputy Publications Officer (rwdombrow@gmail.com) if you have book ideas. The procedures and form for making a book proposal can be found here. Also think about committee newsletters as an opportunity to get your name out.

Real Property Law in China: A Guide to Foreign Investment
by Amy L. Sommers and Kara L. Phillips

Written for legal professionals who deal with foreign investments and real property transactions in China, this book discusses the key laws and regulations relevant to foreign investment in various types of transactions involving real property rights and to illustrate the application of those laws through an examination of exemplar projects. For non-People's Republic of China (PRC) trained lawyers, understanding China's unique real estate system can be challenging. Consequently, this book has been organized to provide an integrated view of how China's real property regime is organized, particularly as it relates to foreign investment in real property projects.

2011 PC 5210214  $134.95 - regular price/$99.95 -- International Law Section member price

International Law News
The next article submission deadline for International Law News is December 20, 2011. International Law News is looking for high-quality submissions on topics in our field, especially articles related to the Spring 2012 issue’s special focus: International Litigation and Arbitration in Asia. See the Author Guidelines under “Submission Guidelines.” Submissions must follow our Author Guidelines to be considered. For guidance or to submit an article, please contact ILN@americanbar.org.

Upcoming ILN themes and deadlines:
Summer 2012, Regional Focus: Africa, April 4, 2012
Fall 2012, Information Privacy and Security, June 27, 2012

The International Lawyer
Individual articles from the Year in Review 2010 are now online. To view a copy of your committee’s submission to the YIR, please click here.


Program Support Fund
The Section’s Rule of Law Activities are supported by the Section Support Fund through the ABA Fund for Justice and Education, which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (donate online: www.abanet.org/intlaw/giftform.html). These activities fall under the ABA’s fourth institutional goal, “to advance the Rule of Law,” adopted in 1983. ABA International has actively contributed to this vital initiative. 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, please visit: http://ambar.org/ilex for additional information.