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Member News
Send in Your News Items
Member Get A Member Campaign

Section Policy Comments

Upcoming Section Programs
Section Events Calendar
2012 Spring Meeting
World Bank Doing Business Project

Highlighting our International Partners
International Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
American Society of International Law (ASIL)
Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)

Epecially For Our Law Students and Young Lawyers
Pathways to Employment in International Law

Upcoming Committee Programs
Join a Committee!
Commitee Homepages

International Family Law Desk Book
International Law News
The International Lawyer

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

Michael E. Burke

Dear Colleagues,

The ABA Midyear Meeting was a tremendous success for the Section of International Law. Former Chairs Josh Markus and Salli Swartz led a group of very dedicated leaders in a very productive strategic planning session.  Many of new ideas were discussed—and each idea will bring the Section closer to its goals of better serving our members and being the preeminent US-based international legal organization. 

Programs Officer Adam Farlow organized two substantive CLE programs with Julien Meyer and Brian Wallace – one titled “Rescue in Deep Water: Legal Liability for Rescue Efforts in Catastrophic Accidents” and the second titled “Two Years After the Gulf Oil Spill.”  Each program was well-attended and well-received, and topical to the Gulf Coast location of the meeting.

Former Section Chair Jim Silkenat was nominated to become ABA President-Elect, and will be President of the Association in the 2013-2014 ABA year. We’re all very excited for Jim, and his plans for the Association.

The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation honored former Section Chair Mike Byowitz and former Board Liaison Sharon Gertsmann with the Outstanding State Chair Award for their efforts as Co-Chairs for New York chapter of the Foundation

The Council met and considered a number of requests for co-sponsorships from ABA entities with policy recommendations before the ABA House of Delegates. The Section-initiated policy, R&R103, co-sponsored by the Section of Intellectual Property Law, Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and the New York State Bar Association, on cross-border data privacy was passed by the ABA House of Delegates on a close vote.  Congratulations to Ken Rashbaum, the primary author of the recommendation and report, and our International Litigation Committee that supported this effort from the start. Thanks is also due to former Section Chair Mike Byowitz and Steve Younger, Co-Chair of our International Mediation Committee and the Immediate Past President of the New York State Bar Association, for their speeches on the floor of the House of Delegates in support of our recommendation and report.

The Section now has its eye firmly on the 2012 Spring Meeting, which will be held April 17-21 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York. The Meeting Co-Chairs—Fiona Schaeffer, Chad Schmerler, and Lisa Ryan—the Planning Committee and staff have put together a fantastic program. We will have more than 70 CLE programs and great networking events and receptions, including a gala reception at the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We expect more than 1,500 attendees—and I hope that you will join us. The early bird deadline for Spring Meeting registration is February 27th so please make sure you are registered if you are planning to attend—visit http://ambar.org/ILspring2012 for more information.

Finally, our congratulations to Section Staff Membership Director Angela Benson who welcomed son Ryan Connor to her family on February 6th.

Michael E. Burke


Reminder: Send items for “member news” to Steven Richman (smrichman@duanemorris.com), Communications Officer, for inclusion in upcoming issues.

Member Get A Member Campaign
ABA Rewards for Referrals offers new lawyer members complimentary trial ABA and Section membership through August 31, 2012. The members will then be invoiced in September for their 2012-13 dues, if they do not renew, they will be dropped for non-payment in February 2013.

This year’s campaign allows current members to earn rewards for their recruitment efforts:

  • Receive a free iPad if at least 25 new ABA Lawyer members are recruited.
  • Receive a free iPod Touch if they recruit 10 to 24 new ABA Lawyer members
  • Be entered to win airline gift cards if they recruit one or more new members.

Note:  The member ambassador is limited to receiving only 1 iPod Touch or 1 iPad. Incentives will be awarded at the conclusion of the campaign (May 31).

ABA members will be able to track their referral success through a special website (www.ambar.org/ABARewards4Referrals) which tracks a members’ progress against a campaign reward.  This site will help members with sample messages to send through email and social media to prospective members, they are also able to print additional cards if needed.


The Section submitted comments with the Section of Antitrust Law (1) in response to the United Kingdom Office of Fair Trading (OFT) regarding its draft detailed guidance on the principles and processes for applications for leniency and no-action in cartel cases; (2) in response to the United Kingdom Office of Fair Trading (OFT) regarding its draft revised guidance as to the appropriate amount of penalty; and (3) in response to the European Commission's consultation its Technology Transfer Blanket Exemption Regulation and Guidelines on the application of the EU Treaty Article 101 to Technology Transfer Agreements.

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

NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT!  REGISTER TODAY FOR THE 2012 SPRING MEETING! The meeting will be held April 17-21, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt New York. The meeting will feature over 70 CLE programs led by world-class experts, twice-daily networking breaks, daily luncheons with keynote speakers and evening social events at top New York City venues including the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For more information and to register, please visit: http://ambar.org/ILspring2012Early Bird Registration Closes February 27th so register today to get the best rates!

SAVE THE DATE: Mexico City, June 14-16, 2012 “Legal Challenges and Opportunities of Mexico’s Increasing Global Integration: Finance, Investment, Trade and Competition Law” - Registration to open soon!

World Bank Doing Business Project
ABA International has been invited by the Doing Business project at the World Bank and IFC to contribute to the 2013 edition of the global Doing Business report. This invitation follows our recent successful participation in the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law report. Doing Business researches business laws and regulations in over 183 countries. The results of the research are presented in the annual Doing Business report, which is one of the most high-profile publications produced by the World Bank Group. The report offers measurable benchmarks for reform, and results in countries enacting more efficient regulation. Doing Business also serves as a knowledge resource for academics, journalists, private sector and others interested in the business climate of each country.
Doing Business relies on pro-bono contributions of legal professionals to update the data annually.  With this in mind, Doing Business is looking to expand their network of Legal Contributors by reaching out to members of the Section and the ILRC to participate in research surveys for this project.  The report seeks experts in these eight legal areas:

  • starting a business (corporate law)
  • employing workers (employment law)
  • registering property (real estate law)
  • getting credit (collateral law)
  • protecting investors (corporate law)
  • enforcing contracts (commercial litigation)
  • resolving insolvency (bankruptcy)
  • paying taxes (tax and accounting law)

If you are interested in serving as a Contributor, please contact Jacqueline Gichinga at Jacqueline.Gichinga@americanbar.org.
A teleconference with the Doing Business Group is scheduled for February 29, 2012 from 9:00 AM-10:30 AM US EST. We encourage all Contributors to register for this teleconference.


The Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) will hold their 22nd Annual Meeting and Conference in New Delhi at the Taj Palace Hotel February 29 – March 3.  For more information, please click here.

The American Society of International Law (ASIL) will hold its 106th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, March 28 – 31, 2012.  ABA IL members may attend at the ASIL member rate.  The Section will be represented at the conference by Section liaison to ASIL liaisons Lelia Mooney and Division Chair Mark Wojcik. See www.asil.org/am12 for details.

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) will hold their Mid-Year Corporate Counsel Conference in Jersey City March 28 – 31.  For more information, please click here.  


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

  • Golden Gate University School of Law – February 15, 2012
  • Chapman University School of Law – February 16, 2012
  • Texas Wesleyan School of Law – February 21, 2012
  • Brooklyn Law School – February 28, 2012
  • University of Ottawa School of Law – February 29, 2012
  • ILSA Spring Conference/Jessup Final Round – March 2012
  • American University Washington College of Law – April 5, 2012
  • Section Spring Meeting – April 17, 2012
  • Suffolk University School of Law – Spring 2012 (Tentative)
  • University of San Francisco School of Law – Spring 2012 (Tentative)
  • Valparaiso Law Center – Spring 2012 (Tentative)


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.

Monday February 6th 2012, “Careers in International Anti-Money Laundering”
A non-CLE in person program and teleconference sponsored by the International Anti-Money Laundering Committee and cosponsored by the Young Lawyer’s Interest Network

Tuesday February 7th 2012, 12PM – 2 PM. “Finding & Recovering Stolen Assets: Money-Laundering, Corruption and Kleptocracy”
A non-CLE in person program and teleconference held at the World Bank and sponsored by the International Anti-Money Laundering Committee

Wednesday February 15th 2012, “Live from ITC”
A non CLE in person and teleconference program sponsored by the International Trade Committee, Intellectual Property Rights Committee and ABA Section of International Property’s ITC Committee and in cooperation with the ITC Trial Lawyers Association and the D.C. Bar International Law Section

Wednesday February 22nd 2012, “Nuclear Export Controls – Part 2: Meet the Regulators”
A non CLE in person and  teleconference program sponsored by the Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee

Thursday February 23rd 2012,. “2nd Annual Live from L”
The 2nd annual Live from L Program sponsored by UN and International Institutions Coordinating Committee and cosponsored by GW Law School and ASIL.

Thursday February 23rd 2012, “Law Firm Management: An East West Perspective”
A non CLE in person program hosted by the Shanghai Bar Association and cosponsored by the ABA Section of International Law China Committee. Registration is limited

Monday February 27th 2012, “High Tech, High Risk – Implications for Anti-Corruption Compliance”
A non CLE in person and webcast program sponsored by the Anti-Corruption Committee.

Tuesday March 20th 2012, “Live from USAID”
The first annual Live from USAID program sponsored by the Africa Committee and cosponsored by GW Law School.

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!


International Family Law Desk Book
by Ann Laquer Estin

International family law has emerged as an important subject in its own right and has become part of the everyday work of family court judges and family law practitioners across the country presenting a myriad of puzzles along the way.  This book takes a broad approach to the subject, bringing together the law applicable to a wide range of cross-border family issues. Designed to serve as a compact and useful resource and reference tool, the chapters that follow address marriage, divorce, the financial aspects of divorce, parentage and parental rights, custody and child abduction litigation, child support and intercountry adoption. Each chapter builds on the foundation established by treaties and uniform acts, and incorporates case law, the Restatements, and important secondary sources whenever possible. Included are extensive discussions of the international treaties that have come to form the basis for reciprocal relationships between the United States and more than 85 other nations, but it focuses on the law applied to these transnational family issues in the United States. Although written primarily for U.S. practitioners, it will hopefully also be of use to foreign lawyers and judges with an interest in understanding the U.S. system.

Co-published with the ABA Family Law Section

February 2012   7x10   300 pages   Product Code:  5210215
$119.95 -- regular price; $99.95 -- International Law and Family Law Section member price

International Law News
ILN theme: Regional Focus: Africa - Deadline April 4, 2012
 The next article submission deadline for International Law News is April 4, 2012. International Law News is looking for high-quality submissions on topics in our field, especially articles related to the Summer 2012 issue’s special focus on Africa. See the Author Guidelines on this page 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:
Fall 2012, Information Privacy and Security, June 27, 2012

The International Lawyer
The latest edition of The International Lawyer is now online. To view a copy of volume 45:2 please click here.

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). 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.