Making Connections

By Sara Sandford

The theme of “International Legal Exchanges and Collaborations” is infused not only in this edition of International Law News (ILN) but also throughout the ABA Section of International Law’s many activities. Our Section is a thriving and engaging place for members to make connections, share ideas, and contribute to improving the legal profession around the world. It is through these interactions and activities that we engage in exploring significant matters of private and public international law, as well as how we can find shared solutions to shared challenges in improving our respective legal systems while maintaining rule of law and judicial independence.

This year’s ILEX trip to Croatia and Serbia was an unforgettable week-long journey. Our delegation met with judges, law professors, and practitioners to exchange ideas about the legal profession, judicial systems, alternative legal solutions, access to justice, and rule of law. I very much enjoyed a chance to meet the president and vice president of the Croatian Constitutional Court and to meet the President of Croatia, Ms. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.

Our ILEX trips are just one of our Section’s many opportunities to connect with colleagues, clients, and potential new partners. Our seasonal meetings and regional forums serve as meeting points for our members from 100+ countries, while our growing number of International City Chapters bring international law and local expertise together to address and better support local programs, initiatives, and partnership development. Further, our valued network of relationships with local and regional bar associations, organizations, and other partners around the world fosters an even greater breadth of activities that bridge the local and the global sharing of information, experiences, and practices.

Also in this edition of ILN, you will learn about our pioneering award winners and the accomplishments of our inaugural class of Diversity Fellows. Further, we celebrate and congratulate Professor Ved Nanda on his 50 years of teaching at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and thank him for his tremendous contributions to our Section, the legal community, and the field of international law.

We have terrific programing in store for you at the ABA Annual Meeting to be held August 10–15 in New York City. The Section is co-sponsoring the International Dispute Resolution track and the United Nations track of the new “CLE in the City” series. These offer unique opportunities to attend educational programming at law firms around the city and at the United Nations building.

Sara Sandford

Sara Sandford is an owner in the Seattle office of Garvey Schubert Barer and chair of the ABA Section of International Law.