January 01, 2018

From Our City Chapters

The Section’s City Chapters in locations worldwide have exciting initiatives and activities planned for 2018. We are excited to welcome the launch of the Vienna City Chapter, the São Paulo City Chapter, and a New York City Chapter this year.

These local chapters bring international law and local expertise together to address and better support local programs, initiatives, and partnership development. City Chapters welcome attorneys, judges, professors, law students, and other legal professionals who are interested in regional activities, networking opportunities, and educational programs.

In addition to acting as meeting points for ABA members, City Chapters serve as the local hosts for ABA and Section leadership visits and meetings.

Are you interested in taking a leading role in forming a City Chapter to connect fellow members and help take the value of Section membership to the next level? Please contact Membership Officer Patrick Del Duca.

San Diego | Tijuana

The San Diego | Tijuana City Chapter met over dinner in San Diego on February 5, 2018, to discuss goals and initiatives and to outline events for 2018. Anyone interested in joining or participating in Chapter activities should contact the San Diego | Tijuana City Chapter Chair Antonio Maldonado for information on getting involved.

São Paulo City Chapter

The São Paulo City Chapter will hold a happy hour on March 22, 2018 at Astor JK. The São Paulo City Chapter serves as a hub and meeting point in Brazil for the ABA worldwide legal community, organizing local activities and connecting people.

Interested in participating in Chapter activities? Please contact São Paulo City Chapter Chair Marcelo Freitas Pereira for information on getting involved.


The Tokyo Chapter hosted a holiday event in December 2017.

The Tokyo City Chapter will host an event on the future of artificial intelligence and how AI will impact your legal practice, featuring Hiroyuki Sanbe, a Partner at the Tokyo law firm of Atsumi & Sakai, on Monday, March 19, 2018. The discussion will cover the use of AI in legal practice and law practice management, including ethical issues. He is a member of the subcommittee on AI Research and Development Principles of the “Conference toward AI Network Society” of the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Yoshimichi (Leonard) Makiyama of the law firm Kitayama and Makiyama will moderate the discussion.

Hiroyuki Sanbe also will be speaking on the panel on “What Will Be the Ethics and Other Impact of AI on Legal Practice and Law Practice Management?” at the Section’s Annual Conference in New York in April 17-21, 2018.

For more information about upcoming events and getting involved, contact Tokyo City Chapter Co-Chairs Kenji Hirooka and Harumichi Uchida.


The Section launched a Vienna City Chapter in February 2018. The City Chapter aims to organize regular meetings to present and discuss legal and business of law topics relevant to its members. Though the Chapter is seated in Vienna, participation is open to the wider region. Members throughout Austria and the Central and Eastern European region are encouraged to get involved.

Among its inaugural activities, the Vienna Chapter and the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) jointly will present a program on “Out of Reach of U.S. and U.K. Anti-Corruption Laws? Think Again?” at KNOETZL law firm on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The event will feature Andrew B. Spalding, who is a Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, Senior Editor of the FCPA Blog and a member of the Frequent Visiting Faculty of IACA. An interactive discussion will explore the reach of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the benefits and risks of self-reporting, multi-jurisdictional investigations, and trends in enforcement.

To register for the event or to learn more, please contact Vienna City Chapter Chair Dr. Nikolaus Pitkowitz and Vice Chair Anthony Hernandez.

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San Diego-Tijuana

São Paulo