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4 — Ethical Constraints Concerning International Banking Regulations and Property Deals
Friday, September 14 — 8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
Leonardo Di Vinci’s “Salvador Mundi” painting auctioned in London for $450 million, is the highest sale of an object ever recorded. This program will address how lawyers ethically and legally need to comply with banking regulations, Homeland Security, and trade rules when negotiating and financing high value buy-sell personal property transactions across borders in an ISIS terrorist era. Program topics include due diligence for the import-export licenses and fees, how to establish escrows for foreign nationals, and meeting fiduciary obligations.
California is singular among states in its global GDP, and the ethical constraints apply to all property deals--not just rarified ones. Learn about the lawyer’s role on bank disclosures, limitations and restrictions on funds transfers, and due diligence investigations of foreigners.
CLE: 1.0 Hour of Which 0.5 Hour Applies to Legal Ethics
14 — Coming to the USA: Tax and Visa Planning
Friday, September 14 — 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
This program covers income, estate and gift tax consequences of being legally in the U.S., whether as a temporary worker, a term employee in non-immigrant status, or as intending immigrant. Too many are caught unaware that they can be “tax residents” on a nonresident visa making them liable to report foreign assets, income and bank accounts, while also subjecting U.S. situs assets to possible estate and gift tax consequences.
CLE: 1.0 Hour
Legal Specialization: 1.0 Hour Taxation Law; 1.0 Hour Immigration Law
26 — The Nuts and Bolts of International Arbitration
Saturday, September 15 — 8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
This program will address the pros and cons of using international arbitration in cross-border transactions. For example, did you know that almost 160 nations are members of an international treaty on the enforcement of international arbitration awards? Topics covered include arbitration versus litigation for cross-border transactions, how international arbitration works, components of an arbitration clause including elements that must be addressed, and strategies. This program is suitable for both litigation and transactional lawyers.
CLE: 1.0 Hour
Many of the webinars previously presented by the International Law Section are available in our online catalog.
The California International Law Journal, a publication of the International Law Section of the California Lawyers’ Association, invites article submissions that directly relate to at least one international legal issue. Text and citations should conform to The Bluebook®: A Uniform System of Citation. Please send a description of your article idea or a draft of the article itself to Melis Biskin at email@example.com or Charles Kaufman at firstname.lastname@example.org (Article Editors) and/or Cathy Carlisle (Editor-in-Chief) at Catherine.I.Carlisle@gmail.com and Hera Smith (Managing Editor) at email@example.com. Please include a short biography (approximately two sentences) with your submission. For more information on the Journal and the types of articles that we publish, please feel free to contact us at the email addresses above.
California Lawyers Association International Law Section Co-Chairs Michael Newman and Alexandra Darraby have just returned from Marseille, France, where they both spoke at a full day conference on Technology and Law/Exchanges between California and France, hosted by the Marseille Bar Association. The project was a year in planning between the ILS and the Marseille Bar with Newman and Darraby working with Therese Keelaghan, a member of both the Marseille and California Bars, and Genevieve Maillet, the Batonnier (President) of the Marseille Bar. The conference covered Exchanges between France and California, including, among other things, the field of Art, Fashion, and Technology Law, presented by Darraby, and Continuing Legal Education of the International Bar, presented by Newman, with an emphasis on the use of webinars and other technology. Both presentations were well received and reinforced the ILS mission of educational exchange and cross-border cooperation. The conference was also attended by delegations from the Bars of Poland, Spain, China, and Cambodia.
According to reports received from CLA, ILS increased its membership by almost 30% in the first quarter of 2018. The ILS Executive Committee sends thanks to all for literally responding when readers were asked you to ‘join ILS in the first ILS Newsletter of 2018 published under the new CLA entity. ILS looks forward to continued increases in Membership, and to seeing ILS members in September at the CLA Conference. Welcome to all new ILS members.
In May 2018, the Lexology Global product distributed to many CLA Sections launched as a benefit of International Law Section Membership. . The ILS now joins other CLA Sections in offering a complimentary, and field-focused online research product. Lexology’s searchable archive contains over 730,000 articles, delivering a comprehensive source of international legal updates, analysis, and insights. Members may tailor the service to their own specialties and fields by contacting Lexology.
The ILS and California Young Lawyers Association held a mixer on April 24, 2018 at Lono Hollywood, in Los Angeles. The event was well attended, and we look forward to seeing even more members at future events.
On February 22, 2018, the International Law Section of the California Lawyers Association presented a Careers in International Law program at the Gould School of Law at USC. We would like to thank USC for hosting the program and special thanks to the speakers – Margrette Francisco, Harumi Hata, Al Golbert and Michael Newman and to Tiffany Heah the program moderator, for taking their time to speak and interact with the students. Below is a photo of the speakers with some of the students who attended.
ILS Member Jeff Daar reports that the Doing Business Without Borders program on May 1, 2018 in North Hollywood was a success. Daar served as a co-chair of the program, which was part of World Trade Week and featured a number of Los Angeles-area manufacturers discussing their export experiences. Daar was a featured speaker on one of his favorite topics – Strategies on Avoiding Disputes When Doing Business with Other Countries. The International Law Section of the California Lawyers’ Association was among several esteemed sponsors of the program.
The Supreme Court of the State of California adopted the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, effective November 1, 2018. A great review of the adoptions and amendments is included, along with a link to the California Supreme Court adopting order, in the article, “Supreme Court Approves First Comprehensive Revision to Attorney Rules of Professional Conduct in Twenty-Nine Years."
The International Law Section of The State Bar of California has membership of approximately 1,500 practitioners who practice in the field of international law. From corporate, to intellectual property, to employment, to immigration, to cross-border litigation, to tax, to many other areas, the Section’s members comprise an audience of international practitioners whom vendors, law firms and other professional service providers cannot easily target at once in any other way.
In an effort to better integrate interested vendors, law firms and other professional service providers with the Section’s members, the Section offers an annual corporate sponsorship for $5,000. For more information the many benefits of sponsorship, see Sponsorship Opportunities.
As we have done in the past, the International Law Section is presenting the “Careers in International Law” programs at various law schools throughout California this year. READ MORE
The International Law Section has been working with various bar associations in foreign countries, including exploring opportunities to co-present programs, webinars and other events in California and abroad. READ MORE
The International Law Section has been working with the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law in exchanging information and supporting each other’s programs and events. READ MORE
The International Law Section recently updated its Mission Statement, as follows:
The International Law Section is dedicated to facilitating global and domestic outreach by California lawyers to attorneys, students and others interested in international law and the legal systems of other nations, and contributing to a dialogue between the members of the State Bar of California and the lawyers around the globe to enhance mutual understanding and facilitate client representation.
International Law Section Mission goals include: READ MORE
The California International Law Journal would like to solicit articles. While most articles offer practical advice and strategies for practitioners handling transnational matters, we also would like to publish academic articles that may be of interest to our readers. Topics may include anything that pertains to private or public international law, including commercial transactions and developments, arbitration and litigation, immigration, intellectual property, privacy, data protection, criminal, environmental, and human rights. Standard articles range from 15-25 pages, double-spaced. Short articles range from 4-8 pages, double-spaced. If selected for publication, we will assign an editor to work with you on finalizing your article.
If you are interested in submitting an article, please send your proposed topic or manuscript to Editor-in-Chief Mark W. Danis or Managing Editor Peter M. Friedman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Law Section is managed by its Executive Committee, which is comprised of individuals with a broad range of legal specialties who share a dedication to the expansion of cross-border and international practice. Contact information for our Officers, Members, Advisors, and Advisors Emeritus can be found HERE. For information on becoming a Member of the Executive Committee in the future, click HERE.
International Law Section past programs are available over the internet for participatory MCLE credit. For the entire catalog of the International Law Section’s programs available for MCLE credit, please see online CLE and select International Law. Be sure to check out CLEtoGo if you're interested in downloadable podcasts.
Continuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Section, you're eligible for:
Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.
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