Monday, October 27, 2008

November 5, 2008: Mini CLE

Trademarks: An International Perspective - A Comparative Analysis of U.S. & European Union Trademark Laws

This CLE provides and excellent entry point and introduction to this growing area of law.  Attendees will gain a basic understanding of U.S. and E.U. Trademark Laws, registration of U.S. trademarks in International Jurisdictions, and an overview of various international treaties dealing with trademark issues.
Speakers:  John Du Wors and Randy Moeller, Attorneys at Newman Dichter LLP, Seattle, WA
When:  November 5, 2008, 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Where:  Garvey Schubert and Barer, 18th Floor, 1191 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA
CLE Credits:  1.5 CLE Credit Pending
How to Register:
  • REGISTER NOW! Trademark CLE Materials (.pdf file)
  • Thursday, October 16, 2008

    ONLY ONE WEEK AWAY: EU CLE - Protecting Business Information

    The International Practice Section of the Washington State Bar Association cordially invites you to attend the presentation:

    Protecting Business Information: A Comparative Analysis of the U.K. & U.S. Laws

    Jon Heuvel (Penningtons' Solicitors LLP employment team) and David Rice (Miller Nash’s government affairs practice group)

    As globalization increases, more and more U.S companies are engaging in cross border operations and transactions. As a result it has become increasingly important for these entities not only to understand and familiarize themselves with the laws of the United States but also the laws of the territories they are venturing into, including often the United Kingdom. As U.S. companies enter the United Kingdom, an area of growing concern for these companies is how they can protect and safeguard their valuable and confidential information from disaffected employees, competitors and others. This CLE is designed to provide answers to this very query by not only identifying the data that needs to be protected, but will also discuss how such invaluable and important data and information can be lost. It is essential for U.S. lawyers representing companies conducting business in the United Kingdom to understand the resulting legal implications and consequences.

    This CLE will further provide an overview of laws & regulations in the United Kingdom & United States pertaining to protecting and safeguarding valuable and confidential company information, a comparative analysis of the regulations and laws specific to this area in both countries, and bests practices for U.S. Companies that handle and deal with data in the United Kingdom. This CLE is essential to anyone engaged in cross-border practice or has clients engaged in business in the United Kingdom, so reserve your seat today!

    Thursday, October 23, 2008, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, 1420 5th Avenue, Suite 3010, Seattle
    CLE Credits:
    1 CLE credit pending
    Registration Cost:
    Free for IPS & BABC Section Members, $35 for all others (Attorneys receive IPS membership)
    Registration is open but space will be limited. We would appreciate hearing from you beforehand to ensure that enough seats are available.
    RSVP Section Representative Contact: Shahzad Q. Qadri
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  • 2008 Foreign Lawyers Reception

    Join us for this fantastic Foreign Lawyers Reception (local attorneys are of course welcome).

    Keynote Speaker:
    Joel Benoliel - Senior Vice President for Legal and Administration and Chief Legal Officer for Costco (see bio below).
    Thursday, October 30, 2008
    5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Williams Kastner
    601 Union Street, Suite 4100
    Two Union Square
    Seattle, WA 98101
  • How to Register:
  • There is still time to register! Download E-Flyer and Registration Form Here (.pdf file)

  • Biography of Joel Benoliel:

    A native of Washington, Joel was born and raised in the Seattle area. A 1963 graduate of Seattle’s Franklin High School, he completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Washington in 1967 and earned his J.D. from the University of Washington Law School in 1971. While in Law School, Joel enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve, serving on active duty for six months and thereafter on reserve duty in a JAG Detachment, until his honorable discharge in 1974.

    Joel began his professional career as a lawyer in general private practice with a small firm in Seattle. In 1978, he became Vice President and General Counsel at the privately held Jack A. Benaroya Company, the largest commercial real estate developer in the Northwest in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. The company sold its real estate assets in 1984 for $325 Million. The transaction was managed and closed under Joel’s direction. It involved more than 100 buildings, and represented the largest single real estate transaction in West Coast history to that point.

    Following the sale, Joel remained in the commercial and industrial real estate development business, first as a partner in the Seattle office of Dallas-based Trammell Crow Company, and then beginning in 1987, as a founding partner of Menlo Park, California-based Spieker Partners. He specialized in development of community shopping centers, including those anchored by large format discount stores, home improvement stores, and supermarkets in the Seattle area.

    In 1992, Joel retired from active participation at Spieker Partners and joined Costco Wholesale as Vice President, Legal and Real Estate. The following year, Costco merged with the San Diego based Price Company, resulting in a doubling of Costco’s size in sales and locations. Joel was promoted to Senior Vice President in the new company in 1993. While serving as General Counsel, Joel primarily focused on his real estate role, managing a diverse team of real estate professionals and helping Costco select new markets and expand to many new cities throughout North America. At the same time, working under Costco Chairman, Jeff Brotman, Joel helped Costco infill locations in the existing Costco markets, principally on the West Coast and East Coast of the U.S, as well as Alaska and Hawaii. In a nine-year period, Costco grew from under 100 locations to more than 350 locations.

    In 2001, Joel was promoted to membership on Costco’s Executive Committee, at which time responsibility for Real Estate Development was transitioned to another executive. Since that time, Joel has served as Senior Vice President for Legal and Administration and Chief Legal Officer. Reporting directly to CEO Jim Sinegal, he has oversight of the office of General Counsel and a team of twenty two in-house lawyers as well as a diverse group of outside law firms who handle the company’s legal affairs in the U.S. and seven other countries in North America, Europe, and Asia. He also oversees the company’s Administration, Membership and Marketing, Travel, Community Relations, and Corporate Compliance departments and participates as a member of Costco’s Charitable Contributions Committee, which manages the donation of 1% of the company’s pre-tax profit each year to qualified 501©(3) non-profit organizations, such as Children’s Hospitals and United Way campaigns in all the regions where Costco does business. The company’s budget for charitable donations is currently in excess of $18 million per year. In 2007, Joel’s management role was again expanded to include oversight of Costco Home stores, Business Centers, Business Delivery and other strategic businesses.

    Joel is active outside of Costco in his community in a variety of charitable endeavors. He serves his alma mater on the University of Washington School of Law Foundation as a Trustee, and on the Dean’s Advisory Board, Capital Campaign, and Strategic Planning Committees. He is a Director and Officer for Washington State Mentors, a public-private partnership with the State of Washington and the business community to promote mentorship; and has served as a Director for the King County Chapter, American Heart Association. He was a founding Seattle Guild Member for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and has maintained a close relationship with that organization for more than 15 years. He is a member of the Circle of Care for Children’s Hospitals in North America, and active in other philanthropic endeavors. In 2005, he was appointed by the governor to serve as a citizen member of the Washington Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (now Council for Children and Families), where he serves as Vice Chair, and was re-appointed by the Governor for a second term to expire June, 2011. He has been an advocate for children in foster care. In past years, he has been a mediator and arbitrator specializing in real estate and construction dispute resolution.

    He has been married to Maureen Benoliel, a retired schoolteacher and active community volunteer, for 37 years, and has one son, age 30.


    Wednesday, October 15, 2008

    IPS EC Member Named Delegate to International Law Council

    Our IPS Executive Committee Member, Randy Aliment, has been selected as one of four American Bar Association delegates to the Council of the UIA International Association of Lawyers, which is headquarted in Paris.

  • For more information, see the following link:

  • Congratulations, Randy!

    The Gavel Welcomes it's Newest SLC!

    As we bid a fond farewell to Tracy, our outgoing SLC, we welcome Mr. Braden Pence, our new Student Liaison Correspondent for 2008-2009, is a 2L at Seattle University , where he is an officer in the Moot Court Board, the Student Bar Association, and the International Law Society. He is focusing on international trade and business law studies and hopes to practice in the field someday.

    Photograph submitted by Braden Pence.

    Braden has traveled widely in the Caribbean and South America and he speaks Spanish proficiently. He is a dual citizen of both the United States and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, his place of birth. He spent the summer of 2004 in St. Vincent working with the government's Community Development Division, which encourages and supports sustainable community-based development projects. He split last summer between international law courses in Rio de Janiero and working for Morrow Kidman Tinker & Pence, a plaintiff's tort firm on Bainbridge Island. Braden graduated from Grinnell College in 2005 and he enjoys playing water polo and racquetball.

    Welcome, Braden!

    Feel free to contact Braden at