Tuesday, March 20, 2012


The WSBA International Practice Section (IPS) cordially invites you to CLE: 
Join Sylvie Charles, a French-American lawyer, as she unfolds the intricacies and complexities of the French legal system.   The CLE will discuss the pros and cons of doing business in France, as well as provide practical tips and insights to practitioners on how to successfully navigate the French business market. An essential CLE for anyone conducting business or wanting to conduct business in France.

Attendees at this interesting CLE will gain an understanding of:
·         French civil procedure
·         French judicial court system.
·         Structure of the civil code
·         Specificities of the Cour de Cassation Decisions (France’s highest court)

Date/Time:  April 11th, 2012, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.     


Jackson Lewis
600 University St Ste 2900
Seattle, WA 98101-4174
United States
Credits:                  CLE General Credits for Washington Attorneys
                                Total:  1.5 (pending)
                                Ethics: 0.0

Fee:                      Free for IPS Section Members
$25.00 for all others.  (CLE ONLY). 

                  Registration is open but space will be limited.  We would appreciate hearing from you beforehand to ensure that enough seats are available. 
           RSVP by mailing or faxing the registration form  or online.
Questions:       Section Representative contact information for this mini-cle:
Name:  Shahzad Q. Qadri
Firm:    Wong Fleming
Telephone #:  (425) 869-4040
E-mail: sqadri@wongfleming.com

Annual Law Student Reception presented by the WSBA International Practice Section

The WSBA International Practice Section (IPS) cordially invites you to this year’s Annual Law Student Reception  on Thursday, April 5, 2012. Come meet and network with attorneys practicing in international law and students interested in this practice area. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.
When:  Thursday, April 5, 2012
            6 to 8 p.m. 
Where:  Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
             U.S. Bank Centre
             1420 5th Ave., Ste. 3400, Seattle
Featured speaker: Mari Horita, president and CEO of ArtsFund. Mari Horita was managing director at the Seattle office of Major, Lindsey & Africa from 2008 through December 2011, which provides recruitment and placement of lawyers and legal professionals. She began her legal career in 1994 at Bogle & Gates, and later practiced at Dorsey & Whitney, Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates), and Summit Law Group.
We look forward to seeing you! Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 3, 2012, via email to sections@wsba.org.     Cost: International Practice Section members and law students — Free
Non-International Practice Section members — Join the Section for $40 and attend for free. 
Join the Section. 
For questions about the reception, please contact Max Yoshimura at Washington International Law Group at my@wilg.us.   

Conference - Northwest Dispute Resolution

The WSBA ADR Section is a major co-sponsor of the Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference -- the premier conference of dispute resolution professionals in the Northwest that is recognized as among the best conferences in the field nationally.  This year's conference will be held at the University of Washington Law School in Seattle on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 2012.

Click HERE for further information.

Seminar - How to be Successful in Asia for Technology Companies

“How to be Successful in Asia for Technology Companies” - - Join the Asia Business Forum's first Eastside forum, with an inside look at a local company and its hybrid Chinese-U.S. model and strategy for expanding business throughout Asia (China, Japan, Korea and elsewhere), including successes and challenges.  We will also have a lively discussion of the news events and issues making an impact in the region and across the Pacific.  No CLE.
Opening remarks: Bellevue Mayor Conrad Lee

News updates: Hot issues and trends in select Asian countries, followed by Q&A and group discussion.

Featured presentation: “How to be Successful in Asia for Technology Companies” with speaker Weiling Li, Vice President of iSoftStone.  iSoftStone is headquartered in Beijing and has an office in Kirkland among other Asian and North American locations.  Its American Depositary Shares trade on the NY Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “ISS”. 

Date:  Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Time:  Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. Forum at 6:30 p.m.     
Cost: $10 ($20 at door).
Location: Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE in downtown Bellevue. Parking is free.
Note: Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

About Asia Business Forum: The Asia Business Forum’s mission is to create a meeting place and discussion platform for professionals in Greater Seattle engaged in work related to Asia, helping them share knowledge, ideas, experience and expertise. ABF is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization established in the State of Washington in 2011.  Meetings are held every other month and venues will alternate between Seattle and Bellevue.

See attached Flyer 
More information and registration: www.meetup.com/AsiaBusinessForum

CLE - Human Trafficking, Forced Labor and Corporate Responsibility

The University of Washington School of Law, Seattle University School of Law and the UW Women’s Center are collaborating to offer a  full day CLE entitled “Human Trafficking, Forced Labor and Corporate Responsibility.” It will be held on May 11, 2012 at the Seattle World Trade Center

The goal of the program is to provide legal and business professionals with a better understanding of human trafficking and the current efforts to combat it. Panels will review the federal and state legal framework regarding human trafficking; regulatory and compliance risks for businesses; corporate social responsibility and best practices; the prosecution of trafficking cases; multi-agency and victim service providers collaboration; and ethical issues for legal professionals raised by human trafficking.

See enclosed is a flyer for details.  The final agenda and registration to follow. For further information, contact Dr. Dana Raigrodski at draigrod@uw.edu.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Winter 2012 Global Gavel Newsletter Vol.6 No.3&4

The latest issue of the IPS newsletter, The Global Gavel has arrived!

Featured in this issue:
  • Student Liaison Introduction  - Amanda Banik
  • "Using Free Trade Agreements to Enforce Core Labor Rights: the Case of Guatemala" - Sarah Sprinkle 
  • Hot Topics in International Trade - Braden Pence
  • Upcoming Events, Employment Opportunities and Sponsors
Click for the e-newsletter.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Upcoming Conference - ABA International Spring Meeting 2012

The American Bar Association's Section of International Law ("ABA International") would like to invite you to  attend  the Section's 2012 Spring Meeting to be held April 17-21 at The Grand Hyatt New York in New York City.

If you have questions re the event or participating, please contact Audrey Lamb, ABA International’s Senior Meeting Planner, via e-mail at Audrey.Lamb@americanbar.org

Click here for the  promotional flyer and here is a link to the website with more information about the meeting and links to register: http://ambar.org/ILspring2012

Upcoming Seminar - International Investigations

Re: International Investigations Seminar
March 15-17, 2012 in San Francisco

 The International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) is the largest international association of young lawyers, with an excess of 2,000 members.  Membership is open to practicing lawyers under the age of 45. 

For the first time ever, an AIJA program is coming to San Francisco.  AIJA’s commercial fraud and litigation commissions have organized a seminar on corporate internal investigations at the Westin Hotel in San Francisco from March 15-17, 2012, followed by a Napa Valley wine tour.  The event will be attended by leading criminal, civil and other interested lawyers from around the globe.  I attach a program of the event for your information.

Click here registration form for the event or registration can be completed online at www.aija.org.  

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of the seminar, please do not hesitate to contact Owen Bonheimer, Vice President of the Commercial Fraud Commission,  at (202) 429-6266 or via email at obonheim@steptoe.com.