International Law Section Executive Committee Meeting Agenda

International Law Section Executive Committee
Telephone Meeting
Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Call-in Information: 855-520-7605; Code 4155382380

The International Law Section Mission Statement

The International Law Section is dedicated to facilitating global and domestic outreach by California lawyers to attorneys, law students and others interested in international law and the legal system 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.

The International Law Section Mission Goals

  • Educating practitioners from all fields of law, and at all levels of experience, on international principles, laws, treaties and conventions, including trends and new developments;

  • Coordinating international relations among foreign and domestic bar associations to share developments in law and diplomacy and to expand a network of resources for particular fields of law for use and access by members of The State Bar of California and the public; and

  • Mentoring young lawyers and law students in the practice of international law and to participate in international law activities, programs and events.

Action Plans for 2016

- Consistent and Frequent Touch Points with the ILS members -- implement and execute with ILS member-focus

Agenda

1. 1. Call to Order and Welcome (Harumi Hata)

2. Roll Call (Alexandra Darraby/Julie Martinez)

3. Minutes of the November 20 and 21, 2015 Executive Committee Long Range Planning Meeting, in person (Alexandra Darraby)

4. Minutes of the December 9, 2015 Executive Committee Meeting, via teleconference (Alexandra Darraby)

5. Minutes of the January 15, 2016 Executive Committee Meeting, in person (Alexandra Darraby)

6. Updated Roster (based upon updates provided since November 20, 2015)

7. Updated ILS Committees list (based upon updated provided since November 20, 2015)

8. Executive Committee Member/Advisor information and materials available in the “workroom” on ILS website (Julie Martinez)

9. Financial Report (Will Pao)

10. Bagley-Keene Training held by The State Bar of California on January 15, 2016

11. Chair and State Bar Report, including Council of State Bar Sections (Brian Arbetter/Harumi Hata/Mark Danis/Enrique Hernandez/Julie Martinez)

12. 2016-2017 Executive Committee Member/Advisor Recruitment (Harumi Hata/Julie Martinez)

• Applications were due on January 29, 2016
• Note: Executive Committee Voting Members Meeting (in person) on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, 333 South Hope Street, Suite 3900, Los Angeles, California 90071 (Harumi Hata’s office) -- also refer to Agenda Item 14

13. 2016-2017 Officer Nominations

• If you are interested in nominating an Executive Committee member for a 2016-2017 Officer position or in nominating yourself for an Officer position, please send a private email to Harumi Hata, with “cc” to Julie Martinez.
• Positions: Chair, Vice-Chair (or Co-Vice Chairs), Secretary, and Treasurer
• Nomination period will be open until the start of the March 12 meeting.
• At the March 12 meeting, each nominee will be asked to give a short speech.

14. March 12, 2016 Executive Committee Meetings (in person)

• 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Voting Members Only Meeting at Harumi Hata’s office (see Agenda Item 12 for the address)
• 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.: All Executive Committee Members and Advisors Meeting at Harumi Hata’s office (see Agenda Item 12 for the address)
• 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Cocktails and Dinner (all Executive Committee Members and Advisors and spouses/significant others), location TBA
• Julie Martinez will provide the hotel information for those from afar.

15. 2016 Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award

• Award Presentation and Celebration Reception, to be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016
• Award Selection Committee (Brian Arbetter)

16. 2016 California Solo and Small Firm Summit - “Strategic Solutions for Lawyering and Business Management”: June 16 - 18, 2016, at Marriott Newport Beach, in Newport Beach (Bill Gay/Margrette Francisco/Josh Surowitz)

• Program submission due date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
• 60-minute programs
• Blackout dates: June 16 - 18, 2016

17. 2016 Annual Meeting: September 29 - October 2, 2016, at San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, in San Diego (Bill Gay/Margrette Francisco/Josh Surowitz)

• Program submission due date: Thursday, March 10, 2016 (please note this updated date)
• 90-minute programs
• Blackout dates: September 8, 2016 - October 13, 2016

18. 2016 Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award

• Award Presentation and Celebration Reception, to be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016
• Award Selection Committee (Brian Arbetter)
• Awardee to be selected by March 31, 2016

19. 2016 “Transnational Law Summit: International Law in the 21st Century”, to be held on Friday, November 4, 2016, in San Francisco

• Pre-conference reception/dinner for Executive Committee Members/Advisors, speakers, foreign bar association representatives, and other invited guests, to be held in the evening on Thursday, November 3, 2016 (tentative start time: 6 p.m.) -- location TBD by Julie Martinez
• Conference venue: Park Central Hotel, located at 50 Third Street, San Francisco, California 94103 -- Julie Martinez confirming
• Hotel rooms (block of 20 rooms) -- Julie Martinez confirming
• Being planned by the Planning Committee (Harumi Hata/Jeff Daar/Mark Danis/Alexandra Darraby/Lizbeth Flores/Margrette Francisco/Bill Gay/Al Golbert/Enrique Hernandez/Will Pao/Emilio Varanini/Julie Martinez)
• Possible Careers in International Law program at GGU or Hastings in the afternoon on Thursday, November 3, 2016 (Karla Haynes)

20. 2016 Webinars (Greg Berk/Josh Surowitz/Margrette Francisco)

• Immigration topic webinars
• Non-Immigration topic webinars
• Joint webinars with other Sections
• Consistent information re: ILS to be included in materials (at the beginning and at the end of all webinar/program materials) (Bill Gay/Alexandra Darraby/Josh Surowitz/Margrette Francisco)

21. Section Networking Mixers (Jeff Daar/Greg Berk)

22. Sponsorship Task Force (Brian Arbetter/Harumi Hata/Will Pao)

• Annual Sponsorship (prepared by the task force working group and approved by The State Bar of California)
• Sponsor recruitment

23. Membership Task Force (Will Pao/Enrique Hernandez/Alexandra Darraby/Lizbeth Flores/Julie Martinez)

• Email communication sent to ILS members
• Current ILS members, current ILS members who joined during the August 2015, past ILS members who are no longer ILS members, and JD/LLM students who attend the Careers in International Law programs held at law schools in California (reports to be provided by Julie Martinez)
• Foreign lawyers who are not licensed in California, including members of foreign bar associations with which the ILS has Friendship Agreements

24. Committees/Subcommittees

a. Programs Committee (Bill Gay/Margrette Francisco/Josh Surowitz) - ILS Officer Liaison: Harumi Hata

  • Also, all co-sponsorship requests must be reviewed and cleared by Bill Gay or Harumi Hata, in consultation with Julie Martinez

b. California International Law Journal Committee (Mark Danis/Emilio Varanini/Will Pao)

c. E-Newsletter (Harumi Hata/Emilio Varanini)

d. External Relations Committee (Enrique Hernandez/Michael Newman/Catherine Brilliant/Josh Surowitz)

e. Social Media (Jeff Daar/Margrette Francisco/Karla Haynes) - ILS Officer Liaison: Harumi Hata

  • “Trusted posters” for Michael Mullen/The State Bar of California -- Jeff Daar/Margrette Francisco/Karla Haynes

f. Law Students Outreach (Karla Haynes/Lizbeth Flores/Bill Gay/Bora Rawcliffe) - ILS Officer Liaison: Mark Danis

g. Public International Law (Mary Hansel) - ILS Officer Liaison: Alexandra Darraby

  • Public Law Compendium

h. State Bar Section Legislative Contact (Jeff Daar/Harumi Hata/Alexandra Darraby; possibly, Catherine Brilliant)

25. Existing Friendship Agreements -- Julie Martinez to post all existing Friendship Agreements in the ILS “workroom”

26. New Friendship Agreements (Being Pursued/To Be Pursued or Being Considered/To Be Considered) -- due diligence review; suitability and compatibility evaluation (due diligence protocol being prepared by Alexandra Darraby)

27. California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) (Bora Rawcliffe)

28. ABA Section of International Law (Karla Haynes)

29. International Bar Association (IBA)

30. Other Business

31. Adjournment

Note:

- Next Executive Committee Meeting in person (for all Executive Committee Members and Advisors): Saturday, March 12, 2016, at 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. (second Wednesday of each month)

- Committee/Subcommittee reports due on Monday, February 29, 2016 (please use the sample form provided by Julie Martinez; please submit the reports to Harumi Hata and Julie Martinez)