●  Volume I, Number 2  ●  An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association  ●  May 2008 ●


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New Professional Liability Insurance Program

Calendar of Events

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Inside This Issue:


• Becoming a Solicitor – Part 1  And Part 2 (by Adam Jaffe)

• China's Binhai New Area China's Binhai New Area (by Michael R.Newman)


• June 3, 2008: International Debt Collection, LACBA Conference Center.  Details Below

• May 14-17, 2008: AIJA Mid-Year Meeting, Miami, Florida

• August 17-21, 2008: International Law Association, American Branch: --73th Conference, Sao Paulo, Brazil   

• October 12-17, 2008: International Bar Association -- 2008 Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina

• October 10-19, 2008: International Law Section Delegation to South America -- Santiago, Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina


Practicing in the Netherlands (by Nancy Matos)

American Isuzu Motors, et al. v. Ntsebeza, et al. (2008 WL 117862) (affirmed Khulumani because Court lacks a quorum, 28 U.S.C. §1, and since a majority of the qualified Justices are of the opinion that the case cannot be heard and determined at the next Term of the Court [Chief Justice, Justice Kennedy, Justice Breyer, and Justice Alito took no part in the consideration or decision of this petition])

Khulumani, et al. v Barclay Natl Bank, Ltd., et al. (2nd Cir. 2007) 504 F.3d 254 (held corporations can be sued in U.S. federal courts for their alleged role in aiding and abetting violations of international law by a foreign government, even in face of express opposition to lawsuit from U.S. and South African governments, under Alien Tort Claims Act)

Medellin v. Texas (2008) No. 06-984 (habeas petition of Mexican national seeking reconsideration of his conviction and sentence for government failure to inform him of his Vienna Convention rights was dismissed because International Court of Justice decision (Case Concerning Avena and Other Mexican Nationals (Mexico v. U. S.), 2004 I. C. J. 12) and Presidential memorandum re Avena were not “directly enforceable federal law)

International Arbitration Centers

International Debt Collection -- JUNE 3
Presented by the International Law Section
Co-Sponsored by the Remedies Section

Please join our next lunch seminar on International Debt Collection offered by our volunteer panelists. They will share their diverse experiences and knowledge in handling the intricacies of international debt collection.

Daniel Harris will speak on the main issues confronting U.S. creditors in satisfying judgments entered against non-U.S. debtors from various judicial and arbitral forums. He brings to us his experience in debt collection practice relating to China, Korea, Russia, and Vietnam.

Larry Peitzman and Judge Samuel Bufford (U.S. Bankruptcy Court) will present the perspective of non-U.S. creditors in dealing with U.S. debtors, specifically the extraterritorial affect on automatic stays and the role UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law) Model Law plays in coordinating banktrupcty cases.


Hon. Samuel L. Bufford has served since 1985 as a bankruptcy judge in the Central District of California, having overseen nearly 100,000 bankruptcy cases. He is a frequent lecturer throughout the United States and abroad on issues of bankruptcy law and legal ethics. He is the author of the upcoming, UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL INSOLVENCY LAW, to be published by Oxford in Fall 2008.

Daniel P. Harris is a Partner at Harris & Moure, pllc, in Seattle, Washington, where he practices in international law and international matters. He also moderates the China Law Blog, which focuses on business law as it relates to China that was voted the Best Black Letter Law Blog in 2007 by ABA Journal readers.

Lawrence Peitzman is a Partner at Peitzman, Weg & Kempinsky LLP, in Los Angeles, California, where he practices in bankruptcy, workouts, commercial law, and litigation matters. He has published and lectured widely on bankruptcy matters. Some of his international experience has included representing Japanese banks against U.S. debtors and representing the foreign representative of a Korean corporation in a U.S. Ch. 15 bankruptcy case.


Constance Kim is an Attorney at Connon Wood Scheidemantle LLP, where she practices in business litigation matters. She has worked on various debt collection matters that has resulted in satisfaction of judgments. She is also the 2007-08 Secretary of the LACBA International Law Section.

Program Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Registration: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Meal/Reception: 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Program: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
1 hour CLE credit
Parking: Figueroa Courtyard Parking Garage: $10.00 with vlidation

Pricing & Event Code:

 CLE+ Plus Member  FREE
 CLE+ Plus Member with meal  $25.00
 International Law Section Member with meal  $50.00
 LACBA Member with meal  $60.00
 All Others with meal  $70.00
 At the Door - All Categories with meal  $80.00
 Remedies Section with meal  $50.00
 Registration Code   010014

Register here.
Or, call LACBA Member Services Department, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at (213) 896-6560.
For multiple registrations, call our Member Service Department.
Registration closes at 12:00 noon the day before most programs.

Join the International Law Section and then fill out your personal information and select International Law Section to become a member of the section.

Become an International Law Section Reporter!

Get Involved with Standing Committees:
Communications: Contact Constance Kim
Membership and Outreach: Contact Qiang Bjornbak
Programs: Contact Malhar Pagay

ILS 2007-2008 Section Officers:
Chair – Jeff Daar, jdaar@daarnewman.com
First Vice-Chair – Doug Galanter, dgalanter@norgallaw.com
Second Vice-Chair – David Fromm, david.fromm@gmail.com
Secretary – Constance Kim, ckim@connonwood.com
Treasurer – Emily Spear, etspear@gmail.com

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