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Former Solicitor General Theodore Olson to Keynote 2013 Annual Meeting

The Boston Bar Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon will feature Theodore Olson as the 2013 keynote speaker on Friday, September 27th at the Boston Convention Center.

Olson served as the Solicitor General of the United States from 2001-2004 under President George W. Bush. He is currently a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Since 2009, Olson has been at the forefront of the gay marriage debate, challenging Proposition 8 in the California District Court and going on to argue the case before the U.S. Supreme Court in March of this year. For his work on the issue, Time magazine selected him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2010.

In 2000, Olson represented presidential candidate George W. Bush in the Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore , effectively ending the recount of the 2000 Presidential election. Olson has argued 59 cases before the Supreme Court, prevailing in over 75% of those arguments. He is considered one of the nation’s premier appellate and United States Supreme Court advocates.

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International Law Committees

  • Foreign Lawyers Committee
    This committee was developed through the BBA International Law Section to provide professional development opportunities to foreign lawyers in the Boston area. Its goal is to facilitate interaction, professional development and mentoring among its members. Membership in the FLC is open to attorneys who are trained and/or licensed to practice in other countries, living and practicing in Greater Boston and/or attending a graduate law program in the area. The FLC is also open to lawyers who have an interest in topics of international law discussed at its meetings. The FLC holds regular meetings to discuss current topics in international law and foreign law, with presentations by attorneys who are licensed to practice in other countries or have first-hand knowledge of the laws of other countries because of work experience.

    Contact Information

    Shaun Khan

    Metaxas Brown Pidgeon LLP

    Royston H. Delaney

    Delaney Kester LLP

  • International Environmental Law Committee
    This committee is for members interested in international environmental issues and the laws of foreign countries.

    Contact Information

    Cicely Ott Parseghian

    Foley Hoag LLP

    (617) 832-3038

    Stuart L. Canton

    (781) 652-0135

  • International Intellectual Property Law Committee
    This committee brings together practitioners and others concerned with the state of IP in multiple countries and pursuant to multinational accords. Areas covered include perfection and protection of IP rights, defenses against IP abuses, technology transfer and other licensing and venture transactions, as well as collateral affecting IP development and exploitation.

    Contact Information

    Hsuanyeh Chang

    Burns & Levinson LLP

    (617) 345-3218

    Asya Calixto

    Prince Lobel Tye LLP

    (617) 456-8110

  • International Public Law, Policy and Human Rights
    This committee addresses public international law and human rights, with a particular focus on parts of the world that have witnessed long-standing conflict.

    Contact Information

    Elizabeth Holland

    Foley Hoag LLP

    (617) 832-1178

    Lisa Laplante

    New England Law Boston

    (617) 451-0010

  • International Tax Committee
    This committee covers international taxation issues. Treasury and IRS officials periodically are invited to address the committee.

    Contact Information

    Nelson Suit

    Burt, Staples & Maner, LLP

    (202) 783-1500

    Laura Thompson


  • International Transactions Committee
    This committee deals with issues related to both international commercial business transactions and international financial transactions.

    Contact Information

    Veronica Himmel

    (508) 282-9828

    Gina Plata-Nino

    Massachusetts Appeals Court

    (973) 800-6681

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.