Foreign Lawyers Committee Welcome Reception

10/01/2014 - 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Join the Foreign Lawyers Committee for an informal Welcome Reception to kick start the program year. Meet foreign lawyers practicing in Massachusetts, lawyers practicing International Law, and LL.M. students from around the world studying at law schools in and around Boston. This will be a great opportunity for local LL.M students to network with local attorneys as well as meet other students with similar legal backgrounds. Drinks and appetizers will be provided....
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BBA Career Series: What's it REALLY Like Practicing International Law?

09/30/2014
Interested in pursuing a practice in international law? The panelists will share a variety of perceptions, including views from the private and public sectiors, and an international NGO. Learn the day to day workings of an international law practice, and have a chance to ask panelists what it's really like to practice international law....
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Reception for International Lawyers

08/11/2014 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
The International Law Section is sponsoring a reception for visiting international lawyers taking a specialized legal and language program at Boston University. Some of the visiting attorneys will also go on to study law in the LLM programs at Boston University Law School, Boston College Law School and Harvard Law School. Section members and visitors will engage in a roundtable discussion about their practice areas in public or private international law, including such matters as foreign taxation and investment, legal issues in international business transactions, intellectual property and international organizations....
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Canadian Copyright Law in Evolution: What US Practitioners Need to Know

05/19/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Canadian copyright law is changing. In the past two years, a new act was adopted, introducing many controversial new provisions, and the Supreme Court of Canada rendered 6 important decisions. Yes, 2012-2013 were big years. For better and for worse. Attorney Lamothe-Samson will discuss what every US practitioner should know about Canadian copyright law, while drawing parallels and distinctions with US copyright law. Topics include:...
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Understanding Newly-Proposed Section 871(m) Dividend Equivalent Amount Rules

05/16/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
After withdrawing an initial set of proposed rules that were issued in 2012, the Treasury issued a new set of proposed Section 871(m) regulations in December 2013. This brown bag is intended to be a discussion of the current developments under Section 871(m), focusing on the newly proposed regulations. ...
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Brain Gain or Brain Drain? Immigration Issues for Technology Businesses

05/15/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Immigration issues create unique problems for businesses based on developing technologies. U.S. universities and related resources foster a confluence of creative individuals from all over the world, which often spills over into new business ventures. This program addresses ways to navigate immigration laws, which can create obstacles for businesses that rely on talented founders and other employees who face challenges to remaining and working in the U.S....
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Meet and Greet with the Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York

05/13/2014 - 2:00PM to 5:00PM
Join the BBA and AALAM as we welcome Paul Cheung, Acting Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York. Hon. Tackey Chan, Massachusetts State Representative will be on hand to introduce Mr. Cheung. Mr. Cheung will provide updates about the latest developments in Massachusetts-Hong Kong relations, upcoming events in Boston and future opportunities for collaboration....
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What's New in International Trade: Balancing Opportunities & Challenges

05/08/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Review recent updates involving trade compliance issues, e.g.: Export Compliance Reform, US-Korea Free Trade Agreement...
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International Investment in Land: Impacts on Rights and Development, and the Role of the Law

04/30/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Large-scale land acquisitions can have serious implications for land users and local communities, as well as for host governments’ sustainable development efforts. Although increased investment in agriculture is sorely needed, if investments are not structured equitably or regulated carefully, they can fail to provide benefits to host governments while dispossessing people of their land, livelihoods and rights. The increasing numbers of large-scale land acquisitions, sometimes known as “land deals” or “land grabs,” will affect sustainable development strategies for decades to come....
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Boston Bar Association Chess Night

04/01/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Please join the Intellectual Property Law Section for a fun and social evening of chess at the BBA. Appetizers, beer, and wine will be available. This program is co-sponsored by the Boylston Chess Foundation. ...
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Massachusetts Bar Exam Rule Change for Foreign Lawyers

03/17/2014 - 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
In July 2010, the Supreme Judicial Court approved rule changes to allow lawyers trained in foreign countries to sit the Massachusetts Bar Exam. Our panel will discuss these rule changes and how they affect the many foreign lawyers in the Boston area. This will be an invaluable experience to hear from the actual people who had spearheaded the rule change initiative as well as the actual person who reviews all applications for the Board of Bar Examiners. Following the Panel there will be a Reception with drinks and appetizers....
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Terrorism and the Material Support Statute: A Panel Discussion on the First Circuit’s Decision in United States v. Mehanna and Related Issues

03/12/2014 - 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
In United States v. Mehanna the First Circuit issued one of the first notable decisions addressing the material support statute and terrorism following the Supreme Court’s decision in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project. In Humanitarian Law Project the Court, in a decision authored by Chief Justice Roberts, held that the First Amendment did not prohibit prosecution for speech that is coordinated with, or at the direction of, a designated foreign terrorist organization. It is this standard that was critical in the Mehanna case....
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Prospects of IP Assertion in the US International Trade Commission

03/06/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
The US International Trade Commission (USITC), in its executive role of protecting American industry, has evolved as an intellectual property enforcement forum. With American companies shifting much of their manufacturing abroad and off-shore companies establishing operations in the US, it is not unusual that a domestic industry petitioner in one proceeding is a respondent importer in another....
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An Overview of Luxembourg Taxation, Planning Opportunities and Recent Developments

01/09/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
This session will provide an overview of the Luxembourg tax system, including an update on recent developments. Please join us for an informative discussion of the benefits of and current developments in the Luxembourg tax regime....
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Solutions for Refugee Children at Risk

12/09/2013 - 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Join a provocative discussion with the leadership team from RefugePoint about the current field of forced migration with a focus on the serious gaps in child protection and potential solutions to their plight. RefugePoint is a leading international humanitarian organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that finds lasting solutions for the world's most vulnerable refugees....
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2013 U.S. - China Legal Exchange

12/06/2013 - 08:30 AM to 04:30 PM
This December, the U.S. Department of Commerce and China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) will co-host the 18th U.S.-China Legal Exchange, a unique forum that allows the U.S. business, legal, and academic communities across the country to hear directly from Chinese officials about new and important developments in China’s commercial legal and regulatory landscape....
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Protecting Against Counterfeit Goods: Practical solutions that Work Abroad

12/02/2013 - 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
This program will explore how the practical difficulties of combating counterfeiting have contributed to a slowly-shifting legal landscape where intermediaries such as online marketplaces, search engines, payment processors, and advertisers are shouldering increasing responsibility to avoid trafficking in counterfeit materials. In addition to discussing the impact of some of the landmark contributory infringement cases such as Tiffany v. eBay and Viacom v. YouTube/Google, the program will look at other tools available to combat counterfeiting, such as prejudgment asset restraints and the broad remedial measures courts have been willing to impose on counterfeiters in recent years....
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Agriculture, Environment Sustainability, and Poverty Alleviation in Ghana; Saving the Earth, Saving Humanity

10/22/2013 - 04:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Osagyefuo Ofori Panin, the King of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area in Ghana, the Chancellor of the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies, and the immediate former Chairman of Ghana Environmental Protection Agency, will share the area's vision and experience of efforts to save the earth and humanity in Africa....
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Introduction to the FATCA Registration Portal

10/21/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
We will provide a brief introduction to FATCA registration: Who needs to register? What categories of registration are there? In what situations might a U.S. financial institution register under FATCA? How is registration done on the IRS FATCA registration web portal? What are the relevant deadlines? Join us for a scintillating discussion of FATCA registration and the new IRS FATCA registration portal....
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A Short Course in European Patent Drafting and Prosecution for the US Practitioner

10/16/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
This lunch program will address what every US patent attorney should know about the drafting of patent applications for eventual prosecution in Europe. Our speaker, an experienced EPA from one of Europe’s leading biotech hubs, the Medicon Valley (Eastern Denmark and southern Sweden) will guide you through a recommended strategy for drafting and prosecuting European applications. He will also provide an update on the future Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent to come into effect. ...
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