One of the priorities of the International Law Section is to develop relationships with overseas law societies and bar associations, with a view to providing benefits for our members. Such benefits may include possibilities of obtaining referral work, providing or going on an internship, dissemination of articles, or provision of office facilities when traveling overseas.
On June 6, 2014, the International Law Section of the State Bar of California signed a Friendship Agreement with ANADE, the National Bar Association of Business Attorneys of Mexico. The Friendship Agreement was signed by Elizabeth Foster, Chair of the International Law Section, and José Juan Méndez, Chair of ANADE.
On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, the International Law Section of the State Bar of California signed a Friendship Agreement with the Bar Association of Barcelona (Ilustre Colegio de Abogados). The Friendship Agreement was signed by Jeffery Daar, Chair of the International Law Section, and Pedro L. Yúfera, President of the Bar Association of Barcelona.
A delegation of 11 lawyers from Osaka attended the Annual Meeting. A dinner was held at the Chart House in Monterey on Friday, October 12 and gifts were exchanged. On Saturday, October 13, the International Law Section and the Osaka Bar Association signed a formal Friendship Agreement.
On April 30, 2007, at the offices of the State Bar in San Francisco, the Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association and the International Law Section executed a Friendship Agreement. Mr. Kenji Hashidate, the president of the International Section of the Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association, and the International Law Section then-Chair, Donal Hanley, executed the Friendship Agreement on behalf of their respective organizations.
The delegation from the Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association included Messrs. Hiroaki Jin, Minoru Fukuyoshi, Yoshihiro Takatori and Kazunori Suzuki. On behalf of the International Law Section, San San Lee, Steve DeLateur, Carol Brittain, Daniel Zimmerman and Peter Gelles attended.
The Friendship Agreement contemplates sharing of resources and collaboration between the two groups for the benefit of their respective members. The Officers and the Executive Committee of the Section are working at introducing specific programs and initiatives to implement further educational and other opportunities for members of the Section.
The International Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and our International Law Section entered into a Friendship Agreement on August 11, 2007. Tim Bugg, then President of the Law Council of Australia, and Donal Hanley, then-Chair of our Section, executed the Friendship Agreement on behalf of their respective organizations.
The principle provisions of the Friendship Agreement provide for information exchange, invitations to visit, and co-operation with respect to education between the two sections. Also in attendance at the signing were Ross Ray, the current president of the Law Council of Australia, and Margery Nicoll, Director, International of the Law Council of Australia. The Section is committed to building on this relationship to provide further benefits to its members.