Monday, April 5, 2010

International Law Info Session

Can an American lawyer pursue a legal career abroad? Yes, it's possible, but it's a difficult undertaking that presents many hurdles, limitations and frustrations that are best overcome with careful preparation and planning. First I'll speak about my own experience and outline the hurdles, limitations and frustrations I've encountered (e.g. language, immigration, local law practice regulations, work culture). Then I'll describe the preparation and planning one can do at the law school level to increase one's chances. In this regard, I'll list the top international practice areas that demand foreign lawyers (e.g. public and private international law, IP, offshore wealth planning and structuring, corporate tax and finance, and international commercial arbitration) and then discuss the qualifications one needs to successfully compete for clients or jobs in some of these practice areas by examining the bios of some American lawyers who have succeeded and some ads on foreign job boards. I'll wrap up the discussion with a question and answer period.

o Robert C. Bennett is an international lawyer admitted to the practice of law in Washington State, USA. He holds a Master of Laws, Law and Information Technology, Stockholm University, 1999-2001, a Juris Doctor, Seattle University, 1995-1998 and a Baccalaureate of Arts, Washington State University, 1990-1993.

o For the past ten years, he has practiced in the areas of international commercial, corporate and financial law in Switzerland, Sweden and the United States. The projects he has undertaken include providing advice and support for international commercial and corporate transactions, external legal compliance reviews, and assisting in corporate legal administration. In addition, he has represented multinational corporate groups in commercial arbitration and mediation! proceedings in Geneva, Switzerland.

o The clients Robert has served primarily comprise multinational corporate groups doing business in the financial and trade sectors together with the government authorities regulating them. His comprehensive international background offers the unique attributes necessary to provide a wide variety of legal services in roles specifically tailored to the legal needs of global corporations and governmental authorities. While associated with Law Firm Lohman and GMT Advisors, Robert has acquired significant training and experience in the field of financial compliance with a focus on developing procedures, policies and policy manuals for global financial institutions.

Join us on Friday, April 16th at noon in C1. RSVP in Symplicity. Pizza will be provided.