Expat Life

For lawyers working overseas in an Asian country, raising an expatriate family could be difficult. Though traveling might provide a wealth of job opportunities, sometimes it might be quite hard on the uprooted child who must readjust to a completely new social setting. Whether it is culture shock or homesickness, a child can be truly affected by the experience. However, on the flip side of that, being an expat child also provides a chance to earn unique experiences that promotes growth and maturity.


January 19th, 2016

Posted In: Expat Life, Expat Lifestyle Guide, Recent Posts

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aabaAPILO/AABA Pro Bono Legal Clinic (THIS WEEK!)
The AABA Community Services Committee and Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO) operate a pro bono legal clinic that is staffed by volunteer attorneys and law students. The APILO/AABA clinic assists individuals in a number of areas, including immigration and family law issues. The Oakland clinic is held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at APILO’s office at 1305 Franklin Street, Suite 410.
The San Francisco clinic is held on the 4th Thursdays of each month from 5:45 pm to 8:00 pm at UC Hastings’ Civil Justice Clinic at 100 McAllister Street, Suite 300. If you are interested in volunteering at the clinic, please contact Jennifer Y. Lee for more information. No prior training or expertise is required, and foreign language skills are in high demand (particularly Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese).  (more…)

June 24th, 2013

Posted In: Upcoming Events/CLE Courses

Being Out and In-House in 2013: Perspectives of LGBT In-House Counsel crminal-law-inside_gettyimages_78480105

June 11, 2013

Perkins Coie LLP

4 Embaracadero Center, Suite 2400

San Francisco, CA

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The panel will discuss LGBT-related diversity and inclusion issues within the legal department and the corporation.  The panelists consist of gay, lesbian and transgender lawyers who provide legal support to a variety of different companies (high tech, food, and consumer electronics) on a broad spectrum of legal issues (class action, employment, intellectual property, corporate transaction, litigation). The panel will discuss unique issues faced by out lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) lawyers in corporate legal departments. The panel will cover the perceptions and experiences of LGBT lawyers in corporate legal departments; the impact of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression on the professional development, opportunities, and career progression of LGBT attorneys in corporate legal departments; how corporate legal departments can create and maintain inclusive environments that ensure equal opportunities for the success of LGBT lawyers; how diverse in-house counsel can help diversify the outside counsel’s firms they choose to work with; and the importance of LGBT in-house counsel’s role in bringing forth issues for their corporations to resolve related to their fellow LGBT colleagues and the LGBT community. The panel will be followed by a reception.

Admission for this event is FREE, but you must register online.


June 11th, 2013

Posted In: Upcoming Events/CLE Courses


alb_officeopenings_logoHaynes and Boone has announced plans to open an office in Shanghai, the firm’s first in Asia. The firm said it had received approval from China’s Ministry of Justice, and that recruitment was underway to staid the office. No date has yet been set for an official launch. According to Haynes and Boone, it has previously represented Chinese clients such as Shanghai Press & Publishing Development and the Bank of Communications. The new Shanghai office plans to focus on intellectual property, disputes, real estate and financings.

June 10th, 2013

Posted In: Office Openings/ Partner Moves & Promotions

Wednesdays With Women!

The AABA Women’s Committee has launched a series of informal gatherings on the second Wednesday of each month. Each of the gatherings, which will be a brown-bag lunch or no-host dinner, will provide a forum for interested attorneys to get together for substantive legal discussion, mentorship and camaraderie. To be added to the mailing list for announcements on these gatherings, please e-mail aabawomen@gmail.com and indicate your interest in being added to our mailing list.  (more…)

June 3rd, 2013

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130 Amazing Full HD Cityscapes WallpapersOn May 7th 2013, Clyde & Co made a powerful decision to open a new office in Beijing. Beijing has become a magnet for many international law firms looking to expand their influence on China. For example, Clyde &Co has expanded it’s client base in China within the past two to three years and in order to insure their prowess in handling Asian business they had to open a new office in Beijing.  (more…)

May 30th, 2013

Posted In: Asia Market Watch, China, Recent Posts

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china us cogsIn 2006 Cypress saw the need for IP attorneys and it has been growing ever since but slowed during the economic downturn. Since the field had a jumpstart in 2006, it has slowly matured into a vast pool of highly qualified practices and attorneys. There are several mature IP practices now in China including Dr. Xinag Wang’s group at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP and Benjamin Bai’s (formally of Jones Day) practice at Allen & Overy.  An, Tian, Zhang & Partners, CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office, King&Wood Mallesons, Liu Shen & Associates, Creatop &Co as well as Watson &Band are the top firms that do IP work in China. Several of these firms have asked us to look for IP attorneys as well as other well-established firms looking to organically build an IP practice in the booming Chinese market. The World Intellectual Property Organization says that “In the 30 years since China joined the WIPO, the country’s progress in the field of IP has been remarkable. Today, China has one of the top five patent offices in the world and hosts the world’s largest trademark office”.  (more…)

April 19th, 2013

Posted In: Recent Posts

china:north koreaWith recent threats against South Korea, the U.S. and Japan, North Korea is set on projecting a new incalculable and determined image. But what does this means for the booming economies around them, namely China? Ultimately, China will do whatever is necessary to prevent hostilities from breaking out because it has to protect the interest of its client state, North Korea but also, the interest of it’s own reputation as a rational superpower.  (more…)

April 13th, 2013

Posted In: China

U.S. President Obama shakes hands with Japanese PM Abe in WashingtonJapan’s government debt could lead to economic opportunities for the U.S.  Japan’s new Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, recently met with President Obama for the first time to talk face-to-face about an ambitious program to revive his country’s stalled economy.  Japan’s unfortunate government debt, negative trade balance and other economic concerns may be pushing it towards free-trade negotiations with the United States. American officials have wanted to be able to trade with Japan because of it’s potential to open up it’s isolated yet promising markets and to increase U.S.’s presence in Asia. The Prime Minister’s plan for economic restructuring is undefined but it is already controversial. The Japanese government’s proposals for government stimulus spending have lead the International Monetary Fund to caution that its efforts could be short-lived and aren’t the best way to tame the government’s debt. (more…)

March 5th, 2013

Posted In: Asia Market Watch, Japan, Practicing in Japan, South Korea

As the U.S. economy shows signs of recovery this year, many Americans are expecting for the jobs lost to their cheaper and more efficient counterparts in the East to return home. As the one of the first Presidents to grapple with the shifting global economy naturally, President Obama is the most prominent advocate for “insourcing”. During his re-election campaign the President often said that he “want[ed] to be a pioneer of insourcing” and since then, global companies such as Apple and Lenovocurrencies have said that they plan to bring production facilities home from Asia. China’s rising wage costs and declining labor force seems to motivate insourcing enthusiasts however, the U.S Bureau of Labor says that even though China’s labor costs are rising hourly manufacturing still costs about 25 times less than that in the U.S. (more…)

February 22nd, 2013

Posted In: Asia Market Watch, China, Dollars and Yuan, India, South Korea

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