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  • 14 Feb 2018 4:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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    President's Letter

    Dear Members, 

    I hope the new year is treating you well.  Here at the IABA we've been busy preparing for our first General Meeting, taking place next Wednesday, the 21st of February.  This year we have decided to open up the meeting to both members and non members alike and combine it with a happy hour.  We're eager to present our accomplishments from 2017 and goals for the year ahead.  We're also looking forward to hearing any feedback that our members have.  As a reminder, the IABA's board of directors is elected during this meeting.  We are actively seeking new board members who want to help continue to build out the association.  We have some positions we need to fill, so if you're thinking about joining, there is no better time.

    Last month we were fortunate enough to cohost, with the INBA, Irish Minister Pat Breen for a luncheon at Original Joe's.  Minister Breen shared his thoughts on the upcoming European General Data Privacy Regulation, Brexit, and the state of the Irish economy.  It was a fun and informative event.  The event was sponsored by the IABA's newest sponsor William Fry.

    Lastly, and in no way the least, the IABA would like to wish a special Valentine's day to all our members.  Thank you for helping us keep the great tradition of the Irish American Bar Association going!

    See you all next Wednesday.

    Regards, 

    Nick Ginger

    IABA President


    Upcoming Events

    AGM & Member Happy Hour

    February 21

    Save the date for the IABA General Meeting & Happy Hour.

    Hear what the Association has been up to, our plans for the upcoming year, and maybe even decide to join us on the board!

    Open to all interested persons.



    February South Bay Meetup

    February 22

    Molly Magees, Mountain View

    Attorney social in Mountain View for anyone interested in joining for drinks, networking, and general discussion.

    Meet in the patio, walk all the way into the back covered outdoor area.

    Thank you to our sponsors:

        

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  • 21 Dec 2017 10:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

             

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    President's Letter

    Dear Members,

    Season's Greetings!  

    It's been an exciting year for the Irish American Bar Association.  We've continued to see our membership grow and have had a great mix of events.  Recently we were lucky to host Mark Hull as part of the Irish Writer's Festival in Los Gatos where he gave an overview into his research of the chameleon like Rosaleen James, a lady who masqueraded many different lifestyles through World War II.  We also hosted Father Coleman S.J.who led an erudite discussion on the evolution of the Church's attitude towards the role married men may play in the priesthood.

    Click here for pictures of the writers festival

    Click here for pictures from our event with Father Coleman S.J.

    We also have some exciting events already planned for the new year!  On January 10th, the IABA will welcome the Irish Minister of Data Protection, Pat Breen, for lunch at Original Joe's.  This will be a small group lunch and a great opportunity to hear first hand the Minister's thoughts on the issues facing Ireland as we enter 2018.  Purchase your tickets for the luncheon here.

    The IABA will host its first General Meeting on Wednesday, February 21st.  This will be an opportunity to hear the Board's recap of activities and the proposed plans for the new year.  Members will be electing the 2018-2020 board at this meeting.  We welcome anyone to this event and would love to see new faces interested in joining our board.

    The IABA is always looking for new and improved ways to connect with our members and increase our online presence.  To this end, the IABA now has a a Facebook page.  Click on the image below to visit and "like" our new page and start a discussion with fellow members!  You'll also find our event calendar and photo gallery.

    I hope you all have had a wonderful year these past 12 months.  I would also like to extend my personal gratitude to our members and sponsors for their support of the IABA!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

    Nick Ginger

    IABA President


    Upcoming Events:

    Ministerial Luncheon with Pat Breen

    January 10

    Original Joe's, San Francisco

    Join the Irish American Bar Association and the Irish Network Bay Area as they host Minister for Data Protection, Pat Breen T.D. for lunch. Minister Breen will discuss how Ireland plans to implement the EU's new privacy law, the GDPR, and the potential impacts for Silicon Valley companies. This intimate event will enable attendees to discuss this and other topics of interest (Brexit anyone?) with Minister Breen.


    2018 AGM

    February 21

    Venue TBD

    Save the date for the IABA Annual General Meeting & Member Happy Hour.  Hear about the IABA efforts to date and help elect the new board.


    South Bay Meet Up

    January 11

    Molly Magees, Mountain View

    Attorney social in Mountain View for anyone interested in joining for drinks, networking, and general discussion.

    Meet in the patio, walk all the way into the back covered outdoor area.


    Thank you to our sponsors:

        

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  • 18 Sep 2017 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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    President's Letter

    Dear Members,

    We have some exciting events coming over the next few weeks.  First up we have partnered with the St. Thomas Moore Society of San Francisco to host a discussion in the FiDi examining the Pope's recent commentary on allowing marriage within the priesthood.  We are very lucky to have Father John Coleman, S.J. joining us to lead the discussion.  Fr. Coleman has an extensive background in theology research and education and is a tremendous resource for us to have.  Also participating will be our very own Phil Kearney.

    Speaking of Phil, you might have had the chance to catch him at last year's Los Gatos Writers Festival talking about his experiences prosecuting war crimes in Kosovo.  It was a thrilling topic, one of many presented at the festival.  The writer's festival returns to Los Gatos this year October 5th through October 8th.  The IABA will once again be presenting a session.  This year we will have attorney Mark Hull come to discuss his book Masquerade.  This captivating true tale of survival, deceit, and espionage is incredibly rich and complex.  Be sure to join us for this presentation at 2 PM, October 6th at CB Hannegans in Los Gatos.

    It is with regret that I must also inform our membership that due to unforeseen circumstances, this year's softball competition with the Italian Bar Association has been cancelled.  This is truly a great event and we have every intention of continuing the tradition in the future.

    Do you know if your membership is current?  If you'd like to check the status of your membership, you can check your profile by clicking on this link: {Member_Profile_URL} If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it here:  {Contact_Password_Reset_URL}

    Regards, 

    Nick Ginger

    IABA President


    Upcoming Events:

    A Conversation on Catholic Priest Marriage in the Age of Pope Francis

    October 5

    Join us for a conversation between our very own Phil Kearney and Father John Coleman, S.J. on the practical impact of Pope Francis' recent comments on the eligibility of viri probati (married men) for the priesthood.

    2017 Writers Festival - Los Gatos

    October 5 through October 8

    The annual festival brings together Irish, local and international writers, artists and audiences at unique venues in the charming town of Los Gatos


    Masquerade

    October 6

    Phyllis Ursula James. Nora Ó Mara. Róisín Ni Mheara. Like her name, the life of Rosaleen James changed many times as she followed a convoluted path from abandoned child, to foster daughter of an aristocratic British family, to traitor during World War II, to her emergence as an Irish citizen.

    Learn how this Irish imposter became close to writer Francis Stuart, whose years in Nazi Germany led to a great deal of controversy.


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  • 02 Aug 2017 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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    President's Letter

    Dear Members, 

    As we reach the midyear point, I look back and see that we've had a great year of events, and yet we still have plenty more events to look forward to!

    The Italian American Bar Association has invited our members to their annual dinner.  Our Garlic & Gaelic night with the Italians was one of my personal favorite events of the year.  For those that missed it, this would be a great chance to make up for it and get to know our Italian friends.

    Speaking of which, it's almost time for out annual Softball competition.  After our rousing victory last year, the Italians will no doubt come back this year in full force.  The link below will have further information, but please note the competition is open to anyone, you do not need to be a member to play.  

    Our South Bay presence continues to be strong.  If you're near Mountain View on the 9th, stop by our monthly happy hour for a pint.  You'll find us on the back patio of Molly Magees.  We will also participate in this year's Writer's Festival in Los Gatos.  Last year's event included our own Philip Kearny discussing his experiences as a war crimes prosecutor in Kosovo.  Also featured was Frank Shouldice discussing his documentary on an impactful EU labor law case that was taken up in the name of a worker who only became aware of "his" case after the fact.  Stay tuned for details on this year's program.

    Word of our association continues to spread.  This month alone, we have been contacted twice for attorney referrals.  If you'd like to be considered for referrals, make sure your profile is up to date by clicking on this link: {Member_Profile_URL} If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it here: {Contact_Password_Reset_URL}

    Regards, 

    Nick Ginger

    IABA President


    Upcoming Events:

    Italian Bar Association - East Bay Dinner

    August 9

    Trabocco
    2213 South Shore Center, Alameda

    Our good friends, the Italians, have invited us to their annual member dinner.  It promises to be a great event, almost as much fun as our Garlic & Gaelic night.


    South Bay Meet Up

    August 9

    Molly Magees, Mountain View

    Attorney social in Mountain View for anyone interested in joining for drinks, networking, and general discussion.

    Meet in the patio, walk all the way into the back covered outdoor area.


    The Irish v. the Italians Softball Competition

    September 23

    Moscone Softball Fields

    Back for its second year, the Irish American Bar Association of Northern California cordially invites your to participate in a renewed annual softball game against the Italian American Bar Association.

    All are welcome!


    2017 Writers Festival - Los Gatos

    October 5 through October 8

    Various venues, Los Gatos

    The annual festival brings together Irish, local and international writers, artists and audiences at unique venues in the charming town of Los Gatos



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  • 23 May 2017 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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    President's Letter

    Dear Members, 

    I'm happy to say our Gaelic & Garlic night was a great success.  We joined with the Italian Bar Association for an evening of fun and great food at Mangia Tutti.  Who knew lawyers could have such great singing voices!  Special thanks to our own Michael Hale who worked with the Italians in setting up the event.  We've posted the pictures to our website, you can view them by clicking here.

    Last year the good folks at Squire Patton & Boggs put together an informative overview of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  Although an EU regulation, the GDPR will have a huge impact on how US companies handle data.  With just one year to go before the GDPR becomes applicable in all EU member states, we will be presenting an update on what we have learned over the last year and best practices for preparing for the year ahead. We have decided to expand the event by partnering with the British American Business Council and the German American Chamber of Commerce.  We are also adding NCC Group to the panel to bring their point of view.  Whether you are interested in the field, or are looking for a great opportunity to network with other European chapters, this is an event you do not want to miss.  As a reminder, the event is free for members!  Members and non members can register by clicking here.

    The Irish Network Bay Area have invited us to join them again this year for their annual home brewing education event.  This was a great event last year.  Whether you're interested in learning the craft, or just like to sample some local brews, don't miss out! For further details, click here.

    These are some great upcoming events.  I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can at them!

    Regards, 

    Nick Ginger

    IABA President


    Upcoming Events:

    May/June MCLE - The EU General Data Protection Regulation

    June 1

    Squire Patton Boggs
    275 Battery St. #2600

    The GDPR is looming large, with just one year to go before enforcement begins. Gretchen Ramos, Philip Zender, and Rob Chahin will provide an overview of what we've learned since the regulation was adopted last year as well as share thoughts on the best path forward as US multinationals come to grips with the requirements.

    Irish Network Bay Area Home Brew Event

    June 22

    100 Vallejo St.

    Looking for a lighthearted evening of networking?  Join our sister organization, the INBA,  for an interactive night of homebrewing education.  Learn the basics of homebrewing, where to get supplies, and be set to brew you first batch by the weekend!


    South Bay Meet Up

    June 7

    Molly Magees, Mountain View

    Attorney social in Mountain View for anyone interested in joining for drinks, networking, and general discussion.

    Meet in the patio, walk all the way into the back covered outdoor area.



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  • 21 Apr 2017 4:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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    President's Letter

    Dear Members, 

    I hope this newsletter finds you well.  We have some exciting news and events coming up in the next few weeks as we continue to build on the Association's strong momentum.  

    First up is our Garlic and Gaelic Dinner on April 27th.  This is a great opportunity to get to know our friends in the Italian Bar and discover what else we have in common besides our shared IABA acronym.  Dinner topics will be sure to touch on our triumphant victory in last year's softball game and plans for this year's rematch!  The meal is prix frixe, so the last day to register will be this Sunday.  Be sure not to miss out!

    Next, I'd like to take a moment to highlight a pro bono opportunity that has come our way.  As you can read below, the Irish Immigration Pastoral Center (IIPC) has a need for someone with experience in family law to work with one of their members.  Each year the IIPC provides invaluable support to numerous folks both resident here in the Bay Area and those on visas visiting from Ireland. They are a huge benefit to our community and if the IABA can in anyway help them, we should certainly try our best to do so.  Please take a moment to consider whether you may be of assistance, or if you know of someone who could be. 

    Finally, we are getting ready to launch our member directory.  We are hoping this will be a useful tool as we move towards building our mentorship program. We are also hoping to use the information to facilitate referrals.  As a reminder, the only information in the directory is that which is provided by members themselves and only paid members who opt in to share their information will have access to the directory.  If you would like to see your information, confirm if you are part of the directory, and/or control your email preferences, this and more can be done by logging in to our site and visiting your profile.  If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it by clicking here: {Contact_Password_Reset_URL}

    All for now.  Have a great weekend, and be sure to get out and enjoy the sun while it lasts!

    Regards, 

    Nick Ginger

    IABA President


    Pro Bono Opportunity:

    The Irish Immigration Pastoral Center is looking for anyone with expertise in family law to assist one of their members.  Any and all assistance would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact Celine Kennelly for further information at celine@sfiipc.org


    Upcoming Events:

    Garlic & Gaelic Dinner

    April 27  (last day to register is April 23)

    Mangia Tutti, 635 Clay St.

    The IABA cordially invites you to join us for an evening of food and camaraderie with our dear friends from the Italian American Bar Association in what we hope will become an annual tradition.

    April/May MCLE - Immigration Law

    May 3

    Consulate General of Ireland, 100 Pine St.

    A topic that is foremost in our minds as we prepare for potential changes to US visas.  Jim Byrne will host a session covering the latest developments in immigration law. 


    South Bay Meet Up

    May 3

    Molly McGees, Mountain View

    Attorney social in Mountain View for anyone interested in joining for drinks, networking, and general discussion.

    Meet in the patio, walk all the way into the back covered outdoor area.

    May/June MCLE - The EU General Data Protection Regulation

    June 1

    Squire Patton Boggs
    275 Battery St. #2600

    The GDPR is looming large, with just one year to go before enforcement begins. Gretchen Ramos will provide an overview of what we've learned since the regulation was adopted last year as well as share thoughts on the best path forward as US multinationals come to grips with the requirements.


    Thank you to our sponsors:

        

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  • 27 Mar 2017 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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    President's Letter

    Dear Members, 

    I hope you all are having a great March.  It has certainly been a good month for the Irish in the Bay Area, and has been a great opportunity to meet many of the dignitaries who came over for the holiday.  Speaking of which, the pictures of our breakfast with the Tánaiste have been posted!

    We have a strong line up of events planned over the next few months.  This Wednesday, we will hold our first MCLE event of the year.  I hope many of you will be able to join us as we present an overview of Accounting for Lawyers.  

    I'm also happy to announce that the IABA has a new sponsor!  Special thanks to our friends at A&L Goodbody who join LPS as our corporate sponsors.  A&L Goodbody were the first Irish Law firm to open an office in the US (New York) and we welcome them as the first Irish Law firm to sponsor the Irish American Bar Association of Northern California.

    One of our goals for this year is to expand the reach of the IABA.  To this end, we will partner with other networks from time to time to bring events we think are of interest to our members.  The folks over at the British American Business Council have planned a great event for April 19th, discussing the future impact of Brexit.  They've put together a great panel and it's sure to be an informative evening.  

    Speaking of partnering with other organizations, we are in the beginning stages of putting together what I hope will become an annual tradition; a Garlic & Gaelic dinner with our friends at the Italian American Bar Association.  The date has been set for April 27, details will be added to the event page soon.

    Lastly, I would like to mention an upcoming event that I hope you take the time to read about.  You'll see information below for Comedy for a Spinal Cause.  I've had the chance to attend this event in the past.  It's an amazing evening with first rate comedians, and it's all for a good cause. Please take a moment to visit their event page.

    Regards, 

    Nick Ginger

    IABA President


    Upcoming Events:

    MCLE Accounting for Lawyers

    March 29 

    Consulate General of Ireland, 100 Post St

    Join the IABA & John Tira for an informative session covering what every lawyer should know when working with accounting concepts and/or accountants.  This session will provide one hour of participatory MCLE credit. 

    Comedy For a Spinal Cause

    April 5

    1268 Sutter St.

    Comedy for a Spinal Cause is a quarterly event bringing together top comedians & local communities, raising funds and awareness to assist incredible individuals on their road to spinal cord injury recovery.

    South Bay Meet Up

    April 6

    Molly McGees, Mountain View

    Attorney social in Mountain View for anyone interested in joining for drinks, networking, and general discussion.

    Meet in the patio, walk all the way into the back covered outdoor area.


    Global Words of Wisdom...On Life After Brexit

    April 19

    Hogan Lovells US LLP
    3 Embarcadero Center
    Suite 1500

    Please join the BABC alongside HM Consul General San Francisco, Andrew Whittaker, on Wednesday, April 19th to hear how the UK government intends to navigate Britain’s exit from the EU.

    Garlic & Gaelic Dinner

    April 27

    Join us as we dine with our friends at the Italian American Bar Association.Details coming soon!

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  • 24 Feb 2017 3:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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    President's Letter

    Dear Members, 

    I hope you are all enjoying the break in the weather we've been having.  Long may it continue!  This is California after all.

    The IABA board recently met to discuss plans and goals for the year ahead.  While it will be tough to beat the tremendous growth we had last year, the board is up for the challenge.  I'm happy to announce that we have secured all of last year's MCLE presenters to return to present again this year!  Please visit the events section of our website for the specifics.  In addition, we are actively looking to increase our MCLE offerings.  To this end, our first MCLE event will cover a new topic, Accounting for Lawyers, and will be held on March 29th.  Our MCLE events are free for members, so be sure to secure your spot for our first MCLE event by registering here.

    Besides our MCLE calendar, the board is looking to build on our other great events we held last year.  Stay tuned for further information!  We are also looking to further expand and hold some events in the Sacramento area.  We take the NorCal part of our name seriously!  Our intrepid Vice President, Jim Weixel, will be visiting the area and scouting for opportunities.  If you know of anyone in the Sacramento area who would be interested in participating in the Irish American Bar Association, please forward on this email to them.  

    The IABA is truly starting the year in a solid position to be of benefit to our members.  If there's something you'd like to see the IABA accomplish, or have any ideas for events, please send them on!  I'm looking forward to a great year ahead!

    Regards, 

    Nick Ginger

    IABA President


    Upcoming Events

    Ireland Funds San Francisco Gala Dinner

    March 4, 2017 

    Grand Ballroom, St. Francis Hotel

    Honoring Philip Grant, Consul General of Ireland, recipient of The Ireland Funds Distinguished Leadership Award, & Ian Casey, recipient of The Ireland Funds Young Leadership Award

    1st SF Irish Film Documentary Festival

    March 4th, 2017 (1st film at 4 pm)

    Delancey St. Theater, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco

    In response to the tremendous success of Irish-made documentaries at the annual San Francisco Irish Film Festival, SF Irish Film is pleased to announce the inaugural one-day DocFest, March 4, 2017, at the Delancey Street Theater. A partnership with the Irish-American Crossroads Festival, this upcoming special event will offer San Francisco audiences an opportunity to view a new selection of feature-length Irish documentaries and aims to bring an entertaining, informative and authentic insight into the words and worlds of Irish people.


    Board Updates

    Our board is always looking for opportunities to engage with the community.  Any suggestions or comments to the board can be made through info@irishamericanbarorcal.com

    If you would like to be more involved, or have any requests for events you would like to see, please contact Nick at info@irishamericanbarorcal.com

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  • 20 Dec 2016 3:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

                

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    President's Letter

    Dear Members, 

    I'd like to thank each and every one of you for helping the IABA grow over the past year.  Indeed, it was a little over a year ago where a group of us met several times over pints to discuss how we could reinvigorate the IABA.  I don't believe any of us could have believed how far we could have come in one year.

    Our newsletter below will highlight our accomplishments, but two are of particular note to me.  First, we were able to partner with the Italian American Bar Association to bring back the annual softball game.  I saw many of our past members come out to join our new members, the same can also be said of the Italian players.  Continuing the traditions of the IABA and creating new ones will always be important for our organization.  Speaking of past members, Pat Goggins was kind enough to help me get in touch with Barbara Kavanaugh so that we could arrange to hold the game in her late husband, Denny's, honor and send on the game ball to Barbara.  Denny was one of the main organizers for the softball game in the past.  Although I did not get the chance to meet Denny in person, we were able to exchange several emails where he hoped we would bring back the game.  I very much enjoyed the chance to speak with and get to know Barbara.  A special thank you to current board member Michael Hale for taking on the responsibility of bringing back this tradition!

    Second, the IABA is now an approved provider of legal education credits.  This, coupled with the gracious volunteer speakers we've found, has helped us not only provide a valuable service to our members, but also introduce us to new friends!  We've partnered with several firms & speakers to hold discussions on a variety of topics.  I look forward to welcoming them back in the new year, as well as engaging with many more members of the legal community as we continue to build out our MCLE program.

    As we wind down the year, I hope that you have the chance to spend plenty of time with loved ones and family.  My wife and I will be traveling to Longford, Ireland where we will be celebrating our son's first Christmas!

    In short - it's been a great year, but we're only just getting started!

    Safe travels, Merry Christmas and a happy new year! 

    Nick Ginger

    IABA President


    Reeling in the Year

    This has been quite a year for IABA NorCal. Along with the introduction of a new website and online membership platform, the IABA was approved by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) Business League, and was also approved by the State Bar of California as a Multiple Activity Provider (thereby enabling us to offer and grant MCLE credits to attendees without first submitting separate applications requesting prior approval). 

    The IABA took full advantage of its MCLE provider status and ran an MCLE event virtually every month, each session covering a different and interesting area of law. This year saw the first South Bay MCLE event, where Michael Moore took us through the ins and outs of patent portfolio management.  Back in San Francisco,  Joseph Breen (former president of the Irish American Bar Association) spoke on the topic of employment law.  Our very own Jim Byrne, an original member of the IABA, presented an overview of the recent changes to immigration law impacting J1 and other visas. Tom Trombadore (owner of Trombadore Gonden Law Group LLP) spoke on the topic of non-profit law.  Siegmar PohlGretchen Ramos, and Philip Zender, all of the firm Squire Patton Boggs, were kind enough to present an overview of the EU's latest privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation. Alana Joyce (of the firm Strike & Techelpresented an overview of alcoholic beverage law in the United States. We look forward to continuing this trend in legal edification in the new year

    This year also saw a changing of the guard, involving the departure of a beloved board member and the induction of many new. Mr. Kevin Byrne, the Vice-Consul General of Ireland returned to Ireland to fulfill his diplomatic duties at home, and we saw the addition of several new members: Caroline Goulding, Brian O'Beirne and Jane Cunningham. 

    The IABA Board is exceedingly grateful for the generous support it has received over the past year. We received support in the form of a grant from the Emigrant Support Program and also from our new sponsor Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Matzger & Melnick LLP (LPS). A big thank you to both LPS and the Emigrant Support Program from the Board of Directors! As an all volunteer board, these funds go a long way in helping build out our infrastructure and continuing the Board's activities.  

    The IABA was involved in many other events this year, playing the part of both host and participant. The IABA played a part in the Dublin Business and Legal Symposium that took place in Dublin and Galway from September 29 to October 1, 2016 and was hosted by the the Irish American Law Society of Cleveland in association with the National University of Ireland, Galway School of Law. The IABA also provided pro bono advice to the Board of Directors of the United Irish Cultural Center. Three volunteers, William Crean, William Murphy, and Frank Liuzzi, put their legal heads together to help the UICC. 

    The Board also participated in the Los Gatos-Listowel Writers' Festival, where they hosted a special literary-cum-legal event on the eve of the Festival. Los Gatos Mayor, Barbara Spector welcomed guests and speakers which included include IABA Board Member, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip Kearney.  Also joining was Irish investigative journalist and playwright, Frank Shouldice. The event was a big success and hopefully something we can continue to participate in in the New Year. 

    Apart from many of the new events and initiatives that the Board are involved in, the Board continued some of its time-honored traditions. It showed off its athleticism in the annual Irish Italian softball match. The game was played in honor of Dennis Kavanaugh and John Riccio, two esteemed former members of our associations. We were honored to be able to commemorate these two men with this fun event, and more recently we hosted the Third Annual Irish Thanksgiving. It was a ball (no pun intended) and we would encourage everyone to attend next year. 

    All-in-all, the IABA has come a long way in the last year. We hope to continue our work on into the New Year, and continue to represent the Irish American Legal Community in the Bay Area. 

    Happy Holidays to all! And may the New Year bring you joy and fortitude!



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    Vice President's Letter

    Dear Members, 

    As we head through autumn and towards the holidays, we’re fortunate to be able to look back on a year of progress and growth for our Association. We are continuing our series of informative programs and social events, and our ranks are increasing by the week. We’re proud of our accomplishments and are looking forward to the coming holiday season and beyond.

    Earlier in October, we were welcomed by Mayor Barbara Spector to the Los Gatos-Listowel Writers’ Festival, where we held a well-attended reception and lectures by our own board member and author Philip Kearney and by investigative journalist and playwright Frank Shouldice. Philip and Frank led riveting discussions of their respective works during a great evening gathering. We’re already looking forward to participating in next year’s festival.

    Our series of MCLE events continues on November 1st, when we’ll be hosting “Alcoholic Beverage Law 101,” presented by Alana Joyce of Strike & Techel at the Consulate General of Ireland in San Francisco. Alana will give a rundown of Prohibition’s legacy on the current structure of state alcoholic beverage laws and regulations and industry practices. Registration and more information on this program can be obtained from our website.

    We’d also like to invite you to two other social events in November. On November 9th at 6:00 pm, the Irish Network Bay Area will be hosting their third annual Irish Thanksgiving dinner at the United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue (at Sloat) in San Francisco. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased through our website. And on November 16th at 6:30 pm, we’ll host another South Bay Meetup at Molly Magee’s, 241 Castro Street in Mountain View. Our last meetup was a great success and we’re looking forward to our next gathering in the South Bay.

    Our president Nick Ginger is currently on a trip to Ireland, where he’ll be meeting with several of the local contacts that I made during my own trip in February. Nick will continue our outreach with our Irish colleagues in the hopes of developing partnerships between the Association and the legal and academic community in Ireland. We’re looking forward to expanding our scope in this regard, and hope to organize several events and programs in collaboration with our Irish colleagues in the years ahead. Nick will report on his trip in the November newsletter, so please stay tuned.

    We want to thank you for your support of the Association during this time of growth, and hope to see you at our upcoming events. This is a great community, and we’re happy to have you as a part of it!

    With best regards,

    Jim Weixel

    IABA Vice President


    Upcoming Events

    IABA Final Wednesday Meet Up - San Francisco

    When? 26 Oct 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Where? Patriot House, 2 Embarcadero Center, Level P

    Come join us for our monthly "Final Wednesday" happy hour and meet up.  We will have an area reserved, you'll find us by looking for the IABA sign.  Stop by for a pint or two on your way home!

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    November MCLE Event - Alcoholic Beverage Law 101

    When? 01 Nov 2016 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Where? Consulate General of Ireland, 100 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94111

    Presented by Alana Joyce of the firm Strike & Techel

    This course will present an overview of alcoholic beverage law in the United States. Ms. Joyce will discuss the lasting effects of Prohibition in the modern marketplace, including: the three-tier system of distribution, the difference between open and control states, franchise laws and other trade practice issues in the alcoholic beverage industry.

    Participants are eligible for 1 hour of MCLE credit

    Reminder: all MCLE events are free for members (and law students) and $15 for non-members.  

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    3rd Annual Irish Thanksgiving

    When? 09 Nov 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Where? The United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue

    Join the United Irish Cultural Center and our sister network, the INBA for the 3rd Annual Irish Thanksgiving! The INBA will be hosting their Thanksgiving dinner on the 9th of November, giving you plenty of time to build another appetite for the official Thanksgiving holiday. The event will feature a traditional Thanksgiving meal, topped off with the best Irish food and drink in the Bay Area. Two members of the Irish community will be recognized for their contributions over the past year.

    Come celebrate with friends and family from across the Bay Area Irish community

    Purchase your tickets here.

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    IABA November South Bay Meet Up

    When? 16 Nov 2016, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Where? Molly Magees, 241 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

    Attorney social in Mountain View for anyone interested in joining for drinks, networking, and general discussion.

    Meet in the patio, walk all the way into the back covered outdoor area.

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    Board Updates

    New Sponsors: Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Matzger & Melnick LLP

    The Board of Directors are pleased to welcome new sponsor, Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Matzger & Melnick LLP (LPS). LPS are a prominent Bay Area law firm. We have included a brief excerpt from the firm's website below that provides some details of the firm's illustrious history and practice. 


    "For many years, our law firm of Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Matzger & Melnick LLP, has helped business and individual clients achieve their goals. LPS serves a diverse client base in a stimulating practice that strives for counsel and advocacy of the highest quality in a prompt, efficient, and cost-effective manner.

    Today, as a full-service civil law firm, our lawyers of exceptional credentials extend the tradition of our founding partners to advance and protect the interests of clients facing difficult economic, professional and personal challenges. We pride ourselves on our responsiveness and accessibility to clients and encourage close working relationships between partners and associates, lawyers and staff, or attorneys and clients. We can therefore offer an integrated team approach that not only provides sound legal advice, but that also helps achieve the optimum practical result for our clients."

    A big thank you to LPS from the Board of Directors! 


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