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  • 21 Apr 2017 4:30 AM | Anonymous


    www.IrishAmericanBarNorCal.com

    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


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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!

    Thank you to our sponsors:

        

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  • 24 Feb 2017 3:50 PM | Anonymous


    www.IrishAmericanBarNorCal.com

    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

    Thank you to our sponsors:


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  • 20 Dec 2016 3:37 PM | Anonymous

                

    www.IrishAmericanBarNorCal.com

    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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  • 23 Oct 2016 10:03 AM | Anonymous


    www.IrishAmericanBarNorCal.com

    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.

    Show details


    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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  • 29 Sep 2016 1:54 AM | Anonymous


    www.IrishAmericanBarNorCal.com

    September Newsletter

    President's Letter

    Dear Members,

    I hope that the month of September finds you well!  This has been a great month for the IABA, it is difficult to know exactly where to start.  We held our first game of the renewed annual softball competition with the Italian American Bar Association.  I've heard from many members that this was one of the most popular traditions the association held in the past and am delighted to be able to bring it back!  The Italians showed up in good numbers, many of whom played in the games of yore.  As you can read in the newsletter, the game was held in honor of the memory of Dennis Kavanagh who was instrumental in making the annual competitions a success.  It was great to hear many of the players, both Irish and Italian, reminisce about Dennis.  We look forward to future events with the Italians.   And of course the best news - the Irish team won the game (by a lot).

    We also have received official notice of our status as a Multiple Activity Provider of MCLE credits by the State Bar of California.  While we were able to host MCLE events in the past, we were required to file separate applications for each event one month in advance.  Our new status will allow us much greater flexibility in hosting MCLE events.  If you would like to see us host an MCLE in a particular area, please let us know!  Our next MCLE will cover Alcoholic Beverage Law & Licensing.  Details to be announced shortly.

    Next month I will be traveling to Ireland for two weeks for my son's christening, although I'll also be trying to squeeze in two weddings!  Between festivities, I am hoping to follow up on our Vice President, Jim Weixel's, successful goodwill tour of Irish law schools.  You can read a recap of Jim's exploits by clicking here.  I'm looking forward to building on the great relationships established by Jim and to hopefully work together with our contacts to put together some great events!

    Finally, we have had great success with our new website and membership software.  We hope you like the new looks of both the website and the newsletter as much as we do.  We are also looking forward to using more of the capabilities this software affords us.  Please read the newsletter section on setting up your profile!  Great things ahead.

    Regards,

    Nick Ginger

    IABA President

    Board Updates

    Update your profile

    Did you know that our new website allows you to control your profile?  The only required information is an email address, although you can provide additional information if you like (name, area of practice, etc.)  You can also update your email address by making the change in your profile.

    Once you sign into the website, you can visit your profile by clicking your name in the top right of the screen and selecting "view profile."

    If you are receiving this email, you have a profile with the IABA.  If you have not signed in before, you will first have to request a new password using this link: {Contact_Password_Reset_URL}

    Please take a moment to reset your password and sign in to the website.  The IABA will never share your information with third parties.  Your information is only visible to other members if you explicitly give permission in your profile.

    The IABA will use provided information to help us plan events that cater to our member's interests.  

    MCLE provider Status 

    After recently being recognized as a non-profit 501(c)(6) professional organization, the IABA Norcal has now also been recognized as an Approved Multiple Activity Provider by the State Bar of California. This means that the IABA is authorized to offer and grant MCLE credits to attendees of all permissible activities without first submitting separate applications requesting prior approval.  

    The IABA runs an MCLE event about every month, each event covering a different and interesting area of law. Attendance to all MCLE events is free for members and a mere $15 for non-members. 

    Results of the Irish Italian Softball Showdown

    After an epic battle of wills that took place this past Saturday, the IABA came away victorious in the annual Irish Italian softball match. It would seem that some of those Hurling and Camogie skills transferred over to softball! 

    A sincere thank you to our Italian counterparts for a rousing and enjoyable game, as well as all the friends and families who attended to cheer us on. 

    The game was played in honor of Dennis Kavanagh and John Riccio, two esteemed former members of our associations.  The game concluded with both teams signing two softballs which will be presented to the Kavanagh and Riccio families. We were honored to be able to commemorate these two men with this fun event.

    Additional photographs are available in the Gallery section of our website.

    We are already looking forward to next year! In the meantime, how about some GAA?!

    Upcoming Events

    Letters of the Law Event at the Los Gatos-Listowel Writers’ Festival 

    When? Thursday, October 6th @ 6pm – 8.30pm

    Where? Los Gatos Town Chambers

    Cost? $35 (includes program, appetizers & wine at adjacent Friends of the Library)

    Purchase tickets here

    The Los Gatos-Listowel Writers’ Festival and the Irish American Bar Association host a special event with a literary and journalistic twist on the eve of the inaugural writers’ festival. Guests and speakers will be welcomed by Los Gatos Mayor, Barbara Spector. Speakers include Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip Kearney, and Irish investigative journalist and playwright, Frank Shouldice.

    Philip Kearney’s experience in Kosovo as a war-crimes prosecutor is the subject of his fast-paced 2011 memoir Under The Blue Flag. Armed with only the region’s archaic criminal justice code, Kearney found himself prosecuting local street thugs, shutting down a ring of international sex-traffickers and spearheading an investigation into secret death camps – a case that ultimately implicates local officials and inflames ethnic violence. 

    Irish journalist Frank Shouldice shares his experience making his ground-breaking radio documentary The Case That Never Was that recently took the 2016 Justice Media Award. The story follows a hugely successful Irish-owned international recruitment company that is taken to court by one of its workers from Poland. Referred to the European Court of Justice, the outcome could change EU labour law for millions of people. The only problem? The worker ‘taking’ the case knows nothing about it. Listen to the RTE documentary by clicking here.

    Dublin Business Legal Symposium

    From September 29 to October 1, 2016 the Irish American Law Society of Cleveland, in association with the National University of Ireland, Galway School of Law will host a Business and Legal Symposium in Dublin and Galway, Ireland.  

    For further information, please visit their website by clicking here.

    IABA SOUTH BAY MEET UP

    When? 13 Oct 2016 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Where? Molly Magees in Mountain View (Meet in the patio, walk all the way into the back covered outdoor area.)

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

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  • 23 Aug 2016 10:31 AM | Anonymous


    August Newsletter

    President's Letter

    Dear Members,

    As many of you might have noticed, the IABA is about to launch an amazing new website, hopefully as soon as next week.  I'll send out a special email announcing the site's launch when it is ready to go.  This is an exciting development and will make it much easier for our members to connect and draw value from the association.  Members will be able to set up their own profile and indicate their areas of both legal and professional interests.  Speaking of which, one of the new features of our site will be a voluntary member directory, allowing us to leverage the skill-sets of our membership and giving us greater visibility into the strengths of our organization.  You will only be added to the directory if you decide to opt in and it will only be accessible by paid members.  

    Another goal of mine for this new website is to collect and display as much information about the history of the IABA as possible.  To that end, I ask that if any of you have any information on past events, newsletters, officers, and especially photographs, please reach out to me.  I would love for our website to be a seamless timeline showcasing the association and the efforts of all those involved.

    I am delighted to officially announce the return of the annual softball competition with our friends, the Italian American Bar Association.  This year's event will be held on Saturday, September 24th at the Moscone baseball fields in the Marina.  Save the date!  Details will be coming shortly.

    This Thursday, Tom Trombadore will be presenting for our monthly MCLE session.  Tom is a good friend to the Irish community and has been actively assisting the United Irish Cultural Center through their recent revitalization efforts.  Now he is assisting us by sharing his expert knowledge of non profit law!

    Please join me in welcoming our newest Board Member, Caroline Goulding!  Caroline brings to the board a great deal of experience in tech compliance.  Her energy and enthusiasm for the association will be a great asset moving forward.

    Regards,

    Nick Ginger

    IABA President

    Upcoming Events

    August MCLE Event

    This month, the MCLE event will take place on 25 August, at 6pm in the Irish Consulate on Pine street.

    Our guest speaker this month is Thomas Trombadore. Thomas is the owner of Trombadore Gonden Law Group LLP. He will be speaking on the topic of Non-Profit Law.

    A reminder: all MCLE events are free for members and $15 for non-members.  For the convenience of our hosts, we respectfully request that you visit the RSVP page which you can view by clicking here. Non-members may pay with a credit card through this page.

    South Bay Happy Hour

    The next South Bay happy hour will be held on 8 September at Molly Magee's in downtown Mountain View. Please click here for details.

    INUSA Conference Registration Now Open

    Our sister organization, the Irish Network Bay Area is a member of the larger national Irish Network USA organization.  This September, the INBA will be hosting INUSA's national conference!

    registration is now available for the the Irish Network USA 2016 National Conference in San Francisco. INUSA '16 will kick-off on September 15th and wraps up on September 18th.

    The Irish Network Bay Area and the INUSA are looking forward to building on the successes of the past three annual conferences  and are developing a high-impact agenda featuring speakers from government, tech, the arts and more. 

    Program Highlights include: 

    • Keynote address delivered by Joe McHugh, T.D, Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development
    • A sunset dinner cruise on the San Francisco Bay
    • A tour of the Napa Valley vineyards 

    Click here to register.

    Dublin Business Legal Symposium

    From September 29 to October 1, 2016 the Irish American Law Society of Cleveland, in association with the National University of Ireland, Galway School of Law will host a Business and Legal Symposium in Dublin and Galway, Ireland.  

    For further information, please visit their websitehere.

    Los Gatos-Listowel Writer's Festival

    As part of the Los Gatos-Listowel Writers' Festival, the Irish American Bar Association will co-hosting a special event on October 5th, the eve of the festival. Guests and speakers will be welcomed by Los Gatos Mayor, Barbara Spector.

    Speakers include Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip Kearney, and Irish investigative journalist and playwright, Frank Shouldice. Philip Kearney's will speak to his experience in Kosovo as a war-crimes prosecutor: the subject of his fast-paced 2011 memoir Under The Blue Flag. While Irish journalist Frank Shouldice will share his experience making his ground-breaking radio documentary The Case That Never Was that recently took the 2016 Justice Media Award in Ireland. 

    Board Updates

    ABA Non-Profit Status 

    Thanks to the tireless efforts of our esteemed Vice President, Jim Weixel, the IRS has granted the IABA non-profit status, recognizing it as a 501(c)(6) educational organization. This is a big step forward for the IABA. It will enable us to continue to provide our educational programs and services without fear of tax reprisals from the IRS. 

    New Website

    The IABA has transitioned over to a new web hosting platform. This will allow us to provide our members with a far better experience. It will also free up a considerable amount of time allowing our board to focus on other important areas of the IABA. Members will be able to directly check their membership status, payment and profile information. 

    New Board Member

    At the most recent board of directors meeting, the board voted to admit one new member to the Board. Please join us in welcoming Caroline Goulding. Caroline is Global Trust and Safety Manager at LinkedIn. 

    In addition to joining the board, Caroline will also be taking up an officer position. Look for a hello message from her in our next newsletter. 

    Caroline joins two recent additions to the Board: Jane Cunningham & Brian O'Beirne.







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  • 27 Jul 2016 7:24 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members,

    Another month brings another newsletter packed with updates!  

    The growth of the IABA has been amazing to witness.  However, with this continued expansion comes the need for some stronger foundational support.  As such, I'm excited to announce that we have 2 new members joining our Board.  We are also investing in some technology that will help us more effectively manage our membership, mailing list, and sponsors.  This will include a new website which will include a new look, and also a new official email address!

    Of course, the Association is ever only as strong as its membership.  If you have been on the fence about signing up, I encourage you to visit our website to view some of the amazing events we've been holding.  We also rely heavily on word of mouth, so please feel free to invite guests to our events!  Remember, there is no requirement to be an attorney, or Irish, to join - although we do cater to the interests of both.

    This month also brings a sad farewell to one of our most supportive board members, Kevin Byrne.  I would like to personally thank Kevin for all that he has done for the association.  We would certainly not be as far along as we are without his help.

    I'd like to end this letter on a happy note.  This month's MCLE will be presented by Joseph Breen, a former president of the IABA.  I'm delighted that our association is truthfully a continuation of a long standing group, rather than a brand new group.  I've had many opportunities to speak with some original members and have heard many stories of past events and am looking to maintain these traditions.  Although we don't have the details fleshed out yet, I can let slip that the famous softball competition between the IABA and the Italian American Bar Association (that's right, we have the acronym) will return this Autumn!

    Hope you can get out there an enjoy the good weather we've been having!

     

    Regards,

    Nick Ginger

    IABA President

     

    July 26 IABA Reception & MCLE - Employment Law: Basics, Updates, and Emerging Trends

    Join Joseph Breen for an informative night covering pertinent issues of Employment law, hosted by The Consulate General of Ireland, 100 Pine St., San Francisco.  

    This will be an especially significant evening for the IABA.  Joseph is a former president of the Irish American Bar Association.  We have been delighted to see the level of member engagement from the former Association, and are especially pleased that Joseph is helping to move the IABA forward!

    This will also be our 4th MCLE event.  Once an organization has held four MCLE events, they are eligible to apply for "multiple activity provider status" with the State Bar of California.  This means the IABA will be an approved MCLE provider and will be listed on the State Bar of California.  It will also allow us far greater flexibility in scheduling MCLE sessions!  

    To celebrate this milestone, the IABA will be hosting a reception immediately following Tuesday's MCLE presentation.  We look forward to seeing you there!

    The reception will take the place of our usual happy hour which would have been scheduled for this week.

    A reminder, all MCLE events are free for members and $15 for non-members.  For the convenience of our hosts, we respectfully request that you visit the RSVP page which you can view by clicking here.  Non members may pay with a credit card through this page

     

    Farewell & Best Wishes Kevin Byrne

    The IABA board has been fortunate to benefit from the efforts and talents of Vice Consul General of Ireland, Mr. Kevin Byrne over the past year.  Kevin was instrumental in arranging many of the early discussions that laid the groundwork for the IABA's resurgence.  Kevin's dedication and determination helped guide the Association through its precipitous early months to become the organization that it is today.  

    Sadly for us, Kevin's diplomatic duties in San Francisco are coming to a close, necessitating  his return to Ireland.  While we will miss him greatly on the board, we know that wherever he goes and whomever he works with, they will be all the better for it.

    Slán go fóill!

     

    IABA Welcomes Two New Board Members

    At the most recent board of directors meeting, the board voted to admit two new members to the board.  Please join us in welcoming our newest board members, Jane Cunningham and Brian O'Beirne!

    In addition to joining the board, Jane and Brian will also be taking up officer positions.  Jane will be assuming the role of Treasurer from Kevin.  Brian will be taking on the role of Social Media Manager.  Look for a hello message from them in our next newsletter.

     

    New Website & Email Coming Soon

    The IABA continues to expand at a good pace.  We have folks signing up for our mailing list, we have folks signing up to become paid members, and we have folks interested in corporate sponsorship.  Our events are often free for members and priced at a reasonable fee for non members.  This requires us to run our list of attendees against our paid members list.  It also requires non members to go to a 3rd party website to purchase tickets.  Our emails are handled via a Google groups distribution list.  All these activities are run across multiple platforms and require some administrative elbow grease to operate smoothly.

    In the next few weeks, the IABA will be transitioning all these activities to a single platform which will also host our new website!  This will allow us to offer a far better experience for our members when interacting with the IABA. It will also free up a considerable amount of time allowing our board to focus on other important areas of the IABA.  Members will be able to directly check their membership status, payment and profile information.  One example of what we hope to accomplish with this would be an optional members directory accessible by our paid members.

     

    South Bay Happy Hour - August 10

    The next South Bay happy hour will be held Wednesday, August 10 at Molly Magee's in downtown Mountain View.  Please click here for details.

     

    IABA October Event - Mark Your Calendars

    The Los Gatos-Listowel Writers' Festival and the Irish American Bar Association host a special event with a literary and journalistic nod on the eve of the inaugural Los Gatos - Listowel Writers' Festival. Guests and speakers will be welcomed by Los Gatos Mayor, Barbara Spector.

    Speakers include Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip Kearney, and Irish investigative journalist and playwright, Frank Shouldice.

    Philip Kearney's experience in Kosovo as a war-crimes prosecutor is the subject of his fast-paced 2011 memoir Under The Blue Flag. Armed with only the region's archaic criminal justice code, Kearney found himself prosecuting local street thugs, shutting down a ring of international sex-traffickers and spearheading an investigation into secret death camps - a case that ultimately implicates local officials and inflames ethnic violence. Philip discusses some of the challenges of writing this, his first book that has been described as reading "like an international thriller."

    Irish journalist Frank Shouldice shares his experience making his ground-breaking radio documentary The Case That Never Was that recently took the 2016 Justice Media Award in Ireland. The story follows a hugely successful Irish-owned international recruitment company that is taken to court by one of its workers from Poland. Referred to the European Court of Justice, the outcome could change EU labour law for millions of people. The only problem? The worker 'taking' the case knows nothing about it. The Law Society of Ireland's Justice Media Award recognizes outstanding journalism that contributes to the public’s understanding of law and justice, the legal system, or specific legal issues.

     

    Dublin Business and Legal Symposium

    From September 29 to October 1, 2016 the Irish American Law Society of Cleveland, in association with the National University of Ireland, Galway School of Law, will host a Business and Legal Symposium in Dublin and Galway, Ireland.  

    For further information, please visit the following link:http://www.irishclevelandlawyers.com/#!forums/c8ui

     

    Membership

    The IABA newsletter has always and will always contain a short pitch to encourage members to become paid members.  Although we are happy to see the outpouring of support from our members, we do continue to struggle to meet our membership goals.  As a reminder, there is no requirement to be an attorney, or to be Irish, in order to be a member, only that you have an interest in one or both.  You can purchase your membership here.  We are also interested in expanding our mailing list, please feel free to forward this email on to all those who you think would be interested.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions on member dues.


  • 19 Jun 2016 7:23 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members,

    This month brings our most packed newsletter to date!  In addition to our regular events, I'm happy to share some very exciting updates.  The IABA was recently awarded a grant from the Irish government.  The details are below, but I find it satisfying to see the organization's value proposition is being recognized abroad!  This will no doubt help us to strengthen ties between the legal communities of Northern California and Ireland.

    Additionally, I recently had the good fortune of coming across the Irish American Law Society of Cleveland.  Their leadership had reached out to share news of a symposium they will be holding in Dublin.  Again the details are in the newsletter below, but a scan through the itinerary shows and impressive list of speakers and events that will no doubt be of interest.  I'm more than happy to share these details with you, in addition to the details of the Cleveland society.  I look forward to continued cooperation with the folks in Cleveland, and many more of the Irish American law societies that exist today.

    Several newsletters ago, we put out a call to our membership to assist the United Irish Cultural Center on a pro-bon basis.  Several of our members stepped up to the task and have been actively assisting the UICC ever since.  We recently received a note from the UICC president thanking the IABA for their help in this matter.  To me this is another great example of how the IABA's membership can provide a positive impact for the Irish community.  Congratulations on a job well done!

    I hope many of you can join us this Wednesday night, as we hold our first MCLE event in the South Bay.  This is a great opportunity to expand our events taking place outside of San Francisco!

    Finally, happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there.  It's a particularly special day for me as I celebrate my very first Father's day with my wife and 3 month old son.

    Best of luck to the Warriors tonight!

    Regards,

    Nick Ginger

    IABA President

    JUNE 22 MCLE IN THE SOUTH BAY - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & PATENT PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

    The IABA is delighted to announce our first South Bay MCLE event.  Join Michael Moore as he takes us through the ins and outs of patent portfolio management.  This event is graciously hosted by Fenwick & West at their Mountain View office, 801 California Street.

    A reminder, all MCLE events are free for members and $15 for non-members.  For the convenience of our hosts, we respectfully request that you visit the RSVP page which you can view by clicking here.  Non members may pay with a credit card through this page

    FINAL WEDNESDAY - JUNE 29

    Our monthly Final Wednesday happy hour will be held at Harrington's.  You can find us by looking for the IABA signs.  Details can be found on our events section of our website, or by clicking here.  All are welcome, members and friends alike!  Looking forward to getting together for some great chat and a few pints.

    We have been holding our Final Wednesdays at Harrington's for the last 6 months.  When we originally selected Harrington's, it was with the intention of revisiting the decision in 6 months to see if this would continue to be the best venue for our members.  We will discuss this in our next board meeting, but would like to hear from the members.  Please reply to this email with any suggestions or comments regarding Final Wednesdays and venues!

    DUBLIN BUSINESS AND LEGAL SYMPOSIUM

    From September 29 to October 1, 2016 the Irish American Law Society of Cleveland, in association with the National University of Ireland, Galway School of Law, will host a Business and Legal Symposium in Dublin and Galway, Ireland.  

    The symposium will start in Dublin on Thursday, September 29th at the Historic King’s Inns with a presentation on the trial of 1916 Easter Rising leader, Roger Casement.  Casement was the only 1916 leader to go through a criminal trial, the others were condemned after military tribunals.  His appeal will be presented again with lawyer/historians arguing both sides of the case beforepanel of two Irish Supreme Court Justices and two Ohio Supreme Court Justices.  Those arguing the case includeMichael McDowell, an Irish Senator and grandson of Eoin MacNeill (Leader of the Irish Volunteers in 1916), and Terrance Kenneally, Esq., an Ohio lawyer with aMasters in Irish Studies.  Following the presentation the group will enjoy a cocktail party at the King’s Inn attended by participants as well as Irish Lawyers and Judges.

    The next morning the group will travel by Bus to Galway where they will be hosted in two half day seminars by NUI Galway School of Law.  There they will enjoy business/legal topics such as Entity Selection (dealing with corporate inversions) and General Counsel’s Criteria for Selection of Outside Counsel.  Another interesting topic will be comparisons of Same Sex Marriage Laws in Ireland and the US.  Last year Ireland passed a constitutional referendum permitting same sex marriage and the SCOTUS decided the Obergefell case.  Participating on Same Sex Marriage panel will be Plaintiff’s counsel in the Obergefell case and Ireland Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, a leading proponent of the Irish constitutional referendum.

    Other great topics include Software Protection, Employment Law, Death Penalty, Legal Malpractice and US Discovery Assistance to Foreign Tribunals.  Both days in Galway will include lunches and dinners.

    For further information, please visit the following link:http://www.irishclevelandlawyers.com/#!forums/c8ui

    IABA RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS GRANT FROM ESP MISSION FUND

    Recently, the IABA Board had the opportunity to apply for a grant under the Emigrant Support Program.  We are happy to announce that our grant application was approved!  This is spectacular news for our organization as we are an all volunteer board and funds will go a long way in helping build out our infrastructure.  The board will discuss the allocation of funds at our next board meeting, although several proposals are currently being considered.  Of course, we are always open to member suggestions!

    UICC PRO-BONO UPDATE

    The IABA recently received this note from the President of the UICC regarding the UICC pro-bono volunteers:

    The Board of Directors of the United Irish Cultural Center could not be more delighted by the involvement from IABA members in the Center's activities. We put out a request through the IABA for Pro-Bono assistance and found three delightful volunteers who have already committed several hours to assisting us in our evaluation of a major Capital Campaign. The work will be ongoing and they are committed to our cause. We could not be more appreciative.
    Thank you to William Crean, William Murphy, and Frank Liuzzi!
    Sincerely,
    Michael Barnacle
    President, Board of Directors, UICC

    SOUTH BAY HAPPY HOUR - JULY 13

    The next South Bay happy hour will be held Thursday, June 2 at Molly Magee's in downtown Mountain View.  Please click here for details.

    IABA OCTOBER EVENT - MARK YOUR CALENDARS

    This October, the IABA will take part in the Los Gatos-Listowel Writers Festival, described further in this article.  Details are still unfolding, stay tuned for further updates.

    MEMBERSHIP

    The IABA newsletter has always and will always contain a short pitch to encourage members to become paid members.  Although we are happy to see the outpouring of support from our members, we do continue to struggle to meet our membership goals.  The grant we recently received will go a long way in helping us streamline and automate certain processes, but as an organization we rely on our members dues to keep the association going.  As a reminder, there is no requirement to be an attorney, or to be Irish, in order to be a member, only that you have an interest in one or both.  You can purchase your membership here.  We are also interested in expanding our mailing list, please feel free to forward this email on to all those who you think would be interested.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions on member dues.


  • 25 May 2016 7:22 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members,

    It's hard to believe that June is right around the corner.  Fortunately the ever so quick passage of time is somewhat mitigated by all of the day to day accomplishments we may claim.  This is certainly true for the IABA.  I am continually amazed by how far the hard work and dedication of the board has brought us in only a few short months.  The board continues to be grateful for all the support they receive from our members.

    Our membership base continues to grow, both from new members and the re-engagement of members of the former association.  If you are looking to show your support, there is no better way than becoming a paid member.  Membership dues help fund the administrative costs of our events, such as offering free monthly MCLEs to our members.  If you have any questions about becoming a paid member, please see the membership section of this newsletter below.

    Our website is continuously being updated with new features and pictures.  If you haven't had a look recently, you'll find plenty of interesting information.  If you'd like to suggest an event to add to our website, please send an email to IABASanFrancisco@gmail.com.

    Finally, one of the main reasons I enjoy working with our association is the ability it affords to foster an inclusive and supportive environment for our members while we continue to build our careers.  Jim Weixel's recent visit to various Irish law schools to build relationships and provide awareness of our association to Irish law students is one example of this.  Another example is the ability to tap into the wealth of experience of our members to provide mentorship to some of our junior members.  While we are still in the process of building a formal mentorship program, there are always opportunities to help today.  In this newsletter, the IABA shares news of one of our members who recently passed the California Bar Exam.  I encourage all of you to read this section and ask what you can do to help, whether it be a chat over coffee to discuss your experiences or an introduction to a colleague.  For me, this is truly where the value of our association lies.

    Happy Wednesday folks, and hope to see you at tonight's happy hour!

    Regards,
    Nick Ginger
    IABA President

    Final Wednesday - Tonight, May 25

    Our monthly Final Wednesday happy hour will be tonight at Harrington's.  You can find us by looking for the IABA signs.  Details can be found on our events section of our website, or by clicking here.  All are welcome, members and friends alike!  Looking forward to getting together for some great chat and a few pints.

    Congratulations Brian O'Beirne on Passing the California Bar!

    The February 2016 California Bar Exam results were released on May 13th.  We were delighted to see one of our paid members on the list, our very ownBrian O'Beirne!  Brian received his law degree from Trinity College, Dublin where not only was he Editor-in-Chief of the Trinity Law Review, but also author of numerous publications.  Following this, Brian received his BCL from the University of Oxford.  More recently, Brian has been busy studying at UC Berkeley School of Law for his LL.M. specializing in Intellectual Property with an expected graduation date of August, 2016.

    One of the great things about our association is the strength of our members and the ability to really make an impact in the career development of our junior members.  If you believe you could offer any assistance to Brian as he looks towards beginning his law career in Intellectual Property, please reach out to him at bobeirne@berkeley.edu.  

    South Bay Happy Hour - June 2

    The next South Bay happy hour will be held Thursday, June 2 at Molly Magee's in downtown Mountain View.  Please click here for details.

    June MCLE in the South Bay - New Date June 22, Intellectual Property & Patent Portfolio Management

    ***PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DATE***

    The IABA is delighted to announce our first South Bay MCLE event.  Join Michael Moore as he takes us through the ins and outs of patent portfolio management.  This event is graciously hosted by Fenwick & West at their Mountain View office, 801 California Street.

    A reminder, all MCLE events are free for members and $15 for non-members.  To guarantee your spot, we have set up an RSVP page which you can view by clicking here.  Non members may pay with a credit card through this page

    Membership

    The IABA exists as a non profit for the service of its members.  Member dues are critical to our success and future operations, especially in our early times!  While we enjoy the ongoing support of the Irish American legal community, we also heavily encourage you to join as a member if you have not yet done so.  All are welcome, there is no requirement to be Irish or a lawyer, only that you have an interest in one or both.  You can purchase your membership here.  We are also interested in expanding our mailing list, please feel free to forward this email on to all those who you think would be interested.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions on member dues.


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