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  • 29 Sep 2016 1:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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    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 member (Administrator)


    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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.


  • 27 Apr 2016 7:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    The IABA recently received the attached newsletter from one of our esteemed members.  What's notable to me is not so much the date of the newsletter, December 1998, but that many of the names listed are the same as those who, after so much time, continue to show support for the resurgence of theIABA.  The new board has been aware that we are not creating a new organization, but we are in fact building on a solid foundation of a long standing community.  As we move forward, we welcome any of our member's stories of past events that they would like to see again.

    Our MCLE series continues to grow.  This month our very own Jim Byrne presented on the topic of Immigration Law, hosted by the Irish Consulate.  With changes to the J1 visa program affecting many in the Irish community, this was an informative and valuable session.  Next Wednesday, we are fortunate to have Squire Patton Boggs not only host an MCLE session, but also hold a wine reception for our members.  The topic will cover the new data laws in the EU that many of us have heard so much of in the news of late.  Further details can be found below.

    The board has many plans in the works to build on the support we have received and to continue to strengthen the IABA.  Look for more details in the coming newsletters.  Please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions, and suggestions!

    Finally, I look forward to meeting those of you who can make it to tonight's Final Wednesday!

    Regards,

    Nick Ginger
    IABA President

    May MCLE - May 4th, Understanding the EU's General Data Protection Regulation

    On April 14th, the EU Parliament formally approved the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  The GDPR applies to businesses of all sizes, anywhere in the world, that hold information on European residents, regardless of whether that company has an EU base or not.  Jan Philipp Albrecht (Greens, DE) stated "The regulation will also create clarity for businesses by establishing a single law across the EU. The new law creates confidence, legal certainty and fairer competition." Violations of the GDPR can potentially reach up to 4% of a company's world wide revenue.  That could amount to billions in fines for many of Silicon Valley's notable tech companies if they fail to adhere to the new law.

    Join the IABA Wednesday, May 4th at 6 PM to learn more about how the GDPR will affect multinationals.  This informative session will be hosted by Squire Patton Boggs.    Presenters will beSiegmar PohlGretchen Ramos, & Philip Zender.  

    Following the presentation, Squire Patton Boggs will be hosting a wine reception for attendees.  Where possible, we respectfully request an RSVP to help our hosts accommodate us.

    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. 

    Final Wednesday - Tonight, April 27

    Our monthly Final Wednesday happy hour will be tonight at Harrington's.  We will have a table reserved, look 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.

    South Bay Happy Hour - May 11

    The next South Bay happy hour will be held Wednesday, May 11th at Molly Magees in downtown Mountain View.  Please clickhere for details.

    June MCLE - June 15th in the South Bay

    The IABA is excited to present its first MCLE event in the Southbay.  Join us on Wednesday, June 15th for a presentation on Intellectual Property law.  Our speaker will be Michael Moore, whom many of you have met during our South Bay happy hours.  Click here for more information.  This page will continue to be updated.

    Irish Network Bay Area - Home Brew & Networking Event, June 2

    Curious about the beer brewing process? Want to start your own home brew hobby but don’t know where to start? Looking for a lighthearted evening of networking? Come join our sister network,  the INBA, for an interactive night of homebrewing education. They will have master home brewer Andre Sanchez from San Francisco Brewcraft on hand to go over everything you need to know to start your own micro brewery from your living room closet.  This was one of the most popular events held by the INBA last year and we are delighted to be included for this year's event!  Information can be found on their facebook page by clicking here

    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 these early months!  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.

    For any questions on membership, or for details on corporate membership, please reach out toIABASanFrancisco@gmail.com


  • 28 Mar 2016 7:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    The IABA hopes you all had a pleasant holiday!  The change of seasons (yes we have them in California) brings with it a slew of updates and we have a packed newsletter for you this month.  In this newsletter, you will find updates on our MCLE sessions, information on our next happy hour, an update on events for our South Bay members, and a reminder to join the IABA as paid members.

    Additionally, our Vice President, Jim Weixel, has returned from Ireland where he embarked on a goodwill tour of Irish legal institutions and societies.  Jim has written an informative article on his exploits, attached as a PDF to this email and also copied down below.  This was an excellent trip and has laid a strong foundation for strengthening the relationship between the legal communities of Northern California and Ireland.  I hope you enjoy his article as much as I did.

    As always, I'd like to mention that the IABA is a member based organization.  We aim to serve the interests of our members.  If you have any comments, ideas, or suggestions on what you'd like to see from the IABA, please feel very welcome to send them my way!

    Regards,

    Nick Ginger

    IABA President

    April MCLE

    Join us April 19th, 6 PM at the Consulate General of Ireland for the first in our series of MCLE events (pending approval by the State Bar).  Our very own Jim Byrne will host an informative session on recent updates and trends in Immigration Law.  Full details can be found by clickinghere.  Registration is not required; however, to help us keep track of participants we have set up an RSVP page here.  

    We have an exciting schedule of upcoming MCLE events.  Squire Patton Boggs will be hosting May's MCLE session and will cover recent updates on EU Data Privacy regulations.  Future MCLE sessions will also cover Intellectual Property, Sports & Entertainment, Non Profit, Employment Law and many others!

    As a reminder, the IABA will be hosting an MCLE event each month.  These events are free for members and current law students.  There is a $15 charge for non members.

    Final Wednesday

    Our monthly Final Wednesday happy hour will be this Wednesday at Harrington's.  Details can be found on our events section of our website, or by clickinghere.  All are welcome, members and friends alike!  Looking forward to getting together for some great chat and a few pints.

    Southbay Members

    The IABA will hold monthly happy hours for our South Bay members.  Our next event will be on April 6th at Molly Magees in downtown Mountain View.  Please click here for details.

    Additionally, the IABA will also hold MCLE sessions in the South Bay whenever possible.  We are currently planning a session for June.  Stay tuned for more details.

    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 these early months!  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.

    For any questions on membership, or for details on corporate membership, please reach out toIABASanFrancisco@gmail.com

    An Article by Jim Weixel

    From the Golden Gate to the Ha’penny, Building Bridges 
    Jim Weixel, IABA Vice President

    I was fortunate to be able to introduce the Irish American Bar Association of Northern California to several representatives of the Irish legal and academic communities during a recent trip to Ireland. The news of our Association’s establishment and our goals of linking the Irish and Northern California legal communities was met with resounding enthusiasm.

    Upon my arrival, I was welcomed by David Carthy, Esq., a partner at the major Dublin law firm of William Fry, who had met several of our board members on a recent trip to San Francisco. We discussed how the Association can be a resource for Irish attorneys and firms who wish to establish a presence in Northern California, as William Fry will do upon opening their San Francisco office later this year. Mr. Carthy and his colleagues also graciously referred me to a number of their contacts in the Law Society of Ireland (the governing body for solicitors), King’s Inns (the training institution for Irish barristers), and other institutions of the local bench and bar. 

    After a weekend in Carrick-on-Shannon in County Leitrim, I met Professor Brian Tobin of the National University of Ireland at Galway’s School of Law. We discussed NUI Galway’s eagerness to expand its partnerships in the American legal community, and the Association’s desire to further that goal. Dr. Tobin, who lectures in the areas of family law and human rights, related his students’ interest in the American legal system and community, and expressed his great willingness to work with the Association to create opportunities for Irish law students to intern in California law firms and courts. Dr. Tobin even extended a gracious invitation for me to deliver a lecture to his students on the American legal system on a future trip to Galway.

    The next day, I was welcomed at the University of Limerick School of Law. Prof. Shane Kilcommins, Head of the School of Law, and several of his colleagues hosted a luncheon at Plassey House, UL’s historic presidential mansion. I was very encouraged to hear of the School’s extensive connections with international legal communities. Prof. Kilcommins and his faculty expressed their desire to forge a working partnership with the Association, and invited us to plan future programs and conferences in cooperation with the School and members of the California and Irish legal communities. After our luncheon I was treated to a tour of campus by Mr. Eddie Keane, a lecturer in the School’s commercial and labor law curriculum and the advisor of the School’s Moot Court program. Later that evening, a number of us met again at a steakhouse in downtown Limerick and continued our discussion about fostering future collaboration between UL and the Association, as well as the many American companies that have opened operations in the Mid-West of Ireland in recent years.

    On my last full day in Ireland, I met with Prof. Joseph McMahon, Dean of University College of Dublin’s Sutherland School of Law, and Dr. Oonagh Breen, Senior Lecturer and Head of Alumni and Career Development. Prof. McMahon and Dr. Breen recounted Sutherland’s many international pursuits, and we discussed how Association might be of assistance in growing a solid relationship between our respective legal and academic communities. Sutherland is especially active in the area of alumni relations and business opportunities, and Prof. McMahon and Dr. Breen regard the Association as a significant resource for the school’s pursuits going forward.

    These contacts will prove invaluable for the Association going forward. We intend to establish internship programs for placing Irish law students among the Northern California legal community. We are also developing a number of programs and conferences to create business connections between Irish and Californian attorneys, and to improve the exchange of legal services between Ireland and the Bay Area. The introductions I had in Ireland were a great start for those efforts, and all of us on your board are looking forward to seeing these endeavors come to fruition.


  • 09 Feb 2016 7:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello Members,

    It is with great pleasure that we send out our 1st newsletter of 2016!  There has been a tremendous outpouring of support since we announced the resurrection of the Irish American Bar Association and we look forward to channeling that support into some truly great and rewarding experiences over the year ahead.  

    2015 In Review

    The Irish American Bar Association was officially launched during the closing months on 2015.  We have a new website, a new board, and and are now accepting memberships.  Information on becoming a member can be obtained on our website, or by clicking here.

    For those of you who were able to attend our impromptu Christmas gathering at Harrington's, we have some great pictures of the event.  Click here to view the gallery.

    The Year Ahead

    The IABA board is busy planning a number of events for 2016.  We will be hosting a signature member wide event for both the first and second half of each upcoming year.  These events will provide members with an exclusive opportunity to meet with Irish dignitaries, luminaries and other persons of note.  Stay tuned for 2016's schedule!  

    Additionally, the Board looks forward to getting together with members at our monthly happy hours, held at Harrington's Bar and Grill the final Wednesday of each month.  Happy hours are open to members and the public alike.

    We will also hold special events from time to time that we believe would be of interest to our members, including partnering with the Los Angeles Irish American Bar Association and local Bar Associations when possible.  One event we hope to re-establish is the ever popular softball game between the Italian American Bar Association and the Irish American Bar Association.  We also hope to start a softball tournament with other local bar associations and will try to coordinate events with the San Francisco Giants’ Irish American nights and lawyers’ nights.

    We understand that obtaining the requisite MCLE's are a concern of many of our members.  The IABA will be working with the California State Bar to offer activities that will be approved for MCLE credit. 

    We are also actively working to establish Mentorship Programs and looking into other opportunities to assist our members who are recently admitted to the California Bar.

    The IABA is designed to be an organization whose primary concern is its members.  As such, the board is constantly thinking of new ideas for member opportunities.  We welcome any ideas from members, let us hear what you'd like to see!

    I look forward to meeting many of you in the months ahead!

    Nick Ginger
    IABA Northern California President


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