American Bar Association
Section of International Law: Young Lawyer's Interest Network

Section of International Law:
Young Lawyer's Interest Network

Upcoming YIN Events

Join YIN at the 2014 Spring Meeting:

Bootcamp – April 1


9:00 am – 5:30pm

2014 International Practice Boot Camp Co-Hosted by: The Yale Club of New York City, 50 Vanderbilt Ave,, New York, NY and the Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Ave., New York, NY By long-established tradition, the ABA and New York State Bar Association International Law Sections will co-host a boot camp for law students, young lawyers, or practitioners wishing to brush up on their basics. Topics will include:

  • The Framework of International Legal Practice
  • Drafting an International Contract
  • Cross Border Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Spotting Legal Issues When People Move Across Borders
  • The Ethics of International Practice
  • Pathways to Employment in International Law
  • Registration is $105 (includes lunch, breaks and reception). All International Practice Boot Camp sessions will be held at the Yale Club, EXCEPT the joint ABA/NYSBA Ethics and Pathways to Employment in International Law sessions and Reception which will be held at the Waldorf Astoria NY hotel.

    This Boot Camp is not included in the registration fee for the 2014 Spring Meeting. Additional details are on the Boot Camp website at

    Friday, April 4

    2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

    Legality & Morality Of Un-Paid Internships: Are You Illegally “Hiring” Interns? A Discussion Of Current Legal And Ethical Rules Surrounding Unpaid Internships In Private Firms EMPLOYMENT / IMMIGRATION Unpaid internships have recently emerged as a hot legal topic. In several high-profile lawsuits, interns in the media and entertainment industries have sought payment under federal and state wage and hour laws. Within the legal profession itself, there has been growing attention to, and controversy over, law firms and government agencies recruiting law students and law school graduates to work without pay. This program will address crucial questions regarding unpaid internships for law students and recent graduates: Under what circumstances does current law permit law students and law school graduates to work as unpaid interns? What constraints do legal ethics rules impose on the use of unpaid interns? What are the differences between unpaid internships in the private for-profit, nonprofit, and public sectors? What role should the ABA and other voluntary bar associations, state bar authorities, and law schools play in promoting internship practices that facilitate good practical experience and skill development for law students and new lawyers, while guarding against exploitation of interns as a source of free labor?

    SPONSORING COMMITTEES: Young Lawyers Interest Network (YIN), Canada Committee PROGRAM CHAIR & MODERATOR: Miganoush Megardichian, Lawson Clark & Oldman Professional Corporation, Ajax, Ontario, Canada

    SPEAKERS: Eric Fink, Elon University School of Law, Greensboro, NC Jennifer D. Franklin, Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, IL Andrea Wobick, Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    YIN Monthly Conference Calls: YIN holds conference calls on the 2nd Friday of each month at 11:00 am Eastern Time (U.S.) to discuss upcoming YIN activities. All YIN members are welcome and encouraged to join the call. Instructions for dialing in would be circulated prior to each conference call. (Skype Access: Skype may be used to access the conference call dial-in number. Just dial-in a though you were calling from your mobile or office phone.) Please contact YIN co-chairs Hedwin Salmen-Navaro and/or Jennifer Diaz if you have questions or would like more information.

    IMPORTANT: TO RECEIVE COMMITTEE E-MAIL, YOU MUST SUBSCRIBE TO THE LIST-SERVE ON THE COMMITTEE HOMEPAGE Section Committee Conference Calls: At least 20 other Section Committees hold monthly conference calls. This is your chance to find out what's going on in the committees, ask questions, and most importantly to your career development, get involved! Have an event of interest to YIN? If you are participating, sponsoring, or just attending an event you think YIN members should know about, please e-mail the YIN co-chairs if you would like your event posted on the YIN web-page. (Note: YIN however, reserves the right to restrict postings in accordance with ABA policies).

What is YIN About?

YIN is the home of young lawyers under 40 from around the world within the Section of International Law and is dedicated to making their ABA experience an exciting and rewarding one. By providing networking opportunities through section meetings, regional get-togethers and mentoring, YIN serves as the platform for future leaders of the legal profession. YIN also engages is advocacy for current issues facing young lawyers and actively promotes awareness and resolutions of these matters. With YIN, members become connected to the international legal community and play a vital role in the development of their profession. Most importantly, life-long friendships are formed with likeminded global citizens of the world who recognize the value of investing in their careers from the start.


Co-Chairs:  Jennifer Diaz, Miganoush Megardichian

Vice-Chairs:  Martha R Bucaram, Gabriel A Dejarden, Ausra Ona Deluard, Cesar Gomez, Peter Guirguis, Paul Edward Johnson, Paul Kennedy, Fatima Nadine Khan, Audrey Leigh Lustgarten, Alberto J Rivera, Ashley T Wright

Immediate Past Chair:  Hedwin A Salmen-Navarro

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Programs, Meetings & Events

Section Events
April 25, 2014
China World Hotel
Beijing ,
Format: Webinar/Teleconference

April 25, 2014
Location: N/A
Format: Webinar/Teleconference

April 29, 2014
Location: N/A
Format: Webinar/Teleconference

Newsletters and Publications

YIN & Outreach Newsletter Fall 2013
UK Solicitors- Potential Changes for Foreign Lawyers

Committee Resources

Young Lawyers Interest Network & Outreach Committee Joint Newsletter
January 2011 YIN Conference Call Minutes
YIN Conference Call Minutes December 8, 2010
YIN Conference Call Minutes October 13, 2010
YIN Conference Call Minutes May 2010
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Related Resources

Fulbright Scholar Program: Opportunities in Eurasia
Fulbright Scholar Program: Opportunities in Europe
Russ' Unofficial Program Proposal Tips
How to Become an International Arbitration Practitioner
Young Lawyer Networking Hour with Midwin Charles

Sites of Interest

ABA International Law Student, LLM & New Lawyer Outreach Committee
ABA Section of Business Law Young Lawyers' Forum
ABA Young Lawyers' Division (YLD) International Law Committee
International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
Law Society of England & Wales JLD

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